Blog posts for entrepreneurs

All posts are courtesy of Gordon Daugherty at Shockwave Innovations.

1. Your Elevator Pitch Only Needs to Accomplish One Thing
2. How Much Should You Raise?
3. Convertible Note Basics
4. An Unfair Advantage All Startups Have Against Big Companies
5. Boosting Valuation Before You Have Revenue Traction
6. Investors Write Checks for Outcomes, Not Activities
7. Justifying the Cap Amount in Your Convertible Note
8. 5 Golden Rules for Setting Sales Compensation Plans
9. Get the Strategic Alliance Partner to Come After You
10. Pitch Deck Flow (Topic Order)


Recommended books for entrepreneurs (and investors)

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

A comprehensive approach to building a successful startup.

Venture Deals by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson

A crash course in how venture capital works and tricks to dealing with lawyers and VCs. Written by VCs, for the benefit of entrepreneurs.

Zero to One by Peter Thiel

A unique and important perspective on the outstandingly successful startups of our time and why they had so much success.  Written by the renowned investor and entrepreneur, Peter Thiel.

Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder

How to build business models that will allow your company to thrive in today’s fast and brutal economy.


Houston incubators and accelerators

1. Surge Ventures

2. TMCx

3. Houston Technology Center

4. Redlabs

5. Owlspark



Co-working spaces

1. Platform Houston


3. White Space


Greater Houston Partnership – Small Business Resource Center

The Greater Houston Partnership provides a platform for businesses of all sizes to grow their company.


Business Plans

Provides access to sample business plans

A good resource for entrepreneurs.  Has news, advice, assessments, and more.



Marketing, business, and strategic planning.


Small Business Administration

A federal government body focused on helping small and startup businesses. Has workshops on business operations and provides loans, among other resources.


University of Houston Small Business Development Center

A center run by the University of Houston focused on helping local businesses get started and achieve success.  Provides a range of resources, including consulting, seminars and workshops, news archives, and facility rental.