There are an amazing amount of resources freely available for entrepreneurs.  Firstly, I would recommend getting on the mail list for the Satellite Applications Catapult and also the Satellite Finance Network.  It is also well worth considering joining the SME Forum of UKspace – that is the trade association for space companies.

But beyond the obvious standard recommendations, here are some of my favourite things that I wish I’d discovered long before I did.

Do you have any tips or recommendations? Let me know and I’ll list them here along with a credit.  Go on, share a little, it always pays back in the long run …


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Generic podcasts for any aspiring start-up:

  • How to Start a Start-up – Podcast by Sam Altman available iTunes (especially Episode 9)
  • Start-up Podcast from Gimlett – in particular, the first two series
  • VC:20 – the Twenty Minute VC by Harry Stebbings – worth a listen to understand how VC’s think
  • Exponential Wisdom – Dan Sullivan and Peter Diamandis

Web resources:

Fund Raising:

  • How to Fund Raise – A five-part series from @efLDN (Entrepreneur First) published in Medium in Oct 2016. Basically, anything that Alice or Matt have written is worth reading.

Books about the ‘back-story’ to entrepreneurs – because when real-life stuff is this interesting, why do you need fiction?:

  • Eccentric Orbits – The Iridium Story by John Bloom
  • Losing the Signal – the untold story behind the extraordinary rise and spectacular fall of Blackberry by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff
  • Elon Musk by Ashley Vance (obviously …)
  • How to Make a Spaceship – Julian Guthrie
  • The Innovators – Walter Isaacson
  • Creativity Inc. – Ed Catmull (The Pixar story – it takes a little perseverance, but there is a lot to be learned about the skill of crafting a story.)
  • Jony Ive by Leander Kahney

Valuable new-space and entrepreneurship books:

  • The Logic of Microspace by Rick Fleeter (because so many people rattle on about ‘new space’ without really understanding its origins)
  • Good Strategy, Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt
  • Watching Earth from Space by Pat Norris
  • Abundance and Bold both by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
  • Command and Control by Eric Schlosser (because everybody should think about the consequences of technology going really badly wrong)

I’m not a big reader of science fiction (which many people find odd) but here are some books that I really enjoyed and found thought-provoking:

  • Seven Eves by Neal Stephenson
  • The Martian by Andy Weir – immeasurably better than the film

Presentation Design:

  • Slide:ology and Resonate – Nancy Duarte
  • Presentation Design and Presentation Zen – Garr Reynolds
  • Thinking With Type by Ellen Lupton
  • The Non-Designers Design Book by Robin Williams

General reading on exponential technologies:

  • The Master Algorithm by Pedro Domingos
  • The Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford
  • How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson
  • How to Create a Mind by Ray Kurzweil

Economics, philosophy, decision-making (all disciplines that are essential for entrepreneurs) :

  • The Decisive Moment by Jonah Lehrer
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • Smarter Than You Think  by Clive Thompson
  • Drive by Daniel Pink
  • Naked Economics by Charles Wheelan
  • The Entrepreneurial State  by Mariana Mazzucato
  • Universal Man – The Seven Lives of John Maynard Keynes by Richard Davenport-Hines
  • Fifty Things That Make the Modern Economy by Tim Harford, also available as a podcast (basically anything by Tim Harford or Malcolm Gladwell is worth reading, in my view.)
  • The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis (also worth reading his whole back-catalogue)