Entrepreneur books, gadgets, apps and more
Every successful entrepreneur has resources to help them achieve their goals. I thought it would be helpful to include media such as books, movies, podcasts, and educational courses. Creation gadgets such as electronics ranging from 3D printers to cameras to even the simple wrench help entrepreneurs achieve their goals. Digital entrepreneurs will need powerful tools for analytics, automation, organization, and communication. In today’s age where the Internet has a massive capability for creation and sharing, it is important to weed out the good from the bad.
Here is a concise compilation of resources any entrepreneur may find useful:
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Books are the classic, yet still quintessential resource for gaining knowledge. The Reader-Writer relationship stresses the importance onto the reader to comprehend “between the lines” of what the author is trying to say which makes it very effective as a learning method.
For example, How To Make Money With 3D Printing: Passive Profits, Hacking The 3D Printing Ecosystem And Becoming A World-Class 3D Designer by Jeffrey Ito, is a tool for aspiring makers and 3D designers who want to utilize 3D printing as a technology.
The introduction of tablets and mobile devices makes electronic reading a viable option in the 21st century. The Kindle Voyage is an awesome e-reader if you enjoy the idea of being able to carry around a library of millions of books in your hands.
The Kindle App is available on just about every device, but we highly recommend that you download it for your mobile device. You would not believe how much you can accomplish reading instead of going on social media.
Audible is a phenomenal tool for consuming books on the go, in the gym or even in the shower. I will oftentimes play an audiobook during longer car rides. Not to mention the app has a beautiful user interface. Recommended for books of authors who are also great speakers i.e Tony Robbins.
If you want to master how to become a successful entrepreneur having a website is one of the easiest and effective ways to hone your marketing, design and entrepreneurial skills. Bluehost is easy to use with 1-click automatic WordPress installation. They also have excellent customer service and is my one stop for domains and websites. Entrepreneur Finesse highly recommends using Bluehost for your first website.
Gadgets for entrepreneurs can be defined simply as anything that can be used to create value, no matter whether it is digital or physical. The gadget could be advanced technology or simply just a learning tool.
An ergonomic working environment is a pivotal component to achieving productivity. The Visual Edge Slant Board offers a combination of reading, writing, drawing and learning tasks at an optimum 22 degree angle known as the Harmon distance. It is a large rectangular magnetic dry erase white board with clipboard. Perfect for children, whiteboard presentations and to supplement flat desks. If you are looking for a fun and ergonomic slant board for writing the Visual Edge Slant Board is one of the best on the market.
Video production is becoming even more of a common occurrence today than it has been ever before. If you are considering producing videos of any kind for any reason whether it’s Live Video, Social Media, Virtual Reality or full-fledged Film Production, definitely take a look at the versatility of the GoPro Hero 4 Black. If you need a backup plan an iPhone or Galaxy should be able to tackle most tasks.
Breathtaking aerial video footage doesn’t get any easier than with a quadcopter drone made for high-definition filming with the most precise controls around. The Typhoon 4k has a personal ground station with a built-in touchscreen, an integrated 3-axis precision gimbal camera that’s capable of capturing 12-megapixel still photos. Use the drone’s Watch Me mode to seamlessly capture video of you biking, running or participating in other fast-moving activities. Yuneec’s roots are in the hobby RC world, so precision and safety are cornerstone to the usability and capability of their products.
The Zeus is not only of the easiest to use 3D printers on the market, but also it is one of the few with multi-functionality of 3D scanning and 3D printing in one machine.
The Ultimaker 2+ is easy and reliable, updated for the best experience in 3D printing. Featuring a swappable nozzle extruder capable of an amazing 20 micron layer resolution, 12.5 micron XY precision, and 5 micron Z precision, the Ultimaker 2+ is one of the best consumer 3D printers available today.
Computers are not only at the root of information and communication, but also they are loaded with potential digital tools in the form of software, websites and apps. I trust Apple products because I know they are incredibly user friendly which means tasks, especially creative tasks, are seamless and fun.
Speech recognition is a growing trend that will be found in many forms in the future, especially in our vehicles. With Amazon Echo play music, ask questions, listen to audiobooks, hear the news and check the weather. The Amazon Echo is a unique smart home device in that it operates under the largest e-commerce marketplace in the world and is growing in functionality with new applications such as Domino’s Pizza delivery and Uber.
Online Tools & Resources
Tongal – Video Production
Topcoder – Software Development
Kaggle – Data Science
Reverb Nation – Music Discovery
Quirky – Invention Community
Personal Finance Spreadsheet – For those who need to perform personal accounting and keep track of goals.
Outsourcing & Graphic Design
Drive – Access and edit your office files on the go and share them easily with others. Great for getting stuff done. If you use Docs, Sheets, Slides, then go ahead and download the associated app as well.
Dropbox – Access your files anywhere in the cloud with a beautiful user interface, accessibility and the ultimate shareability of files.
Evernote – If you are looking for a new way to organize your personal information then consider Evernote’s simplistic multimedia approach to note-taking.
Audible – A perfect complement to Apple Car Play and is amazing for getting through books during long travel period.
LinkedIn – Networking, connecting and locating experts has never been easier and the LinkedIn app is a perfect companion.
Snapchat – The fastest growing mobile social networking app in existence. Live media marketing won’t be disappearing anytime soon.
Slack – Possibly the easiest and simplest communication platform for teamwork and productivity.
Robinhood – Makes stock market investing sleek, cool, affordable and fun for the mobile age. Free stock trading.
SmartUp – A gamified way to keep up with the latest and greatest in start-up trends and entrepreneurship.
Starbucks – The rewards + in-store payment system alone is enough reason to download this app. Free apps and music galore.
Duolingo – One of the smartest, efficient and effective ways to learn a new language today.
Waze – Normally apps use the Google API but Waze decided to create their own algorithm that would save drivers even more time.
Headspace – Entrepreneurs with a desire to achieve clarity and focus may enjoy the fun guided meditation series Headspace offers.
Sleep Cycle – Optimize your sleep schedule with this genius app that follows the rhythm of your breathing.
Explore TED’s library of talks, filmed at independently organized TEDx events. With 30,000+ videos from organizers in more than 130 countries, speakers cover topics from sanitation to technological wizardry to deep policy issues to designing boots for beetles.
- The Tim Ferriss Show with Tim Ferriss
- The Smart Passive Income Podcast with Pat Flynn
The #AskGaryVee Show with Gary Vaynerchuk
The School Of Greatness with Lewis Howes
Mixergy Startup Stories with Andrew Warner
- Entrepreneur On Fire with John Lee Dumas