A Guide for Early-Stage Founders

Visible Hands
3 min readSep 12, 2022

Visible Hands presents a list of resources to help you along your founder journey. Read on to explore various listens, reads, and watches that will keep you motivated, help you through a roadblock, or uplift your spirits when things get difficult. Be sure to keep up with us for more early-stage founder resources and we can’t wait to support you throughout the process. Good luck!

Some tunes and thoughts for your working session.

Elizabeth Day’s podcast celebrates things that haven’t gone right. Listen to these stories while you work to remind you that not everything needs to go exactly as planned. Embrace failures and celebrate success. You’ve got this.

Lo-fi tunes are the perfect background music for getting deep work done. Hopefully, this will help create an ideal atmosphere for getting into a good concentration session.

Looking for your next read? We got you.

Disciplined Entrepreneurship by Bill Aulet takes you through a 24-step framework for developing great products, and therefore, great companies.

Jessica Livingston’s book Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days features interviews with founders of famous technology companies. They describe their journeys in the early days of company-building.

The Mom Test by Rob Fitzpatrick is a practical guide for talking to customers and building a foundational skillset that is key to startup success.

If you’re looking for a quicker read, First Round Capital’s annual list takes you through the best pieces of advice for entrepreneurs. Check out last year’s!

Where to go if you’re feeling stuck; it happens to the best of us.

Check out this list of investors, accelerators, and resources for overlooked founders. You may find your next big opportunity here, or at least get new ideas on next steps.

Spinning your wheels on your idea? Todd Jackson of First Round Capital synthesized his research and lessons learned from helping to build some of the biggest products in tech.

If you’re running into roadblocks, try refining your business plan with this guide from Sequoia Capital. It’ll help with your pitch deck too!

We all need a pick-me-up sometimes!

Sometimes, it's best to take a break and have a little fun. Try out this cute game and forget about adulting for a minute or two.

If you’re feeling down or frustrated, this “there was an attempt” reddit thread might give you a little laugh.

Sometimes we need to feel inspired. Check out Jia Jiang’s journey with rejection and how he turns them into new, unimaginable possibilities.

We’ve got your back! Check out some Visible Hands resources.

Our weekly newsletter is packed with events, resources, jobs, and more for early-stage entrepreneurs. Subscribe to get a list of updates and happenings every week.

As an early-stage company ourselves, we’re always learning and growing. Check out the lessons we learned when closing our first fund from our Co-Founder and GP, Yasmin Cruz Ferrine.

Lastly, be sure to check out our website to see the programs and resources we offer to early-stage and overlooked founders. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn if you like being the first to hear about amazing opportunities!



Visible Hands

Visible Hands is a VC fund with a 14-week, virtual-first fellowship program that supports overlooked talent in building technology startups.