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The Next Evolution Of The Founder Library

Steve Schlafman
Steve Schlafman
4 min read
The Next Evolution Of The Founder Library

Earlier this year, my summer apprentice (Rishi Tripathy) and I recognized that over the last decade operators and investors have published a treasure trove of resources to help founders level up. However, this content has been scattered across the web in places like company websites, personal blogs, and Twitter. Even the most committed founders that we talked with struggled to navigate these resources and locate the right answer quickly.

That's why we launched the MVP of The Founder Library in July. We envisioned a destination with the best curated resources from around the web to assist every founder on their entrepreneurial journey. We also envisioned a world where every founder, regardless of their background, has access to the information to help them bring their vision to life, scale their company, and become an extraordinary leader.

In the three months since launch, the library has been viewed and shared by thousands of entrepreneurs all over the world. It was even the #2 Product of the Day on Product Hunt. Here's a snapshot of all the love we received.

The initial response from founders and the community was so positive that we decided to turn this from a summer side project into a community initiative. After months of hard work, I'm incredibly excited and proud to share the next evolution of The Founder Library.

A New Foundation

We heard from countless founders that they wanted more content and easier navigation. We took their feedback to heart and rethought the library from the ground up. Here are the big updates:

  • Permanent home at (bookmark it!)
  • Webflow + Airtable "no-code" tech stack
  • Enhanced layout to easily navigate, search and discover content
  • Public form to enable crowdsourced curation of content
  • Content moderation system and process
  • Updated taxonomy for topics and subtopics
  • Expanded resources including books, podcasts, videos, and newsletters
  • Additional topics such as Engineering, Product and Remote Work
  • Analytics to measure traffic, usage and growth

This foundation enables us to significantly expand the library, begin to build a community, and offer more many resources down the road.

For The Community, By The Community

We believe in the power of bringing people together for the collective good. The library has been built by core contributors and volunteer curators who deeply care about helping founders and giving back to the startup ecosystem.

We have made a very conscious decision to build The Founder Library as a community resource. We are not allied with any company, accelerator, or VC firm. We aspire to be a neutral contributor and positive champion within the startup ecosystem.

We don't have plans to charge for access to the core library. We don't plan to sell data. We don't have a profit motive today though we aspire to be a self-sustaining entity one day. We will ensure the library remains a going concern through patronage and other means.

We believe diversity is required for innovation and social progress. We are committed to diversity of perspectives and contributors. We strive to feature a wide range of content from founders, operators, and investors from all backgrounds.

A HUGE Thanks

The Founder Library has been a full team effort since day 1. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the core team of Dheeraj Putlur and Corey Crossfield, and our advisors Julia Austin and Rishi Tripathy. The library wouldn't exist without your contributions and dedication to the project. I'm excited to continue to collaborate, see where we take the project together, and help founder around the world.

The Road Ahead

So you might be wondering, where is the library heading? The honest answer is we're not quite sure. Our roadmap is locked for the next three months, but not much beyond that.

Right now, we're planning to spend our time and energy expanding the library, adding polish to the UX, bashing bugs, and ensuring founders can quickly find what they're looking for. The site is a work in process. We decided to optimize for progress over perfection.

We also plan to invest time talking with and interviewing founders to hear what features and content they'd find valuable. We have some big ideas but we would rather let the community guide us.

We're committed to growing and evolving the library so founders can always discover what they’re looking for in a matter of minutes. We hope the library can become one of the most valuable and trusted founder resources on the web. Our goal is to help founders launch, scale, and lead with more confidence and effectiveness.

If you'd like to stay up to date on new resources, features and announcements, you can follow Founder Library on Twitter and/or join our email list. We promise that we'll only send high value updates and never spam you.

How You Can Help

We realize it takes a village to build something truly great and impactful. And we recognize that we don't have all the answers. That's why we're always looking for smart, talented, and motivated contributors and curators who share our values and passion for helping founders.

If you would like to hunt and contribute new resources to the library, here's the library submission form.

If you would like to provide feedback, submit feature requests, or become a curator, here's our contact form.

Regardless of the reason, we'd love to hear from you. We're in this to build a highly useful resource to help scores of founders around the world.

Information Is Power

Finally, we believe access to information is empowering and liberating. We also believe knowledge unleashes opportunity.

We're building the library especially for the underrepresented, overlooked and underdogs. We want to make sure every founder has access to the same resources as the most connected founders in the world.

The Founder Library hopes to help level the playing field.

"When education and resources are available to all without a price tag, there will be no limit to the human potential." -Jacque Fresco

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Exec coach. Writer. Student of Change.