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Steve Blank's Four Steps to the Epiphany and Guy Kawasaki's Art of the Start are both pretty good books on the subject.
The Mixergy podcasts are helpful as well, they're interviews with entrepreneurs in all sorts of different businesses. They usually have pretty good information on their whole business process from start to finish.
Other than that, depending on the business you're starting check out blogs of companies/people in similar areas of business. Startup Digest curates news from various startup blogs every week and sometimes they have pretty good information.
3 great books to read, in descending order of importance:
The Mousedriver Chronicles (Couple of kids out of Wharton starting a company around a mouse shaped like a golf driver)
The Art of the Start (Guy Kawasaki- Entrepreneur's instruction manual.)
The Tipping Point (Malcolm Gladwell- good explanation of how to select the few important things to do to make your snowball into an avalanche.)
Hit me up via pm if you have any further questions. You're where I was about 2 years ago.
The Art of the Start - Guy Kawasaki
Raising Venture Capital for the Serious Entrepreneur - Dermot Berkery
Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get from Start-up to IPO on Your Terms - Jeffrey Bussgang
And not specifically about the "money part," but an absolutely invaluable book:
Four Steps to the Epiphany- Steve Blank
And don't neglect reading Paul Graham's Essays, Fred Wilson's Blog, Ask The VC, and Feld Thoughts.
I'm just a junior designer, but oftentimes in academics I was the group leader. So take this with a grain of salt that I may have no idea what I'm talking about but being a leader I always made sure there was clear public directions conveyed in two forms. Often an email before a meeting and then a verbal check in. I found people will often say they didn't get the email or try to wiggle out of commitments so you have to be the driver of change. I found that if I gave clear directions to everyone, and was available and approachable things ran smoothly.
As for reading I would recommend art of the start by Guy Kawasaki. Lots of great chapters about assembling teams and other aspects.
Yes. Read 3 books: "The $100 Startup" and "The Hard Thing About Hard Things" and "The Art of the Start." And do what they say.
Getting started is easy. It sounds stupidly simple but it is this one step that separates those that have and those that have not; just start making videos!
In my day job I give a lot of presentations on startups, blogging, and what it takes to be 'successful' and, it is very sad to say, people just don't do things.
Starting out do not worry about your 'voice' or what game you want to cover. Don't worry about what topics to talk about or that one video was about HoN and the next about SC2. the only thing that matters is your schedule. Tell yourself twice a week I am going to put up a video - who cares what it is on or about.
Over time you will find your 'voice'. You will find what you like to cover and what you don't. Seriously, the only advice I can give you is just to start making videos. You are going to have haters, that is the fact of the internet. Period.
Here are some resources I link to in my presensations
Guy Kawasaki's 'Art of Start'
Tim Ferris: Dealing with Haters
Gary Vaynerchuck's 'crush it'
These are just a few things to get you pumped. What you do from here is up to you.
Does anyone ever even research or read when they start up?
Art of the Start: 1. find problem. 2. solve problem. 3. give value for money. It really isn't complicated.
The number of great books to be read on business itself is beyond enumerable. There is even a book on the 100 best business books written here: http://100bestbiz.com/
For helping your brother decide whether he has the stomach and skills it takes to be an entrepreneur, I'd suggest Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki and Founders at Work
At the end of the day, it's a bipolar ride that I'm not sure any book can prepare you for...
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Yes, management consultants will happily take your money to do this. If there is a WeWork in your city they may congregate there.
There are also a large number of business guys looking for people like you to start companies with. Try hanging out at startup happy hour events.
These are not high-probability paths to success, though. You would be better off studying business strategy and trying to figure it out yourself.
Consider Guy Kawasaki's "The Art of the Start" which is a good introduction.
Hot Button Marketing does a good job of laying out the emotional and rational reasons that drive consumer behavior.
The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki is a good read. He's currently working on an update.