Recently, I became a full time entrepreneur. I am still struggling trying to have my product/ business up and running. Meanwhile a lot of friends are hitting me up asking to discuss their own ideas with me, ask me for career advice. Because i met them before i became an technology entrepreneur, they somewhat lack the understanding that the situation has changed enormously for me and that I can't meet them for brunch and lunch or have drinks discussing some vague ideas on which they themselves are not going to spend even one dollar pursuing. I often decline requests to meet saying I am too busy. But this is starting to get old. Is this an integral part of entrepreneurship? That one is going to lose some friendships due to the lack of time? These are nice people, so I don't wish to be curt with them. Please help me message this in a manner that reflects my reality as well as is not damaging to our relationship. Are there any best practices other entrepreneurs use in judging collaboration requests and passing on them without damaging the relationship?
There are plenty of non-fiction books on the subject of startups and entrepreneurship. But what about when you don't have the energy to learn? Please recommend me some novels on the subjects of creating products, building companies, etc. Inspiring tales of business and innovation... [more inside]
What are some great documentaries about entrepreneurs and startups? (Think: Startup.com, E-Dreams) [more inside]
Do higher rates of taxation for high-earners kill entrepreneurial spirit? [more inside]
Who are the heavyweights of the academic ethnic entrepreneurship field? [more inside]
I liked reading this article about Collegehumor.com and this article about Delicious Monster. Any suggestions for any other great articles on what successes young people are having these days with respect to the tech sector? I'd prefer current articles to Jobs / Gates era stuff.