The unknown is intimidating, scary even. While shows like Shark Tank and Silicon Valley have popularized startups and glorified startup investing, the startup world feels very distant (and very risky) for most. And yet, the startup economy is a staggering $3 trillion industry, not to mention the biggest job creator and driver of innovation in the U.S. It’s easy to see where the future is made.

Unfortunately, if you don’t live in a startup city, like San Francisco, Austin, or New York City, you probably don’t know anyone who’s been a part of a startup success story. If you don’t know anyone who’s founded or worked at a startup, then you probably have no idea how something can actually go from idea to company to game changer. If you’re under the age of 35, the chances of you knowing someone who has invested in and made money from a startup are pretty slim. And, if you don’t have the network (or know someone who does) to find possible investors, then starting a company sounds like a pipe dream at best.

Doriot is here to change that by educating and empowering the next wave of entrepreneurs and investors. Aspiring entrepreneur or investor or not, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to learn how to participate and thrive in the entrepreneurial economy.

The First-Time Founder's Equity Bible by Gerry HaysThis is why we couldn’t be more excited to make The First-Time Founder’s Equity’s Bible free for the first time as a way to help people understand a world that too many of us have not had access to: startup investing. Written by Doriot founder and CEO, Gerry Hays, this book offers invaluable insights from his experiences as an entrepreneur and investor that no first-time founder or investor should be without.

In an easy-to-read style, with stories to illustrate the concepts, this book is useful for both the entrepreneur and investor. You’ll learn how to raise money for a startup and understand how startup investing really works. With crowdfunding-style startup investment opportunities on the rise (that allow anyone to invest in startups with as little as $10), startup investing is no longer out of reach for the majority. People do, however, need to understand what they’re getting in to, regardless of the size of investment. No other book breaks it down as simply as the Equity Bible, which VC and angel investing network executive director, Ben Pidgeon, said is the “best 90 pages any entrepreneur or investor could read.”

We are gifting this book because we recognize that the world NEEDS THIS. 

We believe the best way to get through the economic repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic is to educate a huge number of people on the basic principles of entrepreneurship and startup investing, so they can be part of this $3 trillion (and growing) startup economy. Too many have been left behind for too long, and we’re here to change that. 

So, the opportunity right in front of you is to take advantage of your Covid-19 quarantine-stir-crazy self and learn something new. Download this book, take advantage of the myriad free education resources online right now, and do things to prepare yourself to advance during this crisis and after this crisis. Opportunity awaits.


You can check out our full press release announcement about the free book offer here.