Imagine I want to start an online marketplace for used cars in a country which hitherto has no such online platform. I can either try "reinventing the wheel" or just walk the very same path of other startups who created car marketplaces.
So my question is: Where can I find literature, whether academic or not, that details a wide range of case studies of startups? In other words:
Where can I find case studies that allow me to "clone" startups of a wide range of fields? Preferable those case studies should be very detailed basically enabling you to duplicate the startup, not just mere "stories" but studies.
If you are based in the USA the Small Business Administration is an excellent source. I have found excellent literature on their website. They also have a group called SCORE which will provide free business consulting and startup classes. I have read a book "Start Your Own Business" by Peter Shea is an excellent source. It is part of the Entrepreneur Press series.
There are several automotive aftermarket associations in the USA that have a lot of excellent information on their website. Check www.autocare.org and www.sema.org.
The USDOC has a great website called www.export.gov. Worth looking at. I have worked with a client based in Southeast Asia who worked in a similar field, expanding into some specific markets.
I hope this helps.
I can't offer you studies, but after years of working with startups and entrepreneurs from around the world, we developed an online platform that provides the tools and resources to take any idea from concept and grow it into a profitable business. Its called Idea Essentials and can be found at www.ideaessentials.com
It was developed exactly for people in your situation.
I wish you the bets of luck.