I hadn’t heard of the Startup Lawyer. Definitely bookmarking this one!
20 Must-Read Blogs for Online Entrepreneurs
One of the most important parts of being an online entrepreneur is maintaining an intellectual edge. Those who work and start businesses on the web are always learning, always watching other businesses, and always looking for new sources of information.
The goal of this list is to provide that — 20 useful, thought-provoking, and potentially lucrative sources of news and ideas. Each of these blogs are run by leading individuals and companies, and together they can help form a cornerstone of learning in your daily schedule.
Not all of these blogs are about entrepreneurship, or even business, but all of them are well-written and definitely worth looking at.
Here’s the list in no specific order:
- 1. OnStartups Written primarily by Dharmesh Shah, OnStartups is a blog about entrepreneurs and new companies, mostly in the online space. There’s enough good information here to fuel at least a few new ideas from every read.
- 2. How to Change the World This is a blog written by former Apple evangelist and venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki. Having launched multiple online ventures personally, and funded even more than that through his VC firm, he’s definitely worth listening to.
- 3. VentureBeat Possibly skewed a bit towards the offline world, VentureBeat is still worth reading for online entrepreneurs. All of their stuff is well written and well thought out.
- 4. Mashable One of the bigger blogs, and entirely focused on Social Media, Mashable is often passed over by serious entrepreneurs. That being said, this blog often has breaking business news and information that can be incredibly useful for anyone dealing with social media (which should be every online entrepreneur).
- 5. yCombinator’s Hacker News yCombinator is one of a handful of companies dedicated solely to providing seed money for online ventures. This is their blog. (Note: it’s highly tech oriented)
- 6. Scobleizer Scobleizer is one of the earliest tech blogs written by the often-controversial Robert Scoble. It’s a blog filled with opinion and advice that are frequently contrary to other information sources. For that reason, it’s a good read.
- 7. ReadWriteWeb This is another blog that feverishly covers tech news and startups. It’s got a lot of good information and frequently covers the latest developments in the tech world.
- 8. ValleyWag ValleyWag is a blog run by Gawker media that follows the ups and downs of silicon valley. For tech enbtrepreneurs, this blog is definitely a must-read.
- 9. A VC Accurately self-described as “Musings of a VC in NYC”, this blog is one of the best resources for anyone looking to glean some wisdom from an experienced venture capitalist.
- 10. The Eco Capitalist Written by Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle, this is a blog about breaking from tradition and launching a business based around environmentally friendly ideals.
- 11. Signal vs. Noise SVN is a blog by the popular company 37signals. As one of the biggest and most prominent online startups in recent years, they have lot of useful information to share with other entrepreneurs.
- 12. Seth Godin’s Blog Written by the 10-time-bestselling author Seth Godin, this is a blog about marketing, markets, and how people think. It’s also a blog that just about every entrepreneur should take a look at.
- 13. Tim Berry’s Blog This is a blog written by the guy behind the popular “Business Plan Pro” software. There’s much more opinion and advice here than news, but it’s from a very knowledgeable source.
- 14. Work Happy A collection of online tools and resources for entrepreneurs, Work Happy is definitely a valuable blog to viist. It’s not updated very often, but the content is worth the visit anyhow.
- 15. Information Arbitrage Information Arbitrage is a site written by a Wall Street investor turned web entrepreneur. It’s very financially technical, and provides a lot of business insight.
- 16. The Netsetter Written by the CEO of the Envato Network, Collis Ta’eed, this blog provides an unprecedented look into the thoughts of a very successful online entrepreneur.
- 17. Startup Company Lawyer This is a blog that’s actually about the legal aspects of running a new company. This information is in short supply, and can definitely provide a boost to potential entrepreneurs.
- 18. Get Elastic Get Elastic is a blog about e-commerce and how to get website visitors to buy things. If your business plan involves this type of conversion, then this blog is a must-read.
- 19. Lessons Learned Written by venture capitalist Eric Ries, this is a blog that is definitely a must-read. Topics vary considerable, and every post is chocked full of good info.
- 20. GrokDotCom This is a blog by the conversion and optimization company FutureNow, Inc. It centers on usability, conversion, and overall optimization of a variety of different websites.
That’s it for our list — but what do you think? Did we miss any critical resources? Did you read some of these blogs and decide they weren’t worth it?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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April 10th, 2009 at 2:13 pm
April 10th, 2009 at 3:01 pm
How about an OPML list? Not that we’re lazy or anything like that.
April 10th, 2009 at 4:39 pm
Cool list! I’ve already bookmarked five of them!
April 10th, 2009 at 5:05 pm
This post is amazingly helpful. Thank you for sharing!
April 10th, 2009 at 5:06 pm
I love the start-up lawyer link. That is going to be very useful.
April 10th, 2009 at 5:10 pm
Thanks for the list, hope I will learn something usefull.
April 10th, 2009 at 6:19 pm
Thanks for including OnStartups.com in the list. I’m in great company.
Quick note: Correct spelling of my name is “Dharmesh Shah”. (People misspell it all the time).
April 10th, 2009 at 7:07 pm
VERY nice list! Im reading most of these, but there are a few that I’ll have to tack on to my near-toppling pile of daily reads.
April 11th, 2009 at 7:48 am
Nice one Bro…did nt know about “Scobleizer”…
April 11th, 2009 at 11:45 am
This is an excellent list and any entrepreneur will be well served if they checked the RSS feeds of these in their feed aggregator like Bloglines or Google Reader on a regular basis. Thanks for this.
April 11th, 2009 at 1:37 pm
Thanks for the List Mason,
I am already a big fan of OnStartups & The Netsetter.
Both blog are very inspirational and helpful.
April 11th, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Thanks for the list. Think maybe next time you can include a little more info, like how often they publish and some kind of rating of each?
April 11th, 2009 at 7:40 pm
Thanks for the inclusion on the list. BTW – it is StartupCompanyLawyer, not StartupLawyer.
April 12th, 2009 at 12:58 am
Thanks for the post. I am definitely adding at least three of these blogs to my reading list.
namefieldApril 12th, 2009 at 4:40 am
news.ycombinator.com is not a blog
April 12th, 2009 at 5:50 am
Any particular reason I don’t see TechCrunch out here?
Sean McColganApril 12th, 2009 at 7:02 am
Forgot to mention http://blog.mixergy.com/ by Andrew Warner it’s got to be one of the best entrepreneur blogs out there…
Broiezo SeetuApril 12th, 2009 at 8:47 am
i think techcrunch too popular to mention it worth :)
April 12th, 2009 at 9:51 am
#15: “Information Arbitrage is a site written by a Wall Street investor turned web entrepreneur. It’s very finacially technicaly, and provides a lot of business insight.”
April 12th, 2009 at 1:39 pm
Invaluable information for anyone doing business via the net. And who is not these days.
I will surely check out the sites that are relevant to me. I am sure it will take a little time and
energy, but well worth it.
April 12th, 2009 at 4:58 pm
really good list
April 12th, 2009 at 7:28 pm
You could have also mentioned Securing Innovation, the business blog of IP.com. All about protecting intellectual property.
April 12th, 2009 at 8:37 pm
With all this blog reading, how will they ever find time to start their business? Less reading, more working… :-)
April 13th, 2009 at 1:57 pm
@Sean, thanks for suggesting my site.
@Mason, great list.
April 14th, 2009 at 9:35 am
Thanks for the list, definitely will add some of these blogs to my RSS feed…. Just what I needed.
April 14th, 2009 at 3:11 pm
Thanks for the list – I had most of these feeds in my reader, but I discovered a couple of new blogs. OPML would be a nice add-on indeed :-)
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MitchJune 30th, 2009 at 12:14 pm
This list was very helpful. For me though, I found it easier to read books about creating my own start-up. Like I found this guy Rob who started his own sport marketing company and is actually successful in an industry I percieved as impossible to get into with all the contacts you need and such. Anyway, his book is Young Guns and it really helped to when I started my own business.
July 13th, 2009 at 7:07 am
this list is very useful for me.I will get great marketing ideas from these blogs.
AjayJuly 24th, 2009 at 1:40 pm
Thank you for sharing this good list. I’ll add them to my reader.
It would be very good if you update it regularly.
July 25th, 2009 at 11:36 pm
What a great list of sites. I am bookmarking them for future reference. It is very true about the ongoing learning process necessary to run a successful online business.
August 1st, 2009 at 10:14 pm
Can’t state enough how important the entrepreneurial spirit is.
Curious if anyone has caught this book yet? “The Richest Man in Town” by W Randall Jones. I’ve read half of it so far and let me tell you it is well worth it. Would like to hear what everyone else thought of it?
August 20th, 2009 at 6:33 am
I have visited some of them, but not all. I thought I already visited many great business blogs, but there are still nice marketing and entrepreneurship blogs out there. Definitely for my bookmark.
August 29th, 2009 at 3:00 pm
Wow…VERY nice list of resources! Thx.
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September 8th, 2009 at 7:06 am
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October 3rd, 2009 at 8:52 pm
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December 31st, 2009 at 11:21 pm
Thanks for the list! They are very helpful for my online start-up strategy!
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April 20th, 2010 at 2:34 pm
My favorite is ” How to change the world”.Nice list :-)
May 14th, 2010 at 4:42 pm
Thank you for an excellent list. Nice range of topics. So much information so little time!
June 8th, 2010 at 5:21 pm
We have found that maintaining an intellectual edge is key when meeting potential clients! Thanks for the list.
July 22nd, 2010 at 4:52 pm
That’s quite a lot of reference reading to start with. It would be much more productive if the learning process is done with the practical aspects.
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Thank you for sharing this good list. I’ll add them to my reader.
It would be very good if you update it regularly…
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February 24th, 2011 at 6:57 am
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March 1st, 2011 at 3:52 pm
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May 21st, 2011 at 12:07 pm
Great list. I already visit a few regularly like Mashable. Definitely need to check out some of the other ones.
May 31st, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Love the list man, cheers. Totally agree you have to include Andrew Warner’s Mixergy on there too.
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