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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Comments

  1. says

    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).

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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?

  4. says

    #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.”

    Help! ;^)

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    You could have also mentioned Securing Innovation, the business blog of IP.com. All about protecting intellectual property.

  7. says

    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 :-)

  8. Mitch says

    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.

  9. Ajay says

    Thank you for sharing this good list. I’ll add them to my reader.
    It would be very good if you update it regularly.

  10. says

    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.

  11. says

    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.

  12. says

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  13. says

    @high equity — Videos can be a great thing for read engagement. They certainly drive up the time-on-site quite a bit. But if you do them poorly, I think they make you look cheap. Depending on the business, they are not always a great thing.

  14. says

    Just wondering what your thoughts are on a website I have created, blogsonamap.com. And if you would be willing to list your blog there. The idea is to help bloggers find other local bloggers who they may share common interests with. Thanks
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  15. says

    I echo everyone’s view on this post. Great list. I’ve even bookmarked this page so I can visit all of them later. I am actually looking for great resources like these and your post just saves me time researching!

  16. says

    Hey
    I wasent looking for that but still a great post

    how did you guys found this information??thank you for your post I saw it on Google And I saved it .I like. You have my email guys, so can you please send me an email when you post some new blogs on your site!!!

    thank you and have a nice day

  17. says

    This is a great blog site with plenty of resources. Finally!! I’ve found some good articles in Scobleizer. Im going to keep browsing. Theres specific info Im looking for. Thanks for creating this blog.

  18. says

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  21. says

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