As a new startup, it can be tough managing your time between working on your own product versus staying on top of competition versus getting entrepreneurial advice in general. There are so many blogs out there to read and people to follow on Twitter it’s tough to filter through it all.
Below is a list of, in my opinion, the most helpful – high quality – resources to use on a daily basis.
General entrepreneurial advice
- http://itunes.stanford.edu – Standford has posted a great series of podcasts with phenomenal guest speakers on iTunes.
- http://ecorner.stanford.edu – Another great resource provided by Stanford. Found this one from Roger Cosseboom on hacker news (mentioned below)
- http://startupstudent.com (@startupstudent) – “dedicated to teaching students how to become successful Entrepreneurs!”
- http://onstartups.com (@onstartups) – A blog run by Dharmesh Shah, a very smart and passionate guy when it comes to software startups. Produces a lot of high quality content – no filler. Probably why he’s the #1 Google result for “startups blog”
- http://news.ycombinator.com – It’s Digg except 90% of the content is useful to startups. Really interesting community as well.
- http://www.paulgraham.com/articles.html – Paul Graham is the guy behind Hacker News and the well known Y-Combinator incubator. He’s written some really inspiring and well though out stuff.
- http://news.ycombinator.com – This get’s a second mention because it also contains a lot of breaking industry news
- http://www.readwriteweb.com (@rww) – Great startup blog run by Richard MacManus and Marshall Kirkpatrick
- http://www.techcrunch.com (@techcrunch) – You already know about this one.
- http://mashable.com (@mashable) – High volume site that covers the industry pretty well. At times they can be a bit Twitter news heavy though.
- http://gigaom.com (@gigaom)
The list is short, which is kind of the point. If you are starting a company, spending 2-3 hours a day reading 20 blogs is probably not going to be as beneficial as if you had spent that time working on your product or service. This is why I only recommended sites that deliver the best bang for your buck (where buck in this case is your time).
Do you have any MUST-READ resources that aren’t on this list? Please share by posting a comment below.