Question: What is your current favorite startup-related newsletter or website and why?
The following answers are provided by members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.
Lewis Howes’ Podcast
I really like reading and listening to the Lewis Howes podcast on School of Greatness. He interviews some of the top minds on the Internet about what it takes to become big. A close second would be Startup Grind podcast. You can’t beat the amazing stories you’ll hear.
Help Scout’s Blog
Help Scout is a ticket helpdesk system, however their blog provides valuable customer experiences and startup stories that I’ve been able to use for my own business in a multitude of ways. With helpful ideas from dealing with customers to improving customer support, their blog is incredibly helpful for any growing startup.
I have been gaining so much valuable insight into venture capital and startups via the CB Insights newsletter since last year. The newsletters that they regularly send cover major startup fundings and exit events, as well as funding trends by industry and stage. It’s a fantastic newsletter if you’re excited about data too, because CB Insights always has a very data-driven approach to content.
Product Hunt and GrowthHackers
When I wake up in the morning, the first two places I look are GrowthHackers.com and ProductHunt.com. These are vibrant communities packed with valuable content from domain experts, experimenting startups and interesting people. These sites give me and my team inspiration for new ideas on how to grow our business.
I like Startup Digest for its variety of tailored reading lists. It’s a great mix of news and articles that I can customize depending on my interests, which means that I have to wade through a lot less information to find what I’m looking for. Sending info as a weekly digest is way more convenient than having to log in constantly, too.
Fred Wilson has been a consumer tech venture capitalist for more than two decades, investing in companies like Twitter, Etsy and Tumblr. His honest, to-the-point daily posts are a staple in my morning routine, primarily because Fred offers unrivaled insights on market trends and where the future is headed.
HackerNews has one of the most engaged communities in tech. The posts are contributed by the community and generate good conversations and debates. You can often see some very influential CEOs and VCs commenting on posts and sharing their views.
I like the melding of lessons from one of music’s most innovative genres—hip-hop—with successful tech company management. And, it’s a bit inspiring as Ben Horowitz is a unique mix of entrepreneur with financier. It’s a great mix of entertainment and education.
Fast Company Leadership Section
Fast Co. is known for being an amazing outlet, but the leadership section is a daily read for me. My business is outside of the techie world, but we implement a lot of common practices startups do to be innovative. Fast Company Leadership address obstacles and new ideas simultaneously, and the writing is never sub-par. I truly obtain so much wisdom and inspiration from that particular section.
Hubble Stream delivers via email those invigorating conversations with other smart people who feel as strongly about startup opportunities as you do. You get unique opinions and invigorating conversations from people in the industry who are just as passionate as you might be.
If you’re tired of the same old marketing newsletters and content that tell you to do the same things as 10 similar articles, then the Swipefile.co newsletter is for you. It comes to your inbox one day a week with a handful of interesting marketing links about not-so-obvious things. It’s refreshing, and the unique content helps me rethink my content strategy.