Being an entrepreneur in today's digital world is brutal. Our time is limited, and knowing where to spend it is critical to our success. We must be students of change and disruption, but also masters of execution. Both feel like they require more time than we have.
Motivational speaker Jim Roh famously said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Here's our list of entrepreneurs we think you should be spending time with. Our list includes entrepreneurs from around the globe who share their valuable insights on everything from digital marketing and time management to dealing with the challenges that being a business owner imposes on their personal lives.
Seth Godin is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, speaker, and teacher. He’s published 18 books, founded two companies (Squidoo and Yoyodyne), and is the motivational force behind Seth’s Blog. Godin posts to his blog daily, and his most popular blog post, “Quality and Effort,”, has garnered more than 200,000 views. He’s given several TED talks, and offers a 30-day intensive workshop named altMBA for managers, leaders, entrepreneurs and freelancers. In addition to his blog, you can follow Godin via social media.
Renowned tech blogger Tim Ferriss has been recognized for his simple but profound insights by different organizations and publications throughout the years. A technology investor, advisor and best-selling author, Ferriss has been listed among the Most Innovative Business People by Fast Company. He has also been named as one of Fortune’s 40 under 40. You can follow him on Twitter (@tferriss) or watch him share his game-changing ideas on TED.
India-based blog Digital Inspiration offers simple and accessible solutions to streamlining your business processes through Google’s G Suite of digital apps and services. Proclaiming themselves “tech à la carte,” Digital Inspiration is focused on assisting its readers with boosting their productivity. Among their most popular blog posts, “The 101 Most Useful Websites on the Internet”, reviews a wealth of super useful online tools and services.
Amy Porterfield, a blogger who candidly recounts her tortured journey before becoming a successful entrepreneur, now spends her time helping readers find a more direct path to success. In her eponymous blog, she teaches readers the secrets of e-mail marketing that helped her to achieve a seven-figure online business without relying on an 80-hour workweek. “I discovered that building my own dream business was NOT at odds with helping others achieve theirs,” Porterfield writes. One of her post highlights is a free cheat sheet of at least 20 smart strategies to grow the email list.
The tech industry changes so rapidly that it can sometimes make our heads spin. We learn, unlearn, and relearn terminology at a pulse-pounding pace. New tools, apps, and gadgets are released daily. SheGeeks, the acclaimed blog by Corvida Raven, is written to help us navigate the shifting technological tide. Corvida’s goal is to help us understand technology by making it more palatable and relatable. Visit her tech opinions and insights page to learn what you may have been missing.
Do you want latest on new app releases? Abhishek Yadav has an wealth of recommendations for you on the best online tools in his blog Techavy. Created for people who have a shared passion for technology, this tech blog keeps its readers updated on the latest developments in technology. Techavy has specific sections for Android and other product reviews written to aid readers in their quest to make the best app and technology decisions for both their business and personal lives. Follow Abhishek on Instagram for the latest (@Abhinemm).
Trending technology topics are the main thrust of Techlog360, a blog organized by tech geeks passionate about emerging digital trend. With a tagline like “It’s all about technology!,” it’s unsurprising that Techlog360 discusses a whole host of topics, including the internet, privacy and security, startups. It also offers tutorials designed to address common tech challenges. Techlog360 is a trusted tech source, with a staggering one million page views each month.
For a more entertaining take on current technology news, look no further than Knowtechie.com, a blog by Kevin Raposo which offers content on everything from gadgets and apps, to mobile, security, gaming, and social media. Life is too short to read dry tech news -- visit KnowTechie for bite-sized reads guaranteed to make you smile. Kevin’s article are well sourced, moderately sized, and are an easy read.
Everyone should learn to code, they say. It’s the future they say. But where do we begin, and which technologies are relevant? Web and app programmer Amit Shaw writes about his passion for technology in his blog ITechCode.com, where he shares useful insights on blogging, computer systems, gadgets, search engine optimization, software, and programming. In his “Tips and Tricks,” readers can learn valuable tech hacks like getting more views on YouTube. To learn more about Amit and his blog, follow him on Twitter (@itechcode).
Louis Gray provides us with his unfiltered views on technology and related topics in his blog LouisGray.com. His topics of focus include next-generation RSS feed readers, link aggregation, internal linking versus external linking, and original-source attribution. Gray’s goal in contributing to his blog is to raise awareness about technology and its implications for our future. Gray, who serves as product consultant, has been blogging since 2006.
Stratechery, a blog by Tapei-based Ben Thompson, offers a focus on technology as it relates to business strategy, the media, as well as its impact on society. Thompson has been completely supported by his work at Stratechery since 2014, which now has readers in over 85 countries. He previously worked at Apple, Microsoft, and Automattic. Thompson deeply values his independence as a writer, and does not accept compensation from any companies that he covers in his blog. Stratechery has been recommended by The New York Times, who identified the blog as one of the most interesting sources of analysis on the web. Follow Ben Thompson on Twitter for the latest (@benthompson).
Founded in June of 2009, Techlineinfo.com offers trusted content on the latest tech news and developments. Sujith Kumar’s blog is a one-stop shop for information on tech matters and covers mobile, software, gadgets, and even WordPress. Kumar assists readers with critical purchasing decisions in his “Buying Guide” section, and the blog also features how-to guides including how to use a Wi-Fi modem with a router exclusively as a wireless access point.
If you are interested in social media marketing techniques, then ShoutMeLoud.com is the blog for you. Blog scientist Harsh Agrawal provides you with practical tips on how to start a blog and how to utilize basic and advanced WordPress techniques.
Described as a community of like-minded bloggers, ShoutMeLoud.com is the ultimate haven where bloggers, freelancers, and online entrepreneurs can gain additional knowledge on digital marketing, search engine optimization, and inbound marketing. The blog also offers exclusive deals & discounts to its readers and free downloadable books on marketing and WordPress.
Launched in 2011, TechFruit.com brings a British flavor to tech news. Claiming to offer a fresh perspective on technology, gadgets, and start-ups, Tim Dickinson’s blog provides the latest tidbits from the industry. They’re even credited with breaking major tech-related stories, such as the Huffington Post launching in the UK, and the fire sale of HP TouchPads. The blog also houses a specific section pertaining to technology laws and includes actual cases for reference.
Technology and big data consultant Eric D. Brown is a master of a number of technology fields, including data science, machine learning, natural language processing, sentiment analysis, and technology strategy projects. He discusses these fields in his eponymous blog, which contains postings that reflect his 20-year experience in the industry. In one of his recent articles, Brown, who earned a doctorate degree in information systems, raised the question whether machine learning is even necessary.
Blogging can be both an exercise of passion and artistry, and a source of profit. Aside from all the fun to be had from blogging, it can provide a much needed boost to your entrepreneurial spirit, and hopefully make you some money too. Imran Uddin’s AllTechBuzz.net is focused on helping you improve your blogging skills.
A blog devoted to blogging, WordPress, and technology, AllTechBuzz.net shares recent tech developments and how they can make an impact, particularly in maintaining your blog or website. Looking for some one-on-one assistance with your on blog or website? They provide a consulting service as well.
Providing news and views on personal and consumer technology is what Technology Personalised (TechPP.com) does best. Formerly known as Technically Personal, the blog was launched 2008, and is now considered one of the top technology blogs in the online universe (maybe even the megaverse). Big tech sites like CNET and TechCrunch have even quoted TechPP.com in their write-ups. The blog aims to help readers live simply through technological solutions, and to establish a platform for the exchange of ideas among its readers.
Providing a unique space for technology readers, MakingDifferent.com expertly combines matters of technology and real-life solutions for common health and relationship problems. Administered by part-time blogger Nitin Maheta, the blog does not only provide you with a great dose of information on technology, internet, and computing, but also offers the opportunity to read articles focused on automobiles, travel, and holidays.
MakingDifferent.com offers content for just about everything under the sun. To be stay current, follow the blogger on Twitter (@nitinmaheta).
The hows and whys of technology are skilfully addressed in How-to Geek, which boasts a worldwide reach of 15 million readers. Context is king in tech articles, whether tech-savvy or not. How-to Geek is filled with tons of information such as comparative analysis on products, explainers, tech reviews, and the latest news in the industry. It has a pool of information concerning Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android. How-to Geek is present on Twitter (@howtogeek). We recommend following them now before you miss out.
Offering a simple interface, Bullet in Tech provides readers with quality and detailed articles that cover social media, technology, and gaming. The blog also offers quality-of-life improvements by putting together practical hacks involving a number of tech tools. From integrating FileMaker to WordPress, to the top WordPress optimization practices, Bullet in Tech gives you an abundance of content that is might just make your entrepreneurial journey just a little bit easier.
A relatively young technology news blog founded in March of 2017, TechJeny dedicates itself to posting information-rich articles geared towards entrepreneurs, bloggers, marketers, designers, and developers. Specific topics include business, design, gadgets, the internet, marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), social media, WordPress, blogging, mobile app development, web design and development, and gaming. The blog is also open to accepting and publishing quality content contributions related to technology. For more information and updates, follow them on Twitter (@techjeny).
The future of technology is heavily covered in Tech Trends, where technology and creative consultant (and freelance journalist) Alice Bonasio sits as editor in chief. Tech Trends has featured numerous articles on the Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality, financial technology, sex technology, and food and health technology. The blog also features product reviews of gadgets, devices, and tools. Believing in the “transformative power of technology,” Bonasio has written for various publications such as Newsweek and Playboy, and is currently writing a book on virtual reality. Stay updated with the latest in technology trends by following her on Twitter (@techtrends_tech).
Do you enjoy seeing it first? Digital Trends may very well deliver, as this they promise to provide unusual sneak peeks of new product releases. This tech info hub keeps readers updated on the latest news, entertaining reviews, and well-reasoned editorials.
Easily navigable, Digital Trends also has specific sections on How-Tos and giveaways, and encourages readers to contact them with news tips. Start engaging with Digital Trends today by following them on Twitter (@DigitalTrends), where they pride themselves on having more than 2 million followers.
Blogger, web entrepreneur and all around regular-guy Tyler Cruz hasn’t worked a “regular” job in over 10 years. Through his website TylerCruz.com, he shares his daily grind as an entrepreneur. Cruz has been a blogger for going on 13 years, and in addition to writing about his new business ventures, he enjoys writing about his interest in real estate investing. He is no stranger to the challenges of being an online entrepreneur in the ever-shifting digital landscape, and shares not just his successes, but his failures as well.
Transforming the way people work is Julia Roy’s personal crusade as she weaves productivity, science, and technology together in her blog, WorkHacks. An entrepreneur and a self-described futurist, Roy writes to help her readers optimize their workflows with essential tools. Through podcasts, posts, and tutorials in her blog, Roy has aims to teach her followers how to effectively use the right tools, and how to simplify their daily task list.
We hear the phrases Start-Up and Venture Capital all the time, but understanding the nuts-and-bolts of financing a new venture is another story entirely. Mark Suster’s Both Sides of the Table gives readers a glimpse into the world of start-ups. Suster is a serial entrepreneur who has transformed himself into a venture capitalist with his company Upfront, considered the largest early-stage fund in South California. Learn more about Suster and his latest undertakings on Snapchat (msuster).
Steve and Jennifer Chou are out to prove to the world that you can thrive without being traditionally employed, and share their knowledge and experiences in their blog MyWifeQuitHerJob.com. Jennifer, who used to be a financial analyst, decided to quit her job to spend more time with their daughter. Despite the setbacks, they have managed to remain in Silicon Valley by running a lucrative online store and an impressive investment securities portfolio. Through their featured stories and podcasts, they teach readers how to follow in their footsteps.
Providing readers with breaking news and video content straight from the business industry, Axcess News stands apart from their peers with their depth of content. In addition to from their sharp focus on business news and developments, the blog also covers content on categories such as health, the environment, international affairs, entertainment, and even horoscopes. It also features sections for legal, technology, finance, and leadership topics. While visiting Axcess News gives a similar experience in visiting mainstream news websites, it distinguishes itself as an emerging leader in bringing the hottest buzz and tidbits on what is happening inside the business industry today.
Entrepreneurs and start-up enthusiasts will find themselves at home with Fuckedup Startups, a blog that not only offers the latest news, but also expert analysis on the latest start-up developments. The blog provides in-depth analysis of the start-up scene, and offers valuable tips on avoiding pitfalls common to new ventures. Success is often born from failure, so start reading today.
Selecting a start-up cofounder may not be as easy as you think. What is the right number? What is the perfect criteria? What are considerations should be made? Venture Hacks, known for giving start-up advice, addresses this issue in one of their popular posts, “How to Pick a Co-founder.” And the list of advice they have provided to readers are all encompassing—advertising, budget, business plans, downturns, dilutions, customer development, innovation, and more. Venture Hacks also regularly updates their followers on Twitter (@venturehacks).
Getting your brilliant ideas featured and exposed to a global audience is now possible through Greg Nunan’s New Startups, a blog that openly solicits new start-ups for publishing consideration. Popular for bringing fresh start-up news and other relevant information related to start-ups and entrepreneurship, New Startups is committed to bringing together new start-up ideas from all around the world. New Startups was created out of shared passion for entrepreneurship.
Daniel Goh seems to have a great time empowering his readers. He writes content designed to help us transform and change the world around us one step at a time. His blog, Singapore-based Young Upstarts, is making waves online for bringing real stories and leadership editorials to a wide array of readers. The blog specifically targets younger readers through a focus on young entrepreneurship. Stay current on the latest from Young Upstarts by following them on social media, including Twitter (@youngupstarts).
Becoming the next big thing is the goal of any startup, and KillerStartups may have a hand in nudging dreams closer to reality. John Ruhlin’s start-up blog helps enthusiasts and budding entrepreneurs realize their goals by featuring relevant content and chronicling internet start-ups from their very inception. KillerStartups is also connected with other sites such as Fundable.com, Launchrock.com, and Bizplan.com, with over 600,000 start-up companies and around 14 million backers joining them altogether.
Personal development is the focus of Ivan Widjaya’s blog, Biz Penguin. Through her reviews and articles containing useful news and inspirational ideas, Widjaya stays faithful in keeping up with the blog’s mission statement, “Guiding business people to change their mindset about business and entrepreneurship via expert opinions and first-hand experience.” The blogger, who is an expert in building profitable websites and blogs, shares her personal experiences related to running small businesses, online ventures, and freelance work.
Making the jump from ideas into action is Alyssa Gregory’s focus for entrepreneurs in her blog, Small Business Bonfire. The blog, founded in 2011, is promoted as a “social, educational and collaborative community of entrepreneurs.” Gregory accomplishes this task by putting together practical steps and the fitting tools that entrepreneurs may consider in both starting and maintaining their business ventures. Aside from the popular content she provides via the blog, Gregory also sends out a weekly newsletter and provides a platform for the online community to share ideas.
Solopreneur Hour, a blog blog by Michael O’Neal, features people from all walks of life who have made the leap to entrepreneurship and have left their regular jobs behind. You can find Michael’s lively podcasts on his blog, which also provides information on a wide range of entrepreneurial topics. In his podcasts, O’Neal interviews entrepreneurs from different fields: marketing, music, fitness, and entertainment. O’Neal’s mission is to give “actionable” steps and actions that can help everyone in their respective ventures.
Blogtrepreneur is a blog targeting - wait for it - entrepreneurs. The blog is managed by Matthew and Adam Toren, a sibling team of authors, investors, mentors, and serial entrepreneurs. They are authors of the award-winning book Kidpreneurs, and spend their days operating their consulting firm, Biz Warriors. Blogtrepreneur covers any topic of interest for an entrepreneur, both personal and business related. Topics include Living Debt Free, Ways to Keep Your Website Audience Engaged, and Why native SEOs are the Best SEOs. Follow them on Twitter at (@blogtrepreneur).
While the number of women-owned businesses increased by 114 percent between 1997 and 2017, these business are still only responsible for 8 percent of employment and just 4 percent of revenues. While a tremendous amount of progress has been made, women entrepreneurs still face an uphill battle relative to their male counterparts. The Female Entrepreneur Association has tasked itself with maintaining this positive momentum. Targeting the female audience, the blog offers inspiring 10-minute weekly videos, an online community for women entrepreneurs, and numerous articles of real stories of real women designed to empower women in entrepreneurship.
From sharing his personal musings, to professional exposes, serial entrepreneur Adrian Tan is the go-to resource for human resources (HR) technology. With more than 19,000 subscribers, his eponymous blog has been featured in several reputable online hubs such as Lifehack, Yahoo!, and Undercover Recruiter. Singapore-based Tan is also known for cowriting Everything You Wish to Ask a Headhunter, a career guidebook. We encourage you to start learning from his blog by reading one of his popular posts on Singapore’s HR tech start-up landscape.
Information technology (IT) undoubtedly keeps the world going in this day and age. IT Knowledge Exchange keeps the entire tech community together by providing the latest industry news and troubleshooting solutions to highly technical problems. It aims to engage users by encouraging them to post content to the website. Registered users are also permitted to customize the content they want to see. The community section of the blog provides users with updates and relevant opportunities, such as contests and special events.
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