Most useful entrepreneurial blogs /podcasts / videos
Over the period, I have experienced that podcasts have a lot better content quality than a blog by the same person. Also, if heard attentively, podcasts have much greater chances to “teach” you than a blog.
I considered what the learning needs of an entrepreneur / aspiring entrepreneur are. While there can be many more aspects for me following matters in the order listed below:
Marketing blogs: The blogs and podcasts that solely focus on getting your word out there. The cover everything from target group analysis, user acquisition, retention, and sales. I think this is where a majority of entrepreneurs suck (that includes me) and thus it tops my “Entrepreneurial Needs” My favorite picks are:
- Neil Patel : for overall marketing strategy.
- – Podcast by the Neil Patel and Eric Siu, 7-8 minute daily episodes offering extremely practical advises and insights.
- And its podcast- God mode content on social media marketing! Mike Stelzner, himself is very learned plus he brings in amazing guests from all over the world.
- : Amy is an excellent resource for email marketing and list building. If you want to build loyal audiences that convert, you may want to subscribe to her podcasts.
Team building and organizational strategy focussed blogs: Your team solely defines how far you’ll go. While marketing is the fuel, your team is the engine! So here you go:
- Start with why : This blog is founded by Simon Sinek, the most prolific speaker on Leadership and culture.He and his igniters make you think and re-think on several aspects of life, company culture, and teams.
- HBR ( ) articles on following topics: Team building, Leadership & managing people Assessing performance, coaching and conflict.
Motivation: Running and owning a business is no mean task. It’s a well-known fact that all great entrepreneurs are toughest critics of themselves. Our demons at times make us feel like David before Goliath. That’s where you need to hear it right from the people who have made it or have a track record of getting stuff done.
- GaryVaynerchuk.com: Gary Vaynerchuk is a motivational speaker of our generation and is the no.1 influencer on social media across the globe. Every minute of his podcast and his youtube channel is inspiring. I make it a point that I hear his voice at least once every day. Keeps me high! You may want to be careful though with kids or office mates around. He has an explicit vocabulary!
- : He is known for his goal setting exercises and app.
- While there are a lot to of great references here. I would warn you from going too far into these. No amount of motivation and planning without action adds any meaning.
Productivity: Time is money! It would help if you write that down a hundred times on a piece of paper, so you appreciate that seemingly the most abundant thing is the costliest thing. Getting more out of every single minute, so you have all the time you need to live your life to fullest, is critical. That’s where blogs like “The one thing” helps. Again, there are several blogs and tools and hacks out there. Follow one framework and stick to it.
Business Strategy and investment (Finance): Arguably, this should be the most important thing you need to learn. But guess what, if you are an entrepreneur already, I am sure you have some strategy in place and the blogs suggested here will help you fine tune it. If you are still an aspiring entrepreneur, then you may not be able to make much sense of this right off the bat.
: When something comes directly from Reid Hoffman (of LinkedIn fame), you got to stand up and take notice, because the world does.
and Freedom Fast lane by Ryan Daniel Moran- in his podcast he shares some real pieces of advice, no B.S., no global Gyan – just straight up business and you get to hear from some of the best in the world who have scaled their business 6,7, 8 and 9 figures.
Going more specific from here, I would make some recommendations for tech entrepreneurs, since that’s my sweet spot.
– Niche-specific blogs: I am not making any listings here, but a tech entrepreneur needs to dwell more on a niche in which she is providing solutions than tech blogs. That’s where they get to hear more from their customers and whats happening in their industry. If you are in services space, it’s tougher. But there, I would pick up my top clients and spend time reading blogs they follow, to get a sense of what matters to them and what moves the meter for them.
– Product management, technology, and Analytics: If you are in the tech business, there is no way you can survive by not keeping to speed on latest product management skills, technology and how to read your metrics to get the most out of every visitor. There are some intense (read deep and technical) blogs out there which changes your perspective entirely about all of these.
– Startup and Funding news, trends and gossips: This is straight up maddening. You can just keep drooling over how many zeroes are there in the latest funding round of some random startup. Whats worse, it’s considered a success! It’s not. But that’s a different topic. Ideally, one should follow these blogs to keep up to speed on what the general direction in which investment fraternity is betting on. Who owns what kind of portfolio, successful exits and latest inventions.
Disclaimer: I do read these blogs one-off, but I follow none since for me actionable insights and
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