As a serial entrepreneur who sees possibility in almost everything, it is difficult for me to focus sometimes. It is even more challenging to focus on the right resources - finding ones that are appropriate for your field or area of expertise, and whose information is relevant and applicable.
My husband is a wonderful researcher and info-junkie, so he graciously forwards me things that are applicable to our businesses, and our lives. We both love sharing information and resources with others. This came from our telephone service provider, Grasshopper
11 News Sources for Entrepreneurs from Gary Grasshopper
Inc. provides news articles, interviews, insights, and content lists that tout in depth analysis on running a business, leadership, marketing, and sales. Articles are written with entrepreneurs in mind. Plus, everybody’s already reading Inc. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
Reasons to read Inc.:
- Been in the business of helping entrepreneurs for a long time (since 1979)
- Content shows in depth analysis, drawn from expert resources
- Fresh takes on workplace culture, innovation, and what other companies are doing
- Do you live under a rock? Everyone’s reading Inc.
OpenView Labs is geared towards software companies, providing practical advice to help them grow. The blog and news source doles out info on marketing, culture, funding, and more. OpenView Labs goes beyond the software industry with awesome eBooks and podcasts.
Reasons to read OpenView Labs:
- Tons of different types of content (podcasts, reports, videos eBooks, infographics, articles, etc.)
- It’s an offshoot of OpenView Venture Partners, an expert VC firm
- It’s eBook for small businesses competing with competitors is called “Slaying Goliath”
With a focus on the latest in social media, technology, and cool new businesses, Mashable is a groovy and fun news source. Mashable brings the exciting and interesting trends to the table, detailing the latest in golf gadgets, 3D ear canal scanners, and iPad hackers.
Reasons to read Mashable:
- Reporting on every new trend in social media and technology
- Read about the NFL, rockets, Facebook, movies, Carly Rae Jepsen, Google+, and GIFs
- Cool companies and latest technology is fodder for first date conversation
Entreprenista gives some love to the ladies with articles for female entrepreneurs. Not only does Entreprenista give advice on how to zap negative thinking, grow confidence, and be a whiz at content marketing, but it also has joinable groups and ways to connect. Entreprenista jokes that happily-ever-after has “nothing to do with prince charming.”
Reasons to read Entreprenista:
- Interviews with female entrepreneurs coupled with practical advice
- Empowering content that makes you want to go out and get it
- “The Launch Guide, a beginner’s handbook for starting a business”
Bloomberg Businessweek reports on general trends in the world of business, but also has news articles about newcomers in tech and other industries. Businessweek provides information on politics and policy, small business, business schools, global economics, and more. Businessweek is one of the big guys- you better be reading.
Reasons to read Businessweek:
- Tons of articles and resources no matter the size and stage of your business
- “BSchool,” the business school section
- Lifestyle stories such as “America’s 50 Best Cities”
Everybody knows Forbes, and it’s for good reason. The site provides lists of the nation’s richest businesspeople, insight into real estate trends, information about global trading, human resources ideas, and leadership lessons. Forbes has a multitude of awesome contributors. Forbes competes with Businessweek. Which do you prefer?
Reasons to read Forbes:
- News on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurs, lifestyle and leadership
- Wise, respected, and pre-vetted (founded in 1917 by B.C. Forbes)
- Lists include 400 Richest Americans, Top Earning CEOs, and Top-Earning Dead Celebrities
7. Fast Company
Fast Company shows off innovative companies, cool ideas, and awesome tips to help entrepreneurs be more successful–and it’s a little edgy. Readers can find articles detailing new types of robots, large company lawsuits, and Asia’s most creative companies. Its Co.DESIGN, Co.CREATE, Co.EXIST, and Co.LABS categories focus on individual industries.
Reasons to read Fast Company:
- Well-written, curious, and insightful articles from expert contributors
- An easy to surf, navigable layout makes it easy to find articles
- Edgy and cool
WordofMouth.org is a resource for business owners looking to better understand what customers and others are saying about their brands. It’s a marketing resource for those looking to build positive relationships with their audiences. Articles include tips for apologizing, ways to use small stuff to make big impressions, and how to write shareable content.
Reasons to read WordofMouth.org:
- Great tips for improving customer relationships
- Unexpected marketing tips
- Worksheets to help you be a better marketer
BostInno (short for Boston Innovation) isn’t as relevant if you’re not involved in the city of Boston, but it’s a fun startup meets lifestyle resource that reports on new, cool businesses, Boston-area startups, and social media trends. BostInno does an excellent job of combining business with lifestyle.
Reason to read BostInno:
- It’s a local source of information
- Articles relevant to a younger set
- BostInno’s Channel posts which feature contributors from around the city
TechCrunch is a favorite for those in the software, mobile, and technology industries, as the bulk of the articles focus on cool new trends, top leaders, and innovative technologies. TechCrunch not only reports on the latest drama in the world of Apple, Google, and Facebook, but also highlights new and growing industries such as 3D printing as well as current trends in consumer tech (hint: adults text more than teens!)
Reasons to read TechCrunch:
- The latest on what’s happening in technology-based companies
- Cool articles about crowdfunding, 3D printing, and global consumers
- A Europe section for finding out what’s happening on the other side of the pond
11. AMEX OPEN Forum
American Express’ OPEN Forum is a mecca for small business owners and startup founders looking for expert advice. With a motto of “powering small business success,” OPEN Forum draws contributors on tricky subjects such as sales strategy, social media, marketing, and leadership. Writers are expert leaders, coming from successful businesses to share their tips.
Reasons to read AMEX OPEN Forum:
- Expert insight into small business and startup challenges
- Tips on tough stuff, such as how to argue at the workplace
- Categories include money, managing, marketing, lifestyle, the world, and government contracting
* Hollis notes: With all of these resources out there, I will admit that I become overwhelmed and the revert to isolation. I can say that I read AMEX OPEN Forum with some regularity, Forbes occasionally, and Inc. a handful of times. Looks like I have some daily homework to catch up on if I want to step up my entrepreneurial game!
What resources assist you most in your entrepreneurial endeavors?