16 great blogs for entrepreneurs. No Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk or Mark Cuban. Promise.
About a month ago, I wrote an article about YouTube channels for entrepreneurs. That article hit a note with people — it reached #1 on Hacker News and went on to receive some 50,000 views.
The idea that resonated with people was that the vast majority of content aimed at entrepreneurs is commoditized and spammy rather than innovative and insightful. I’ve never read a Gary Vaynerchuk article that truly, positively affected the way I do things. You probably haven’t either. It’s rarely eye opening and insightful, because it is relegated to repeating the same catchphrases over and over again to achieve popularity. It’s pop content, and I’d like to escape to the fringe.
That’s why we’re writing this blog — to help showcase the underdogs and hidden gems. To share learnings from entrepreneurs who haven’t struck riches, or those that have some unpopular things to say. To keep the level of noise down and stray off the beaten path. We don’t always succeed, but we try.
Here are some blogs I enjoy, and you might, too.
This is one of my favorite corners of the internet. DHH, Jason Fried, Claire Lew, Nathan Kontny and friends (of Basecamp, Know Your Company and Highrise) consistently manage to author thought-provoking pieces challenging conventional wisdom and inspiring healthier work culture.
This blog’s title really says it all: “Baremetric’s journey to becoming a million dollar company”. Josh Pigford and co publish down to earth, honest thoughts and learnings from building their ultra transparent startup, Baremetrics.
- Getting out of the startup rat race
- How removing self-serve cancellations saved our business
- Is your company really only doing $45,000 per month?
The legendary Wizard of Moz, also known as Rand Fishkin, shares his experiences from building a highly successful company, pivoting the wrong way and then refixing what broke in the process. The result is brutally honest, human and illuminating.
- What I’d change, keep the same and don’t yet know
- My Complicated Relationship with No Longer Being CEO
With Kalzumeus Software, we’re venturing far beyond the traditional startup blog. Patrick McKenzie, also known as Patio11, writes about the dissonance between building software and marketing it; the latter being the significantly more arduous of the two.
- Why I’m done making desktop applications
- Strategic SEO for startups
- Selling software to the Fortune 500
Bemmu Sepponen built a tiny, sweet Japanese Candy subscription business. His learnings and thoughts are similarly lovely, and illustrate the process of building a simple (yet difficult to execute) lifestyle business.
- Do articles about Japan do better at night?
- How many lines of code is Candy Japan?
- Nobody’s going to steal your idea
Pieter (levels.io) is the man behind a dizzying number of websites, apps and tools, some successful and some less so. He’s an author, a successful Youtuber, and builder of 12 startups in 12 months. His posts are often fascinating.
Paul’s essays aren’t exactly a blog, nor are they particularly niche — but they’re hands-down the best resources for any startup founder who wants their company to be a success.
YC’s blog mainly publishes interviews and conversations with successful entrepreneurs about everything tech, but it also features occasional thought essays and growth lessons. It’s worth your time.
- On growing: 7 lessons from the story of WeChat
- A guide to seed fundraising
- How to find product market fit
Fred Wilson is the co-founder of Union Square Ventures, and early investor in Twitter, Tumblr and Kickstarter. The blog updates frequently, and includes smart insights on a variety of topics related to startup funding and life in general.
First Round Capital — investor in Uber, Mint and Warby Parker — is building the Harvard Business Review of venture capital. It includes articles on business, fundraising and product management from a portfolio of great companies and authors.
- Don’t play with dead snakes
- Build a customer advisory board
- From burning millions to profitable in seven months
Seth Godin writes bite-sized blog posts with insights about business and “permission marketing” — the idea of marketing to people who want to get your stuff.
I could include a whole bunch of mainstream sites in this category, but the only one I think is consistently worth the time is The New Yorker magazine’s business and tech section. Over the past few years, they’ve published some of the most insightful bios and overviews I’ve come across.
- The race to solar power Africa
- Is the gig economy working?
- Amazon’s brick-and-mortar stores are not for people who actually read
Tim Urban’s land of wonder and chaos. Wait But Why covers everything from neural networks to the presidential elections in an abashedly longform format with quirky stick figure cartoons. It’s great.
- Neuralink and the brain’s magical future
- Doing a TED talk: the full story
- The cook and the chef: Musk’s secret sauce
Don’t be put off by the academic vibe: HBR has some thought-provoking pieces on various different topics related to technology and business.
- In the AI Age, “Being Smart” Will Mean Something Completely Different
- How Managers Drive Results and Employee Engagement at the Same Time
- How Can Companies Compete with Amazon? Netflix Has the Answer
Jason Kottke curates the best links and stories on the web to write Kotkke.org —in fact, he’s been doing that since 1998. “Frequent topics of interest among the 26,000+ posts include art, technology, science, visual culture, design, music, cities, food, architecture, sports, endless nonsense, and carefully curated current events, all of it lightly contextualized.”
- Why did Amazon buy Whole Foods? World domination.
- Quantum entanglement effects observed over 100s of miles
- A commonsensical approach to sales and marketing
Helmed by venerable Quincy Larson, FreeCodeCamp curates in-depth articles by some of the best authors around. They publish articles about development, design and data analysis, and find the unique angle that makes for a great, informative read.
- How to Make $80,000 Per Month on the Apple App Store
- The mind-blowing AI announcement from Google that you probably missed.
Stratechery is a unique blog in that it’s not afraid to get really deep and technical in its coverage of business strategy. Ben Thompson writes about the deals and decisions being made behind the scenes in an intelligent and highly readable way.