Reading and learning are hallmarks of entrepreneurs. Most entrepreneurs spend almost double the average work-week working on their companies, and a lot of this is trial and error.
Check out this list of the Top Small Business Blogs of the Year. (Yes this blog is listed 🙂
We have assembled a list of the top 55 best business startup blogs for entrepreneurs to read. These blogs will help you learn from other startup founders failures but also their successes. This can save you a lot of time and hardship on your unique entrepreneurial journey.
Maintaining relevant knowledge is crucial- especially as trends change quickly in the modern world. Without further ado, here are the best business blogs for you- an entrepreneur- to be reading.
1 – OnStartups
Dharmesh Shah started his first successful software company at the age of 24. He is also an angel investor in over 70 startups and is a co-founder of Hubspot. Dharmesh started this blog to talk about tech startups, but it includes invaluable information in marketing, sales, and entrepreneurship alike.
2 – Gary Vaynerchuck
Gary Vaynerchuck, “Garyvee”, is one of the most popular entrepreneurs today, leveraging social media and podcasting while running, owning, and investing in a variety of companies. He covers almost every topic imaginable with entrepreneurship and is a huge advocate of marketing and eCommerce.
3 – Ben Horowitz
New York Times bestselling author, Ben Horowitz, is a co-founder and partner of a venture capital firm called a16z. Prior to this, he was CEO and VP of tech companies and had a successful business career. He writes for the a16z blog and shares knowledge to hustle in just about any market.
4 – The Moz Blog
In today’s world, your startup needs an online presence. The Moz Blog is one of the (if not the) leading blogs in SEO, email marketing, blogging, and everything surrounding a website business. As you grow in your entrepreneurial journey this will – and should – be one of the most frequented resources you use.
5 – Both Sides of the Table
Entrepreneurship, startups, and venture capital – these are all covered in-depth on Both Sides of the Table. Mark Suster has been a startup founder twice and both times had successful exits. He now invests heavily in young, driven entrepreneurs. This blog will open your mind to new thoughts and perspectives of entrepreneurship.
6 – Startup Lessons Learned
As the name implies, Startup Lessons Learned is all about potential issues, and benefits, of running a startup. It also covers Lean Startup methodology. It is better to learn from others’ mistakes and successes than blindly moving forward – this blog will help you do just that.
7 – Women on Business
Susan Gunelis, President and CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc runs Women on Business– a blog compiled from international contributors touching on key pieces that will lead women to professional success. Categories of wisdom include decision making, CSR, female execs, marketing, strategy, and beyond.
8 – Paul Graham
Interestingly, the poor web design on the blog, Paul Graham, is in stark contrast to the content provided in his essays. This programmer, writer, and investor (in over 2,000 startups through Y Combinator) shares his expertise in a variety of topics that yield over 15 million annual page views.
9 – Feld Thoughts
Feld Thoughts is written by Brad Feld, investor, entrepreneur, and author of the Startup Revolution Series. This blog features his insights into venture capital investing and entrepreneurship. It also contains a variety of posts regarding business and technology in the face of modern-day issues.
10 – Kellblog
The Kellblog contributes to topics including enterprise software startups and their respective strategies, marketing and management systems, SaaS metrics, and venture capital financing. Dave Kellogg shares his experiential wisdom coming from years as a business owner, consultant, and professional life in Silicon Valley.
11 – Vero
This blog comes from a company that specializes in integrating customer messaging platforms and insights into helpful resources for any consumer. The Vero blog is perfect for entrepreneurs looking to better understand data management, messaging and automation, and other email marketing best practices.
12 – Chris Dixon
Chris Dixon is another partner in the a16z venture firm, and before that invested personally in companies like Stripe and Kickstarter. While he has not been actively writing for his blog, he still writes for the a16z blog and both are worth looking through for great knowledge on young entrepreneurs.
13 – Seth’s Blog (Seth Godin)
Seth Godin is a marketing master. He is the founder of Akimba (altMBA) and is a best-selling author (of 19 books!). He is regularly featured on podcasts and teaches, as well as runs this blog. Marketing is the focus, but he covers all things business-related like bootstrapping, storytelling, and podcasting.
14 – Cloudways Blog
This section of Cloudways Blog is completely dedicated to startups. While Cloudways is a popular website hosting environment, and with the world online – they understand what someone just starting out needs. Blogs range from ideas to crowdfunding to events- all topics that can be useful to a young entrepreneur.
15 – The Startup (on Medium)
With claims to “Medium’s largest active publication” – The Startup is a powerful blog for finding information on just about any subject related to business. The Startup will, without a doubt, help you identify the steps to put your plan into action through marketing, social media, blogging, site setup, and more.
16 – All Businesses
Not sure where to begin? All Businesses is a great place to start. As the name implies – you can learn just about anything about any business. With categories like “Getting Started” you can work on the beginnings of a business, and with “Staffing & HR”, “Tech”, and more, you can scale to be a larger entity.
17 – StartUp Mindset
Looking for ideas, strategies, and general advice to begin an entrepreneurial journey? StartUp Mindset has all the above. With both actionable and motivational blog posts – StartUp Mindset supports just about anyone, at any point in their journey.
18 – 500 Startups
500 Startups is a venture capital firm, but do not let the name fool you. Since they began, 500 Startups has invested in over 2,400 ventures. Then they took all that knowledge and expertise and applied it to this blog. This is perfect for people looking into a structure to learn from experts.
19 – Mixergy
Mixergy is not a typical blog, it is both a collection of useful advice and a course that allows you to learn from startup founders. You can find interviews with entrepreneurs, as well as ways to get traffic, build sales funnels, and “how-to” build all different types of businesses.
20 – SaaStr
SaaStr is a B2B software training company. Beyond this, their blog is hugely successful and helps with things like setting yourself up as a young entrepreneur to be a CEO and how to generate email leads for your business.
21 – For Entrepreneurs
The name pretty much gives it away, but For Entrepreneurs is a complete entrepreneurial blog. They help with everything from startup help, to onboarding first employees. If you are not sure where to go, and you need a model to follow, check out For Entrepreneurs to find out more.
22 – Startups.com
Startups.com is a unique blog on this list, not because it is talking about startups, but because it gets into questions that other people do not want (or know) to ask. If you go to the page you will see anything from shrinking a company (when financially wise) to understanding how relationships morph after success.
23 – Quick Sprout
Quick Sprout can be super helpful when starting as an entrepreneur because it has a lot of product advice. Quick Sprout discusses mostly web-related business but also gets into phone technology and things people do not always think of like hosting.
24 – TechCrunch Startups
TechCrunch Startups is an offshoot of the well-known name in the business and tech world today. This part of the blog is all about startups – successful and new – and advice in the midst of both current events and timeless challenges.
25 – Hubspot
Hubspot is an interesting blog on this list as it is a combination of a few more narrowly refined blogs on Marketing, Sales, Service, and Websites. You can select one of these categories or read all four to begin learning about increasing your traffic and connecting with, closing, and managing business leads.
26 – Tomasz Tunguz
Tomasz Tunguz is a well-known venture capitalist at RedPoint Ventures and a Board Member at a myriad of other firms. His blog shares wisdom on topics fit for any entrepreneur including content marketing, metrics, SaaS, S1 analysis, and more. You can also find information in his popular books and live presentations.
27 – Smart Hustle
Smart Hustle uses Ramon Ray’s smart, motivational energy to create the latest content and events on topics like Leadership, Marketing, Money, and Operations. Entrepreneurs can learn from his experience in profitable business through his blog, books, live and virtual events, and content- all posted on his blog.
28 – Om Malik
Om Malik is a venture capitalist from Silicon Valley. Entrepreneurs eager to learn about technology, investments, the stock market, and best practices can learn from his blog, podcasts, and interviews. He’s edited for Forbes.com, Business 2.0, and more, so you know his content is worth a read.
29 – Small Business Trends
If you are looking to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in business, technology, marketing, management, finance, and business advice, look no further than the Small Business Trends blog. Posts range in topic from legislation’s effects on business to branding to market research and beyond.
30 – Pattern Recognition (Ian Sigalow)
From the perspective of early stage venture capital investing, Ian Sigalow guides you through his perspective on the digital economy and related market trends. Wanting to learn more about eCommerce, mobile apps, and web infrastructure for your business? Be sure to check out his blog.
31 – Steve Blank
Entrepreneur, author, professor, and more- Steve Blank shares his insights into the importance of executing your business model, not just “searching for one”. This blog addresses investments, marketing, technology, military ventures, and small businesses seizing their opportunities. Also included are startup books, fundraising ideas, and other tools.
32 – Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Marketing and Entrepreneurship hits on many of the latest entrepreneurial tech trends including marketing on social media, optimizing your search engine, and growing your content for the right audience. Many contributors add their various perspectives on these topics via writing for this blog through Medium.com.
33 – Hunter Walk
Hunter Walk is a successful businessman and partner at Homebrew. He uses his talents and knowledge to help entrepreneurs and small businesses begin to think big – to grow massive amounts in short amounts of time. Considering anything like VC money or investors? Check out his blog first.
34 – Brian Solis
A more sporadic blogger in recent years, Brian Solis still has some golden nuggets to offer. Brian is a highly successful digital analyst and is known for his work showing technological trends for consumers. His blog is a must-read to learn more about current trends for your business journey.
35 – Startup Grind
Startup Grind is a community – the world’s largest – of founders, startups, innovators, and creators. They specialize in helping you build a group of similar-minded friends that can help you grow your business. As an entrepreneur, you will want to learn these skills and make a community of your own as well.
36 – Under 30 CEO
Under 30 CEO is a great blog for young entrepreneurs and those finding (or hoping to find) success at an early age. In general, you can expect personal mindset and learning advice as well as situational advice. Over 30? They have a section for that as well, but I find that all their content is worth reading (regardless of age) to help build your intergenerational perspective.
37 – Bowery Capital Blog
Bowery Capital is an early stage capital venture firm – helping businesses modernize through technology. Bowery Capital keeps an up-to-date blog and covers a lot of topics for startups, especially in the sales arena. Be sure to check this blog out.
38 – AVC
Fred Wilson is a venture capitalist (AVC). He has been working as a VC for over 30 years, and since 2003 has been writing daily on his blog. AVC is a lot more conversational and changes daily, but getting first-hand insight from someone as knowledgeable as Fred is invaluable as a young (or seasoned) entrepreneur.
39 – Freshbooks
Freshbooks is an accounting software for businesses. On top of its incredible platform, Freshbooks offers great blog content. They cover all facets of small business, startups, and entrepreneurship like securing a loan, accepting payments, and scaling up. Keep your mind fresh and read this blog.
40 – Neil Patel
Neil Patel has taken the internet by storm, largely for his knowledge of SEO and website growth. He has managed to rank for some of the most competitive keywords of all time and continues to grow. Digital marketing is key in today’s business world, and Neil offers a myriad of free tools to help you learn how to succeed.
41 – Dr. Jeff Cornwall
Dr. Jeff Cornwall is a co-founder of The Entrepreneurial Mind, is a serial entrepreneur, and a professor. His personal blog covers topics across the spectrum of entrepreneurship and will undoubtedly help you learn new strategies and techniques to stand out among the competition.
42 – Copyblogger
Copyblogger is great if you are not sure where to begin, but you have an idea to build on and want to become an authoritative company. This blog will help you learn to become an authority, grow a blog, rank a website, and come up with more ideas. Every entrepreneur needs to learn how to write well, and Copyblogger can help.
43 – Sam Altman
Sam Altman is an entrepreneur, investor, blogger, coder, and part-time partner at Y Combinator. His blog offers great advice for anyone looking to become a founder of startups. Look here for advice on success techniques, productivity, and the mindset to have as an entrepreneur.
44 – Convince and Convert
Convince and Convert is a complete customer experience strategy blog. This includes getting customers by any means- from word of mouth to influencer marketing. If you are looking to sway customers and provide them with an incredible experience so they market for you Convince and Convert will help.
45 – Social Triggers
Having a great product is not always enough – people are swayed by different things. Social Triggers helps you understand the buyer and how to market your product or service to attract these customers. If you are new or struggling to get customers – read Social Triggers and you will likely learn why.
46 – Startup Digest
Want to learn how to attract venture money, understand tech lingo, and get advice on different startup markets? Startup Digest is the place to be. On top of the helpful advice offered by the company, there are also features of entrepreneurs who are making it all work – and sharing the knowledge with you.
47 – Joel Is
Joel Gascoigne is a co-founder (and CEO) of Buffer – a social media post-scheduling company. Joel’s blog is a conglomerate of his journey with Buffer, investing, advice, and business thoughts. It is important to learn from the successes of others – and Joel is a great example to learn from in today’s world.
48 – Groove
GrooveHQ has a blog category all about entrepreneurship. This category is full of useful information – from making a business starting from almost no money to leadership qualities for an entrepreneur. Take advantage of knowledge and answers surrounding the unique challenges you face daily as an entrepreneur.
49 – ConversionXL
Understanding how to stand out – how to be unique in a sea of similar business strategies – is crucial to being a successful entrepreneur. ConversionXL does just that. It offers tips to help you be different, including classes and “minidegrees”, to help you take your business from average to exceptional.
50 – Sumo
SEO tips, growth marketing, ranking, email marketing – Sumo has it all. There are studies to back up what they teach you, and the information is endless to help your business grow. Entrepreneurs everywhere need to know about ranking, growing, and most importantly – getting a customer’s attention.
51 – Wise Bread
Wise Bread is a favorite for those who want to understand how to make the most of their current situation by improving it. Wise Bread includes tips on personal finance, credit, life hacks, and budgeting – all aimed to help you live a more profitable personal and professional life.
52 – Content Marketing Institute
Like the title implies, Content Marketing Institute is here to give you knowledge on ranking your content. In order to get your entrepreneurial venture known, you need to understand how to market it well and for your target audience. The CMI blog is here to help you get your product shown to the world. Content is king.
53 – A Smart Bear
This four-time entrepreneur (with two sales), Jason Cohen, has been writing about startups for 13 years. The amount of information processed here is both timeless and up-to-date. The content from A Smart Bear is crafted to help you think bigger and build a smarter business now.
54 – The Founder Coach
Dave Bailey runs this popular, Medium-based blog. This blog focuses on management, communication, leadership, and other facets that business founders face. As an entrepreneur, The Founder Coach will help your mindset, team, and attitude shift to take your business to a whole new level.
55 – Yaro Starak
Yaro has bootstrapped businesses and websites from the ground up multiple times, starting at the age of 20. He has proven success in marketing, sales, and building profitable websites. Yaro’s blog covers all these topics and more to help you become a successful digital product owner.
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