10 Startup Founder Blogs That Every Entrepreneur Should Read

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Emily Kate Pope Content Producer, General Assembly

Posted on September 4th 2014

10 Startup Founder Blogs That Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Starting a company is hard, and finding reliable advice along the way can be even harder. There are thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, and bloggers who churn out new business advice every day, but how can you trust that it’s advice worth taking?

We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite business blogs written by startup founders for aspiring entrepreneurs. These resources offer practical advice that is bound to keep you well-informed and inspired as you follow your business dreams.

1. KateKendall.com

Kate Kendall is the co-founder and CEO of CloudPeeps – a newly-launched marketplace that connects businesses with remote community managers. Follow her blog for thoughtful advice on everything from startup culture and business etiquette, to leadership and creativity.

2. DanielleMorrill.com 

Danielle Morrill has played a variety of roles from marketing guru to startup mentor, but is currently the CEO and Founder of the Y Combinator-backed startup, Referly. Her variety of skills and recent fundraising experience offers candid and practical advice for the aspiring entrepreneur.

3. Joel.is

Joel Gascoigne co-founded the social sharing app Buffer back in 2010. Since, he’s been acting as CEO, and blogging about the lessons he’s learned along the way. Read his blog for advice on building a strong startup culture and pivoting your business.

4. SteveBlank.com

Silicon Valley legend Steve Blank contributes frequently to his prominent business blog. Check it out for in-depth lessons on the fundamentals of Entrepreneurship, including his very own Customer Development Methodology (a cornerstone of the Lean Startup Movement, popularized by Eric Ries).

5. "QuickSprout" by Neil Patel

Neil Patel is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics. He’s been recognized as a top influencer on the web by The Wall Street Journal, a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama, and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations. He specializes on building web traffic for startups.

6. GaryVaynerchuck.com

Gary Vaynerchuck has the ultimate American success story. He grew up in Edison, NJ after immigrating to the U.S. with his parents in 1978. In 1997 he decided to help his father grow his wine and liquor store by launching an online storefront called WineLibrary.com. In 2006 he launched Wine Library TV, which propelled him to social media stardom. In 2009 he founded VaynerMedia, a digital media agency, with his younger brother. Now, he’s the CEO of VaynerMedia, founder of his own seed fund, and published author. Follow Gary’s blog for advice on entrepreneurship, social media marketing, storytelling, and the art of "the hustle."

7. "A VC" by Fred Wilson

Financier Fred Wilson is the Managing Partner of two VC firms, Flatiron Partners and Union Square Ventures. With over two decades of Venture Capital experience, Wilson has become a thought leader in the startup community. Visit his blog for a new insight or musing on entrepreneurship and financing every day.

8. "The Growth Guy" by Verne Harnish

Verne Harnish is a prolific author who has has been called one of the "Top 10 Minds in Small Business" by Fortune Small Business. He founded the Entrepreneurs' Organization, and the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs, both international entrepreneurship organizations. Read his blog for weekly insights on small business trends and best practices for growing companies.

9.  "How to Change the World" by Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki has made a career out of talking about the products he loves. The creative brand ambassador parlayed early success as the Chief Evangelist of Apple into 12 books and a number of startup ventures. Read his blog, “How To Change the World,” for practical advice for non-practical people.

10. Seth Godin’s Blog

Seth Godin is an all-star entrepreneur, marketer, and author. He’s the founder of Yoyodyne and Squidoo, but is probably most known as the author of 17 marketing books. He is a prolific writer, and regularly updates his blog with expert marketing tips.

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Emily Kate Pope

Content Producer, General Assembly

Emily Kate Pope is a freelance writer and content producer at General Assembly, an educational institution dedicated to creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love. She's interested in topics related to startups, entrepreneurship, social media, and content marketing. Contact her at epope@ga.co for any writing or collaboration opportunities, and follow her at @GOEKP or @GA.

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