The Top 50 Startup Blogs To Watch in 2010

Top 50 Blogs for Startups for 2010
The Top 50 Startup Blogs To Watch in 2010

Running your own business is never easy, especially when you're just getting started. How are you going to finance it? How will you reach your target market? Can you outsmart your competition? These are questions for which there are no easy answers. But there are others who have been there before, and who are eager to share their experiences. This month, we've compiled a list of the 50 most popular blogs online that deal with providing news, advice, and trends to watch for when starting up your own business. Stay on top of the game and get your business off the ground running by following some of these top bloggers. You can also view last year's list. The illustrations for the top 3 category leaders are provided by our internet marketing moderator Jeff Foster From WebBizIdeas , a company that offers graphic design and Custom Web Design in Minneapolis MN .


Know Your News

1) TechCrunch
URL: http://www.techcrunch.com

TechCrunch was founded on June 11, 2005, as a blog dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies. In addition to covering new companies, they profile existing companies that are making an impact (commercial and/or cultural) on the new web space.


2) VentureBeat
URL: http://www.venturebeat.com/

VentureBeat’s mission is to provide news about innovation for forward-thinking executives. In 2008, the New York Times called VentureBeat one of the “best blogs on the Web,” and now the NYT runs VentureBeat’s articles on its web site.


3) Xconomy
URL: http://www.xconomy.com/

Xconomy is dedicated to providing business and technology leaders with timely, insightful, close-to-the-scene information about the local personalities, companies, and technological trends that best exemplify today’s high-tech economy.


   

Spot the Trends

4) The Next Web
URL: http://thenextweb.com/

The Next Web prides itself on highlighting quality startups and bringing its readers up to date news. Where it really aims to stand out is by bringing news and views from an international perspective.


5) TrendHunter
URL: http://www.trendhunter.com/

With 9+ million monthly views, TrendHunter.com is the world's largest, most popular trend community. Fueled by a global network of 32,000 members, Trend Hunter and Trend Hunter TV feature 65,000 micro-trends and cutting edge ideas.


6) PSFK
URL: http://www.psfk.com/

PSFK is a New York City based trends research and innovation company that publishes a daily news site, provides trends research and innovation consultancy, manages a network of freelance experts and hosts idea-generating events.


7) Under the Radar
URL: http://www.undertheradarblog.com/blog/

Dealmaker Media operates at the intersection of business, technology, venture capital, and the future. It is a network of innovators from early-stage startups with an eye for disruption, to some of the most influential companies in the world. Follow their blog at Under the Radar.


Make Your Marketing Work

8) Seth's Blog
URL: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/

Bestselling author, entrepreneur and agent of change, Seth Godin continues to riff on marketing, respect, and the ways ideas spread in his ever-popular blog.


9) Duct Tape Marketing
URL: http://www.ducttapemarketing.com/blog

John Jantsch has been called the World's Most Practical Small Business Expert for consistently delivering real-world, proven small business marketing ideas and strategies. His Duct Tape Marketing Blog was chosen as a Forbes favorite for small business and marketing and is a Harvard Business School featured marketing site.


10) This is Going To Be Big!
URL: http://www.thisisgoingtobebig.com/

Charlie O'Donnell is an EIR at First Round Capital, working on very early stage investments in the New York City area, and founded New York’s largest independent innovation community group, nextNY. Follow him on his blog.


11) A Smart Bear
URL: http://blog.asmartbear.com/

A Smart Bear is a blog all about marketing and small business. Some think these things are inscrutable, best left to MBAs and right-brain types, but Jason Cohen is here to tell you that's not true!


12) The Marketing Zen Group
URL: http://www.marketingzen.com/online-marketing-blog

The Marketing Zen Group is a full-service online marketing firm dedicated to providing strategy and implementation services for businesses looking to fully leverage the internet. Get useful tips to stretch your marketing on their blog.


 

Find That Big Idea

13) Springwise
URL: http://springwise.com/

Springwise scans the globe for the most promising business ventures, ideas and concepts that are ready for regional or international adaptation, expansion, partnering, investments or cooperation. Springwise is required brain food for entrepreneurial minds!


14) Inventor Spot
URL: http://inventorspot.com/

InventorSpot.com is the most popular invention website in the world. Want to know about the latest inventions, innovations and interesting ideas? This is the place.


15) Don Dodge on the Next Big Thing
URL: http://dondodge.typepad.com/the_next_big_thing

Don Dodge is a Developer Advocate at Google helping developers build new applications on Google platforms and technologies. In his blog, he offers thoughts on business and technology.


16) MediaShift Idea Lab
URL: http://www.pbs.org/idealab

MediaShift Idea Lab is a group weblog by innovators who are reinventing community news for the Digital Age. Each author won a grant in the Knight News Challenge to help fund a startup idea or to blog on a topic related to reshaping community news. The authors use Idea Lab to explain their projects, share intelligence and interact with the new-media community online.


17) Iddictive
URL: http://www.iddictive.com/

Iddictive.com is a daily dose of innovative business ideas to inspire your entrepreneurial juices or soothe your insatiable curiosity.


18) Too Lazy To Do It
URL: http://www.toolazytodoit.com/

Too Lazy To Do It is a project aimed at letting business ideas circulate, grow, and become a reality.


19) Leveraging Ideas
URL: http://www.leveragingideas.com/

Leveraging Ideas is authored by Sam Huleatt and exists to provide unique analysis and commentary on early-stage investing, internet startups and entrepreneurship.


Startups 101

20) Business Pundit
URL: http://businesspundit.com/

One of the first business blogs in the blogosphere, the Business Pundit is Drea Knufken, an entrepreneur, manager, and small business owner who offers thoughts on business.


21) Master of 500 Hats
URL: http://500hats.typepad.com/500blogs

Master of 500 Hats is a blog about Geeks, Entrepreneurs, and Startups in Silicon Valley, by Dave McClure. This is the Internet Revolution, Act III.


22) Startup Professionals Musings
URL: http://blog.startupprofessionals.com/

Startup Professionals Musings offers selected ideas and assistance to entrepreneurs and startup founders in finding business ideas, funding, executive mentoring, and business networking to incorporate a business, file patents, add an advisory board, and address operational issues.


23) Startup Front End
URL: http://www.tonywright.com/

Tony Wright is a founder and front-end generalist at a venture-backed startup in Seattle. He blogs about conversion-centric design, SEO, PR, fundraising, viral marketing, and occasional other geeky topics.


24) 2-Speed
URL: http://www.2-speed.com/

Will Herman's primary goal is to put his thoughts and experiences about running a business, in general, and entrepreneurial leadership and management, in particular, into bits and bytes. Afflicted with only two speeds, fast and stop, this is the place to go to learn how to run a business.


25) Stealthmode Blog
URL: http://blog.stealthmode.com

Francine Hardaway is a serial entrepreneur who counsels and invests in other startup entrepreneurs at Stealthmode Partners. She can tell you how long it really takes to get beyond those early adopters.


26) Startable
URL: http://www.startable.com/

The Startable blog was started by Prasad Thammineni, a Serial Entrepreneur and founder of OfficeDrop, and Healy Jones, Head of Marketing at OfficeDrop and former Venture Capitalist. They wanted to share their ideas on starting new companies with the world, and hopefully to hear the opinions of smart, experienced people in the startup community.


27) Texas Startup Blog
URL: hhttp://www.texasstartupblog.com/

The Texas Startup Blog has been published by Alexander Muse since 2005. With more than 2000 articles on startups, entrepreneurship and venture capital, the blog has garnered international attention with more than 70,000 monthly readers around the globe.


28) Up and Running
URL: http://upandrunning.entrepreneur.com/

From the Entrepreneur.com Blog Network comes this blog by Tim Berry on starting your business with growth in mind. Check out Up and Running to get your business doing just that.


29) Small Business Blog
URL: http://blogs.technet.com/smallbusiness

Microsoft's Small Business Blog was set up to talk to you about the small business world from the perspective of people at Microsoft - and so that you can talk to them back! They aim to cover a number of technology-related areas, such as online marketing, networking, hardware and, of course, their software.


30) Startup Blog
URL: http://startup.partnerup.com/

This blog is dedicated entirely to entrepreneurial, startup, and small business topics and features a variety of content ranging from Q&A's with successful entrepreneurs, startup news, tips and advice on building a business, and more!


31) Silicon Moon
URL: http://bernardmoon.blogspot.com/

Written by Bernard Moon, Silicon Moon takes you on a journey of startups, technology and life in Silicon Valley.


32) Business Startup, Taxes, and Technology
URL: http://sherylschuff.com/blog/

Sheryl Schuff is a licensed and bonded CPA who has had her own private practice since 1976. She specializes in startup consulting, payroll service, and QuickBooks support. Follow her on her blog to get some of her tips.


33) Trizle
URL: http://www.trizle.com/

The Trizle community helps you rock your business. On top of providing you tips on building a good business, Trizle allows you to join and earn points. Check it out!


Niche Startups

 

34) Young Entrepreneur
URL: http://www.youngentrepreneur.com/blog

YoungEntrepreneur.com was launched in 1999 and has grown to become one of the largest online forum communities for entrepreneurs worldwide. Their social network and blog properties showcase Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Online Business Strategies, Entrepreneur Interviews, and several features, solutions and support to assist small business owners with starting, managing and growing successful business ventures.


35) ArcticStartup
URL: http://www.arcticstartup.com/

ArcticStartup, founded in 2007, is the leading technology website reviewing and reporting on technology startups and growth entrepreneurship from the Nordic and Baltic countries.


 

36) The Next Women
URL: http://thenextwomen.com/

The Next Women is the first award-winning online Women’s Business Magazine and networking forum, with a focus on startups and growing businesses, led, founded or invested in by women. They bring news on business, events, funding and tech from a female angle and interview and profile Female Business Heroes, making them notable and quotable.


37) PluGGd.in
URL: http://www.pluggd.in/

PluGGd.in is focused on profiling and reviewing Indian Internet/mobile products and upcoming startups. The space itself is very large and is growing by the day.


38) Young Upstarts
URL: http://www.youngupstarts.com/

Written and edited by Daniel Goh, Young Upstarts is a business and technology blog that champions new ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship. It focuses on highlighting young people and small businesses, celebrating their vision and role in changing the world with their ideas, products and services, at the same time it challenges stale boundaries that restrict entrepreneurship.


39) Photopreneur
URL: http://blogs.photopreneur.com/

Photography is changing. Photopreneur exists to identify the new opportunities that these changes are churning up for professionals, hobbyists and for camera-owners who want to earn from their photography. It tries to spot the openings and talk to the people who have created them, the photographers who are using them and the buyers who are taking advantage of them.


Using the Web

 

40) On Startups
URL: http://onstartups.com/

OnStartups.com is a site for and about software startups, written by a "professional geek" who has started, invested in and advised a few of his own.


41) Entrepreneurs Journey
URL: http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com is a blog aimed at those interested in Internet business and blogging. You will find articles aimed to help you with all aspects of starting and running your own Internet business and making money online.


42) Tyler Cruz
URL: http://www.tylercruz.com/

TylerCruz.com chronicles this author's day-to-day operations as a web entrepreneur and someone who makes their living entirely from the Internet. Post topics range from blogging tips, affiliate marketing, inspirational and motivational posts, contests and competitions, guest posts, in-depth articles, reviews, and the occasional personal post.


43) Caroline Middlebrook
URL: http://www.caroline-middlebrook.com/blog

Caroline Middlebrook used to be a software developer based in the UK but on Wednesday 22nd August 2007, she handed in her resignation from that job. This blog is a record of her efforts to earn a living online.


44) Startup Meme
URL: http://startupmeme.com/

Startup Meme is dedicated to covering Facebook and the world of Social Startups. The blog was started in 2007 and is maintained by Mohkim Khan.


45) Blogtrepreneur
URL: http://www.blogtrepreneur.com/

In February 2006, Blogtrepreneur.com was born as a way for a young entrepreneurial UK student to share his ongoing exploration in blogging and business. Since that time the site has grown in readership and popularity thanks to his passion for online entrepreneurship, and his dedication to building Blogtrepreneur.com into a powerful resource for other businesses, online and off.


Live The Dream

 

46) Escape from Cubicle Nation
URL: http://www.escapefromcubiclenation.com/

FrugalDad.com is one of the fastest growing personal finance blogs. Each day, nearly 10,000 subscribers enjoy articles on a variety of subjects from how to get out of debt to how to grow your own food, with plenty of other fun topics sprinkled in.


47) I Will Teach You To Be Rich
URL: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog

I Will Teach You To Be Rich is a community focused on personal finance and entrepreneurship for college students, recent college grads, and everyone else. It hosts over 250,000 readers per month and 30,000+ newsletter subscribers. It’s been featured in most major media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR, ABC News, and CNBC.


Work @ Home

 

48) IttyBiz
URL: http://ittybiz.com/

IttyBiz is a place to get tips, advice, motivation, and support for your very small business. If you’re working from home or just thinking about it, come and hang out here for some great ideas and even some bad jokes.


49) The Mogul Mom
URL: http://www.themogulmom.com

Heather McCarron Allard is a mother of three and what she likes to call a “Renaissance Mom Entrepreneur”. Since 2001, she has started three very different, successful businesses. Follow her on her blog.


50) Work at Home Mom Revolution
URL: http://workathomemomrevolution.blogspot.com/

Work at Home Mom Revolution includes informative articles for moms wanting to work from home and daily job updates. They also specialize in articles on personal finance and money saving tips.


 

 

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