Many people dream about launching their own startup. Learning from entrepreneurs who are building successful companies can accelerate business growth. You can learn from their experiences, how to find inspiration for your big idea, and which skills you need to run a successful venture.
That said, there is a lot to take in, so here’s a look at the best blogs, created by entrepreneurs, that contain insight to help you work smarter.
The co-founder and CEO at Buffer, Joel Gascoigne, reveals crucial tips about what he has learnt so far running one of the most popular social sharing apps on the market today, on his personal blog.
Joel shares tips about self-improvement, entrepreneurship, and management, but also, engaging stories like “How an investor who turned me down ended up sleeping on my couch” and “What online gaming taught me about startups”. Although it has not been updated in recent months, the blog archives are chock-full of insightful startup tips.
Tomasz Tunguz is a partner at venture capital firm Redpoint. He writes daily, data-driven blog posts about key questions facing startups including how to fund raise, startup benchmarks, management best practices, content marketing and team building. He has invested in an extensive list of successful startups including Axial, Dremio, Expensify, Electric Imp, Looker, and ThredUP.
He was also a product manager for Google’s AdSense social-media products and AdSense internationalization. Tomasz is also the co-author of Winning with Data: Transform Your Culture, Empower Your People, and Shape the Future, which explores the cultural changes big data brings to business, and shows you how to adapt your organization to leverage data to maximum effect.
Chris Goward is the brains behind Wider Funnel, a conversion optimisation agency that boasts among their clients Google, Electronic Arts, eBay, Magento and 1-800 Flowers. He believes that marketing agencies should prove their value by the consistent use of conversion optimization tactics, and he is the creator of the LIFT Model™ and WiderFunnel System™.
On his company blog, readers can learn more about customer research, social proof, value proposition, A/B testing, B2B marketing, and even psychology and culture-related topics
4. Steve Blank
Steve Blank was considered least likely to succeed in his high school graduating class. Today he is a Silicon Valley legend and well-known for developing Customer Development methodology, one of the core tenants of the Lean Startup movement.
He has founded, “two semiconductor companies, Zilog and MIPS Computers, a workstation company Convergent Technologies,” and completed “a consulting stint for a graphics hardware/software spinout Pixar, a supercomputer firm, Ardent, a computer peripheral supplier, SuperMac, a military intelligence systems supplier, ESL and a video game company, Rocket Science Games.” Needless to say, you should read his personal blog.
5. Andrew Chen
Andrew Chen is a veteran in the Silicon Valley scene. He works at Uber on their Growth team and writes about mobile, metrics, and growth on his personal blog. He is an advisor/investor for tech startups including AngelList, Barkbox, Dropbox, Grovo, Kiva, Product Hunt, Qualaroo, Wanelo, and Gusto.
Chen’s blog boasts 650+ essays which have been featured and quoted in The New York Times, Fortune, Wired, and WSJ. The topics range from mobile product design to fundraising to user growth. Chen is also a former Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Mohr Davidow Ventures, a US$ 2 billion Silicon Valley-based firm, and was the Director of Product Marketing at Audience Science, an ad network that currently reaches over 380 million uniques.
Since 2006, Lincoln Murphy has directly helped 400+ SaaS companies accelerate their growth by optimizing the Customer Lifecycle, from customer acquisition to retention to account expansion and advocacy. He regularly shares his insight on SaaS, marketing, customer success, and startups via his blog, Sixteen Ventures.
In 2009, he was the first to enumerate the seven SaaS revenue streams: Subscriptions (Recurring), Products, Ecosystem, Services, Ancillary, Advertising, and Network Effect. Lincoln also authored Customer Success: How Innovative Companies Are Reducing Churn and Growing Recurring Revenue.
Peep Laja is a conversion optimization expert and the creator of ConversionXL – a popular conversion blog founded in 2011. Peep is also the co-founder of Markitekt, a conversion optimization agency. He has worked with hundreds of companies around the world – small and large – to improve their revenue per visitor.
Peep started his career as a web developer and then moved to B2B sales, later landing in the internet marketing space. His blog is widely recognized for its unbeatable conversion optimization strategies – and many of them are shared for free. Learn to tackle any conversion project on any website with his helpful tips.
This article has been edited and condensed.
Daniela McVicker is a blogger and contributing writer for several websites. She is a leader and convinced feminist. She also loves yoga and meditation. Connect with @danielamcvick on Twitter.
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