Best Blogs for Young Entrepreneurs

by Jun Loayza on March 4, 2009

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When you google “resources for young entrepreneurs,” you’re going to return 2,290,000 search results.  The top selections like Gaebler, Young Money, and Young Entrepreneur have great information, but I’m not one to participate in those communities because they feel very corporate suit and tie to me.  There isn’t really a face there that I can identify with and think, “Hey, this is the face of [first name] and he looks like a smart guy who’s going to teach me some great things about starting a company.

I’ve also tried looking for great resources and publications on Alltop.  To be honest, I don’t see how anyone in their right mind would use All Top.  Yes, I know I’m featured in their startup section, but there is absolutely no way for someone to distinguish my blog from all the rest.  Liz, one of my readers, reached out to me yesterday asking what are some great resources for young entrepreneurs.  If I referred her to Alltop right now, she would not have the ability to find what she’s looking for and she’d just waste a bunch of time randomly clicking on blogs on the Alltop page.

I don’t subscribe to just anyone’s blog.  They have to provide some really insightful, unique tips that no one else has been able to bring to the table.

The following are 8 top blogs that every young entrepreneurs should be reading:

1. I Will Teach You to be Rich by Ramit Sethi

I first met Ramit Sethi a year ago when I went to SF for the Web 2.0 Conference.  He has had a successful startup with PB Wiki, has written a widely read eBook, developed the Scrooge Strategy, and writes about concrete, actionable ways people can start saving money immediately.  I think that’s why Ramit stands out so clearly above the rest; while most entrepreneurs are talking about how to make more money, get funding, or how to use Twitter in a more effective way, Ramit is uniquely teaching us how to save money effectively so that we can utilize our money to invest in our company (or anything else we choose).

2. Ben Casnocha

I met Ben last year when I was applying to Tech Stars.  Before we could make it to the interview portion of the application, we had to meet up with Ben so that he could give the “Yay” or “Ney” on our application.  I did some research on him before our meeting and was astonished to find that he is 3 years younger than me and he has already published a book and had a successful startup company!  Though we didn’t get to interview with Tech Stars, he taught me some really valuable lessons during our meetup and I’ve followed his blog ever since.

3. Prevential by Derek Halpern

Derek Halpern reached out to me through the Brazen Careerist community late last year.  We have become really good friends and we consistently chat on gChat about future blog posts, blog milestones that we’ve hit, and to compare traffic and subscribers.  Hahaha, actually, it’s not really a competition because Derek blows me out of the water in terms of the traffic that he is getting.

If you want to learn how to get more clients, make money blogging, become more persuasive, or to become the best possible business man (or woman) that you can be, then you need to read Derek’s blog.

4. Quick Sprout by Neil Patel

I met Neil two weeks ago at a Mixergy event hosted by Andrew Warner.  Everyone at the event was telling me, “Hey Jun, have you met Neil?  The guy is an absolute genius!”  Neil was hyped up so much that when I finally met him, he just seemed like an average, quirky, weird dude.  He didn’t even have business cards with him for goodness sakes!

I went home and checked out his sites and was astonished to find that he was the founder of Crazy Egg, had spoken at Startonomics LA, and has about 200 comments on average for each blog post! The guy is super successful and he’s my age! Definitely read his blog post because I haven’t stopped reading it since I found out about it last week.  I hope to hang out with him sometime soon since we’re both in the OC area.

5. Three other blogs that you should definitely look into

  • Thrilling Heroics by Cody McKibben – Cody is one of the first friends that I met on the blogosphere.  He’s currently hanging out in Thailand and working on his social media consulting firm.  His blog is great for young entrepreneurs because he combines lifestyle design, personal development, and startup tips in one great package.
  • Twenty Set by Monica O’Brien – Monica is great because she puts a lot of herself and a lot of emotion into each of her blog posts.  Her blog is not just about teaching someone about entrepreneurship; rather, its about her personal journey and experiences as she lives the startup life and progresses through her career.
  • Adam McFarland – Every time I log onto his home page I crack up because there’s a big pale melon sticking out on top.  Adam offers some great insight into the startup world and is truly someone that we can all relate to because he’s working extremely hard to become successful.

Bonus!!!  Yu-kai Chou

Yu-kai Chou is the reason I started blogging.  Just go over to his blog right now and you’ll see that it is full of high-quality, well-researched content that is beneficial for any entrepreneur, young or old.  Out of all of the people I mentioned on this post, Yu-kai is the most caring one in terms of mentorship and guidance.  If you email him with a question or leave a comment with a question about startups, Yu-kai will go out of his way to provide you with a spectacular answer.  If he doesn’t know the answer, he will research it for you or he’ll refer you to someone in his vast network who can help you out.

If you do nothing else from reading this blog post, I suggest you email Yu-kai Chou at Yukai.Chou [at] Viralogy.com because you will benefit immensely from chatting with him.

Thanks so much for reading and if you feel like you deserve to be on my list, hit me up!

About the author

Jun Loayza Jun Loayza is the President of Ecommerce Rules. In his entrepreneurial experience, Jun has sold 2 internet companies, raised over $1,000,000 in Angel funding, and lead social media technology campaigns for Sephora, Whole Foods Market, Levi's, LG, and Activision. Find Jun on Google or Twitter

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  • http://www.worklovelife.com Holly Hoffman

    Wow. One female out of 8 bloggers, huh? I’m not sure if that says something about entrepreneurship, blogging, or youth. It seems significant though…

  • http://FutureDelivery.tv Jun Loayza

    @Holly Hoffman – Wow, to be honest I didn’t even realize it until you pointed it out.

    In terms of entrepreneurship, these are the blogs I read the most. I know I may have neglected a few, but I wrote down what I felt would be most helpful to any young entrepreneur.

    If you can refer me to some awesome female entrepreneurship bloggers, I would love to include them in my next review!

  • http://yukaichou.com Yu-kai Chou

    Great list Jun! I read a lot of the other ones too and have certainly learned a lot from them!

  • Janet Huynh

    Great read! Jun, you’re the reason why I even read blogs. I’ll start up my own one day, and I’ll have you to thank :)

  • http://gregrollett.blogspot.com/ Greg Rollett

    Good list Jun. Some new ones that I am excited to read about, especially Prevential from Derek.

  • http://FutureDelivery.tv Jun Loayza

    @Greg Rollett – Thanks bro. Greg definitely has some awesome content on his blog! I’ve spent a few hours on their just reading his posts.

  • http://twentyset.com Monica O’Brien

    Jun, thanks for including me!

    Someone else mentioned the one girl out of eight thing to me on Twitter, but I don’t think Jun did it on purpose. The truth is (in my experience) that entrepreneurship can be a total boys club.

    Yes, there are lots of women starting their own businesses, yada yada. But the reality is most start very small businesses like freelancing or consulting where they work by themselves, while men start businesses with funding and employees. There’s a lot of research on this actually. Definitely a good topic for a blog post.

  • http://FutureDelivery.tv Jun Loayza

    @Monica O’Brien – Thanks for being awesome and preventing my post to be a complete sausage fest :P

    Great idea for a blog post. I might dive into it next week :)

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    Thanks for the great resources, Jun! It’s a BIG Internet out there and it’s always nice to have someone narrow down the choices for you. Eric

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    Jun -

    Thanks for including me on the list. Keep up the awesome blog, you know you’re one of my favorites as well!

    Adam

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    Thanks for the shout out Jun!

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    Great resources… I look forward to checking the blogs out and seeing how I can improve mine (Typepad to Wordpres …coming soon)

  • http://www.prevential.com Derek

    Hey Jun, Thanks for the shoutout!

    There is one issue with your list… you left yourself off of it. You’re one of the most motivating people I know. You’re able to recruit hordes of people who are willing to work for you… for free. That’s something that all entrepreneurs need to know how to do for sure.

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