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14 Newsletters Startups Should Subscribe To

Scott Gerber
Scott Gerber

Sometimes you need a quick bout of inspiration before you get to work or during your lunch break. That's why we asked 14 members from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what startup newsletters they would recommend subscribing to. Here's what they had to say:

1. Traffic Generation Cafe

Ana Hoffman's blog at is much like my favorite cocktails: it cuts to the chase. It's all about SEO and traffic generation and getting click-throughs in the simplest and most informative ways. I love seeing what tips she has in store every time I get an email from her. Plus, it's personalized. It doesn't feel like a robot is talking to me, but a human. – Rob Fulton, Exponential Black

2. Mattermark Daily

Mattermark Daily is a curated set of links to blog posts, news stories and funding announcements from top tech investors and entrepreneurs. It's easy to skim on a busy day, and usually gets me to click through and read at least 2-3 posts every day. – Neil Thanedar, LabDoor

3. OKDork

Noah's free marketing newsletter offers some insanely actionable advice for entrepreneurs. Not only does he contribute content from his days at Mint and Facebook, but he also has some amazing guest posts that are exclusive to his subscribers. – Brett Farmiloe, Markitors

4. Both Sides of the Table

Mark Suster, entrepreneur turned VC, has one of the best startup advice sites. Both Sides of the Table shares practical tips on sales, marketing, PR and hiring. With articles titled "Why I Don't Like Board Observers" to "Why Your Marketing Campaign Sucks," the articles are applicable to both established startups and first-time founders. – Nanxi Liu, Enplug

5. VentureBeat

I always read VentureBeat for its up to the minute stories on the latest news regarding business and technology. VentureBeat actually publishes a few different newsletters, but my favorite is VentureBeat Daily Roundup, which always has something interesting and informative. – Shawn Porat, Fortune Cookie Advertising

6. Foundora

All tech-related startups should check out Foundora. They do a great job of curating interesting articles for founders on product management, sales, negotiations and marketing. – Charlie Graham, Shop It To Me, Inc.

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7. StartupDigest

StartupDigest has curated news about startups, tech, the Internet and Silicon Valley. StartupDigest is a great resource for keeping up with what's happening and trending articles around the startup world. – Pablo Villalba, 8fit

8. SmartBrief

I'm definitely a sucker for SmartBrief. You can get an array of different subjects and it's all incredibly relevant from a marketing standpoint. –Jon Cline, Rokit SEO

9. PetoVera

All startup founders can find an excellent newsletter at Matt and his team send out weekly newsletter updates covering a wide array of topics such as content marketing, lead generation, email marketing strategies, sales funnels and more. Each article covers the topic in depth and contains actionable advice that is easy to follow, and sure to improve your bottom line. – Anthony Saladino, Kitchen Cabinet Kings

10. Hacker

Hacker Newsletter is a weekly curated list of the best articles posted to Hacker News. There's an incredible amount of valuable resources on Hacker News, but it also takes an incredible amount of time to sift through it all. – James Simpson, GoldFire Studios

11. The Middle Finger Project

I almost hate confessing this, because truth be told, I'm a little jealous of the kahunas on this gal. She's all about unconventional businesspractices. If it doesn't work, throw it out the window. I get inspiration from this blog to stay true to my roots and do things in a new, exciting (albeit sometimes scary) way. To hell with traditional, archaic corporate way. Let's find a better solution! – Maren Hogan, Red Branch Media

12. CB Insights

CB Insights is a venture capital database that has tons of data about deals and trends. Beyond just listing deal terms and finance closings, they do a tremendous amount of analysis on trends as well as rigorous correlation work about funds. It's a valuable website for entrepreneurs because it has all the latest data about finance that a founder could need. – Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.

13. Quicksprout

Quicksprout sends out a weekly newsletter linking to blog posts published from marketing expert Neil Patel. The articles are filled with rich content that revolve around teaching entrepreneurs how to increase their business with the newest trends in online marketing. I learn something new from every newsletter that I am able to apply to my business right away. – Robert De Los Santos, Sky High Party Rentals

14. Convince and Convert

Convince and Convert, Jay's Baer's consulting firm, consistently sends their One Thing Email to share one major content marketing or social media related story worth knowing. They include other links to helpful content and insights for business owners and marketers. It's beneficial because it's focused on one major story impacting business owners as it relates to marketing. – Brian Honigman, Marketing Consultant

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Scott Gerber
Scott Gerber Member
Scott Gerber is the founder of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Gerber is also a serial entrepreneur, regular TV commentator and author of the book Never Get a “Real” Job.