I thought that I would take this opportunity to share a couple of fantastic small business and tech resources that I have been spying on over the last couple of months. I have to admit that I have a slight pull towards Canadian content, as you can see from my examples below.
I really hit the jackpot on this first website. Luckily for me, it was one of the first resources I came across. Sprouter’s (www.sprouter.com) tagline reads, ‘Get help with your startup’. And this is exactly what you do here. Founded by Sarah Prevette, an entrepreneur and adviser herself, the unique feature about this site is that is allows entrepreneurs to anonymously ask questions and get advice from business professionals who have been at it a long, long time. Some of the professionals include:
Dan Martell – Canadian Founder of Clarity.fm. Co-Founder of Flowtown (Acquired ’11). Mentor @ 500Startup & GrowLabs. Angel investor in 15+ start-ups. (Dan Martell also posted a summary of his responses on his blog, Maple Butter. The post can be found here: ‘Crazy! 189 Answers To The Top Startup Questions On Your Mind‘.
Tony Conrad – Founder, About.me. Partner, True Ventures.
Eric Ries – Entrepreneur, author of The Lean Startup
Maggie Fox – Founder and CEO of Social Media Group.com, est. 2006 & one of the world’s most highly respected social media agencies.
Mark MacLeod – Partner at Real Ventures, a seed investor backing great software and internet entrepreneurs
Of course this list of seasoned professionals isn’t anywhere near complete, but it is a testament to the response quality to questions asked on the topic of sales, marketing, money, technology and more- any questions related to small business development are accepted.
The 2nd source doesn’t come as a surprise considering it’s a spawn of Sprouter. BetaKit (betakit.com) is a new publication dedicated to providing quality, real-time technology news and reports on innovation from companies all over the world. BetaKit strives to bring readers in-depth reports opposed to being the first to publish.
I love this publication. Their voice is authoritative and rooted in knowledge, yet has the familiarity of the ‘guy next door’. The posts are a great length and satisfy my curiosity via a short, informative read.
The last source for today is a blog written by Dharmesh Shah called, OnStartups (onstartups.com) Dharmesh is a software entrepreneur and is currently the founder and CTO of HubSpot. If that’s not enough, he spends his free time writing incredibly informative and detailed posts (riddled with examples) about the ins and outs, ups and down of being a tech entrepreneur.
One of my favorite posts should be hung in colored paper on your wall. I find myself continuously returning to this great piece. It’s entitled ‘How To Get Media Coverage For Your Startup: A Complete Guide’ and can be found here. Check it out- you won’t be disappointed.
There are obviously more great sources out there. Please feel free to suggest more below!