Career and Money Advice At The Intersection Of Business And Technology

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Where do you get your information from?

December 14th, 2009 · No Comments

I read a lot of blogs. Blogs might have some grammatical or spelling errors, but a lot of bloggers really know their stuff. They are subject matter experts. They are authentic, insightful, and prolific. I trust well-known bloggers more than most journalists. A lot of journalists don’t know what they’re talking about. They’re simply a conduit that pass information from the resource to the readers. I prefer to hear directly from the source.

I still read a few old media newspapers and magazines. But, most of my readings are now done on the web. 

I do watch TV, but mostly for the entertainment value, not for getting information. 🙂

Below is a list of my favorite source of information.

Career and life advice:

  • Harrison Barnes is a former lawyer, serial entrepreneur, and prolific blogger. Unlike a typical career coach who has never done any real work, Harrison has a lot of experiences and lessons learned from the trenches. And he writes in a very clear and compelling manner. He is easily one of my favorite bloggers in the career advice space.
  • Marty Nemko: A veteran career counselor who is not afraid of speaking his mind. I don’t always agree with Marty’s political views, but I enjoy his honest and practical career advice. He also has interesting take on Men’s Issues. (Marty is the co-president of the National Organization for Men). 
  • I’m very hesitant to include Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist blog on this list — I read Penelope’s blog regularly because I appreciate Penelope’s writing talent, her wits, and her ability to grab attention. But, I disagree with 75%+ of her career advice to generation-Y. Because Penelope’s view is so different from mine, I decide to include her blog on this list. 🙂
  • The Blog of Tim Ferris: Some people loves Four Hour Work Week and Tim Ferris, while others absolutely dismiss his book. I think he is a brilliant marketer and a master promoter. I don’t fully agree with everything in his book, but I do agree with many of the principles embedded in his book. I also admire how he took a different path and succeed in doing so.

Venture Capital:

  • A VC by Fred Wilson: I love this blog. My favorite post is I Got Lucky — how many venture capitalists have the humility to admit they got lucky, take the time to share and interact with readers, and have a deep understanding of both business side and technology side of his area of focus?
  • Feld Thoughts: Brad Feld and Fred Wilson are friend. Brad’s blog is like a close cousin to Fred’s blog: equally insightful,  interactive, and down to earth.
  • Both Altos Ventures Musings and Redeye VC have great stuff, but they don’t update their content that often.


  • Blog Maverick: If you haven’t read Mark Cuban’s blog, read "Success & Motivation" series first.  
  • infoChachkie: This blog was initially written under the mysterious pen name of "Uncle Saul". Lately, Uncle Saul has revealed his identify: start-up veteran and venture investor John Greathouse. When you read this blog, you’ll feel that you’re listening to a very wise man. 
  • Summation: I’m a long-time reader of fellow Cal graduate, and serial entrepreneur Auren Hoffman’s blog. In fact, he started this blog in 1997 well before the term "blog" was invented. 
  • John Chow is controversial, but it’s hard to argue about his result. He makes 30K+ each month by blogging about what he eats, who he talks to, etc. If you work in online marketing, you should pay attention to what John Chow does on this web site — a very shrewd online entrepreneur.
  • Northwest Passage by Steve Murch: Steve Murch is a serial entrepreneur who sold his previous company to Expedia. His current project is really interesting: he has grown BigOven to one of the most popular recipe sites in a very crowed market. And it was a solo effort for the first four years.

Technology industry news

  • Business Insider: I like its mix of news and analyst-style analysis. 
  • VentureBeat Blog: This used to be my favorite tech blog. But, lately, I feel that they run too many long articles — I don’t have time to read all of the long posts! But, still, I love the serious journalism of VentureBeat. 
  • TechFlash: a must-read for anyone who wants to follow the high tech scene in Seattle.

Economy and finance

  • Calculated Risk: News and analysis about economy — better than 99.9% of the main stream financial media (if there is still such a thing called "main stream financial media". 🙂
  • RGE – Nouriel Roubini blog: Roubini is not always right, but he has been right more often than not. More than two years ago he correctly predicted the current financial crisis. I suggest you to read his writing regularly to get a better understanding of our economy.

What do you read regularly? Do you have any recommendations? I’d love to hear from you.

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