This article was first published on 20 January 2020 and has been updated with additional reporting.
If your goal is to be a better entrepreneur and to take your company to new heights, then you need to start by bookmarking and regularly reading these websites – if you’re not already doing so.
#1 Tech in Asia
As one of the largest Asia-focused media companies, Tech in Asia combines passion for the start-up scene with journalistic professionalism to create a must-read publication for all aspiring (and current) start-up founders and business owners.
Tech in Asia covers breaking news, interviews with the who’s who in the scene, insightful columns, and in-depth investigative pieces on stories that matter.
#2 Vulcan Post
Vulcan Post is a leading regional publisher that covers the digital lifestyle and shining the spotlight on the people behind up-and-coming startups.
Run by GRVTY Media, Vulcan Post should be your go-to website for learning about the latest digital tools that can help you be happier and more productive, while getting inspiration from fellow start-up founders in Singapore (and around the region).
Initially started as a blog, e27 has grown into a multi-channel media publisher, with the same core mission: to keep track of and contribute to Singapore bustling start-up eco-system.
Today, they carry out their mission with their website, their online community, events, a jobs listening service, podcast, and more.
Part of the Singapore Press Holdings group, SGSME curates bilingual content – in english and mandarin – for managers, SME business owners and entrepreneurs in Singapore.
On the SGSME website, you can read news stories, entrepreneur features, startup and SME funding as well as ask questions that will be answered by a panel of SME owners and entrepreneurs.
SingaporeLegalAdvice provides a legal perspective for startup owners and SME owners to keep abreast of regulatory changes as well as understand their legal obligations in Singapore.
On the SingaporeLegalAdvice website, you can read about information related to Personal Data Protection Act, solving business disputes, intellectual property, and cross-border matters.
As one of the largest entrepreneur-focused publications in the world, the US-based Entrepreneur has an extensive content catalogue to help you start, run and grow your business.
While many of the specifics might be more relevant to US audiences, Singapore business owners can draw lessons and inspiration from the wealth of interviews and well-researched articles on a range of themes, including womentrepreneurship, sustainability, fundraising, business models, and more.
Inc. is a magazine that explicitly focuses on small businesses and how to build them successfully.
If you found the website useful, you could consider subscribing to Inc.’s digital magazine, signing-up for their free newsletters, listening to their online radio channel or podcast, or even attend one of their in-person events.
When it comes to international business news, business owners rarely need to look beyond Forbes. Keeping abreast of world news and they potentially impact the businesses around us, in the region or Singapore, gives entrepreneurs broader perspective.
Forbes is also popular for its Forbes Rich List – tracking the wealth of billionaires in Singapore and around the world.
Fortune 500 companies is a list compiled by Fortune magazine. This also tells you that Fortune Magazine is a publication for business owners to keep up with the latest business news from the business world.
Fortune is known for this in-depth articles and features on entrepreneurs and businesses. This can provide valuable insights and a wealth of knowledge for business owners.
#10 Hacker News
The website name and layout might cause some confusion for those who are new to Hacker News, which is a platform owned by Y Combinator, a well-known start-up accelerator programme based on the US.
Run by a vibrant and fiercely passionate community of enthusiasts, Hacker News is the absolute best place to get the scoop on the latest happenings in the start-up space.
Founded by former Blogger and Twitter founder Ev Williams, Medium is a publishing platform and community for thoughtful, longform content.
You can follow individuals (like business leaders) or publications (which are curated around certain themes) to receive a personalised feed of quality writing that will always leave you feeling smarter after every session.
TED is a non-profit dedicated to “spreading ideas”. It began as an in-person conference and has since spawned into a huge movement for inspiring others to create positive change in the world, including with your business.
Building a business is tough, and TED is a wonderful pitstop for you to refuel on motivation and inspiration, before heading back into the start-up grind.
#13 Reddit r/startups
Reddit is the place where cool creators, early adopters, and pun lovers hang out. But the right sub-reddit, like r/startups can also be an immensely useful resource for you to get answers and participate in discussions with fellow business owners.
It can feel lonely at the top (or bottom) sometimes, and having a community like r/startups is like having a family with whom you can share your little victories, big setbacks, and exchanges war stories.
Established in 2002, MARKETING-INTERACTIVE is a leading source of marketing, advertising and media intelligence for business owners and marketing managers in Singapore, as well as in the region – Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia.
Read by more than 200,000 in the region, business owners can read about industry breaking news on the platform, and gain insights on marketing initiatives by companies in the space.
We all know how important LinkedIn is for jobseekers and recruiters. But if you follow the right people and build the right connections, it can also be an invaluable place to get a glimpse into what fellow entrepreneurs are thinking about, reading, and doing.
Since LinkedIn is a social network, you can (and should) also participate by sharing your own entrepreneurial journey and reach potential partners, investors, or customers.
(Additional reporting by Dinesh Dayani)
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