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50 Must Read Business Blogs Recommended for MBAs

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Out of the long list of portals i follow in my reading list, this is the comprehensive list of best sources every business professional (or wannabe) can (or must) follow. Although the heading says top 50, over the time this post has been updated with new blogs. It counts more than 60 now. Feel free to add more to this list.

Every individual you meet, is inspired, motivated and ignited by something you didn’t know. Every conversation leads to something new. Agree ? I am sure you agree and have something I didn’t know until now. Edify me with your wisdom! Its worth sharing. I would love to know about your reading list. Suggest me your pick.

Marketing

  1. MarketingProfs.  Followed by over 600,000 marketing professionals, MarketingProfs is an industry leader. All forms and aspects of marketing are covered.
  2. Mad Over Marketing. MoM is a fun blog. They capture everything from brand wars on twitter, to collection of some of the best and most important marketing campaigns. The blog is a very easy read and will help you broaden your horizon when it comes to thinking of how you can ante up your marketing/advertising game.
  3. Duct Tape Marketing focuses on small businesses and startups. They take into account that small businesses do not have the funds that large corporations do. So their marketing tactics need to be tailored to their financial capacity.
  4. AimClear wants to be the single resource when it comes to your personal as well as company brand by using every possible tool in the marketer’s kitty – from social media to SEO, from conclaves to data management using basic tools like Excel.
  5. Bufferapp socialBufferapp is an exhaustive resource to help you manage, grow, and track your social media persona.
  6. HubSpot Blog. A collection of 3 secondary blogs – focusing on sales, marketing, and your agency. This trio will help you streamline your sales activity, boost your pre-sales capabilities, help you traverse the maze of sales-killer questions like, “This is too costly”, and also help you manage your time and productivity in a better manner.
  7. Marketing Land. The Dealbook of marketing, ML is the one-stop solution for your marketing trends news requirement.
  8. Startup Marketing | Ryan Gum. Ryan Gum is a growth hacker who helps create marketing plans for startups and small businesses starting from creating your initial pitch, attracting your first customer, and an exhaustive list of Startup Marketing Resources.
  9. The SumAll BlogThe SumAll blog is like the child of Buzzfeed and Medium (and not in a negative sense). They post content which is useful and is also written in a fun manner. The articles are often crisp and under a 5-min read.
  10. Retail Marketing. Ideas and lessons from retail analytics. 

Digital Marketing | Content, SEO, SMM, PPC, Analytics

  1. Digital Marketing Depot. Resource center for digital marketing strategies and tactics. We feature hosted White Papers and E-Books, original research, and webcasts on digital marketing topics — from advertising to analytics, SEO and PPC campaign management tools to social media management software, e-commerce to e-mail marketing, and much more about internet marketing.
  2. Search Engine Land. One of my favorite blogs on SEO, SMM, PPC. Stay updated on Google algorithm through this web portal newsletter.
  3. Top Rank Marketing Blog. Refer for Influence Marketing and Marketing Psychology.
  4. Marketing Land. Thats where you get marketing ideas and lessons from past experiments of other brands.
  5. Moz. One of the best blogs on SEO and search engine ranking tools.
  6. Niche Hacks. For every business process, market research is vital ad the very first step. Spend more tie in finding the profitable niche. This site is all about finding great niches.
  7. HubSpot. If its online marketing and sales, Hubspot is the rising star. Most value added content on sales and marketing. A must visit. Complete their free courses on Inbound Methodology,Email marketing and similar.
  8. Affilorama. Learn how to make money online as an affiliate

  9. PR Daily. One of the best blogs for Content Marketing.
  10. Social Fresh. Social Media Marketing tips.
  11. IgniteScocial. Mostly focuses on Social Media Trends.
  12. Convince and Convert. A detailed review on custommer service and satisfaction through social media interactions.
  13. CopyBlogger.  How to compose right content right way! Best source to learn copy-writing for digital media.
  14. MashableRunning out of content Ideas? Content is king!
  15. KissMetrics. A blog on analytics and testing your analytics data for decision making. Highly recommended.
  16. Blue Fountain Media. For Google Analytics lessons for beginners.
  17. Occam’s Razor. Google Analytics blog.

 Leadership | HR&OB

  1. Guy Kawasaki. Guy is one of the most well known figures in Silicon Valley, and among the first “tech evangelist”.
  2. All Things Workplace. As the name suggests, this is a blog for managers, bosses, and professionals and aims to cover all aspects of workplace management including effective communication, employee engagement, conflict management, incorporating cultural diversity and differences, various facets of leadership, boosting creativity, and so on.
  3. Seth’s Blog. Seth is a funny guy. The funniest of all in this list. Although he calls his blog a marketing blog, it’s more generic in nature and oft has funny quips and clever observations interspersed with longform articles.
  4. Lean In. Everyone knows the book by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. The blog aims to continue the story and encourage and empower women to face challenges, voice their opinions, and grow themselves in the workplace.
  5. Switch & Shift. S&S aims at helping business transition from the traditional workplace model to the current, more information driven, globally-diverse-yet-connected workplace.
  6. Hot Momma’s Project. Don’t go by the sexist-sounding name, HMP is sort of a companion to LeanIn and strives to help women claim their rightful place in the corporate world.
  7. Culture University. In a globally inter-connected world, understanding, accepting, and imbibing cultural diversity is an important trait for organizations to sustain themselves and grow.
  8. Big Think. Having Bill Nye, TheScienceGuy, on board is a big achievement for Big Think which aims to be an idea hub, an “Youtube for ideas” as its founders put it.
  9. Leading a Better Life. If you love psychology of human nature, you will like this page too.

 Finance 

  1. Jayanth R. Varma’s Financial Markets Blog. Prof Jayant Verma is a Professor of Finance (mainly Financial markets) at IIMA. He is one of the most impressive teachers I have ever met. He was one of the first members of SEBI and is on the board of multiple big companies including Infosys and Axis Bank. His blog, which has been up since 2005, is a brilliant resource on understanding the nuances of the financial markets.
  2. Dealbook (NYT). Dealbook is the news aggregator section of NYTimes to keep you updated on the current state of affairs of the Fin industry.
  3. Mergers & Inquisitions. Everything you need to know about every aspect of the Financial world – from big investment banks to boutique firms, from Private Equity to Hedge Funds and AM/WM firms.
  4. Investment Banking Blog. The holy mecca for preparation of i-Banking interviews, the IB Blog offers everything from bootcamps and interview prep courses (paid) to free resources like basic interview questions, overview of the industry etc.
  5. Wall Street Oasis. Similar to #2 above, but with more functionality to read the best articles of the month/week/day etc.
  6. FT Alphaville. Another news aggregator that will make sure you do not have any time left in your day (courtesy it’s exhaustive coverage of current affairs.

Entrepreneurship

  1. Entrepreneur. Your companion on the entrepreneurial journey. The site will keep you updated with the start-up world, help you work on various aspects of your professional self, and also provide the much needed pep-talk when you are feeling down/exhausted/defeated.
  2. AVC. The chronicles of Fred Wilson ( a Venture Capitalist for the past 30 years) with some incredible credentials to his name (including investments in Twitter, Tumble, Zynga, Foursuare etc). AVC is probably the most widely-read VC blog in the world.
  3. StartupStage. Its an amazing page on Quora you can follow to stay updated with whats happening in the startup space around the globe. Glodmine of ideas.
  4. Founder’s Hub.  Advice and a lot of Advices. Recommendations and suggestions. Use it to curate and modify your ideas before you actually pitch the potential investors.
  5. Value Investors. A good leisurely read. Although this page is not so frequently updated.
  6. Top 50 websites for Entrepreneurs to follow. 

Economics

  1. Freakonomics. The authors of the best-selling economics-infused-with-pop-culture book have more to say and share than the 2 books. The blog is usually a collection of podcasts that aim to explore the “hidden side of economics” and highlight outliers, which although rare, are extremely critical.
  2. Why Nations FailOn the same line as Freakonomics, the blog by Daren Acemoglu is a follow-up on his book of the same name and explores similar obscure events that shaped the rise and fall of nations and civilizations.
  3. Economixcomix. The companion blog for the graphic novel of the same name by Michael Goodwin, Economixcomix explains the basic tenets of Economics in a simple way, along with illustrations to make understanding easier.
  4. The Grumpy Economist. The perennial pessimist, the one who finds faults in everything, the dad who bores his kid during dinner with his constant rants and criticisms, John Cochrane provides an unabashed, and hard-hitting critique that exposes the not-so-sunny side of the world economy.
  5. Investing and Economics Blog. The Curios Cat blogs is for us. The laymen. The dabblers. It focuses heaving on personal finance, economics, financial literacy, tax planning, credit management et al; stuff that affects the majority of the populace on a regular basis.
  6. The Upshot.The NYT economics companion to its financial section, Dealbook, The Upshot is all you need to read to be perfectly updated of what is happening, why it is happening, what would be the consequences, and what could have been done better.
  7. Economist’s View. A collection of self-posts and the hottest posts from other economics blogs.
  8. The Money Illusion. TMI focuses on the money and capital markets and provides wonderful commentary on financial crises, international economics, foreign reserve dynamics, monetary and fiscal policies, labor markets etc.

 Magazines and NewsPapers

  1. The Economist. Curates important news and opinions. Best part, you get an overview of social-economic-political-technical and cultural trends from across the globe.
  2. The Economic Times. (I prefer ET  due to its overall coverage of all sectors. Sincere journalism. However Financial Times, Business Standard, Mint are also a good option)
  3. Business InsiderAlong with business news, they have a kin interest in social topics, closing following the current business trends around the globe. You can also follow Forbes, and WealthWizard.
  4. Bob Sutton. Bob, a Professor of Management Science at Stanford, writes on everything including, but not limited to, workplace culture, book reviews, team management, employee management etc.
  5. Harvard Business Review. HBR is the most popular published management magazine that covers almost everything relevant to an MBA degree. If there has to be a starting point for an MBA student/aspirant, this is it.
  6. YourStory. If you are an entrepreneur or wannabe startup enthusiasts still speculating on your ideas, yourstory can feed you a great deal of information on the prevailing startup environment.
  7. Linkedin Business Blog.  Subscribe to Linkedin Blog and i bet you will never find a single newsletter/post from them irrelevant or inapt. Content Curated to minute detailing. They mapped their target readership at best.

Every individual you meet, is inspired, motivated and ignited by something you didn’t know. Every conversation leads to something new. Agree ? I am sure you agree and have something I didn’t know until now. Edify me with your wisdom! Its worth sharing. I would love to know about your reading list. Suggest me your pick.

Leave your book/blog/site recommendations in comment box. Lets catch-up on some more wisdom.

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One Responseso far.

  1. Karan Mehta says:

    Oscam Razor is awesome.

    Add some for sociology. MBA is also about operations

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