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Time is a precious resource, so in my efforts to stay up-to-date, I carefully curate my sources so that I receive only the most relevant content. This means that first thing in the morning, I can take a quick glance through my apps and get the highlights of what’s been happening in the tech and startup world. Here are a few of my favourite news sources.

News apps

Flipboard: This app aggregates content from social media and news websites. It lets me choose the topics of interest e.g. business, online marketing, marketing strategy, branding and innovation and presents it to me in a magazine layout. Best of all, I can save articles that I want to read later.

LinkedIn Pulse: LinkedIn’s Pulse app is my very own business digest that’s tailored to my professional network. The app notifies me of trending industry news, editorial curations and whenever one of my connections is mentioned in, or publishes a post. It updates throughout the day so I know I’m always getting the latest news.

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Influencers on social media:

Naomi Simson: Judge on TV show Shark Tank and founder of RedBalloon, Naomi is an advocate for happy workplaces and shares with her followers her thoughts on how this can best be achieved.

Ruslan Kogan: Founder and CEO of Kogan and Milan Direct, Ruslan built his businesses from the ground up, and has turned Kogan.com into one of the most successful brands that operates in a highly competitive industry.

Richard Branson: Need I say any more? Chairman of Virgin Group and admired for his determination and commitment to philanthropy.

Kevin Rose: Internet entrepreneur and previous venture partner at Google Venture. He’s also just launched a podcast which will be worth listening to.

Websites and blogs:

These sites are valuable for breaking news and gaining industry insight and advice.

Mumbrella: The media, marketing and entertainment world moves incredibly quickly. I check every day to see who’s moving where and to find out what’s happening in some of the country’s biggest agencies.

Startup Daily: News and analysis from the Australian and New Zealand tech world. They also publish some insightful video content that includes panel discussions with startup founders and interviews with high-profile politicians.

Smart Company: Targeted towards Australian SMEs, this website publishes business news and advice in the form of easy-to-read articles and opinion pieces that are always relevant and timely.

Inc.: Advice and services designed to help small businesses grow. I usually go straight to their ‘Lead’ section, which is dedicated to all things leadership, including public speaking, productivity, hiring and company culture.

Digital Marketer Blog: How-tos, case studies and resources for digital marketers of all levels.

Neil Patel’s blog: Neil Patel founded KISSmetrics and Quick Sprout (among a number of other businesses) and uses his first-hand experience as an entrepreneur and digital marketer to share tips and tricks for running successful campaigns, blogs, social media communities, and everything else in between.

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Podcasts:

Often, at the end of a busy day, reading is the last thing I feel like doing. I turn to podcasts for their ability to provide an in-depth analysis of topical issues in a story-telling format. They’re perfect for switching off while remaining “switched on”.

The Growth Show from HubSpot: A business podcast for leaders who are “obsessed with driving growth,” whether that be across a team, an entire company, or just a business idea. Each week a different business leader is interviewed who shares their personal experiences and how they overcame challenges and obstacles to achieve exceptional growth. You can hear leaders discussing some of their most difficult business decisions, and find out how one entrepreneur built a million-dollar tech company without knowing a single line of code.

TWISTA (This Week in Startups Australia): Hosted by futurist, entrepreneur and engineer Mark Pesce. TWISTA is based on the hugely successful American counterpart., TWIST, and was introduced back in 2014 in recognition that the startup scene here was fast taking off. TWISTA is designed to further promote the Australian startup culture, and to provide home-grown businesses with a platform to speak to larger investors. Pesce talks to local investors about capital raising and what qualities investors look for in startups – a topic that I can personally relate to.

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