If you’ve been in the IT Industry long, you know about the worst kind of meeting. The one where you sit down and your boss or one of your key clients says, “Tell me more about <Name of Tech Company That Is Key To Your Company> doing <Game Changing Move (acquisition, new product, new partnership)>” and you have no idea what they’re talking about. In spite of all your experience and years of dedication, you instantly have no credibility with the person who matters most.
It’s not just about fear either. There is a reason why business school is full of case studies, it’s because we can learn from what others have tried. Good technology rags and blogs are often full of stories that contain good ideas, innovative uses of technologies/methods, or hard lessons that your company should know.
For these reasons and a few others I try to keep a good set of daily/semi-weekly reads that I can go through on a regular basis. I’m not really satisfied with my sources at the moment though so I thought I’d share the information that I gather on a daily/weekly basis with you so that you can benefit from me and hopefully so that I can benefit from you in the comments.
I’ve found my Google Reader replacement in Digg Reader and have settled in on relying on these technology sources:
- RWW – ReadWrite (formerly Read, Write, Web) has been one of my go to sources for general technology news for a while. I feel they do a good job of covering at a high-level personal technology (learning about the newest iPhone), enterprise IT (several writers with Microsoft, Forrester, etc… backgrounds), and social media.
- TechCrunchIT - I find it a bit redundant to follow both ReadWrite and TechCrunch in their entirety, but TechCrunchIT is a good source for information about startups that are making waves in Enterprise IT.
- Information Week - Information Week is a bit of a fire hose at
- CloudAve - A great source for information on Cloud Computing and starting software businesses.
- The Diversity Blog - One of the few blogs that even though it is only written by one person, is worth the read in enterprise IT.
- A VC - In general, I’m trying to focus a little more on the Enterprise and not the sexy startup, but A VC is irresistible. Fred Wilson has the dream job of VC in companies like FourSquare and Twitter and getting a chance to see how his mind works is really fun.
- Chris Dixon - He doesn’t blog as much as he used to, but it’s definitely still worth it to check in on Chris’ thoughts from time to time. His interests range wildly, but his posts are almost always compelling reads.
- @SteveCase – The AOL Co-Founder mostly provides interesting entrepreneurial updates these days.
- @timoreilly – Founder of O’Reilly Media. Most of what he offers is generic tech news, but often with a creative opinion (or RT of a creative opinion)
- @cloudbzz – John Treadway is a great source on Cloud with a deep enough technology background to recognize the stories worth talking about over the bzz.
- @DHH – David Heinemeier Hansson is one of the 37Signals guys and is a little less polished then Jason Fried, in a good way.
- @jrhoughton – I have worked with/for Jim a couple times and while he doesn’t tweet often, it’s usually a good read.
- @SeanAmmirati – One of the few very successful Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs who has stayed in Pittsburgh, now a VC.
- @TechMeme – A good way to stay up to the minute on any big story in Tech.