9 Places to Get Business Tech Advice in a Pinch

Looking for tech advice? Check out one of these resources

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Your Absolute Favorite Place to Get Business Tech Advice in a Pinch? (E.g. Quora, Twitter, etc.) Why?

HOP ONTO HUBSPOT

“When I need to learn about business tech in a hurry, the first place that I always look is HubSpot. They have a very complete knowledge base on all things related to Internet marketing. Their white papers and case studies are especially helpful because they give real-life examples of how companies can use different strategies in conjunction to move closer to their organizational goals.”

- Lawrence Watkins | Founder & CEO, Great Black Speakers

READ FELD THOUGHTS

Brad Feld is the most consistently awesome source for tech startup advice. His blogs and books explain the details behind choosing co-founders, pitching investors, hiring early employees, compensating board members, and more. And his past and present leadership with top tech startups, accelerators, and venture capital firms lends huge credibility to his words.”

- Neil Thanedar | CEO, LabDoor

KEEP THE KISSMETRICS BLOG

The KISSmetrics Blog is phenomenal at taking difficult technology and digital marketing techniques and breaking them down into step by step instructions. I love the no-nonsense approach they have to writing how-to, and also how they don’t feel any need to pack in a bunch of keywords so they pop up on Google News. They focus instead on writing truly useful content for tech businesses.”

- Seth Kravitz | CEO, Technori

LOOK AT YOUR LINKEDIN NETWORK

“I have a very smart and diverse network, and within minutes of shooting off an inquiry, I’ll get at least a dozen fantastic responses. The best thing about this approach is that I know I can trust these answers because they are grounded in real expertise and experience.”

- Alexandra Levit | President and Founder, Inspiration at Work

TAKE IT TO TWITTER

“I usually turn to Twitter when I’m looking for advice, since I have a vast network there. It’s especially helpful when I’m looking for suggestions of new websites and tools either for my company or for a client. I’ve found people on Twitter to be one of the most immediate sources of advice and often quite accurate in terms of what I’m searching for.”

- Heather Huhman | Founder & President, Come Recommended

UTILIZE ADVISERS AND PARTNERS

“Anytime we run into a “wall”, the first thing I do is pick up the phone to call business advisers and partner companies, like our distributors. We love Quora and other sites for generic answers, but advisers and partners have a much greater feel for the context in which the issue exists. Their intimate knowledge of our business allows us to quickly and creatively uncover the core of the problem.”

- Aaron Schwartz | Founder and CEO, Modify Watches

TRY ZAPPOS INSIGHTS

“Zappos launched a new site called Zappos Insights where entrepreneurs can tap into the Zappos team and a network of fellow entrepreneurs for support and insights. Whether it’s tech advice or culture issues, it’s awesome.”

- Luke Burgis | Director, ActivPrayer

CREATE AN EMAIL GROUP

“Rather than wasting time on Twitter, I send an email to a small group of people that have been helpful before. Some are friends, some are acquaintances, others are those who helped me develop my sites. But usually within 20 minutes, not only do I have an answer to my question, but I have some one to help implement it if need be. Consider using social media to find these contacts, and then get more focused.”

- Sean Ogle | Founder, Location 180, LLC

USE COMMUNITY GROUPS

“Join Facebook and LinkedIn groups that have some solid tech experts in them. This way, you can reach out in an emergency to get some quick advice. You’re also building relationships at the same time.”

- John Hall | CEO, Influence & Co.

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.

 

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