While we’re gearing up for our own exciting newsletter launch here at iDoneThis, we wanted to highlight some of our favorites from the tech and startup world.*
The common thread running among these eight newsletters is a sense of community and care, that these curators and creators want to share content that bestows value and connection. Subscribe to these newsletters not only to stay up-to-date but to help yourself, your teams, and your communities grow.
1. Technology & Leadership News
Kate Matsudaira’s TLN is the gourmet grocery of newsletters, providing a luscious trove of links on subjects ranging from product to process to productivity, as well as skimmable commentary if you aren’t feeling click-happy.
TLN is like getting the best links in your in-the-know tech friends’ Twitter feeds all in one place. Subscribe if you want an intelligent, comprehensive newsletter, generally sent on Sundays or Mondays, to start your week off hip to the tech groove.
2. Software Lead Weekly
Oren Ellenbogen’s Software Lead Weekly leans towards practical pieces and lessons learned on topics of culture, managing yourself and people, and entrepreneurship.
SLW also has some thoughtful bonuses for the busy reader, with time investment estimates and a 1-click “read later” integration with Pocket and Instapaper. Oren also provides a handy Trello board of newsletter issues, including the upcoming week’s edition-in-progress.
Subscribe if you want a mini-conference about tech and management held in your inbox every Friday, with a max of about 8 posts, to round out your workweek.
This is a snack-sized, sometimes-themed newsletter, with a max of five links. Subscribe if you’d like a quick dose of entrepreneurial mentorship every Thursday.
4. Startup Edition
After a short introduction to the topic of the week, the email dives right into links to contributors’ answers on their respective blogs. Subscribe if you’re eager to hear what founders, hackers, marketers, and other interesting people have to say in a Startup Townhall of sorts every Tuesday.
Sandi MacPherson’s Quibb is a new engaging way to share what you read for work, with a follower model, focused newsfeed, and a commenting feature. With initial membership limited to professionals in the tech and startup realm, Quibb will eventually expand to additional industries.
In short, Quibb is a “Reddit for professionals”, and its weekday digest, the Quibb Daily, provides a handy roundup of the top links from the people you follow. Right now, Quibb is invite-only, so ask around and keep an eye out for this useful content-sharing platform.
6. The Fetch
Kate Kendall’s newsletter The Fetch collects the best events, meetups, and conferences for technologists, creatives, and entrepreneurs. Now with 11 location-based editions (including San Francisco, London, and most recently, New York), the Fetch spotlights events like “Designing Habits with Nir Eyal” and “Writing/Content Strategy at Pinterest.”
The Fetch is your professional city guide, with startup job postings and a no-frills collection of link love. Subscribe to start each week discovering what exciting business, tech, and creative events are playing in your town.
Stacy-Marie Ishmael’s #awesomewomen newsletter provides a compact punch of commentary and links to thought-provoking content on subjects ranging from productivity to leaning in. Also included are helpful resources such as job announcements and invitations to events hosted or endorsed by Stacy-Marie.
Every Sunday, #awesomewomen provides food for thought regarding work and life for the rest of the week and reminds you to stretch a bit higher, with confidence and kindness. Subscribe if you’re an awesome woman or supporter of awesome women.
Inspired by the slow web movement, Brian Bailey has created an Uncommon community, a kind of “front porch for the Internet.” The Uncommon weekly dispatch features friendly, personal tidbits and thoughts from individuals rather than announcements and messaging from companies and brands.
Every edition brings you one story, a prompt to share your insights and inspiration, curated answers to last week’s prompt, and good reads on slowing down. Subscribe to take a breather from your busy life and hang out on that friendly Internet front porch every Tuesday or Wednesday to have a conversation about the little and large things that matter.
Share your newsletter favorites with us in the comments!
*Our roundup did not include newsletters published by individuals on behalf of their own personal blog or business. And if you’re looking for some startups that publish the kind of smart, helpful newsletters we admire, check out LoyalCX, Help Scout, Wistia, and Skillcrush!