The tech industry is constantly in motion, and tech professionals at any level must engage in continuous research and learning to keep up. Tech leaders often encourage their team members to set aside time each week solely for reading and learning, and many share their own favorite resources to help.
With an eye on quickly and efficiently staying informed on all the latest tech news, the members of Forbes Technology Council have each developed their own strategies and lists of go-to sources of cutting-edge, reliable information. Below, 13 of them share resources they rely on and recommend to their team members for keeping up with industry-focused tech news.
Interestingly, TikTok has become a way to stay up to date with what is happening in the industry. It often provides valuable insights into other tech company cultures. Of course, it does not provide in-depth insights, but there are channels for pretty much everything where you can stay up to date with what is happening in the industry. – Arturs Kruze, Magebit
For the last few years, my go-to resource for high-level tech information has been YouTube. I find that if there is a topic, trend or new technology I’m interested in learning more about, the visual medium is extremely compelling and easy to digest. Then, if I’d like to dig deeper, I can research further in other media or educational outlets. – Daniel Jebaraj, Syncfusion, Inc.
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The All-In podcast is a great perspective on the tech industry from some of the most successful investors in history—people who have generated billions. David Sacks, Chamath Palihapitiya, David Friedberg and Jason Calacanis take on a wide variety of tech and non-tech stories every week. I don’t always agree with their takes, but I appreciate their intelligence and passion. – Jay Goldman, Sensei Labs
Kicking off my list is WIRED. An apex of tech trends, science and breakthrough technologies, WIRED keeps an eye out on everything happening in the tech world. Plus, it has a ton of podcasts on different topics, and if you’re thinking of starting a tech company yourself, there’s a section for entrepreneurs. If you stand on the edge of business and technology, WIRED is a must-follow resource. – Sergiu Matei, Index
5. Rest Of World
One tech news website that shares original, well-curated media articles and newsletters is Rest of World. It’s not a massive news company, but the shares are invariably valuable, and because it’s a nonprofit, it probably keeps them honest. Google Alerts on my sector of e-commerce tech help too. – Reynier Matos Padilla, Aument.io
IEEE comprises several industry-specific societies that publish research articles by leading researchers. IEEE is one of the underappreciated platforms for reading tech news, and it is my go-to resource to stay updated on emerging industry trends before they hit the mainstream. LinkedIn is another great platform if carefully handled. – Suresh Sethuramaswamy, Microsoft
7. Email Newsletters
You can make your inbox flourish with industry-focused content. The key is automatically sorting incoming emails by keyword into specific folders. Find the best newsletter providers in the space. Some good ones for me are CB Insights, HIMSS and many of the big consultancies. This will both help you stay up to date on news and help you build a sortable backlog of knowledge, all while avoiding spam. – Nicholas Domnisch, EES Health
TechCrunch is one of the most comprehensive resources out there regarding tech news. It keeps me and my team updated with relevant articles about innovations in high-tech companies and startups around the world. – Alex Circei, Waydev
9. In-Person Industry Conferences
Attending industry conferences in person again has been eye-opening this year, mainly because all the virtual conferences of the pandemic era demonstrated that there is a notable difference in terms of consuming conference content virtually. Being forced to block your calendar for a technology conference that you’ll travel to is one of the best ways to ensure you can focus and retain knowledge. – Husein Sharaf, Cloudforce
10. Google Alerts
It’s so simple, but I have about 20 Google alerts set up for industry terms I’m interested in. I’ve scheduled them all to arrive once a week on Friday, and I spend the last hour of my working week reading through relevant content while applying what I’m reading to what happened in the week. It’s automated and quick, and by scouring the entire internet, I ensure I’m not overly relying on one news source. – Lewis Wynne-Jones, ThinkData Works
11. Peer Networks
In a networked economy, the best way to get relevant, industry-focused tech news quickly is to be connected with a peer network with members who have similar responsibilities and interests and are at a similar place in life. The peer network could range from Usenet message boards to Twitter communities to Facebook or LinkedIn groups. – Vishwas Manral, Skyhigh Security
In my experience, it is important to stay on top of industry news and trends by engaging with thought leaders. I do this through LinkedIn. I lean on and support the work of tech leaders while also building new relationships. This can also lead to collaboration in the future, whether it be a roundtable discussion or valuable marketing content. – Matt Pierce, Immediate
13. Emerging Tech Brew
For a high-level overview of technology developments, I read Emerging Tech Brew. This newsletter is sufficiently broad on topics, which makes it helpful to understand bigger trends that can impact our own businesses. – Roland Polzin, Wing Assistant