My Indispensables: Business Insider and The Business of Fashion


These two digital business news sites have become essential reading, my top go-to’s for all things business. They have replaced The New York Times and the WSJ in terms of relevancy and importance.

I get the BoF Daily Digest newsletter at 6am every morning and there is always at least one story that I want to read immediately.

  • BoF provides an extremely insightful perspective on the global economy and business in general.
  • The info is filtered thru the lens of fashion but always relevant no matter what category you work in e.g. their writing on luxury has implications whether you’re in automobile,  housing, travel, or hospitality.
  • For those of you not familiar with BoF: It was founded in 2007 by Imran Amed, a fashion business advisor, writer and digital entrepreneur. His aim was to fill the void for an informed, analytical and opinionated point of view on the fashion business. He has succeeded and then some!

Business Insider (BI) has been a favorite of mine for several years. I follow them – as well as their editor, Henry Blodget – on twitter and refer to the site daily.

  • They cover everything from how to buy Bitcoins to the hottest bars e.g. the newly reopened Campbell Bar in Grand Central now run by The Gerber Group
  • Their IGNITION conferences are always amazing with phenomenal speakers e.g. Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk. This year’s is scheduled for November 29-30 in NYC. It’s pricey at $3000 a ticket.
  • Henry Blodget is a frequent guest on CNBC.
  • BI launched in 2007 and is now the largest business news site on the web. They were acquired by German media company Axel Springer SE in September, 2015.

What makes both of these sites so outstanding?

  • Their take on business is contemporary – nothing about it feels traditional or old.
  • They both skew to tech and startups. Always seen thru a digital lens.
  • The writing is crisp and to the point
  • Their headlines are killer. What I would do to have that kind of skill. Additionally, the headlines and the stories mesh – it’s not bait and switch.

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