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Latest Industry Trends and Emerging Technologies: 4 Ways To Stay Updated

β€œFollow the trend lines, not the headlines.”

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Venture capitalists live to find the next big thing. You can’t do this without constantly following the latest trends.

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In this article, we’ll cover how to stay up-to-speed on the trends that matter so you can make calculated bets when it counts.

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Latest Industry Trends and Emerging Technologies: 4 Ways To Stay Updated

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Identifying The Right Online Resources for the Latest Industry Trends and Emerging Technologies

One of the best ways to stay updated on the latest industry trends and emerging technologies is by reading industry publications and resources. The publications you want to read are not the same ones read by the mainstream media.

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The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and Techcrunch are good sources of information for the average person, but you aren’t going to find any new information from reading the same things as everybody else. You need to niche down.

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Some of our favorite places to find new trends include:

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  • Trends.vc – Trends puts together digestible research reports on trending topics. We use them, and we regularly link to some of their reports in our newsletter.

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  • Trends by The Hustle – This was Sam Parr’s brain child. Trends has over 1,000 trend reports to search through, and they come out with new trends every week.

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  • Exploding Topics – Exploding Topics surfaces growing topics before they take off. You can sort by category and relevance, and they will provide a trend line of given topics within those parameters.

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Setting Up Curated News Alerts

Curated news alerts help you monitor when certain topics are mentioned or written about online.

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Some popular news alert and subscription services include:

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  • Google Alerts – Google Alerts is a free service that allows you to receive email notifications when new content is published online on a particular topic. You can set up alerts for specific keywords or phrases related to your industry.

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  • Feedly – Feedly is a content aggregator that allows you to subscribe to various publications and blogs in your industry. You can create a customized feed of content that is relevant to your interests.

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  • Flipboard – Flipboard is a news aggregator that allows you to create a customized magazine of content that is relevant to your interests. You can subscribe to various publications and blogs in your industry and receive updates in one place.

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Engaging in Forums and Discussion Groups

The internet is massive, and if you want to find useful information, you have to filter down and surround yourself with other people in similar positions as you. We’re big fans of online communities, and there are plenty of places to find your tribe of people to talk trends with.

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  • Private communities – We’ve written about the value of private communities in other blog posts. These communities are asymmetric bets: you can make 100x the money you invested to join just by meeting the right person once you’re inside.

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  • Quora – Quora is a question-and-answer platform that allows you to ask and answer questions related to your industry. There are plenty of topics to choose from, and plenty of VCs share their thoughts within here. (Quora topic: Venture Capital)

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  • Reddit – Reddit is a social news and discussion platform that allows you to connect with other people and hear trends before they become mainstream. Reddit can be incredibly useful, but it can also become incredibly noisy. As a word of caution, the more time you spend on Reddit, the more disconnected you become from reality.

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Pro tip: Use the Hive Index to find relevant communities to join.

Leveraging Social Media and Industry Influencers for Insights

Finally, leveraging social media and industry influencers is another effective way to stay updated on the latest industry trends and emerging technologies.

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If you want to actually find signal, you will need to find it on Twitter or by subscribing to the right newsletters. This is easier said than done, but we try to help Confluence members by providing our favorite follows in a massive database shown below.

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Some popular industry influencers include:

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  • Benedict Evans – Benedict Evans is a former investor at a16z. He has a massive email list, and he updates them weekly on what is happening in technology and why it matters.

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  • Mary Meeker – Mary Meeker is a venture capitalist and former partner at Kleiner Perkins. She is known for her annual Internet Trends report, which provides insights into the latest trends and developments in the technology industry.

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  • Marc Andreessen – Marc Andreessen is a venture capitalist and co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz. He is a thought leader in the technology industry and often shares insights and updates on emerging technologies.

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Conclusion

There you have it. If you want to be a VC, you HAVE to stay up-to-date with trends.

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Here’s what you can do:

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  • Find industry publications and resources that are relevant to you.

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  • Set up curated news alerts and subscriptions so you get the latest info sent straight to your inbox.

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  • Engage in industry forums and discussion groups to hear what others are saying.

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  • Follow industry influencers on social media to get their take on things.

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By doing all this, you’ll be able to stay in the loop, be on top of the latest developments, and make informed bets when it matters.

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