I want to be across all the tech and startup news coming out of my residing startup hub – Australia. But I want to do it efficiently.
Before I built my #startupaus news bot, I found my morning news routine sluggish and tedious. It involved having to load up many websites one at a time. Each webpage optimised for getting my next click and serving me up ad inventory. There could 3x more links than new articles.
I also think it’s important to skim the daily #startupaus tweets particularly those with the most retweets, likes or comments. But I find twitter’s search bar difficult to use.
To finish off my morning news routine, I like to cover off on global technology and market news. In my view, Techmeme is best at curating this. But again its another website I have to load up and parse through.
I like to get a quick sense of the markets. Not the usual narratives created to solve for small daily movements. I’m not interested in views on why the market might have zigged instead of zagged that day. I prefer a longitudinal survey of the market year to date. This gives me a better picture of market sentiment and direction. But to do that takes more clicks.
Together, my morning news routine can go on for over 30 mins. I wanted to make this more efficient.
So I created a little bot to scurry off each morning at 6am, collect all the above information and send it to me in a distraction free email.
Now, my little news bot gets me across everything in about 5 mins on my morning commute. I may spend another 5 mins clicking through any articles that interests me. I particularly like the text of an email versus webpages with surrounding images or click bait to distract me. In email, there’s no browser tabs tempting me to click elsewhere.
This all saves me at least 10 minutes a day which grosses up to 60 hours saved per year. That’s huge!
Note, some people try to use RSS feeds for their daily content consumption. But I find RSS best suited for the hundreds of blogs I follow.
At the time of this writing, my #startupaus news bot has a great open rate of >60% but only a few hundred subscribers. I believe in improving or inventing until you get a huge response. Startups can’t afford marketing; ergo, stop shouting and instead improve or invent. In that vein, please comment your views on this below and particularly any ideas for how I could help your morning news routine.
PS. Open source version
Let me know if you’d like a follow up article on how the bot works with the code open sourced.
PPS. Sign up link
You can sign up for my little #startupaus news bot here.
PPPS. What real people have been saying?
.@paul_bennetts really enjoying your Australian startup news, and nice work coding yourself. I've forwarded on with great response!
— Alex Metelerkamp (@AlexMetelerkamp) February 25, 2016
Following ur bot for few days & by the time I finish my morning coffee I am across most tech new so….big thx https://t.co/pt5GRY26D9
— Chirag Lakhani (@alfa3276) February 24, 2016
— Ivan Lim (@ivanmelvin) February 22, 2016
— Carl Gough (@Goughy30) February 22, 2016
— Mathew Benjamin (@SydMathew) February 19, 2016
— StartupAUS (@Startupaus) February 15, 2016
— Nick Abrahams (@NickAbrahams) February 18, 2016
— teamsquare (@teamsquare) February 11, 2016
— Jordan Michaelides (@michaelides_j) February 9, 2016
— Eamon Fenwick (@eamonf) February 9, 2016
— Anna Rooke (@_AnnaRooke) February 8, 2016
— Luke J Fitzpatrick (@iamwormify) February 8, 2016
— Amanda Suefong (@amandasuefong) February 8, 2016
— Atlanta Daniel (@LANTS) February 3, 2016
— John Power (@John_W_Power) February 3, 2016
— Doug Hudgeon (@hudgeon) February 2, 2016
— Sarah Moran (@SarahMoran) February 1, 2016
— Patrick Blampied (@patrickblampied) February 1, 2016
— Joseph Abraham (@kjosephabraham) February 1, 2016
I read this one every morning. https://t.co/7K3DJiI7Tn
— Matt Allen (@mattallen) January 31, 2016
daily summary is great @paul_bennetts & definitely interested about how you put the bot together
— BC (@BJColley) January 31, 2016
— Steve Vallas (@stevevallas) January 26, 2016
@paul_bennetts this is great! 👊
— John Henderson (@johnhenderson) January 25, 2016
@paul_bennetts This is awesome Paul, great work.
— Pete (@PeteFTD) January 25, 2016
Highly recommend this – it has allowed me to do away with most other daily newsletters 👌🏼 https://t.co/bFx1Bp8y8n
— Kate Dinon (@katedinon) January 25, 2016
— Atlanta Daniel (@LANTS) January 22, 2016