The Definitive Top 10 Private Slack Groups For Entrepreneurs

As the social space evolves, so do the platforms. There has never been a good way for chat to happen in an organized way, in a way that everyone can participate in and engage visibly before slack.

Slack was created for business teams to communicate effectively, in an organized way.

And they are killing it.

With the rise of the slack platform, there was an obvious and growing need for them to offer a way for people in the same space to communicate more effectively than on a forum, in a facebook group, or in some crazy google hangout.

Slack groups are the answer to that need.

Because this is so new, it can be hard to figure out what groups to join. As a (relatively) long-time slack user and young entrepreneur, I have spent a good deal of time researching and checking out groups. I have compiled a what I think is a nice variety of group types within the slack business space. Here are the top 10 business slack groups on the scene right now.

1. Launch Tribe (Full disclosure: I’m an admin)

Launch Tribe is a community meant to bring entrepreneurs, business people and marketers together to leverage their collective brain power to achieve more success as a group than any one individual can.

Myself, and my two other “tribal elders” guide group discussions, keep topics interesting and introduce new people to the group. We are a relatively new group, with just over 100 members, but we were featured in Forbes…so there’s that.

2. Maker Hunt

Maker Hunt is cool because it features product makers with a direct focus on tactics and tips of past and future product hunt makers. They host AMAs (Ask me anythings,) they are a pretty lively group, and their focus concept, being successful on Product Hunt can be the difference between a successful launch or a spectacular flop for a newly released product.

3. The Equity Directory

The Equity Directory is pretty cool for it’s purpose. Some people are looking for a way to get equity on a project without coming up with any ideas, and others are idea people looking to make stuff happen without a huge amount of funding.

This type of setup doesn’t work for everyone, but for the people willing to put in some work for a small shot at a nice payout, this is a good group to join.

4. Bootstrapped Chat

Bootstrapped Chat is a particularly cool group for me, since all the businesses I personally started are fully bootstrapped. There is a whole new set of issues to deal with when you willingly decide NOT to take investment, and the people in this group help talk you through that.

I find this group helps best on a psychological level. It’s good to keep a clear, productive head when pursuing bootstrapped ventures, and who better to talk your problems and achievements with than others in your exact same situation? This group is a must for bootstrappers.

5. smallbiz

#smallbiz is your run of the mill small business slack group. There is nothing fancy about the concept of this group, but it has a sizeable member base. If you want to chat it up on a larger spectrum within the business community, this might be a good group for you.

Definitely a cool group for validating general ideas or thoughts you might have.

6. The VC Club

The VC Club is for the non-bootstrappers that either fund, or are looking for funding. This group is a collective of Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, Advisors and startup Founders communicating/possibly working out sexy deals.

One of my companies was venture funded, so this group is relevant to me, but again, I prefer to bootstrap. But this is a great group.

7. Digital Nomads

Digital Nomads is another completely awesome group. Not everyone in this group is an entrepreneur or business person, but the majority are. The premise of this group, which is large, is to connect people that are traveling around the world to each other.

If you are free of location, the constant travel can be a bit lonely, so it’s good to connect with people abroad. That’s the purpose of this group.

PS: This group is $65/year, but if you’re nomadic at all, it’s honestly worth it.

8. Startup

#startup is yet another simple concept group, but it’s executed really well. There are over 3,000 people in this group, which leads to a healthy level of conversation on all things startup.

The coolest thing about this slack group is that it’s run by an actual group, called the Startup Foundation. The Startup Foundation is a group run by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. This group is meant to be a support network, so you won’t find too many asks from the admins of this group in terms of buying things.

9. HackerX

HackerX is another worthy mention, because a lot of today’s entrepreneurs (and therefore, some of the people reading this post) are techies. If that’s the case, this is a good group for you. They mention that they’re a bit like Stack Overflow, but not really.

I think of it as a hybrid of Hacker News and Stack Overflow, but it’s different, because slack is just…different.

Check it out.

10. #Freelance

Freelance is a great resource for…you guessed it, freelancers. Freelancers are certainly a large sect of the business population, and there are many tips and tricks you can learn by being a part of this group.

This group is over 500 people strong, and the premise is that no matter where you live, the struggles, wins and pitfalls of freelancing are the same. Like many other specific interest groups, #freelance gives you the opportunity to connect, network or even blow off some steam with folks that share the same set of challenges as you.