Top Blogs for my my Startup Friends. Sort of.
A while back, my friend Michael asked what I read on a regular basis. I thought about it and came up with a “quick and dirty” list of the various blogs I try to read. Thought I’d throw this on my page and share it with everyone!
For actual startup founder blogs, Venture Village has a good list (http://bit.ly/1ek5JZ0); I took a quick look and recognize the startups’ names. Should be solid.
Andrew Chen (http://andrewchen.co/): He used to be a VC, now an entrepreneurt. Been following him even before I came to the states. He’s probably one of the first Valley people I was aware of. Writes a ton about growth hacking, marketing and other startup-y stuff. (try: New College Grads – don’t sell your time for a living http://bit.ly/1bZBHEW)
Paul Graham (http://paulgraham.com/articles.html): the guy is like god of startups – he founded Y Combinator, which, if you don’t know, is like the Harvard/MIT of startups; it’s better cooler than Ivy League if you can get in. YC is an accelerator program – 10/12 week program that helps you build your product up to a Demo Day and then off to the races. Been reading Graham’s stuff for a few years now – whenever I feel hesitant about my life choices (re: entrepreneurship), his stuff always gives me weird encouragement. (try: Student’s Guide to Startups” http://bit.ly/1cYN30p)
Fred Wilson (http://www.avc.com/): another top VC; he founded Union Square Ventures based in NY. He has a lot of good words of wisdom and runs this “MBA Monday” thing, which I think is pretty neat. I don’t really have a particular piece off the top of my head – he’s all round impressive guy.
Bijan Sabet (http://bijansabet.com/): He’s from Spark Capital in Boston – early investor in Tumblr and other stuff. I followed him when I used to use Tumblr a lot (now I don’t, really). His posts are pretty succinct and I enjoy his non-work stuff also. It’s pretty neat.
Chris Dixon (http://cdixon.org/): he’s a VC at Andreessen Horowitz – think Twitter investors. I enjoy posts that have a bit more depth and Chris definitely supplies that for me. He’s a very articulate guy.
David Lee (http://daslee.me/): I like reading David’s stuff cause he’s not a traditional Valley guy – he’s a lawyer; not a strict techie by profession. He’s also Asian and while there are a ton of us in the Valley, not everyone has his kind of presence. (try: “Why I Never Started My Own Company” http://bit.ly/1bZxj8P)
VC Cafe (http://www.vccafe.com/): This is more of a resource site than a simple blog – but there’s a lot of good stuff that’s helped make the past few years interesting for me. It’s run by a guy called Eze Vidra, who now works for Google Campus in London. (try: “So you want to be a VC?” http://bit.ly/1bZtXTo)
I follow Homebrew VC on Twitter, and saw this post yesterday, “The VC Metrics Behind Investing in One of Every 100 Companies We Meet” (http://bit.ly/JLUZHE); it’s a pretty transparent post on VC financing – also brings about how rare VCs actually end up investing in companies – 1%
A few months ago, I came across this “My Startup has 30 Days to Live” (http://mystartuphas30daystolive.tumblr.com/). Humble reminder that it’s a hard hard road.
Other VCs/investors that I don’t follow regularly but probably write really good stuff Wesley Chan (Google Ventures), Guy Kawasaki (early Apple guy), Mark Suster (http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/), Jason Calacanis (http://calacanis.com/), Jeff Paine (http://paine.co/ my boss)
Obviously Inc.com, Fast Co, VentureBeat, TechCrunch, etc are all good places for startups. Will update with book list.