Whether or not you’re raising money for your business, getting advice from venture capitalists can be invaluable. But, getting in the doors of a Sand Hill Road VC in Silicon Valley can be an incredibly difficult undertaking. Fortunately, many of the top VCs share their thoughts on their blogs and are full of advice for startups, both big and small.
Inside the minds of top venture capitalists: Blogs you need to read to understand how VCs think
Eric Ries of The Lean Startup has called Andrew Chen’s blog “one of the best entrepreneurship blogs of all time.” And, there’s a good reason why; it includes back-to-back essays on mobile, high-growth startups and technology. It’s one of my favorites on this list.
Follow Andrew on Twitter @andrewchen
2. A Smart Bear
This is the home of Jason Cohen, software startup founder, bootstrapper, investor, and mentor. Jason does an excellent job explaining the math behind more complex subscription forecasting, but also touches on topics like marketing and company culture. It’s a great blog to visit, especially if you need help with your subscription business.
Follow Jason on Twitter @ASmartBear
Probably the grand-daddy of VC blogs, Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson has been posting every day since 2003. From life advice and commentary, to practical know-how for growing a tech startup, AVC is a must-read blog. Almost as good as the blog itself is the thoughtful and intelligent community that posts hundreds of insightful comments on a daily basis.
Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital doesn’t publish frequently, but his essays on market trends and Benchmark portfolio companies are a window into how VCs view the world and the kinds of business models that they find most interesting.
Follow Bill on Twitter @billgurley
The Andreesen Horowitz blog is the work of the famous VC firm’s partners and covers all things software in Silicon Valley and beyond. Don’t miss out on their great podcast!
Follow Andreesen Horowitz on Twitter @a16z
What do you get when a successful entrepreneur becomes a VC and then starts blogging about his experiences? You get Mark Suster’s excellent blog where he doles out advice to aspiring CEOs. From leadership advice to thoughts on how to build a thriving company, Mark’s voice is direct and succinct. Certainly one blog to keep high on your list of must reads.
Follow Mark on Twitter @msuster
Brad Feld is a managing director at Foundry Group in Boulder, Colorado. His blog is full of personal stories, gentle advice, and guidance that will be useful to any startup founder. Brad also has a much bigger list of VC blogs than this one if you’re feeling like you don’t have enough reading yet.
Follow Brad on Twitter @bfeld
Ok, this technically isn’t a blog by a VC—it’s just brought to us by one of the top VC firms out there: First Round Capital. The blog is almost entirely guest posts from insanely smart and interesting people who have excellent insights into starting and growing companies.
Follow First Round on Twitter @firstround
On Haywire, Semil Shah shares stories about his investments, giving a behind-the-scenes view on why he’s working with the companies in his portfolio. He also shares his thoughts, industry trends, and where he sees the companies going, from the investor’s perspective.
Follow Semil on Twitter @semil
David Cohen is the founder and Managing Partner of Techstars, the #1 ranked internet startup accelerator in the world. His blog skips any academic theory about building a company and instead provides actionable advice for dealing with the day-to-day of growing a startup.
Follow David on Twitter @davidcohen
11. Hunter Walk
Hunter is a partner at Homebrew and previously led consumer product management at YouTube. He talks about building a new VC firm, his investments, and his hits and misses along the way.
Follow Hunter on Twitter @hunterwalk
12. Paul Graham
As co-founder of Y Combinator and co-founder of the Viaweb which sold to Yahoo! in the late ’90s, Paul Graham has a wealth of experience that he shares in his “essays.” The word “blog” doesn’t really describe what Paul does, but subscribe anyway and don’t skip what he has to say.
Follow Paul on Twitter @paulg
13. Sam Altman
As president of Y Combinator, the hugely successful seed-stage investor/accelerator, Sam Altman has a lot of knowledge to share. He covers broad topics such as net neutrality, but also dives into the specifics of starting a company, touching on things like hiring and employee retention. His blog is a great read for both a VCs perspective on the tech industry, and for insight into broad trends, as well as detailed advice that will help founders build their companies.
Follow Sam on Twitter @sama
14. Tomasz Tunguz
Tomasz really describes his own blog best: “I’m a partner at Redpoint and write daily, data-driven blog posts about key questions facing startups, including how to fundraise, startup benchmarks, management best practices, and team building.” Could you be any more precise?
Follow Tomasz on Twitter @ttunguz
15. The Barefoot VC
Venture capital is a male-dominated business and it’s rare to get the perspectives of female VC. So, it’s great to have Jalak Jobanputra, as managing partner at FuturePerfect Ventures, share her perspective on The Barefoot VC blog.
Follow Jalak on Twitter @jalak
16. The Gong Show
Andrew Parker is a VC with Spark Capital in Boston. One of the most interesting parts of his blog is his section of “thesis” posts in which he describes the investments he’s made and why he’s made them.
Follow Andrew on Twitter @andrewparker
Charlie O’Donnell is a partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. Like other VCs, he talks about his investments and why he makes them. But, he also has great advice on growth strategies for early-stage companies.
Follow Charlie on Twitter @ceonyc
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