Even the most experienced entrepreneurs know that you never reach a stage in your career, or in life for that matter, where you stop learning. The internet gives us access to some of the best tools available to further our learning, often at absolutely no cost.
Some of the best resources for learning about life as a startup founder are the blogs written by venture capitalists. These investors were often entrepreneurs beforehand, and provide key insights to what it takes to successfully run a business.
Here are ten blogs written by VCs that can provide some serious insight for entrepreneurs.
FeldThoughts is the personal website of Brad Feld, a managing director at Foundry Group in Colorado. Posts on FeldThoughts cover a variety of topics from startup best practices to Feld’s personal life. His archive of posts is well-categorized and tagged, making it easy to find information on a problem you may be having.
2. Tomasz Tunguz
Redpoint VC Tomasz Tunguz maintains a great blog on fundraising and the lifecycle of a startup. Posts are generally data-heavy, including graphs and charts showing trends in a particular market or sector. His insight on startup benchmarks will be particularly helpful for first-time founders.
3. Bothsides of the Table
Mark Suster’s blog Bothsides of the Table delivers on its name in that Suster shares insight from the perspective of both the founder and the investor. Suster also runs an interview show called BothSidesTV that is worth checking out.
4. Ben’s Blog
Ben’s Blog is the blog of Ben Horowitz, the latter half of VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. The blog offers wisdom to entrepreneurs and more traditional professionals as well, plus he starts every post with rap lyrics. Posts are short enough to be easily digestible, but provide serious value.
Fred Wilson, of Union Square Ventures, has been investing as a VC since 1986. His wealth of experience yields unique and useful posts on his blog AVC. Wilson posts every day, often with a compelling chart of infographic.
6. CDixon Blog
Chris Dixon is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, but before that he founded a few successful startups and operated as personal investor in some of the top tech startups such as Warby Parker, Stripe, and Pinterest. His blog focuses on individual companies and markets, and he has great thoughts on both. He doesn’t post as often as some others on this list, but the post quality makes up for the lack of frequency.
7. For Entrepreneurs
For Entrepreneurs is a blog by David Skok, of Matrix Partners. Skok often posts proprietary industry survey results and provides great details on SaaS startups, especially. Enterprise and general B2B startups should get a lot out of this blog.
8. Hunter Walk | 99% Humble, 1% Brag
Hunter Walk is an early stage investor with Homebrew. His blog is a good read for young entrepreneurs and anyone trying to figure out what it takes to get their company off the ground. There are also a few interesting posts on how VC funds operate too.
9. Open Source Venture Capital
Subtitled “How I learned to stop worrying and love entrepreneurs,” Open Source Venture Capital is the blog of Fred Destin, of Accel in London. While his posts are infrequent, they are often long and very detailed. The posts are great to read on your commute or on a short flight.
10. Above the Crowd
Another blog that offers substantial posts is Bill Gurley’s Above the Crowd. Gurley has been at Benchmark for more than a decade and his posts are great for understanding new trends in tech and the models of successful startups.