The internet is a massive, self-sustaining organism of content. With more than 152m blogs sending new information pulsing through its veins all the time (and new blogs being spawned at a frankly exhausting rate) there’s really no excuse for being caught out of the loop. But obviously, you can’t read them all – even angels are capped at a scant 24 hours per day, and we mere mortals have even less time to play with.
One thing you should certainly take into account is authenticity and reliability: can you be sure that the blogger knows what they’re talking about? Many venture capitalists, business angels and other investment professionals write as if they’re Nostradamus reincarnate, so how do you spot the diamond in the rough?
We asked top angels what blogs they follow religiously to help you spot the diamonds in the rough. So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here are seven blogs top angels recommend.
James Routledge (Partner at Potential VC, and Founder and CEO at Now Native) and Michael Blakey (Director at Avonmore Developments) both swear by AVC.com, the blog of veteran venture capitalist Fred Wilson, Co-founder of Union Square Ventures and investor in the likes of Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Zynga, Kickstarter and many more.
Fred started his blog in September 2003 and has written something related to venture capital (with a few exceptions) every day since then. Fred shares success and war stories, along with expert insights garnered from his extensive experience in the industry. While it’d be easy for Fred to assume the position of wise old sage, his passion for the industry ensures he’s always writing from a ground floor perspective.
FeldThoughts covers everything from what it takes to be a good venture capitalist all the way to what makes a good entrepreneur.
The blog is headed up by Brad Feld, the Founder of Foundry Group, who has been an active early-stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. He co-founded Mobius Venture Capital, founded Intensity Ventures and is a Co-founder of Techstars, one of the world’s leading accelerators. In short: the guy knows about investing.
Elisabeth Kraus (Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at MergeLane, an accelerator focusing on supporting female entrepreneurs) is a massive fan of FeldThoughts and lists it as required reading.
Nic Brisbourne started The Equity Kicker in June 2006 and since then it has grown into Europe’s most popular venture capital blog. A former Partner at DFJ Esprit and current Managing Partner at Forward Partners, Nic posts religiously and always has some new insight to share.
One of the blog’s myriad followers is Alex Dunsdon, Investment Director at SaatchInvest, who particularly values Nic’s take on emerging business models and opportunities to come.
Jason Calacanis is one of the most outspoken investors in the industry today, and as a result he is loved by many and despised by others. A serial entrepreneur (he founded Weblogs – sold to AOL, Mahalo, ThisWeekIn.com and a few others) and serial investor (Tumblr, Uber, LeadGenius, Tout, SpaceMonkey and many more), Jason writes about early-stage investing and entrepreneurship from a view that is often contrarian.
Philip Wilkinson doesn’t mind the habitually controversial slant of the blog since it forces him to view the investment space from a new and challenging perspective.
In addition to his blog, Jason runs the web show This Week in Startups, in which ‘Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you this weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of entrepreneurship’.
Kelsey Lynn Skinner (Director of Tech Ventures at Imperial Innovations, a £600m market cap venture capital and technology commercialisation business) starts her day with Term Sheet and a cup of tea.
Dan Primack is the Senior Editor at Fortune and is responsible for writing and editing the daily Term Sheet piece. Dan has a panache for cutting through the hype in the VC and PE spaces, and getting to the crux of the issues. Most recently he’s been deflating the ego around big data and questioning whether it is as disruptive as everyone seems to think.
Jalak Jobanputra, the Founding Partner of Future Perfect Ventures, has been a venture capitalist and thought leader in the VC space since 1999. In an industry predominantly dominated by white men, Jalak – who was born in Nairobi, Kenya, to parents of Indian descent – is one of a burgeoning group of female thought leaders in the VC space. Her blog brings a fresh and unique perspective with a focus on social and impact investing.
When it comes to blogging, investor-turned-entrepreneur-turned-VC Chris Dixon is a firm believer that less is more. BusinessWeek named Chris Top Angel Investor in the Technology Sector 2010 after he invested in Foursquare, BuzzFeed, Codecademy, Kickstarter, MakerBot, Pinterest, Optimizely, Stack Overflow and a number of other successful businesses. In 2013 he was brought into Andreessen Horowitz as a General Partner and continues to ply his trade there. His writing is rather technical and data driven, and he’s never one to get the facts wrong.
Chris’s blog has recently moved onto Medium.
Have we missed out your favourite? Comment below to let us know of any early-stage investing blogs that you just can’t live without.