So, you run a startup, work for one or are thinking of founding one. In the early stages there are more issues, problems and challenges than any one person or even small team can have answers for. Engineering, product, funding , how to hire the right people, how to grow. These are all huge subjects with many ways to approach them.
There are also more resources out there than anyone can reasonably read. So if you have found your way here, you’re probably wondering:
What Startup blogs should I really follow?
Here are my top 5 (this list is slightly skewed towards VC blogs, but some of them cover lots and lots of topics):
1. First Round Review: – http://firstround.com/review/
First Round Review is a blog curated by First Round, an early stage investment company and community. The community includes hundreds of experts from successful companies like Facebook, Airbnb, Google, Slack and many more. Content ranges far and wide and is arranged into magazines which cover: Management, People and culture, Product, Women,Engineering, PR and Marketing, Design, Sales and Fundraising. First Round is my go to when searching for information and the latest ideas on all of these subjects. The blog has an amazing amount of value for start-ups, and is without doubt my favourite on this list.
2. QuickSprout: – https://www.quicksprout.com/blog/
No list of startup blogs would be complete without Neil Patel’s Quicksprout. Neil has a host of accolades: He is the co-founder of Crazy Egg and Hello Bar and he helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world. Neil gives crazy value in his posts, however the blog isn’t the easiest to navigate (it pushes you into his sales funnel quite hard). If you can find your way round showever, you will find a lot of priceless info. At the time of publishing, a good idea is to head to the right sidebar for a list of Neil’s guides on various subjects like; building a blog audience, growth hacking and marketing automation.
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3. forEntrepreneurs: – http://www.forentrepreneurs.com/
forEntrepeneurs is authored by David Skok, a serial entrepereneur who has switched to the VC side of the table. David has a wealth of startup experience, having founded a total of four companies (Skok Systems, Corporate Software Europe, Watermark Software, and SilverStream Software) as well as one turnaround (Xionics). Three of his companies were acquired, with one going public. Not a bad record! Topics include: SaaS, Sales and Marketing, the Business Model, and general startup help.
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4. Both Sides of the Table: – https://bothsidesofthetable.com/
Another entrepreneur turned VC (after selling his last company to Salesforce), Mark Suster writes Both Sides of the Table. There is a lot of info here, focusing on startup lessons, venture capital and related topics. This one is easy to follow as it is hosted o Medium.
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4. CoElevate: – http://www.coelevate.com/
Coelevate is written by Brian Balfour, ex-VP of Growth at HubSpot and currently Founder of Reforge. He has founded a number of VC backed companies, and grown user bases to millions of daily active users. Brian only writes one essay per month, but they are generally super useful and insightful. Topics covered include growth and user acquisition. Brian regularly gets featured in Forbes, Hacker Monthly, and OnStartups. Well worth subscribing to.
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Bonus: The Path Forward – https://thepathforward.io/
The Path Forward is not really a blog, more of an information repository from Hoxton, London-based VC firm Forward Partners. They don’t seem to release articles that often, but there is real value there, with guides for all startup stages, from pre-launch, to scaling. Topics include investment, people and hiring, technical stuff like A/B testing and how to interact with VCs. It is probably a good idea to read the latter before approaching them for funding!
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