The internet is full of information — too much probably — but you’re missing out if you aren’t taking advantage of the insights and advice of those that have come before. Some of the best finance blogs out there are written by founders and venture capitalists, who have a lot of wisdom that you can draw from whether you’re just starting out or well into your startup funding rounds. Whether you’re looking for guidance in the new year or want help understanding old challenges, check our list below to find the content you’re looking for.
Brad Feld is a long-time investor and venture capitalist, and he shares his knowledge on venture capital, investing, and entrepreneurship at FeldThoughts, his long-running blog. From budget advice to articles about high-tech innovations to insights into the VC world, Feld has a blog about just about everything that you might want to know about if you’re running a startup or looking to engage with venture capital.
First Round Review
A collection of articles aimed at entrepreneurs, founders, and investors, the First Round Review does a great job of balancing advice, tips, and reports from the trenches of the startup world. Their mission statement emphasizes “liberating knowledge to inspire and accelerate action”, and the Review places special emphasis on applicable, engaging articles. It’s an excellent general-interest read for founders and entrepreneurs of all stripes.
Small Business Bonfire
Broadly aimed at all small businesses, Small Business Bonfire is a great resource for finding tips, staying on top of trends, and acquiring the knowledge you need to succeed as a startup or a mom-and-pop. This is a great follow for general advice and high-level ideas about staying ahead of the competition, but it’s also a useful community resource, with useful ways to connect to other small business owners and experts.
This blog is the brainchild of David Skok, “a serial entrepreneur turned VC”, who founded four companies before moving to the other side of the table. ForEntrepreneurs is where he shares his expertise and offers practical and applicable advice, especially on SaaS, sales and marketing, and startups in general. Ranked at the very top of websites for entrepreneurs by both Inc.com and Forbes, Skok’s blog is a critical resource for any founder.
Andrew Chen is a partner at Andressen Horowitz, a big player in the Silicon Valley VC space, where he focuses on consumer startups — his perspective is great no matter where you are in your startup journey and whether you’re looking for general advice or trying to get a handle on venture capital. Previously at Uber, Chen is on the board of a number of Silicon Valley startups, has been cited extensively in the financial press, and has worked with many of the biggest names in the Bay Area. Insightful and prolific, this is a great blog to follow to stay up to date on what’s happening on the startup scene.
For a different perspective on savings in the world of business, you can turn to Laura Adams’ Money Girl blog. This blog is ideal for readers of all genders, but it also allows elevates a cultivated and somewhat limited view of startup savings to come to the forefront of financial conversations. Mostly focused on personal finance, Money Girl still has a lot of useful advice for small business owners and startups — it’s always good to have a foundation in the basics.
Both Sides of the Table
This is an essential resource for any startup, especially ones that are expecting to be meeting with or reaching out to venture capitalists any time soon. Both Sides of the Table is, like it sounds, perspectives from both startups and from the VCs that fund them. Divided into articles about entrepreneurship, startups, and venture funding, this is a great place to find focused, granular information about exactly what it is you’re looking for.
Legendary in the field, Tomasz Tunguz is a venture capitalist at Redpoint and a prolific writer with a lot of truly exceptional insights into markets, startups, and venture capital. Whether you’re looking for solid predictions, marketing advice, insights into trends, or just some visibility into the decision-making process at a venture capital firm, this is a great place to start.
Staying on top of news, trends, and innovations helps you stay nimble, no matter what type of business you’re running, and getting advice on your financials — whether that’s simple budget advice or a deep dive into Series A funding rounds — is no exception. Hopefully the sites above will give you the insights you need to succeed in 2020 and beyond!