I decided to write about blogs, to get feedback and suggestions, I’m sure that there are others useful fonts of information that I don’t know yet. Obviously we don’t have time to read all these things every day, but at least one time a week we go through every blog mentioned below; apart Hacker News which has become my drug… ;)
Hacker News: http://news.ycombinator.com/
Is not a real blog, but a moderated hacker voice, it’s created by the ycombinator team. This is like eggs, bacon and orange juice for breakfast. Whenever you wake up the first things that we do is open Hacker News to see what’s happening out there. Is our first font of information, and I can’t live without that!
Founded by Michael Arrington in 2005, is quickly became the standard for tech startups news. Usually they are the first to know about an acquisition, a funding round or even a deadpool. Their network is huge and they are also co-organizers of the biggest startups event/competition of the world, the TechCrunch50.
A VC: http://www.avc.com/a_vc/
Is the blog of Fred Wilson, managing partner at Union Square Ventures, a top-tier early stage Venture Capital firm, based in NYC. His posts and comments about startup’s world are insanely useful and smart. I really love it!
Master of 500 hats: http://500hats.typepad.com/500blogs/
Behind this blog we have Dave McClure, an entrepreneur, active angel investor and worker at Founders Fund, one of the coolest VC in the Valley, at least for me. Dave gave every month good suggestions on how to presenting your startup or common mistakes that founders make. Moreover his slide decks on slideshare.com are legendary.
Both sides of the table: http://bothsidesofthetable.com
Mark Suster’s blog, he was a successful entrepreneur and now a good VC at GRP Partners. His blog mentions from how to raising venture capital to sales and marketing. His posts about Entrepreneur DNA are pretty cool.
The Official Google Blog: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/
Yes! Google is everywhere… this company has the biggest impact on the internet. Everytime they decide to enter in some market the world start to scream. For us is always useful to know what they are doing or plannning to do, just because they could become our competitors, partners “dreaming” or our buyer “dreaming too much ;)”
Google Open Source Blog: http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/
No! Google again…well in this case the focus is on open source community. In our startup 95% of the tools we use, from Debian, Eclipse to Maven are OSS. Thus, is useful to know how the big G is planning to move inside this eroic enviroment or getting news from their Google Summers of Code.
Venture Beat: http://venturebeat.com
This blog is slightly nice to get general news from innovation and startups. Sometimes their arguments are similar to what I find on TechCrunch, but their point of views are different, so is interesting to see discrepant thoughts.
Fail Blog: http://failblog.org/
Oh my….When we are out of bandwidth and we need some relax we go on Fail Blog and all the pressure goes away as soon as we are there. Here we find the peace of our senses while we laugh like a fool.
Paul Buchheit: http://paulbuchheit.blogspot.com/
This blog is technical while has always a discrete attention on product development; good are the thoughts about new products that he test. Paul is an institution; he was the #23 employee at Google and is the founder of Gmail and later FriendFeed, acquired by Facebook; in his free time is an angel investor as well.
Jeremy Zawodny’s blog: http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog
Jeremy who helped launched the Yahoo Developer Network (I think he was one of the best developer at Yahoo) is now working at Craigslist. His expertise on technology is incalculable and his posts arguments are very different. He mentions from MySql to how to make a great pasta or flying into the desert. We love adventure…;)
Steve Blank: http://steveblank.com/
Steve is a good part of the Silicon Valley. His book “The Four Steps to the Epyphany” is like the Bibble for every entrepreneur, and the focus on Customer Development is amazing. This blog gives a tons of suggestions for startupers.
SOMEWHAT FRANK: http://www.somewhatfrank.com/
I flow over this blog one time a month to see if there are some interesting events to crash or incredible story on web, social media and personal technology; moreover he has a Tumblr blog.
Garry’s Posterous: http://garry.posterous.com/
Garry is the founder of Posterous, a dead simple blogging platform. I think that he is one of the best young entrepreneur in the valley. His blog gives nice advices for tech entrepreneurs, plus smart comments on new features and product as well.
Blog Maverick: http://blogmaverick.com/
Mark Cuban’s blog, a veteran of technology industry. He ‘s the founder of Broadcast acquired by Yahoo in ’99, a billionaire, angel investor and the owner of NBA Dallas Mavericks basketball team. Here you can find posts about sport, technology, politics, and life’s lessons.
Finally, if we have some financial or legal lacks, we go deep into Finance4Founders (http://www.finance4founders.com) or Startup Company Lawyer (http://www.startupcompanylawyer.com) to learn more about it.