When we first started Lyncteck, my co-founder and I didn’t know much about startups. We knew how to build software, but that was just about it. So we did what anyone does in this situation: we googled the most popular tech blogs for startup founders and read them religiously. A lot has changed since then—I’ve learned a ton about product management, marketing, sales, and growth hacking and am sure @vigilance has too — but those blogs are still just as relevant today.
Andrew Chen is a growth hacker, entrepreneur, and author of several books (Yeah!! guy is a legend). He is the co-founder of GrowthHackers.com and writes for The Next Web. His latest book The Accidental Creative can be found on Amazon you can go check it out it is quite interesting.
Chen holds a Ph.D. in physics from Caltech and he has been featured in many publications including Inc., Forbes, Wired, TechCrunch, and Business Insider to name just a few. This guy’s bio is satisfying enough to go take a look at some of his works. I’d say if you want to hack your way up to the top, Andrew is your guy, and if you want to see more content like this, Lyncteck blog is your buddy.
If you read her name again you can notice its not Travel but Tavel, am saying this because you gonna need to remember her, she has one of the best blogs for startup founders. Sarah Tavel is a partner at Benchmark who’s been a VP of product at Pinterest, an executive coach, and an entrepreneur. Her Medium blog is full of great posts on product development, hiring, and the importance of product-market fit, and trust me you will need to know all that when running a startup.
Her thoughts on hiring: “Hire for a fit that goes beyond skills, experience and education. Hire for cultural fit. Hire for an alignment of values and purpose. Hire people that want to do more than just “get by” — hire people who want to make something great happen with you. Hire people who are curious, smart, humble, empathetic, and driven by impact instead of ego-driven by status or money.
By the way, good luck on your first employees, if you ain’t got one.
Chris Dixon is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, an early-stage venture capital firm. He has been involved in startups since 2000 and has invested in over 300 companies. As one of the most prolific investors on the web, Chris provides valuable insight into what makes an entrepreneur successful and how to navigate the startup world.
If you’re interested in learning more about startups from someone who is deeply immersed in this field, check out his blog! Grow your startup he might be your next investor.
Elizabeth Yin is a San Francisco-based product designer, writer, and speaker. She writes about entrepreneurship, design, and business on her blog, “A Product Designer’s Guide to the Universe.”
On Twitter: @eb_yin
Crunchbase profile: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/elizabeth-beth-yin
Tomas Tunguz is a partner at Redpoint Ventures, a venture capital firm with offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. He writes about venture capital, startups, and technology on his blog. Tomas is also a frequent speaker at conferences including TechCrunch Disrupt and Y Combinator’s Startup School. Additionally, he co-founded the startup studio MuckerLab which provides resources for entrepreneurs to build their companies.
He has invested in over 100 companies across a variety of industries, including companies that have gone public and sold for over $1 billion. His investments include Pinterest, Uber, Dropbox, Cloudflare, and many others.
Nicole Quinn’s Medium blog on venture capital
Nicole Quinn is a partner at Spark Capital, which has invested in companies like Twitter, Etsy, and Pinterest. She’s also one of the best writers in Silicon Valley. Her Medium blog is a good place to learn about venture capital and how it works. She breaks down the industry for you so you can understand what your startup needs to do before raising money from investors like her firm.
She also has a great podcast, “Choose Your VC,” that you can listen to here. It features interviews with people who have been through the fundraising process and know what it takes to get their startup funded by Spark Capital.
Hunter Walk’s post from 2011 on how to find a product-market fit
The most important thing you can do as a startup founder is to find product-market fit.
Hunter Walk, an entrepreneur, and investor share his experience with how to find product-market fit in this blog post that’s as relevant now as it was when he wrote it back in 2011. Why? Because finding product-market fit is still one of the most challenging parts of building any company or product — and it’s something you should keep coming back to if you’ve reached early success.
In short: the first step is to ask yourself whether there are people who will pay for your idea or service. If so, keep working on improving your offering until more people begin paying for what you offer (and not only those who already use it).
Fred Wilson’s blog, AVC.com
Fred Wilson’s blog, AVC.com, is a must-read for any startup founder. Fred co-founded Union Square Ventures and was an early investor in companies like Twitter and Zynga. He has written several books including A VC, which aims to demystify the world of venture capital by sharing his experiences as a VC.
Fred’s blog is currently run by Fred himself and two other writers/analysts at USV: Brad Feld (author of Startup Communities) and Steve Randy Waldman (founder of Interfluidity). The editors’ goal on this blog is to share “lessons learned” from their collective experiences over the years as investors, entrepreneurs, managers, and advisors — all things that we hope will help our readers avoid common pitfalls along their journey toward success!
Mark Suster’s blog, bothsidesofthetable.com
Mark Suster is an investor, blogger, speaker, and podcaster who has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and Forbes. He’s also written a book called The Fundraising Field Guide: How to Raise Money for Your Startup or Cause.
Mark’s blog covers topics ranging from VC funding rounds to startup culture, personal finance, and more. His podcast is called Both Sides of the Table – it features conversations with entrepreneurs as well as VCs so that you can learn from both sides of any given argument or topic being discussed.
Mark’s ability to have candid conversations with entrepreneurs and VCs makes his blog and podcast worth checking out. He’s been a professional investor for over 20 years, so he has a ton of insight into what it takes to make it in the startup world.
These are some of the best blogs you can find on the internet for startup founders. There are a ton more out there, so if you have any recommendations for us, let us know in the comments below!