While seeking for investments startups very often face many unknowns. They actually don’t know a lot about investors and their behaviour: what are investors looking for in a startup and founders, how do they evaluate idea or company, what do they think about business plans and startup pitches.
Fortunately, many of the investors, angels and VCs share their thoughts and vision on their blogs. It is a good way to learn more about investors, understand them and get valuable insight and advices.
Here’s a list of some investors blogs I would recommend you to follow:
Eric Ries of The Lean Startup has called Andrew Chen’s blog “one of the best entrepreneurship blogs of all time.” And, there’s a good reason why; it includes back-to-back essays on mobile, high-growth startups and technology.
Christoph Janz is Co-founder and Managing Partner at Point Nine Capital. Prior to that, he was an active angel investor and co-founded internet startup DealPilot.com, one of the first comparison shopping engines. In his blog Christoph shares valuable insight on internet entrepreneurship, which would be expecially useful for SaaS startups.
David Cohen is the founder and Managing Partner of Techstars. His blog skips any academic theory about building a company and instead provides actionable advice for dealing with the day-to-day of growing a startup.
Jeffrey Finkle is an angel investor and a startup coach. He serves as Chairman of the evaluation committee of the ARC Angel Fund and general partner of 4Scale ventures. He gives out a lot of in-depth advice on investing, startups, and life. This site also includes audio material through podcasts.
Los Angeles-based Mark Suster is both an entrepreneur and investor. He’s a Partner at venture capital firm GRP Partners, and as an entrepreneur he founded BuildOnline and Koral, which were both acquired. He’s invested in companies such as Affordit, EagleCrest Energy and EcoMom.
The personal blog of Jason Calicanus? a longtime investor, entrepreneur, and blogger. The blog is a good way to get advice on a wide range of investment options, and Jason’s writing is easily understood, with advice that can work for anyone.
Jalak Jobanputra is Founding Partner of FuturePerfect Ventures, an early-stage VC fund in NYC, and a TechStars mentor. She has invested in several companies such as TxVia (acquired by Google),Demantra (sold to Oracle), Viacore (sold to IBM) and others. Jobanputra has over 18 years of experience in the areas of venture capital, media and technology and you’ll want to read about her business secrets, career advice and outlook on investing.
Brad Feld has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars. He invests in software and Internet companies around the US. In his blog Brad shares his vision on the innovative trends, actual news and startups development issues, as well as pays attention to the questions about mental health.
Long time Silicon Valley technology and startup veteran, Paul O’Brien is known as SEO’Brien for his extensive past in the search industry. Now Texan, O’Brien works in Venture Capital Economic Development, serving the investment and venture capital economies directly, through thought leadership, consulting, and startup development. He’s the founder of MediaTech Ventures, a founder and managing director of the Texas Technology Council, and Director in Founder Institute.
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