For the past 3 years, we’ve been hard at work scouring the internet for content for our weekly newsletter: The Founders Forward. Over the course of building the Founders Forward, we’ve shared 1000s of articles and have gotten to know different VC thought leaders and influencers.
Below, we’ve shared 11 of the VC thought leaders we learn from again and again. Do you follow anyone that we don’t have on our list? Shoot us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a tweet. We’d love to build out the list even more!
Twitter Handle: @jasonlk
Tweets About: All things SaaS with a focus on sales, investor relations, and scaling your business to $100M in Revenue.
Follow if: You are a SaaS founder or operator with an interest in learning from someone who has scaled a business to $100M in revenue.
Where to Start: 10 Great Questions to Ask a VP of Sales During an Interview, You Need to Fundraise 52 Weeks a Year. The 1-and-30 Rule.
Twitter Handle: @bfeld
Tweets About: The latest tech news for founders, venture capital, and his favorite resources/books for startup leaders and operators
Follow if: If you’re interested in learning more about venture capital, learning from Brad’s portfolio companies, and lessons from his experience as the founder of Techstars and Foundry Group.
Where to Start: Capital Should Follow Talent, Disagree and Commit
Twitter Handle: @fredwilson
Tweets About: A stream of his thoughts and blog posts as the founder of Union Square Ventures with a recent focus on blockchain and crypto.
Follow if: You’re interested in learning best practices for founders from one of the most successful VCs, or want to learn more about blockchain technology.
Where to Start: The Valuation Obsession, Should Your Company be Profitable
Twitter Handle: @semil
Tweets About: A stream of his thoughts on individual startups, tips and advice for founders, and what he personally looks for in an investment.
Follow if: You’re an early stage founder that has taken capital, or are getting ready to raise, and want to leverage the perspective of an early stage investor.
Where to Start: A New VC Crop of Series A Firms, Paying Attention to Inbound Deal Flow
Twitter Handle: @hunterwalk
Tweets About: Current events, his daily experiences as an investor, musings from his fund, and advice for founders.
Follow if: You have an interest in the overall venture capital market and are curious about the day-to-day decisions a VC makes.
Where to Start: What Do You Want From Me Besides Capital?, A Strong Cold Email Always Beats a Weak Warm One
Twitter Handle: @elizabethjcain
Tweets About: All things hiring and developing a proficient sales team drawing on her experience launching the BDR team while at NetSuite.
Follow if: You are a startup founder or operator getting ready to build out a sales process, team, and hiring plan.
Where to Start: How to Give Effective Performance Feedback: Frameworks and Best Practices, A Product-led Approach to Sales
Twitter Handle: @chrija
Tweets About: A data-driven approach to SaaS investing across the industry, with a focus on European venture.
Follow if: You are interested in learning more about the SaaS landscape from a macro perspective, or want to know what Europe’s top firm looks for in their investments.
Where to Start: Five Ways to Build a $100M Business, Unsure How Much You Should Pay Yourself? Check out this Founder Salary Calculator
Twitter Handle: @joshelman
Tweets About: Product-focused tweets focused in the consumer space.
Follow if: You are building a consumer-facing product and have questions for one of the leaders in the space—Josh is quick to respond to tweets.
Where to Start: The Only Metric that Matters, Web Scraping vs. Doing the Work
Twitter Handle: @bhorowitz
Tweets About: His musings from being the name behind of the most successful VC funds in the world: Andressen Horowitz.
Follow if: You want to learn startup and leadership advice from the author behind The Hard Things About Hard Things. Also doesn’t hurt if you’re a fan of rap.
Where to Start: The Hard Thing About Hard Things, How to Tell the Truth
Twitter Handle: @naval
Tweets About: Thought-provoking ideas that not only challenge you as a founder, but as an individual.
Follow if: You want to challenge your thought process, covering everything from venture capital and building a company to meditation and psychology.
Where to Start: Build a Team that Ships, Bitcoin – The Internet of Money