Our 15 Favorite Newsletters for Startup Founders

Angelina Graumann

In today's fast-paced startup ecosystem, staying informed and inspired is paramount for founders. Newsletters offer a direct line to the most current insights, trends, and advice, tailored to the unique challenges and opportunities entrepreneurs face. We will navigate the criteria that distinguish the most impactful subscriptions from the rest by highlighting how to select newsletters that resonate with founders' specific needs and interests. Moreover, we'll explore a curated list of the best newsletters for startup founders, ensuring readers have access to a well-rounded collection of resources that cater to various facets of the startup journey, from venture capital and tech innovations to practical advice on scaling and managing a startup. Whether you're at the helm of a growing tech startup or navigating the early stages of your entrepreneurial venture, this guide will help you harness the power of newsletters to fuel your journey forward.

Why Should Startup Founders Read Newsletters?

Startup founders stand to gain immensely from subscribing to (the right) newsletters focused on entrepreneurship, venture capital, tech news, fundraising, and other startup-related topics. These newsletters serve as a channel for curated, high-quality content that is tailored to the dynamic needs of startups. One of the primary benefits is the aggregation of relevant information, insights, and trends delivered directly to founders' inboxes. This direct delivery means founders can stay abreast of the latest developments in their industry without spending precious time searching for information across various platforms.

The curated content in these newsletters is meticulously selected to provide value, whether by offering advice on navigating the challenges of startup life, insights into raising capital, or updates on technological advancements. By subscribing to high-quality newsletters, startup founders can leverage the collective knowledge and experiences of the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem, enhancing their own ventures' potential for success.

Newsletters are the easiest way to get the most current information that can help founders especially make informed decisions, learn from the successes and failures of their peers, and discover new opportunities for growth and innovation.

What to Look for in Startup Founder Newsletters

When searching for valuable newsletters to subscribe to, startup founders should prioritize content that aligns with their specific needs and goals. Essential features to look for include industry relevance, practical advice, diverse perspectives, and frequency that suit your schedule. Newsletters tailored to specific types of founders, such as those related to the specific industry, investment stage, or area of needed improvement, can offer more targeted insights and strategies.

  1. Industry Relevance and Focus: Select newsletters that cater to your industry, whether it's tech, health, SaaS, or e-commerce, to ensure the content is directly applicable to your startup. For example, CB Insights offers trend analysis and research for sectors like retail, fintech, and healthcare, making it a valuable resource for staying on top of industry-specific innovations and market dynamics​​.
  2. Stage-Specific Content: Depending on the stage of your startup, look for newsletters that offer stage-specific insights. Early-stage founders might find value in newsletters like First 1000, which provides case studies on how successful companies acquired their early customers, offering inspiration and practical strategies for customer acquisition​​.
  3. Quality of Curation and Practical Advice: Newsletters that feature high-quality curation and actionable advice can be particularly beneficial. For instance, Growth.Design presents product tips in a comic book format, making complex concepts more accessible and engaging​​. This innovative approach to presenting information can help founders grasp and apply new strategies more effectively.
  4. Diverse Perspectives: It's beneficial to choose newsletters that include a range of voices and perspectives. This diversity can offer a more nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the startup ecosystem. Newsletters like Black Tech Pipeline highlight DEI practices and offer exposure to diverse talents and perspectives, enriching your understanding and approach to building a more inclusive startup culture​​.
  5. Frequency and Format: Consider how often you want to receive updates and in what format. Whether you prefer a daily digest, a weekly deep dive, or a monthly roundup, the frequency and format should fit your preferences and availability. For example, SaaS Weekly by Hiten Shah delivers a weekly roundup of actionable guidance from experts in various aspects of SaaS, catering to founders looking for concise, weekly insights​​.
  6. Exclusivity and Community: Some newsletters offer access to exclusive events, networks, or communities. These can be invaluable for networking, finding mentors, or connecting with potential investors.

By focusing on these features and tailoring your newsletter subscriptions to your startup's needs, you can ensure that the content you receive is not only relevant and useful but also a pleasure to read. Subscribing to a well-chosen mix of newsletters can provide a steady stream of inspiration, knowledge, and actionable advice to support your journey as a startup founder.

15 Newsletters Startup Founders Don’t Want to Miss

In the ever-evolving landscape of startups, staying updated with the latest trends, insights, and strategies is not just beneficial—it's essential for growth and sustainability. As a startup founder, your inbox can be a treasure trove of valuable resources, provided you subscribe to the right newsletters. To ensure you're well-equipped on your entrepreneurial journey, we've compiled a list of 15 must-subscribe newsletters.

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HBR – Management Tip of the Day

The "HBR – Management Tip of the Day" newsletter is highly regarded for providing startup founders with a wealth of practical advice and management strategies, directly benefiting their leadership and operational efficiency.

Topics range from building your own company to bettering yourself as a leader and founder. The emphasis on practical, quick-read content ensures that busy startup founders can easily integrate these insights into their daily routines.

It lands in your inbox every weekday morning and posts are generally short and can be read in just a couple of minutes.

You can subscribe to HBR Newsletters here. (Note: HBR offers a number of another valuable newsletter that come highly recommended as well).

Tomasz Tunguz

Tomasz Tunguz's newsletter offers startup founders a deep dive into the complexities of building and scaling a startup from a venture capitalist's perspective. Tunguz, a Partner at Redpoint Ventures and former Google Product Manager, brings a wealth of experience and insight, covering a broad spectrum of topics critical to startup success, including customer success, term sheets, and cap tables.

He covers a wide range of critical startup topics, from securing venture capital to strategic business planning. His advice on leveraging sustainable competitive differentiators and focusing on metrics for success are particularly beneficial for founders aiming to scale their startups effectively. Founders have noted that they enjoy the newsletter's in-depth analysis, actionable insights, and Tunguz's unique perspective on growth and content marketing strategies.

Tunguz's emphasis on practical advice, grounded in his venture capital expertise, makes his newsletter an essential tool for startup founders seeking to navigate the challenges of building and growing their businesses​

You can subscribe to Tomasz Tunguz’ Newsletter here.

Hacker Newsletter

A weekly newsletter curating the top posts on Hacker News over the course of the week, ensuring its readers never miss out on key developments in these fields. The content covers everything from code and design to popular books and tips for working.

This curated approach not only helps professionals stay abreast of the latest tech trends and discussions but also aids in filtering the vast amount of information available online, presenting it in a digestible and actionable format.

Established in 2010 by Kale Davis, who is known for his senior engineering role at MailChimp, the newsletter boasts a handpicked selection of stories, organized into sections, along with recommendations for design, code, and content. This approach has garnered a loyal following of 60,000 subscribers who eagerly anticipate its weekend delivery​​.

You can subscribe to Hacker Newsletter here.

StrictlyVC

For those seeking to keep a pulse on startup fundings, acquisitions, and major stories shaping the venture capital landscape, StrictlyVC offers an essential daily rundown by Connie Gallippi, Founder of BitGive. While not strategic content to help with your business directly Connie highlights all of the VC deals closed during the previous day and any relevant news in the tech/startup world. One of the team favorites at Visible.

You can subscribe to StrictlyVC here.

First Round Review

An incredibly popular, and useful, newsletter from the team at First Round. In a weekly newsletter packed with content the First Round Review Newsletter highlights everything from the previous week on their blog. Generally, covering a bit of all things “startup” First Round has strong content around culture, diversity, and hiring. Offering entrepreneurs actionable insights and curated advice from the startup ecosystem, it's designed to be the "Harvard Business Review for Startups," featuring articles on a wide array of subjects from leadership to startup strategies.

You can subscribe to the First Round Review Newsletter Here.

Check Out the Visible Weekly Newsletter Today

While the 15 newsletters listed are some of our favorites, Visible's weekly newsletter is one not to be missed and is an essential subscription for founders seeking comprehensive updates on fundraising, investor relations, growth metrics, and all things startups. For direct access to insights that can shape your startup's future, subscribe to Visible’s Newsletter here.

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