The 17 Best Startup Newsletters
For people involved in the world of startups, determining what content sources to trust and what outlets to read can be a daunting task. Tech blogs, company blogs, VC blogs, Medium. Add to that the fact that people at early-stage companies tend to wear multiple hats and are looking for tips and tactics to help them excel in all of their roles and it seems like the firehose of information never stops. So how do you separate the signal from the noise and make sure you aren’t spending all of your time finding good stuff to read instead of taking action on the learnings?
Startup newsletters are a great place to start and we have put together a list of some of our favorites to help you spend less time browsing for content and more time learning from peers and others with something interesting and important to say.
Industry News & Curated Reading Lists
If you are a founder, investor, employee or potential employee at a startup, you’re probably familiar with the Mattermark Daily, a daily newsletter sent out to thousands each day. Their curated list of posts from Investors and Operators is a nice way to wrap up a hard day of work and makes it so you don’t need to worry about missing out out on useful posts from people in the industry.
Whether your job is to build product, make sales, build community or do just about anything else that comes with building an early-stage company, you will find the First Round Review extremely useful. By using stories from First Round portfolio companies, the First Round review shares valuable lessons and does so with high production quality.
Hiten Shah is the founder of CrazyEgg and KISSmetrics (and now a startup podcast co-hosted with Close.io’s Steli Efti) so he know’s his stuff when it comes to growing a SaaS business. In his weekly newsletter, Hiten organizes SaaS focused content by category for easy reading no matter one’s job title or expertise.
As Benedict Evans, a Partner at a16z puts it, the newsletter (delivered every Sunday) covers interesting developments in tech and mobile (globally) along with commentary on what it means for the market.
The headline says it all. Curation and commentary from Dave Pell on “The Day’s Most Fascinating News”. This might be the only newsletter on this list with its own app.
With links, events, and funding rounds focused specifically on the sector, the Enterprise Weekly – produced by venture fund and startup community Work-Bench out of New Your City – gives you everything you need to stay up to speed on the world of enterprise tech.
Startup Funding & Venture Capital Newsletters
High-quality, data-driven insight into what is happening in the world of early-stage funding and company building, always delivered with a bit of an edge and a dash of humor. The CB Insights Newsletter is packed with sector specific research, breakdowns on emerging markets and companies, and insight into how the early-stage market is transforming.
Interviews, funding updates, news on key personnel developments at top companies. StrictlyVC gives you a consise daily rundown of everything that you need to know about what is happening in the startup and venture world.
While Term Sheet, from Fortune’s Dan Primack, tends to focus more on the growth stage and private equity markets, it is still a crucial bit of reading every weekday morning. Know what companies raised, who the new funds on the block are, and understand how developments in other stages of the private markets could impact your business.
Growth & Marketing Newsletters
The 500Startups Distrosnack, delivered every weekday, is heavy on memes, GIFs and useful tactics that can be implemented into your growth strategy immediately and at little to no cost.
Neil Patel’s Quickspout Blog
Neil Patel, like Hiten Shah above, founded CrazyEgg and knows what he is talking about when it comes to having success in the software business. With well-produced, long-form pieces focused on blogging and growing your website’s traffic, there is something to learn in every single email that comes through from the Quick Sprout blog.
As the most active growth hacker community anywhere, GrowthHackers.com is the place to go for interviews, case studies and discussions focused on what it takes to grow a startup. Their weekly newsletter curates the best stuff shared during the week so that you can quickly catch up on what you missed and them implement it into your business.
Who better to learn email marketing and design tips than from a company that specializes in just that. It is not delivered quite as frequently as some of the others on this list but when it is, there is no doubt you will find it valuable. Articles, case studies, podcasts, events…the list of email marketing focused goodness goes on and on.
Building an engaged community is not easy, but the Community.is newsletter (from the team at Loyal) helps make sure you are up to the task by sharing best practices and lessons learned that you can implement into your community building efforts.
Design & UX Newsletters
A simple concept…the 5 best design links, in your inbox, every single day. No fluff, just a quick, easy way to receive a curated list of interesting articles, videos and projects about the world of design.
InVision is an indispensable tool for many designers, product people and marketers. With a subscription base of over 800,000 designers, the same can be said for their weekly newsletter, which shares useful tactics for creating better products and give a behind the scenes look at how some of the world’s best design teams bring ideas from concept to market.
One Design Company is a Chicago-based design, strategy and development agency that puts out an awesome weekly email packed with fun links, food for thought and some of the most useful posts on design and development from around the web.
Dave Ambrose, of Steadfast Venture Capital recently curated his own list of great newsletters on Product Hunt. Some focused on startups, some on culture, some on productivity. If it isn’t on our list, it’s probably on his!
Anything that we missed? Let us know on Twitter…we’re always looking for great new sources of startup tactics and inspiration!