Entrepreneurs are nothing without advice from more seasoned entrepreneurs and professionals who have built successful companies, or have played some integral role in the growth of successful businesses. If you’re looking to gather some wisdom from people who have proven themselves as experts in building great companies, Venture Capitalists, or VCs, are great people to turn to because they help fund businesses to grow to become the Googles and Facebooks of this world. Of course, not all VCs are accessible to everyone, but luckily, some blog about their thoughts, making their advice available to all without having to go through your networks for an introduction and trying to score a rare, but valuable appointment. Here are 3 blogs by VCs that every entrepreneur should read if they’re looking for some great, free advice.
1. Both Sides of the Table by Mark Suster
In Both Sides of the Table, a blog authored by former entrepreneur Mark Suster, who created BuildOnline, which sold to a publicly traded French company, and Koral, which sold to Salesforce.com, and is now a VC at GRP Partners, you’re amazed by all the startup advice that’s available. As someone looking to generate good deal flow for his firm, Mark also writes about pitching VCs and raising money, offering valuable tips for entrepreneurs looking to either of those things which are admittedly, quite scary processes which can turn ugly if you haven’t done your proper research.
2. A VC by Fred Wilson
Written by one of the most respected VCs today, in one of the most successful VC firms, Union Square Ventures in NYC, Fred Wilson authors A VC, a transparent blog about his firm’s investment strategies, tips for entrepreneurs, and interesting happenings with USV’s portfolio companies. When you’ve invested in companies like Twitter, Foursquare, Etsy, Tumblr and Zynga, you certainly have a lot of interesting and valuable things to say and people should be listening.
3. For Entrepreneurs by David Skok
For Entrepreneurs quite possibly has the most comprehensive posts on marketing for startups that I’ve ever read. In tell-all posts like Building a Sales and Marketing Engine, David Skok, five time serial entrepreneur, now VC at Matrix Partners, you can see that this guy knows what he’s talking about when it comes to creating scalable business models through strong marketing. Having had so much experience as an entrepreneur and working with many incredibly successful startups, Skok isn’t shy about sharing his advice and experiences which aren’t simply read and bookmarked for another day, but are actionable how-tos to use everyday in building great businesses.
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