Business – List of Most Popular VC, Angel & Startup Investor Blogs – April 2013

 

By the Numbers

  • 68 investor blogs have been updated since the beginning of 2013
  • 17 investor blogs rank above the global Alexa 100,000
  • According to Alexa the 5 most widely read investor blogs are Y Combinator, Dharmesh Shah, Paul Graham, Fred Wilson and Mark Suster.
  • 2 female VCs are blogging (as of publishing): Christine Herron and Rachel Strate (not updated since 2009).

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   Investor  Investment Firm  Blog URL  Last Updated Alexa Global
  Y Combinator Y Combinator http://blog.ycombinator.com/ 4/9/2013 3,376
  Dharmesh Shah Angel http://onstartups.com/ 4/9/2013 19,794
  Paul Graham Y-Combinator paulgraham.com 11/15/2012 26,397
  Fred Wilson Union Square Ventures avc.com 4/9/2013 28,753
  Mark Suster GRP Partners http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/ 3/21/2013 35,533
  Rob Day @Ventures http://www.greentechmedia.com/cleantech-investing/ 4/4/2013 50,824
  Brad Feld Foundry Group http://www.feld.com/wp/ 4/9/2013 60,507
  Guy Kawasaki Digital Garage http://blog.guykawasaki.com/ 1/26/2013 66,676
  Openview Partners Openview Partners http://blog.openviewpartners.com/ 4/9/2013 70,232
  Josh Kopelman First Round Capital http://redeye.firstround.com/ 3/19/2013 80,094
  Chris Fralic First Round Capital http://nothingtosay.firstround.com/ 3/11/2013 80,094
  Howard Morgan First Round Capital http://waytooearly.firstround.com/ 8/21/2012 80,094
  Rob Hayes, First Round Capital http://permanentrecord.firstround.com/ 7/18/2012 80,094
  Naval Ravikant & Babak Nivi http://venturehacks.com/ 3/22/2013 85,803
  Chris Dixon Founder Collective http://cdixon.org/ 4/6/2013 90,864
  Andrew Chen Angel http://andrewchen.co/ 4/8/2013 94,373
  Michael Arrington Crunchfund uncrunched.com 4/7/2013 96,713
  Mark Cuban Mark Cuban Companies http://blogmaverick.com/ 4/3/2013 125,891
  Jeremy Liew Lightspeed Venture Partners http://lsvp.com/blog/ 4/8/2013 131,553
  Ben Horowitz Andreesen Horowitz http://bhorowitz.com/ 3/4/2013 137,641
  MG Siegler Crunchfund http://parislemon.com/ 4/9/2013 147,935
  Jason Cohen Capital Factory http://blog.asmartbear.com/ 4/9/2013 159,153
  Union Square Ventures Union Square Ventures http://www.usv.com/ 4/4/2013 175,892
  Sean Ellis Angel http://www.startup-marketing.com/ 1/28/2013 198,984
  Multiple Authors True Ventures http://www.trueventures.com/blog/ 4/3/2013 264,147
  Mendelson/Feld Foundry Group http://www.askthevc.com/blog/index.php 4/2/2010 265,044
  Tony Tjan Cue Ball Capital http://blogs.harvardbusiness.org/tjan/ 4/7/2013 318,470
  Bill Gurley Benchmark Capital http://abovethecrowd.com/ 12/26/2012 352,232
  Joanne Wilson Gotham Gal (angel investor) http://www.gothamgal.com/ 4/10/2013 391,765
  Nic Brisbourne Esprit Capital Partners http://www.theequitykicker.com/ 4/9/2013 392,432
  Bijan Sabet Spark Capital http://bijansabet.com/ 4/9/2013 395,396
  Multiple Authors Foundry Group http://www.foundrygroup.com/wp/ 3/26/2013 403,187
  Don Dodge Google Ventures (previously) http://dondodge.typepad.com/ 4/5/2013 410,402
  Marc Andreessen Andreesen Horowitz http://blog.pmarca.com/ 3/26/2013 428,812
  Boris Wertz Version One Ventures www.versiononeventures.com/blog 4/9/2013 447,430
  David Hornik August Capital http://www.ventureblog.com/ 3/6/2013 458,981
  Albert Wenger Union Square Ventures Continuations.com 4/9/2013 464,176
  Paul Kedrosky SK Ventures http://paul.kedrosky.com/ 4/9/2013 479,613
  Jason Calacanis Angel http://calacanis.com/ 2/12/2013 535,141
  Jeff Clavier SoftTech VC http://blog.softtechvc.com/ 12/17/2012 540,832
  Paul Singh 500 Startups http://resultsjunkies.com/blog/ 3/28/2013 636,592
  Dave McClure 500 http://500hats.com/ 4/9/2013 645,665
  Fred Destin Atlas Venture http://freddestin.com/ 4/7/2013 658,955
  Reid Hoffman Greylock http://reidhoffman.org/ 3/18/2013 688,977
  Maveron Ventures Maveron Ventures http://www.maveron.com/blog/ 03/2013 703,138
  Ryan Spoon Polaris Venture Partners http://ryanspoon.com/blog/ 4/7/2013 961,156
  Seth Levine Foundry Group http://www.sethlevine.com/blog/ 2/27/2013 1,024,492
  Jeff Bussgang Flybridge Capital Partners http://bostonvcblog.typepad.com/ 4/1/2013 1,153,479
  Andrew Parker Spark Capital http://thegongshow.tumblr.com/ 4/9/2013 1,381,730
  Ed Sim Dawntreader Ventures http://www.beyondvc.com/ 1/15/2013 1,603,885
  David Beisel Venrock Associates http://www.genuinevc.com/ 4/4/2013 1,795,029
  Jason Mendelson Foundry Group http://www.jasonmendelson.com/wp/ 3/19/2013 1,833,233
  Larry Cheng Fidelity Ventures http://www.larrycheng.com/ 10/23/2012 1,953,260
  Christopher Allen Alacrity Ventures http://www.lifewithalacrity.com/ 4/4/2013 2,119,248
  Baris Karadogan Com Ventures http://baris.typepad.com/ 10/22/2009 2,161,392
  David Cowan Bessemer Venture Partners http://whohastimeforthis.blogspot.com/ 12/17/2012 2,196,188
  Rich Tong Ignition Partners http://www.tongfamily.com/ 4/8/2013 2,309,676
  David B. Lerner Columbia Seed Fund http://www.davidblerner.com/david_b_lerner/ 2/8/2013 2,715,171
  Brett Hurt Austin Ventures http://lucky7.io/ 4/4/2013 2,854,733
  Ouriel Ohayon Lightspeed Gemini Internet Lab http://ouriel.typepad.com/ 12/16/2012 2,888,901
  Stewart Alsop Alsop-Louie Partners http://www.alsop-louie.com/blog/ 9/30/2012 3,047,907
  Andy Weissman Union Square Ventures http://blog.aweissman.com/ 3/7/2013 3,219,569
  Jason Ball Qualcomm Ventures Europe http://www.jasonball.com/techbytes/ 5/17/2007 3,287,372
  Christine Herron Intel Capital http://www.christine.net/ 10/23/2012 3,447,591
  Sarah Tavel Bessemer Venture Partners http://www.adventurista.com/ 3/12/2012 3,481,967
  David Feinleib Mohr Davidow Ventures http://www.vcdave.com/ 5/15/2012 3,570,079
  Dan Rua Inflexion Partners http://www.floridaventureblog.com/ 9/20/2010 3,605,507
  Jacob Ner-David Jerusalem Capital http://vcinjerusalem.typepad.com/ 11/18/2012 3,698,431
  Multiple Authors Highway 12 Ventures http://highway12ventures.com/blog/ 2/8/2013 3,779,753
  John Ludwig Ignition Partners http://theludwigs.com/ 3/31/2013 3,902,739
  Paul Fisher Advent Venture Partners http://www.thecoffeeshopsofmayfair.com/ 4/6/2013 4,097,030
  Michael Eisenberg Benchmark Capital http://sixkidsandafulltimejob.blogspot.com/ 2/18/2013 4,161,083
  Ryan McIntyre Foundry Group http://www.ryanmcintyre.com/blog/ 3/2/2012 4,607,575
  Joshua Baer Austinpreneur / Capital Factory http://www.austinpreneur.com/ 4/10/2013 4,704,472
  Raj Kapoor Mayfield Fund http://vcinme.typepad.com/ 7/12/2012 4,852,480
  Jerry Neumann Neu Ventures http://reactionwheel.blogspot.com/ 4/8/2013 4,913,482
  Cem Sertoglu iLab Ventures http://csertoglu.typepad.com/sortipreneur/ 4/8/2013 4,938,333
  Renee DiResta O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures http://blog.noupsi.de/ 4/4/2013 5,191,448
  Philippe Botteri Bessemer Venture Partners, http://cracking-the-code.blogspot.com/ 10/24/2012 5,235,989
  Matt McCall DFJ Portage Venture Partners http://www.vcconfidential.com/ 3/31/2013 5,928,762
  James Chen, CXO Ventures http://www.purevc.com/pure_vc/ 7/23/2011 6,266,558
  Anna Khan Bessemer Venture Partners http://www.annakhan.com/ 4/5/2013 6,812,937
  280.vc   http://280.vc/ 3/28/2013 7,058,101
  Mo Koyfman Spark Capital http://www.mokoyfman.com/ 4/5/2013 7,408,773
  Max Bleyleben Kennet Partners http://maxbley.typepad.com/maxs_blog/ 10/28/2011 7,539,929
  Tim Oren Pacifica Fund http://due-diligence.typepad.com/ 3/28/2011 7,700,448
  Jeremy Levine Bessemer Venture Partners http://nothingventurednothinggained.blogspot.com/ 3/2/2012 7,714,427
  Allen Morgan Idea Lab’s New Ventures Group http://www.allensblog.typepad.com/ 6/11/2012 7,743,162
  Mike Hirshland Resolute.vc http://vcmike.wordpress.com/ 11/24/2011 7,798,967
  Will Price Hummer Winblad http://willprice.blogspot.com/ 2/19/2013 7,799,153
  Peter Rip Crosslink Capital Partners http://earlystagevc.typepad.com/   8,004,682
  David Aronoff Flybridge Capital Partners http://www.geekvc.com/geekvc/Blog/Blog.html 3/28/2013 8,149,983
  Don Rainey Grotech Ventures http://startups.typepad.com/ 11/15/2012 8,517,590
  Scott Maxwel Openview Venture Partners http://scottmaxwell.wordpress.com/ 1/8/2010 9,230,149
  Simon Olson DFJ http://galaxy.blogs.com/venture_capital_thoughts_/ 12/27/2011 9,387,967
  Adi Pundak-Mintz Gemini Israel Funds http://adisababa.wordpress.com/ 9/5/2012 9,849,814
  Saul Klein Index Ventures http://www.localglo.be/ 3/4/2013 9,932,326
  Jeff Joseph Prescient Capital Partners http://www.venturepopulist.com/ 12/20/2010 10,162,584
  Stu Phillips Ridgelift Ventures http://1vc.typepad.com/ 6/7/2010 10,913,977
  Marc Goldberg Occam’s Razor http://mgoldberg.typepad.com/ 12/26/2006 11,962,092
  Greg Foste Noro-Moseley Ventures http://southernvc.com/ 9/16/2011 12,136,836
  Daniel Cohen Gemini Israel Funds http://coheda.typepad.com/israel/ 2/20/2012 12,792,445
  Max Niederhofer Sunstone Capital http://maxniederhofer.com/ 4/8/2013 13,354,211
  Steve Jurvetson DFJ http://jurvetson.blogspot.com/ 3/6/2008 13,407,250
  Rick Segal JLA Ventures http://ricksegal.typepad.com/pmv/ 1/22/2010 13,624,659
  Allan Veeck Pittsburgh Ventures http://www.pittsburghventures.com/ 7/16/2011 13,898,253
  Santo Politi Spark Capital http://santopoliti.tumblr.com/ 3/16/2013 14,583,663
  Chip Hazard Flybridge Capital Partners http://hazard.typepad.com/ 2/26/2013 15,214,970
  Brad Burnham USV http://bradburnham.tumblr.com/ 2/8/2012 15,709,881
  Jason Caplain Southern Capitol Ventures http://southeastvc.blogs.com/southeast_vc/ 3/15/2013 16,305,644
  Gil Dibner Genesis Partners http://techtlv.com/blog/ 3/29/2011 19,695,750
  Matt Winn Chrysalis Ventures http://punctuative.com/ 7/13/2009 20,223,511
  Richard Dale Sigma Ventures http://venturecyclist.blogspot.com/ 2/24/2013 21,383,839
  Steve Brotman Silicon Alley Venture Partners http://brotman.blogs.com/ 9/19/2012 23,828,141
  Michael Greeley Flybridge Capital Partners http://ontheflyingbridge.wordpress.com/ 1/10/2013 25,418,706
  George Zachary Charles River Ventures http://senseandcents.blogspot.com/ 12/4/2009 25,751,301
  Peter Lee Baroda Ventures http://seeingeyetoeye.wordpress.com/ 7/21/2009 25,852,759
  Kent Goldman First Round Capital http://thecornice.com/ 3/19/2013 26,395,264
  Martin Tobias Ignition Partners http://www.deepgreencrystals.com/ 9/7/2012 29,020,163
  Sagi Rubin Virgin Green Fund http://sagi.typepad.com/ 10/13/2010 30,329,919
  Rob Schultz IllinoisVENTURES http://robschultz.typepad.com/rob_schultz/ 4/9/2013
  Lee Hower AgileVC http://www.leehower.com/ 4/2/2013
  Adam Fisher Bessemer Venture Partners http://savantsinthelevant.blogspot.com/ 10/31/2012
  Marc Averitt Okapi Venture Capital http://ocvcblog.com/ 9/27/2012
  Josh Sookman RBC Ventures http://sookman.blogspot.com/ 8/9/2012
  Ho Name Altos Ventures http://altos.typepad.com/vc/ 6/20/2012
  Mike Speiser SutterHill Ventures http://laserlike.com/ 5/16/2012
  Derek Pilling Meritage Funds http://derekpilling.com/ 3/30/2012
  John Abraham Arrowpoint Ventures http://abejma.blogspot.com/ 11/28/2011
  Todd Klein Legend Ventures http://wildrumpus.typepad.com/mediavc/ 10/27/2011
  Dan Grossman Venrock Associates http://www.aventureforth.com/ 10/5/2011
  Multiple Authors Brightspark Ventures http://brightsparkventures.typepad.com/ 9/22/2011
  Sid Mohasseb Tech Coast Angels http://sidmohasseb.blogspot.com/ 6/8/2011
  Ed Mlavsky Gemini Israel Funds http://golb.typepad.com/isthisisrael/ 2/22/2010
  Rachel Strate EPIC Ventures http://www.wasatchgirl.com/ 10/4/2009
  Vishy Venugopalan Longworth Venture Partners http://longworthvp.wordpress.com/ 7/8/2009
  David Dufresne Desjardins Venture Capital http://capital-risqueur.blogspot.com/ 4/6/2009
  Ted Driscoll Claremont Creek Ventures http://evolvingvc.blogspot.com/ 12/4/2008
  Art Marks Valhalla Partners http://thequest.typepad.com/entrepreneurial_quest/ 10/30/2008
  Vineet Buch BlueRun Ventures http://ventureexplorer.typepad.com/ 10/22/2008
  Gregoire Aladjidi Techfund Europe http://techfundinfo.wordpress.com/ 7/1/2008
  Charles Curran Valhalla Partners http://charlescurran.typepad.com/vc_blog_on_storage_wirele/ 12/24/2007
  Justin Label Bessemer Venture Partners http://ventureagain.blogspot.com/ 11/6/2007
  Robert Goldberg Ridgelift Ventures http://robertgoldberg.typepad.com/tahoevc/ 3/13/2007
  Rob Finn Edison Venture http://www.ventureblogalist.com/  
  Brian Hirsch Greenhill SAVP http://www.ny-vc.com/ Error
  Jon Seeber Updata Partners http://vcjon.blogspot.com/ Error
  Multiple Authors Tech Capital Partners http://blog.techcapital.com/ Site Temporarily Unavailable
  Rob Go Spark Capital http://www.robgoblog.com/ Chome Could not Find
  Satya Patel Battery Ventures http://venturegeneratedcontent.com/ Error
  Anupendra Sharma Siemens Venture Capital http://anupendra.blogspot.com/ 10/5/2011  
  Larry Marcus Walden Venture Capital http://www.wvcblog.blogspot.com/ 5/17/2011  
  Todd Dagres Spark Capital http://todddagres.tumblr.com/ 12/21/2010  
  Mark Peter Davis DFJ Gotham Ventures http://www.markpeterdavis.com/getventure/ 404  
  Pascal Levensohn Levensohn Venture Partners http://www.pascalsview.com/pascalsview/ 404  
  Eileen Burbidge Passion Capital http://catalyses.wordpress.com/ 10/28/2010  
  Whitney Johnson Rose Park Advisors http://blogs.hbr.org/johnson/ 3/18/2013  
         

Business – Flurry launches market to match mobile advertisers and content in real-time

 

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Flurry is launching an exchange dubbed Flurry Marketplace for its mobile advertising platform so that the right advertisers can be matched with the right content publishers (such as game publishers). The advertisers can then offer bids to buy advertisements in real-time and target the exact audience that they want to reach.

San Francisco-based Flurry makes analytics software that monitors consumer behavior on 1 billion smartphones and tablets each month. It captures over 1.3 trillion actions that those consumers perform in those apps each month, and so it has a treasure trove of data that is useful to advertisers. With the new Flurry Marketplace, Flurry has created an exchange where advertisers and content publishers can team up to target ads at intended audiences in an automated, programmatic fashion.

The bidding takes place in real-time with pre-bundled data from more than 300,000 apps. Advertisers known as demand-side platforms (DSPs) and Agency Trading Desks (ATDs) can now reach audiences in a targeted and automated way through real-time auctions.

“Despite big data advances, app publishers continue to sell inventory undervalued and blind because programmatic buyers don’t yet have a platform that overcomes publisher fragmentation and provides quality audience data in order to improve buying decisions,” said Simon Khalaf, Flurry chief executive, in a statement. “Flurry Marketplace aggregates and enriches advertising inventory from thousands of applications with relevant, granular audience data that empowers DSPs, ATDs and networks to buy efficiently.”

Market research IDC predicts that real-time bidding (RTB) ad spending will top $13 billion by 2016. With such marketplaces, advertising buyers can set bids on the ad impressions, or how much they will pay for their ads to be shown to audiences that meet certain thresholds, such as 18-to-34-year-old females who enjoy role-playing games. The dynamic market determines the best price for the transaction and that maximizes the return on investment for both the advertiser and publisher. Publishers can set a floor price to protect the value of their inventory from racing to the bottom.

With Flurry Marketplace, advertisers can get more granular detail such as gender, device, geography, application category, application and Flurry Personas (or profiles of users who behave in certain ways). Flurry will provide advertisers with access to more than 300 million monthly unique users and allow them to bid on billions of ad requests per month. The technology is compliant with an industry standard known as OpenRTB. Flurry Marketplace is part of Flurry’s AppSpot data-powered supply-side ad platform.

“Flurry is on a mission to significantly improve and simplify app advertising,” said Rahul Bafna, head of product management for Flurry advertising solutions. “In the long-run, we believe that delivering big-data powered solutions such as Flurry Marketplace is the only way to ensure a win-win-win among advertisers, publishers and consumers.”

Flurry says that, compared to other mobile RTB Exchanges (and online ones for that matter), Flurry Marketplace offers high-value audience data bundled into the service. The company says this is a significant differentiator because advertisers have more knowledge about the inventory they’re bidding on (i.e., the audience they will reach if their impression is shown).  At its highest level, the company says it is a better, auction-driven matchmaking system between advertisers who want to reach a specific audience and publishers who have access to that audience.  The right advertiser will bid more for the right audience.

 

Business – Marketing software company Marketo files for a $75M IPO

 

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Marketo has filed for a $75 million IPO, the marketing automation software company announced this afternoon.

Marketo has raised $108 million in venture funding to date. The company closed its most recent round in November 2012, $50 million led by Silicon Valley firm Battery Ventures.

It will trade under “MKTO” on the Nasdaq exchange. Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Credit Suisse are listed as leading the offering.

It’s proven to be a stellar year so far for business-to-business startups. Data visualization company Tableau afternoon filed for its IPO this afternoon; Marin Software, Model N and Silver Spring all outperformed analysts expectations.

In its S1 filing, the company revealed that its business is dependent on a strong relationship with Salesforce.com. “We rely on the fact that Salesforce.com continues to allow us access to its APIs to enable these customer integrations,” the document reads. Future investors should also note that competitor Eloqua was recently bought by Oracle, which may prove to be harmful in the long-term.

The release states that from 2010 to 2012, Marketo’s revenue grew from $14 million to $58.4 million. The company experienced net losses of $11.8 million, $22.6 million and $34.4 million, respectively, between 2010-2012. As of December 31, 2012, Marketo accumulated a deficit of $82.2 million.

The company spends heavily on its sales and marketing efforts. Currently it boasts about 2,000 customers, including CenturyLink, Citrix, Gannett, General Electric, Medtronic, Moody’s and Panasonic.