I consume a lot of content. I love reading. People often ask me what I read. So I decided to make a list of my information sources and share it. This list includes Internet feeds, podcasts, and books. I’ve categorized the content into a few buckets to make this easier to navigate.
Managing all of the Internet feeds is challenging. I’m an avid RSS user. I use Reeder for Mac and iOS to manage my RSS feeds. Feedly is also a good free alternative to Reeder. I've also fallen in love with Medium to discover new content. I've tried over a dozen "we'll figure out what you like to read and recommend articles to you" services, and I've found Medium to be the best.
I use the Overcast app to listen to podcasts on iOS.
I also discover a lot of great content through Twitter. See who I follow (organized by recency of follow).
Internet Feeds, Tech and Startup
Mattermark — Mattermark is the single best resource for tech-startup information. Bar none. They read everything written by investors and operators everyday, curate it, organize it, and email it out daily. They also offer an RSS feed. Note: subscribing to Mattermark largely, though not completely, obviates the need to subscribe to most of the VCs below.
Stratechery ($100 / year) — this is indubitably the best source of strategy analysis of the mega companies in tech and related industries. His analysis is superb. It is absolutely worth every penny.
CB Insights—CB Insights publishes a daily email containing vertical analyses across the tech industry. I skim this daily for relevant info. Also, the founder/CEO, Anand, is hilarious.
Term Sheet - a few highly curated posts per day with great commentary from VCs and operators.
SaaStr — this is exclusively focused on B2B SaaS, but the learning lessons are applicable broadly. Jason Lemkin is the most honest, down-to-earth source of information on the Internet when it comes to building SaaS businesses. If you like SaaStr, you should also follow Jason Lemkin on Quora, which is available as an RSS feed.
Inside—they provide a series of "Inside [x]" feeds focused on specific tech verticals such as drones, electric vehicles, AR/VR, etc. I personally follow Inside Amazon, electric vehicles, drones, AR/VR, Trump, and Technically Sentient (AI).
TechCrunch — everyone loves to hate TC, but the fact remains that it’s a fantastic news source, and many of the editorials are great.
Product Hunt — PH has surfaced over a dozen tools that I have incorporated into my personal life or business. Subscribe to their daily email. The signal-noise ratio isn’t great, but the signal, when found, is incredibly good. The products you find and adopt through PH will change your life and business.
Internet Feeds, Venture Capitalists
Ben-Evans (make sure to subscribe to his weekly digest, which is separate from his blog feed)
Internet Feeds, Technical
ArsTechnica — deep hardware reviews, low-level technical analysis, and solid commentary on techno-political issues
Anandtech — even more technical than ArsTechnica, but with less political and gaming commentary.
Wait But Why - my favorite non-startup blog. Tim Urban explores some of the most complex, divisive, challenging topics in humanity and explains them in a way that a 3-year old would understand. He is spectacular at so many levels. Also, check out his multi-series posts on Elon Musk, Tesla, SpaceX, what makes Musk tick, Hyperloop, and Solar City. These posts together are collectively more than 100,000 words in length. And they are mind-blowingly awesome. They will change your conception of struggles that humanity faces. No joke.
Internet Feeds, Politics
Politico - probably the least biased of those listed here.
National Review - strongly right-leaning.
Red State - less right-leaning than you'd expect given the name.
The Federalist - great mix of contributors from the right and left.
Internet Feeds, Misc
Abnormal Returns — a daily curated list of great content with a heavy emphasis on capital markets.
Internet Feeds, Fun
xkcd — the author solicits insanely awesome and extreme science questions from readers year round. Once per week, he answers one of the questions in detail. He walks readers through the science of the answer, and draws up illustrations. He has a great sense of humor. As an example, a recent question was “Could I use the light from the moon through a mangnifying glass to start a fire?”
Scott Adams blog — Scott Adams is the author of the Dilbert comic series. He’s also a trained hypnotist and persuader. He analyzes Donald Trump’s campaign tactics and strategy in detail. It can be a little mind numbing at times, but he has opened my eyes to the genius behind the Donald Trump campaign.
Exponential View - a weekly curated email of fantastic content from experts on many of the most pressing techno-social issues facing humanity: climate change, online marketing and personalization, extending life, AI, etc. This typically consumes at least 30 minutes of every Sunday.
a16z — the most active VC podcast. They cover everything. I enjoy about 75% of the content.
Ventured — KPCB’s podcast. Solid, and similar to a16z's.
Emergence Capital — fantastic talks focused on B2B SaaS.
Freakonomics — this is not focused on tech. I love it because it provides 1) an escape from tech 2) a great lens through which to examine the world.
Exponent — this podcast is hosted by Ben Thompson of Stratechery. This podcast is free. In it, Ben covers a subset of the issues that he covers in his blog, but he covers them in even greater depth on the podcast.
Exchanges at Goldman Sachs — Goldman execs provide their insights on markets and the future of the global economy.
How to Start a Startup — each episode features a prominent individual from the startup ecosystem. The speaker offers their insights on building startups. Great content.
Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders — similar to How to Start a Startup.
Stratfor Talks — Stratfor provides objective, thoughtful analysis of global current events.
Books, Startup Operations
From Impossible to Inevitable by Jason Lemkin and Aaron Ross
Venture Deals by Brad Feld
The Sales Acceleration Formula by Mark Roberge
Managing the Equity Factor (paper only) by Richard Huseman and John Hatfield
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horrowitz
Books, Teamwork and Culture
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
Books, Tech Strategy
Only the Paranoid Survive by Andy Grove
Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore
From Good to Great by Jim Collins
Technology Revolutions and Financial Capital by Carlota Perez (no Kindle; only Google Books and physical)
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom