Venture Hacks Daily Newsletter

I just subscribed (via email) to the Venture Hacks Daily Newsletter.

They read all the VC and startup blogs, they track Hacker News and Twitter, and they compile all of it in a daily newsletter. Here's a screen shot of what it looks like:


This should be a big time saver for me and for those of you who do the same thing Venture Hacks does every day. If you want to subscribe, here's how.

daily email, daily RSS, or real-time Twitter 

#VC & Technology

Comments (Archived):

  1. D. C. Toedt

    Your RSS link seems to point to a Twitter feed.

    1. fredwilson

      UghI can’t fix it right now unfortunately

        1. Mark Essel

          Thanks William 😀

  2. robertavila

    One of the traditional roles of journalism has long been to go through all the public noise and buzz surrounding a story and pull together a manageable, edited report on what was being said to keep the busy or marginally involved informed. Forms change more than functions do.

    1. akharris

      Though the reaction against the implicit (or often explicit) editorial position available through the medium you describe has led to a massive dispersion of information. Whereas, in the old days, you needed journalists to go talk to sources on the ground, and then an editorial board to choose what to run with, we now have a second order problem: creating a useful narrative out of the thousands of written and researched articles being created. I guess it could continue ad infinitum.This is actually how I am using twitter, honestly. I see it as a smart, crowdsourced, RSS feed. I subscribe to people I think are smart and are going to give me the kinds of interesting articles I want. It’s better than a daily newsletter because I essentially have editorial control (by adding or eliminating users). I’ve been noodling on what that means in the long term, and there’s something in there, though I can’t quite pin it down.

      1. paramendra

        I skipped the RSS “revolution” and Google Reader and went straight to Twitter.

    2. ShanaC

      that’s true- maybe in the future we’ll see just a pile of clips and quotes and have to collectively form our own meta narrative from them.that will be extremely interesting in the realm of politics- we might finally get better quality (infotmationally) soundbites rather than just rhetoric rhetoric and more rhetoric

      1. thisisananth

        But as more information is available, it is very difficult to read different points of view, as we tend to read on things which match our worldview. So that we in politics, liberals avoid conservatives and so on… I think only if it is from a trusted and respected source like Fred, that we tend to listen to opposing points of view too.

  3. Mihai Badoiu

    This is useful. Thanks.

  4. Mark Essel

    How much do they charge for a direct Vulcan mind meld, say daily?Seriously I spend way too much time reading a phone screen while walking. Appreciate their compression but how do I know they share my particular tastes? I don’t see the value added from aggregation without personalized filtering. Of course there are billions of dollars of magazine & TV revenue which prove me wrong ;)Why read all the VC and startup blogs, YC and twitter when I can follow AVC, Paul Graham, Chris Dixon, Both Sides of the Table, Steve Blank, Scobleizer, Louis Gray, and many more. I mean, can they top that list?

    1. Dave Pinsen

      Mark, sounds like you’ve got a pretty good list there, and you’re an early riser. Maybe try reading all that stuff, distilling it down into a page or less of bullet points, and then recording it as a daily podcast? Mark’s start-up podcast. I bet if something like that already existed, you’d listen to it during your early morning walks (easier than reading while walking, right?). It would certainly be easier for those driving to work to listen rather than read.Once you get some listeners, you could maybe sell sponsorships — e.g., a short product mention and description by you of something that would be relevant to your listeners.

      1. Mark Essel

        Thanks Dave, but I think TC, RWW, and many others have more passion for filtering than myself. I just want the best of the best.Now if I could automate some of the filtering… oh wait that’s what I’m working on 🙂

        1. Dave Pinsen

          It would be a nice trick if your automation digs up some good new perspectives. There seems to be a tendency on the web for new establishments to form, with gatekeepers, etc. Maybe people could use your system to find stuff they’d find interesting but wouldn’t see on Tech Crunch, etc.

          1. Mark Essel

            That’s easy.Call the site the “undiscovered” and only allow feed submissions from sites with under 10k monthly visits.Allow targeted community crowd sourced voting. What Digg and reddit miss is the power of repeat visitors. No matter how many upvotes something gets, unless it repeats popularity with the same community more than 2-3 times the site falls back into obscurity

        2. ShanaC

          some of us are not early risers- and after a while, gatekeeper after gatekeeper saying the same thing makes me suspicious…

          1. Mark Essel

            Agree. It’s important that we each have the tools to find a diverse set of opinions. I’m with ya Shana.

        3. paramendra

          I heart ReadWriteWeb. That is the group blog version of AVC.

    2. paramendra

      They probably follow all those people you follow and more.

      1. Mark Essel

        And I follow more than that, but as long as I’m screening my input media I’m in the driver seat. If I give up my input information channels to a wider stream or to another filter, I accept their judgement on what’s interesting to me. In the age of web 3.0?, we should take responsibility and find individual voices which collaboratively help us filter the wider flow of info. If the new aggregator fills that need then it’s a quality source (RWW certainly does that).

        1. paramendra

          I like RWW a lot.

    3. Donna Brewington White

      Thanks for this list. A couple here I wasn’t following…until now.

      1. Mark Essel

        There’s more – my Disqus profile tracks some of them, but many prefer alternative or no comment formats.It depends on what your key interests are.

        1. Donna Brewington White

          Danke, Mark. Hey, BTW, your blog is very visually pleasing!

          1. Mark Essel

            Thanks. It took some time to get there. I’ve altered the interface about 10times this year trying to narrow down a format I enjoyed, that wasn’tovercrowded, and provided all the information I wanted to share (in the pagedata).

  5. ShanaC

    Oh and thank you.

  6. ppearlman

    super high quality curation in your email = awesome!

    1. Dave Pinsen

      Sounds like your idea behind Daily Goodness.

      1. ppearlman

        yes. much more to come there. thanks for posting that 🙂

      2. Donna Brewington White

        Another great lead. Thanks.

        1. Dave Pinsen

          No problem, DBW.

  7. kidmercury

    not enough bad news. i told suster the same thing about going pop on us by joining jdawg’s show. not enough bad news.bad news ftw!lol seriously though i don’t see anyone having any real discussions about whether or not valuations are getting into bubble territory, how to know if not, implications of this, etc. probably because deep down the whole industry is hoping they can get away with another bubble, and so everyone is kinda secretly wishing for it.careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

    1. paramendra

      Kid, my fellow Indian, I have seen you in the comments sections of several other heavy traffic blogs. It is a good feeling when that happens. The AVC community’s reach is far and wide.

      1. kidmercury

        lol yes us fredlanders must spread the message of our community far and wide! 🙂

    2. fredwilson

      valuations are getting into bubble territory. there you have it.i agree about suster and jdawg. he’s gonna regret that.

      1. kidmercury

        Alright! Ok, so now that that’s admitted (though haters are welcome), the next question is what to do about it? Who’s responsibility is it?I’m going to be calling for suster and jdawg to use their show as a platform for doing meaningful things that advance the VC/entrepreneur community at large — namely legislative/regulatory reform, which is needed badly. I hope folks will join me. This is the era of co-creation, let’s steer their show that way. Media needs to serve community.

  8. Devin Chasanoff

    Thanks, Fred. While I’m sure this will not replace my browsing and searching for VC/startup content, it looks like it will be an invaluable resource.

  9. rick gregory

    I’m curious Fred – by using an aggregated, edited source like this you save time, but are letting someone else choose what surfaces in your stream. It’s why I never got into Techmeme – by time it existed I had dozens of tech blogs and sites in Reader and could scan them myself in not much more time while keeping the net wide. I know you don’t use a feed reader, but isn’t this exactly the use case for them – to subscribe to a lot of sources on a topic, then have them in one place? Moving from that to an edited newsletter that does the summary for you seems like a move backwards. If you wanted to find the popular stories among a set, you could even layer something like Postrank on top of a set of RSS subscriptions..

    1. fredwilson

      i don’t use an rss reader and never have so things like hacker news, techmeme, and venture hacks are good for me

  10. paramendra

    Good lead. Thanks. They also have a great blog.

  11. paramendra

    Fred, your FeedBurner count that is usually at 80,000 plus is now at 35,000. Why would that be? Sometimes my much smaller count goes down dramatically on Sunday afternoons. I guess what goes down goes up. 🙂 It will be back up to 80K for equally mysterious reasons.

    1. fredwilson

      feedburner occasionally has a hiccup but it gets back to the right number a day or two later

  12. Jan Schultink

    My Google Reader is full of startup and VC news feeds, but it is becoming too noisy. Since I am not making a living as a VC I can afford to skip the news barrage and focus instead on those blogs that make me think once a day. I notice that I click less on news updates, but more on sources of ideas.

  13. Jesse

    Venture Hacks surpassed Hacker News (in terms of providing resources for aspiring entrepreneurs) with this newsletter. I’ve been subscribed for a few months and I love it. I don’t know if it’s just me, but HN seems to be less focused on startups than it used to be.

  14. Guest

    thanks for the tip, fred – this is awesome, just like charlie o’donnell’s weekly emails.

    1. fredwilson

      i love charlie’s emails. such a great service. when people are new to NYC and want to connect to the tech scene, i simply tell them to subscribe to charlie’s emails.

  15. dantes1807

    I like Venture Hacks, but these guys are new and actually provide a pretty good aggregation of VC news as well. I suppose it just depends on what format you like.

  16. fredwilson

    hacking the VC business one web service at a timeyou guys are doing such a great job Nivi