• June 20, 2017

Unfiltered Chat: Definitive Ranking of Tech & Startup Newsletters

Unfiltered Chat: Definitive Ranking of Tech & Startup Newsletters

Past office hours host and local CMO, Mike Volpe, inspired a quick VA chat last night. A few days ago Mike asked his Twitter followers what email newsletters they use to keep up to date on tech/vc/startup news. To no surprise he got a bunch of feedback – around 17 or so – which is way too many to read on any given day or even week.

So, we decided to rank them. This ranking is credible and backed by many years of research and real world experience starting and publishing a daily newsletter on tech (BostInno Beat) for a couple of years.

Despite being the definitive ranking, we’re happy to continue the debate. Let me know if you’re interested in joining the chat and I’ll loop you in.

6:23 pm
Mike knows who/what to follow so unsure of his motive, but I’ll oblige.
6:24 pm
Here are the responses from Twitter, let’s rank them and put the definitive list together… knowing you can really only read 3-4, maybe 5 newsletters a day before falling asleep.
6:25 pm
TheInformation, Pro Rata, Term Sheet, Mattermark, SaaStr, Thomas Tunguz, David Cummings, Openview Labs, VentureFizz, Inside VC, CB Insights, StrictlyVC, BostInno Beat, Launch Ticker, Inside Venture Capital, Medium, Revue, TechReview, Benedict Evans
6:27 pm
Man I have trouble reading just one or two, but let’s do top 5
6:27 pm
Pro Rata and Term Sheet show up in most replies.
6:27 pm
Admittedly I haven’t read all of these, but I think we can all agree Primack takes top billing?
6:28 pm
Primack is easily number 1, Term Sheet is number 2.
6:28 pm
Ehh, they are so similar I don’t think you need both
6:29 pm
Now they have overlap, and I rarely get past the column at the top but Erin brings the noise.
6:29 pm
Wow ok
6:29 pm
And I like Erin Griffith, but nobody can beat Primack at his own game.
6:29 pm
Deadpooled termsheet.
6:29 pm
ProRata is also good – another from Axios. Sometimes it’s too SF though.
6:30 pm
That’s Primack
6:30 pm
Oh what am I thinking of then
6:30 pm
Mattermark
6:31
Mattermark is boring
6:31 pm
Axios Login
6:31 pm
Super SF, all hot takes from the tech community and no editorial
6:31 pm
Mattermark that is
6:31 pm
Subscribing to medium topics is real solid. I’m on board with that.
6:32 pm
StrictlyVC is also up there.
6:32 pm
The one site that I wish had a newsletter, that doesn’t is Techmeme. It’s also the only website that I visit every day
6:32 pm
Still visiting Techmeme?
6:33 pm
So you’re the guy
6:33 pm
It’s the top 20 or so headlines in tech every day.
6:33 pm
Zuck reads it too
6:33 pm
Zuck pays people to read it to him
6:33 pm
So in order ProRata, StrictlyVC, TermSheet, Login, Mattermark?
6:34 pm
Anyway, I get exhausted with all the redundant hot takes from everyone listed in Mattermark, but that’s more on the community than Mattermark. I’m throwing them a vote
6:35 pm
CB Insights and Pitchbook are also great but you don’t need the newsletter. Just know to research them when you need comprehensive data.
6:35 pm
I’m also throwing a vote to Tom Tunguz from Redpoint although he’s just educational content, heavy on SaaS
6:36 pm
I would throw a vote to the Information if I could afford to get around the paywall
6:37 pm
Hear it’s pretty solid
6:37 pm
Ok, so then what do you want in a newsletter? I’m sick of educational stuff. Too much of it, how to’s and shit like that. I want hot takes in my inbox and news.
6:37 pm
Good for Information for charging but you can’t rank in top 5 if you have a paywall – too elitist.
6:37 pm
Yea agreed but where can you get hot takes other than Primack?
6:38 pm
Agreed
6:38 pm
Primack and Griffith and the rest are for news – just to make sure keep up the watercooler chatter.
6:39 pm
Not many people bringing the heat these days. Wish K-swish had a more conversational daily email.
6:39 pm
She’s got some pretty hot takes
6:40 pm
Agree on Swisher. And just came up with a product, newsletter as a service. Consuming news sucks these days, configure what you want and when you want it as a newsletter. Solves all the problems, give me some primack, some recode, a little griffin, no Information, and some Login and call it a day.
6:40 pm
Interesting… alright pick your 5 in order, I’ll pick mine and we’ll have people vote
6:41 pm
ProRata, TermSheet, Login, Medium Digest and a new one out of left field (which is super millennial and a little late, but kind of funny), The Hustle.
6:43 pm
All of which I read every day.
6:43 pm
1. Pro rata/Primack 2. Mattermark 3. Thomas Tunguz 4. Open View Labs 5. Term Sheet
6:43 pm
Then I check techMeme and I’m good to go on tech news
6:43 pm
Being kind of a homer on Open View but I know the team over there and they rick
6:44 pm
*Rock
6:44 pm
Not sold. Good sesh.
6:45 pm
Fin
6:45 pm
(end in french)
6:45 pm
Ahh, the hustle. You would
7:01 pm
“It’s like the skimm but for startups.”
7:04 pm