I love looking at the list put together by Larry Cheng of Volition Capital of top VC bogs – http://larrycheng.com/2011/01/19/venture-capital-vc-blog-directory-2011-edition/. This is Larry’s 4th update to the list, and it’s amazing to see the growth in blogging since Larry started keeping track of blogging VCs in May 2009.
In his first edition, Guy Kawasaki held the #1 spot with 17,555 unique monthly readers. At that time, there were only 5 VCs who had a readership greater than 5,000/month. Today, there are 22 VC blogs with > 5,000 unique readers per month, with Paul Graham of YCombinator taking the top spot with almost 100,000 monthly unique readers to his blog, Essays.
What I found most interesting about this year’s list is the low number of west coast VCs blogging with any viable readership. I’d classify only 3 of the top 20 as traditional Sand Hill Road VCs, which suggests there’s a real void and opportunity for young partners to set themselves apart in the Valley. I’m not sure whether it means Sand Hill Road VCs are lazy, not good creative writers, or are more busy chasing deals than their non-Valley counterparts. In any regards, it’s great to get insights into the industry that wasn’t really available even 5 years ago.