21 Must-Follow Feeds in the World of Business
Dave Pell | Newsletter
Pell makes his living as an investor—he bet early on the company that became Twitter—but he’s making his name as a funny and incisive writer who aggregates the day’s most interesting journalism into NextDraft. His best line: “Showing up at a gold rush with a shovel and a pan doesn’t make you a genius.”
Hacker News | Website
The geeks inherited the earth, and this is what they’re reading. Run by the Silicon Valley startup incubator Y Combinator, this no-frills site aggregates stories (and wickedly incisive comments) by the best and the brightest engineers in Silicon Valley.
Marc Andreessen | Twitter
This is the guy who invented the modern web browser. It was called Netscape. But he also invented the tweetstorm. What’s a tweetstorm? Check out Andreessen’s feed, a never-ending rush of ideas, jokes, videos, retweets, replies, rants, emojis, charts, promotions, and stories. Officially, Andreessen is now a venture capitalist. But he’s also a fire hose of thoughts both big and small.
Model View Culture | Magazine
We all know tech has a diversity problem, but no publication does more to examine the industry’s biases and give voice to the marginalized than this one.
Real Future | Newsletter
Alexis Madrigal was deputy editor at The Atlantic. Now he’s the Silicon Valley bureau chief at Fusion, a TV station/online news and pop culture outlet. But he’s also the author of a newsletter called Real Future. Think of each edition as a brief introduction to five things you’re going to see in the years to come.
CoinDesk | Website
Bitcoin is the future. It may not be the future of money, but it’s the future of a lot of other things—including the stock market—thanks to a public ledger called the blockchain. CoinDesk will convince you why that’s important.
Benedict Evans | Blog
Few human beings understand the mobile revolution as completely as Evans, who’s part of VC firm Andreessen Horowitz’s big-idea blog factory. And no one explains it quite so well. At the very least, check out his “Mobile Is Eating the World” post. You’ll understand.
Startup | Podcast
This series will make you want to start a company … or it will make you absolutely not want to start a company. The latest season follows two women launching an online-dating service.
Internet Trends | Presentation
As a Morgan Stanley analyst, Mary Meeker issued her first report on the Internet in 1995, when it had just 35 million users. This year’s edition, “condensed” into a 196-slide PowerPoint deck, declared the number of Internet users to be 2.8 billion. With data to back up every point, Meeker predicts what will define the near future of digital investment and innovation.
Metafoundry | Newsletter
She criticizes maker culture’s myopic view of labor; she connects the dots between the 1989 École Polytechnique shooting and today’s dearth of women in science and engineering. Materials science professor Deb Chachra is always a shrewd voice from outside the Silicon Valley echo chamber.
Theorizing the Web | Conference
This gathering brings together artists, writers, and hackers for an academic yet hip take on web culture and the role of technology in our lives.
The Message | Blog
This group blog features smart commentary on, well, everything. Samples: “The Tyranny of the Telephone,” “Why the Great Glitch of July 8th Should Scare You,” and “God Tier: Facebook Moms Run the Meme Game.”
Susie Cagle | Twitter
An Oakland, California, journalist whose Twitter feed is peppered with her lovely drawings, Cagle focuses on San Francisco Bay Area issues like, say, the sharing economy as a form of “disaster capitalism.”
The Daily Dot | Online Newspaper
It’s got sections dedicated to neighborhoods like Reddit, Pinterest, and Tumblr, which may sound gimmicky, but the Daily Dot surfaces stories that no one else is talking about.
Social Media Collective | Blog
This blog for social scientists, hosted by Microsoft Research New England, uses ethnography and content-analysis techniques to write about social media and online culture. Expect lots of word clouds and graphs.
Exponent.fm | Podcast
From unicorns (aka billion-dollar startups) to the tech bubble to what Twitter should do to fix its problems, this weekly conversation between Ben Thompson and James Allworth brings a revealing economic lens to the technology industry, the relentless forces it has unleashed, and how those forces impact society.
Christopher Mims | Twitter
If you want to know what’s what in tech and what to think about it all, follow this WSJ columnist. You’ll be up on everything from smartphones to Uber to bitcoin.
Megan Quinn | Twitter
Previously a partner at VC firm Kleiner Perkins and a product manager at Square and Google, Quinn is spot-on when it comes to tech trends, finding that needle-in-the-haystack fact to highlight almost every day.
Today in Tabs | Newsletter
You wouldn’t think Rusty Foster, a programmer who lives in Maine and owns chickens, was the author of this smart cheat sheet on millennial obsessions. His newsletter (published by Fast Company) is heavy on links and snark, and the result is a deliciously addictive sort of Slashdot for hate-reads.
The Information | Newsletter
WSJ alum Jessica Lessin offers analysis for a price ($400 a year). Highlights include mogul pairings to watch for at Sun Valley and why YouTube’s reported subscription service is hitting roadblocks.
Kara Swisher | Website
The indefatigable tech journalist has a steady stream of scoops that have made her one of the Valley’s most knowledgeable insiders.