How to stay in the loop on startup news

News travels fast in Silicon Valley.

Disruption is the norm in startup culture, so by definition, things change quickly. That can make it difficult to keep up with the latest information, trends and insights.

There’s a lot of information out there and a lot of it is either inaccurate or written by people who don’t fully understand the inner workings of startups or Silicon Valley. Below is what Silicon Valley insiders pay attention to that isn’t often spoken about outside of the Bay Area. Especially the Breakout List.

Email Newsletters

Here’s a list of the best email lists to be on so you can stay up to date.

  • Mattermark Daily takes posts from investors and operators and wraps them up into a nice package. Their curated list of posts from Investors and Operators makes sure you won’t need to worry about missing out out on the most useful industry information.
  • has an extensive list of newsletters covering a number of different topics. Chances are good you’ll find something that piques your interest here.
  • Startup Grind boasts that it’s the largest independent startup community, connecting 400,000 founders in more than 200 cities around the world. The main focus of the organization is their monthly events featuring successful people from all corners of the industry. Their meetups may offer great insights, but if you’re unable to make the trek you can find high quality info on their mailing list.
  • The Hustle is released daily with the latest news and explanations of what’s important in the world of business, technology, and culture. Their focus on the youthful aspects of the culture make this a vital resource for young professionals.


  • The Macro is put together by the folks at Y Combinator. Instead of concentrating on breaking news, The Macro focuses on sharing stories from the startup world. They post essays, interviews, research and opinions to create a diverse and wide-range view of the community.
  • OnStartups describes itself as a “site for entrepreneurs.” The site’s founder, Dharmesh Shah, has founded three companies to date and is currently the co-founder and CTO of HubSpot. Shah has been fascinated with the startup world for years. This blog is his attempt to share some insights into that world.
  • Where OnStartups tends to focus on enterprise technology startups, SaaStr sets its sights on–you guessed it–the SaaS model. The content is initially published to SaaStr, but also appears on Quora, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and other media. So if you want to get the inside scoop first, this is a good place to start. Forbes named the site one of the Top 100 blogs for entrepreneurs.
  • Tim Urban’s posts on Wait But Why are some of the most meticulously researched, in-depth articles on the internet. They cover a wide gamut of topics, from his personal experiences, to the existence of alien life, to an incredibly in-depth look at the world of Elon Musk. Best of all, it’s well-written and easily digestible. The posts tend to err on the long side, but they’re well worth the time.
  • Paul Graham has a long and storied career, having co-founded Viaweb which eventually became the Yahoo! Store, and co-founding Y Combinator, he’s a wealth of knowledge. His essays are particularly insightful and should be of interest to anyone in the business world.
  • First Round Capital’s Review set out with the modest goal of creating the Harvard Business Review for startups. Their focus is on sharing knowledge you can use from industry insiders.


If newsletters are your morning fix, and blogs are there to break up the monotony of the day, podcasts are a great way to stay informed while you’re on the go.

  • This Week In Podcasts is hosted by Jason Calacanis who’s joined by a rotating cast of guest experts as they bring you stories from the world of entrepreneurship. Calacanis’ bluntness and humor keep the listener engaged as the hosts offer great insights into the tech industry.
  • Startups For The Rest Of Us is mainly concerned with developers, designers, and the software industry. While you won’t find much in the way of news from this broadcast, the insights they offer are enough to make this a worthwhile listen for anyone interested in startups.
  • StartUp is another podcast that doesn’t really cover the latest news but is a great resource nonetheless. It’s first season detailed host Adam Blumberg’s journey to launch his own podcast network. The second season featured the story of a dating platform. Now in their third season they’re diversifying their focus, with episodes centered on different companies. So, while this may not give you the latest Silicon Valley gossip, it offers a useful peek into that world
  • A16z Podcast releases multiple episodes every week. They discuss trends, news and the impact of technology on the world. The shows hosts are joined by a gaggle of industry experts, business leaders, and other voices from the industry.

Other Resources

  • Product Hunt is for anyone looking to discover the latest mobile apps, websites, games or platforms before they become popular.
  • Breakout List is a succinct breakdown of the fastest growing startups in Silicon Valley.
  • TechCrunch is one of the leading names in tech and startup news. It’s featured pieces by many notable journalists and contributors.
  • As the name suggests, Entrepreneur focuses on entrepreneurs of all stripes. But they certainly have a fair share of startup news and knowledge to dispense, making it a great resource for anyone interested in the sector.
  • Hacker News is another product from Y Combinator. It’s a community site similar to Reddit, but as their Welcome page says, they’re trying an experiment. They’re resisting the inevitable decline in quality that comes from a community sight gaining in popularity. They accomplish this by focusing on thoughtful, insightful posts and avoiding the trappings of celebrity gossip and cute pictures of cats.
  • If you can think of an idea there’s probably a subreddit for it. It’s no different in the technology, startup and entrepreneur worlds. Here are just a few.
    • /r/startups offers a lot of information about what it takes to start a successful company.
    • /r/venturecapital is a great resource if you want to learn how venture capitalists chose their investments.
    • /r/entrepreneurs is the place to go if you’re looking for advice on anything from how to find a co-founder to how to build a good website.
  • The Onion. Because sometimes you just need a good laugh.

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Tyler Trumbull

Ty splits his time between Canada and Mexico. He’s been writing for Gigster since early 2016 where he really enjoys learning and sharing clients’ stories. He plays banjo in one of Mexico’s only country bands, wishes he could write like Thomas Pynchon, and is generally a fan of the Oxford comma.