There is nothing like the Web to let one drill down into information on any topic at all. Serving a wider geographic audience, I´m forced to be a generalist when it comes to covering the venture capital market. But as a journalist, I´m a push-over for detailed information, so I´ve been happy to come across some venture blogs which are covering specifics markets, whether it be Seattle, Florida or Texas. And I am happy to share them with you all here.
One I’ve come across several times while doing research is that of Seattle-based John Cook. A journalist, Cook has been writing about start-ups, entrepreneurs and venture capital for the Seattle Post Intelligencer for nearly a decade. In 2000, he launched P-I´s Venture Capital Notebook an online resource for those in the start-up and venture communities and more recently launched his own blog: John Cook´s Venture Blog.
I think what I like about John´s Blog is that he approaches it like a journalist, so his postings are actually rife with information, unlike so many which start something like this: "I was walking my dog today, thinking about what I was going to have for lunch and then that reminded me of a time in 1999, before the bust, when I went to a conference in San Francisco on the future of digital music and I sat next to this dude with a tattoo of a burning guitar on his forearm and the food at the hotel really sucked, so I got some people together and we went to find some good sushi, but one of the chicks with us, I think she was Swedish, couldn´t eat raw seafood so we decided to go Indian"?¦"
For example of what I mean by John providing actual useful information check out one of his April entries: "Money Flows to Venture Funds." (Of course, the great thing about a blog is that now I´m providing you actual useful information–without having to do the legwork–by simply pointing you to his blog!).
Alexander Muse of Texas Startup Blog gets an honorable mention for covering the market in Texas, although he does digress. Were I in Texas–I´d have big hair–and I´d be writing him and saying, "Hey, Alexander, how about more posts like the one on Mapable or which Texas funds have raised money??!!"
Boulder-based Adam Rubenstein´s Colorado Life Science Deal Flow is a true example of how the beauty of the Web allows one to provide narrow, yet incredibly valuable, information to readers as it does a great job systematically following Life Science investing and progress in Colorado. It´s blogs like this that give writers and researchers heart as documenting this information, in such great detail, will be as valuable 10 or 20 years from now, when one is looking back as it is today.
Do you have a favorite regional Venture Capital Blog? Please share.