Why are There So Many VC Blogs?

Here is a puzzler: Why are there so many venture capital blogs? It is hard not to notice that there a host of such things out there, from Brad Feld’s to Fred Wilson’s, and everyone inbetween. Here are five possible hypotheses:

  1. Professional service firms are highly branded by individual, so it makes sense to get out there and present yourself as a way of attracting deal flow.
  2. There are just as many legal/financial/other blogs, but those people aren’t as good at getting media attention.
  3. Venture capitalists don’t have enough to do.
  4. Having a blog as a technology VC is a way of demonstrating your technical competencies.
  5. Having a blog is a way to lay out your thought process about markets and technologies, thus demonstrating your added value as a putative investee board member.

Anyone with other ideas, however nutty, feel free to suggest ‘em.

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Comments

  1. Keshava says:

    One possibility – Communication makes up more of a VC’s job than others. Between keeping on top of technology, introducing portfolio companies to potential customers, etc, VC’s spend a lot of there time communicating anyway, and so they are the first to jump on a new way that allows them to reach a wider audience.

  2. Re: Why are There So Many VC Blogs?

    Paul Kedrosky asks: Why are There So Many VC Blogs?, and lists his hypotheses:

  3. Scott Rafer says:

    #2 all the way. There aren’t very many VC blogs given the amount of money being managed and number of plugged in Silicon Valley/Alley/Prairie/Tundra/Orchard/etc. people managing it.

  4. Dan says:

    Clearly #3. As a group, the entrepreneurs I work “get” technolgies and their markets at least an order of magnitude better than the VCs. But none of them have the time to blog.

  5. Bob says:

    VCs blog in proportion with the rest of the population. There are too many VC blogs. Ergo, there are too many VCs. QED.

  6. abhi says:

    VCs read the most of all people on the net. They’re also very familiar and comfortable with a wide variety of topics.
    Combine that with how important relationships and, in particular communication to maintain and build relationships is, and VCs
    are uniquely qualified and also get a lot of value from being bloggers.

  7. VC Adventure says:

    Why blog?

    Paul Kedrosky writes on his blog: Here is a puzzler: Why are there so many venture capital blogs? It is hard not to notice that there a host of such things out there, from Brad Feld’s to Fred Wilson’s,

  8. seth says:

    I agree on 1 and 5, but not on 3 and 4 (no clue on 2). Here are a few more to add to the list: 6. Writing your thoughts down requires really thinking about/organizing your views; 7. Playing with the technology is interesting and can be helpful to your investing; 8. Good VCs benefit from educated entrepreneurs; and 9. Blogging can help a VC create a name for him/herself.
    I spell these out more in my “everyone in between” VC blog at the address below:
    http://sethlevine.typepad.com/vc_adventure/2005/05/why_blog.html

  9. Ben says:

    VC’s are vain. They want to be rockstars but this as close as they get.
    ANd they’re smart so they want to be and seen to be and see themselves as mainstream cutting edge/ riding the wave just before the masses / then being the benefactor and introducing and driving a 4 X 8-20 return :P
    I like reading the blogs from the guy from mobius – i like his i liked the company and i bought it – esp for newsgator and feedburner – great co’s (im not sure technorati will keep up with feedster once it raises cash and bloglines get past their IAC acquisition)

  10. Ben says:

    oh, also, remember when having a web-page wasnt called blogging. how the digerati become bloggers (i cant decide how to refer to myself when being ironic or talking about my peers in the 3rd person)
    lets see if social media makes money. i know im addicted to rss and tagging

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  14. ming666 says:

    i think it is like all other things Blog – its the what everyone else is doing and most VCs wouldn’t feel hep if they didn’t put forth their “views”. much like the rest of the blogging world the good ones are selected on the blogger’s interesting views. my RSS list for VC blogs is the same as all the rest – i have 10 blogs i read. every month i reassess that list. 5 go & 5 stay & 5 new ones get a try.
    i am happy to say that this blog (infectious greed) has stayed in my top five since i started reading VC blogs.
    like all blogs – vc related ones suffer from the 98/2 paradigm – 98% of them suck and 2% make you think. sort of like VCs themselves.