15 Feb Finance, #Crowdfunding, #VC and Investment Banking Blogs to Follow
I was disappointed when Google shuddered their RSS reader service a couple of years ago. Since then, I have found a great replacement in TheOldReader to keep up with all my favorite blogs. I use my reader with nearly as much interest as I do my email, keeping up on what is happening in investment banking and the financial world in general. It also helps provide fodder for article topics here on the investment banking blog. I do very much enjoy reading many of the typical blogs within our niche, including Axial, TheMiddleMarket, DealB%k, BizBuySell, PEHub, DealNexus and others, but some of the best insight comes from posts that are less-generic, include more snark and provide insight into specific niche concepts, valuations and trends.
Here are a few of my personal favorites:
I would be ungrateful if I did not put one of my favorites first. I love Aswath Damodaran’s Musing on the Markets blog. A finance and valuation professor at NYU, Aswath provides very interesting insights into market trends backed by substantive data. He even gets nerdy at times, which provides entertainment. For instance, his recent post which provided a detailed analysis of the value of the Star Wars franchise, was fascinating.
David Braun’s Successful Acquisitions is a great place to grab quick, cogent tid-bits on M&A. I enjoyed his recent comments on functional due diligence and seller confidentiality.
Bankers Anonymous by Michael Taylor. A Harvard grad’s take on the markets. He brings in personal anecdotes, calls a spade a spade and even tells of the worst methods for financing small business. I agree with him, raising capital for small business is not easy.
The Healthcare Investor is a great feed to track as it relates to healthcare and medical investment banking. They provide regular updates on the movers and shakers in healthcare-related capital transactions, making easy to follow the money trail on deals being done in healthcare.
I pay cursory attention to China First Capital, a Chinese private equity blog by Peter Fuhrman. He provides great analysis on opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region in finance.
The Investment Fund Law Blog has some great insights, including a recent post about keeping compliance in-sourced and close to the chest.
I have fallen in love with Weil’s Private Equity Blog. The content is about as professional as it comes. They can be brutally honest, even when discussing their own industry.
On the crowdfunding side, most of the blogs I follow are attorneys who help keep me abreast of that world-in-flux. Sam Guzik who’s been a long-time advocate, writes regularly for several publications, including his Corporate Securities Lawyer Blog. He was recently interviewed by Forbes on the subject. Mark Roderick also posts regularly and provides meaningful information for those looking to get into crowdfunding. He’s not offering legal advice (just like we are not offering investment advice), but what he covers is extremely relevant and will most likely save some pain for those seriously considering Reg A+, Title II or Title III crowdfunding.
Non-finance sites in my reader. I am borderline religious in some of the other blogs I follow.
I’m a big fan of Tim Ferris’ FourHourWorkWeek blog which has lately turned into a podcast where he interviews everyone from Seth Godin to Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is both entertaining as well as filled with great personal tips. I also regularly follow David Stockman and ZeroHedge, both great contrarian blogs with broad audiences that are no longer niche.
Who do you follow? I’m always looking for other great sources.