Haven’t you heard? Newsletters are cool again.
Once viewed as an anachronistic throwback to the pre-social web, email newsletters are in the middle of a glorious Renaissance.
At their best, they cut through the noise and provide incisive round-ups and analysis — wading through the muck of news so you don’t have to.
Perhaps predictably, the tech industry has taken to newsletters particularly keenly, and there’s a wealth of good ones out there to keep you up to up-to-date.
We’ve rounded up 17 of the best in the sector today, focusing on everything from AI to venture capital and gaming. Check them all out below, in no particular order.
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1. ‘Stratechery’s Daily Update’ — Ben Thompson
Ben Thompson is one of the smartest tech observers in the business, and his site Statechery’s Daily Update is well worth subscribing to for concise, well-written analysis on everything from AI to social media. (Business Insider editor Steve Kovach affirms: “Can be wonky and niche, but Ben has some of the best tech analysis you can get today.”)
You have to pay for the Daily Update — it costs $10 (£8) a month, or $100 a year (£80) — but if you want to stay in the loop while filtering out the noise, it’s probably worth it. You get access to a members-only forum for your money, too.
2. ‘Pro Rata’ — Axios’ Dan Primack
Newly launched media outlet Axios prides itself on brevity and clarity, and this filters into its excellent newsletters. Pro Rata, written by Dan Primack (formerly of Fortune) covers venture capital, startups, private equity and more.
Axios also has Login, by Ina Fried, which focuses more strictly on technology, and Mike Allen’s excellent Axios AM, which focuses on politics (with some business and tech sprinkled in), which has quickly become an indispensable part of my daily routine.
3. ‘Morning Cybersecurity’ — Politico
Politico’s Morning Cybersecurity newsletter is particularly good for keeping up with cybersecurity issues on Capitol Hill. The newsletter includes recaps and previews of key hearings, budget negotiations, and proposed regulations and investigations. It’s pretty light on tech news, but great on knowing how federal agencies and members of congress are thinking about internet privacy and cybersecurity issues. — Maxwell Tani, Business Insider Politics Reporter
For the more generally-minded, Politico also has a broader Morning Tech newsletter covering policy, which you sign up for here.