Mattermark Daily – Thursday, December 18th

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From the Investors

First Round Capital releases their annual portfolio music video featuring parodies of music videos by Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Sam Smith and more in “All About Burn Rate

Institutional Venture Partners uses an infographic to celebrate their portfolio metrics of 2014, with five new IPOs, fourteen new investments and more in “Success in 2014

United Ventures notes an estimated $2.8 billion invested in 216 ‘fintech’ deals, dubbing it a ‘watershed’ year for the financial technology sector in “Fintech Key Trends 2014


Angela Tran Kingyens of Version One Ventures reviews Version One Ventures’ portfolio metrics from 2014, adding eight new companies, eleven existing companies raised new rounds and more in “Our 2014 in Review

Semil Shah of Haystack Fund on Strictly VC chats with Andy Weissmann of Union Square Ventures about their ‘engaged networks of users’ and early-stage investing strategies in “VC Andy Weissmann on the DNA of Union Square Ventures

Kat Manalac of Y Combinator announces the second Female Founders Conference for ‘women interested in learning more about building startups and non-profits’ in “Female Founders Conference 2015 Applications Are Open

Angel Investor Susan McPherson expands on how talent, visibility, connections, advice and moral support can be added value from angel investors in “What Angel Investors Can Bring to the Table

Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures and Bill Macaitis of Slack model four different scenarios where a SaaS company’s customer success team converts customers to evangelists in “How Customer Success Meaningfully Reduces Cost of Customer Acquisition

From the Operators

John Sheehan of Runscope announces that Runscope has acquired Ghost Inspector, ‘the easiest way to automatically run cloud-based UI tests for websites, without having to write any code’, to build upon their common goal of ‘helping developers build better applications’ in “Ghost Inspector Joins Runscope on Quest for Better Software

Suhail Doshi of Mixpanel reveals the full fundraising pitch deck that Mixpanel used to raise their latest round of $65 million in “Opening Our Pitch Deck That Helped Us Get Our $865M Valuation

Dear VCs Blogger points out three ‘excellent reasons why founders should blog’ in order to experiment, ‘tell your own story’ and decompress in “Should Startup Founders Blog?

Armando Biondi of AdEspresso encourages founders to ‘double-down on something that’s already working’ instead of trying things that may or may not work in “7 Counterintuitive Things We Avoided to Grow 10x in a Year

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Mattermark Daily – Wednesday, December 17th

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From the Investors

Michael Copeland and Benedict Evans of Andreessen Horowitz discuss mobile market trends, current major smartphone makers and question the future of mobile in “Enough With the Old Stuff – Time for New Questions in Mobile” (audio)

Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures believes Apple and Google being the ‘gatekeepers’ of smartphone apps is hindering mobile software innovation in “Mobile Innovation: We Need to Get Past App Store Duopoly

Tim Devane of Red Sea Ventures sees an increasing adoption of podcasts and shares three thoughts on ‘what the podcast can become’ in “A Platinum Age of Radio

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures praises Stratechery author Ben Thompson’s perspective on the state of consumer technology in 2014 in “What’s Next

David Erickson of Bessemer Venture Partners guides management teams with five ‘questions that should be asked’ when choosing a banking firm for an IPO in “‘Demystifying the IPO Process’ – Questions to Ask at the ‘Bake-Off’

Semil Shah of Haystack Fund for Strictly VC interviews Patrick Gallagher to better understand CrunchFund’s approach to investing in later-stage and B2B companies in “VC Patrick Gallagher on Where CrunchFund is Shopping Now

Angel Investor Joanne Wilson gives an example of ‘intellectually sparring’ with a male investor for the sake of ‘playing the game [of measuring achievements]’ in “The Games We Play

Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed Ventures at PandoMonthly, argues ‘having too much personal experience can lead to over-extrapolation, given that no two [company] scenarios are the same’ in “If I Were to Go Back, I’d Skip All My Operating Experience and Go Straight Into VC

From the Operators

Evan Spiegel of Snapchat addresses his employees about the importance of secrets, in an email regarding leaked private company information in the recent Sony Pictures hack in “Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel on Being Hacked: ‘It’s Not Okay That People Steal Our Secrets

Jason Cohen of WP Engine encourages founders to ‘navigate your own waters’ saying, ‘you mustn’t judge yourself with the yardstick of other companies’ in “The Wrongness of Relativism

Mickey Graham of Work-Bench showcases twenty of their enterprise technology members and portfolio startups at their recent corporate innovation summit in “Innovation in the Enterprise Summit – Recap

Mikael Cho of Crew looks to help busy people on the go find coffee shops with the essentials of mobile productivity – good coffee, good wi-fi and plugs in “Coffee Shop Unicorns

Ina Herlihy of Tradecraft analyzes fifteen startup referral codes and landing pages, noting usability challenges and why personalization matters in “How to Optimize Refferal Programs

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Mattermark Daily – Tuesday, December 16th: Mattermark Raises $6.5M Series A

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Today, we’re excited to announce our $6.5 million Series A round, led by Foundry Group. Please join us in welcoming Brad Feld to our board of directors, where we will work closely to make our vision for organizing the world’s business information. We’re looking forward to learning from him and building great things together. Tech press weighed in on the ground as well:

“Aiming To Be A ‘B2B Google’ For Business Intel, Mattermark Raises $6.5M Led By Foundry Group” TechCrunch (read more)

“Got startup data? Mattermark raises a $6.5M Series A to keep VCs in the know” PandoDaily (read more)

​One interesting point of analysis: In making this graph showing our fundraising total as it grew over time, we were surprised to see that $10M of the $11.4M total was raised in 2014.

From the Investors

Google Ventures showcases their portfolio and investment activity during 2014, noting 57 new investments and 16 exits in “Google Ventures: Year in Review 2014

Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures provides four potential reasons why B2B and B2C companies are reaching $1B valuations in an average of 2.5 years in “Why the Time to $1B in Valuation for Startups Is Decreasing

Brad Feld of Foundry Group points out Techstars’ program to ‘positively impact’ the Detroit startup community and Techstars partnering with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in “Two New Techstars Programs – Mobility/ Detroit and Techstars++/ Mayo Clinic

Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures announces their fifth fund of $280 million to continue investing in ‘predominantly Series Seed & A round deals’ in “Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund

Jeremy Levine and Rafi Syed of Bessemer Venture Partners evaluate the current state and future potential of transactional and end-to-end marketplaces in “The Emergence of the End-To-End Marketplace

Maia Heymann of Common Angels Ventures gives her perspective on the term ‘angel’ in angel investing, the Boston startup scene and the fundraising process in “The Problem with Angel Investing” (audio)

Jason Lemkin of Storm Ventures shares ten lessons Kris Duggan of Betterworks learned from building Badgeville in “This Time, I Generated Leads Before We Even Launched

From the Operators

Craig Newmark of Craigslist lends his support to the Global Fund for Women and UN Women’s petition ‘calling for an end to the global gender technology gap’ in “Why We Need More Women In Tech

Eric Siu of Single Grain guides founders in building a ‘burn rate framework’ and highlights Danielle Morrill of Mattermark’s burn rate post in “How Much Money Should Your Startup Be Burning Through?

Simon Dawlat of Batch reveals web traffic and sign up conversion rates from multiple sources, with Product hunt driving the most traffic in “Start-up Launch Power: Product Hunt vs. Hacker News vs. TechCrunch

Niniane Wang of Evertoon warns founders to ‘watch out for’ two specific categories of people in the startup ecosystem in “Most and Least Supportive People

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