Mattermark Daily – Thursday, January 29th, 2015

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From the Investors

Benedict Evans of Andreessen Horowitz explains how PCs, clocks, radios, cameras, etc., are being subsumed by smartphones and Internet of Things devices in “The Home and the Mobile Supply Chain

Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures encourages founders to ‘really know what to measure as a definition of success’ to avoid building ‘shelfware’ in “Be Honest About Whether Your Product Really Makes a Difference

Aaron Harris of Y Combinator provides founders with a framework to ‘make the [cofounder] relationship manageable’ and reasons why it can be hard in “Cofounder Management

Ryan McIntyre of Foundry Group advises founders to put their ‘game face on’ when pitching their startup to ‘maximize the value of the feedback’ in “Pitch Your Company, Don’t Present Your Company’s Pitch

Jonathan Friedman of LionBird Ventures looks to ‘close the gap between how entrepreneurs present their plans vs. how VCs analyze them’ in “LionBird’s Internal Startup Assessment Template

Brad Feld of Foundry Group guides founders in understanding the dynamics of working with a larger company as a small startup in “How Does a Small Company Make a Big Company Successful?

David Waxman of TenOneTen Ventures points out what he believes are downsides of an inflated valuation in “Valuation, The Ultimate Vanity Metric

From the Operators

Paul Adams of Intercom opens up – in detail – about Intercom’s process for building product and managing their product team in “Lessons Learned from Scaling a Product Team

Aswath Damodaran of the Stern School of Business explores three characteristics of disrupted companies and five stages they go through during disruption in “The Dance of the Disrupted: Observations from the Front Lines

Kight-Mozilla Fellow Francis Tseng revisits a ‘hugely efficient, if not largely unappreciated mode’ of user interaction – keyboard shortcuts in “The Invisible Interface

Sean Johnson of Digital Content details the ‘aspects of [growth marketers] that aren’t specific to a particular tool or job function’ in “Creating Unicorns – The 6 Essential Growth Competencies

Josh Anon of Visioneer Studios shares what he has learned raising funding for a non-tech company in the tech ecosystem in “So You’re Not Building an App?


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Mattermark Daily – Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

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From the Investors

David Cohen of Techstars announces a new Seed and Series A fund to invest in companies emerging from the Techstars ecosystem in “Techstars Ventures Raises New $150M Fund

Brad Feld of Foundry Group shares the story back to 2009 of how the Techstars team came together to raise the Techstars Ventures fund in “How to Raise a $150 Million VC Fund

Cody Simms of Techstars opens up applications for the Disney Accelerator’s Summer batch in Los Angeles, powered by Techstars in “Disney Accelerator 2015 Applications are Open

Hannah Davis of MergeLane reveals the first class of eight women-led startups in the MergeLane accelerator in “2015 MergeLane Team Announcement

Blake Bartlett of OpenView Partners and Charles Thornburgh discuss the combination of art and science, ‘product first; sales and marketing second’ and more in “The Killer Advantage of Vertical SaaS: Sitting Down with Civitas Learning CEO Charles Thornburgh

Angel Investor Jason Calacanis details the mechanics of hackathons, ways to impress the crowd, and the upcoming LAUNCH Hackathon in “How to Win Any Hackathon – and Why They’re Important

From the Operators

Julie Zhuo of Facebook provides her three tactics to fight the feelings of being an ‘imposter’ in “The Imposter Syndrome – Mastering the Art of Pretending

Joel Gascoigne of Buffer encourages entrepreneurs to ‘follow that little spark, the idea in the very back of your mind’ to pursue ‘fulfilling work’ in “The Dream Forms Over Time

Brett Bivens of Visible launches a tool to gauge how investors perceive the early-stage funding landscape in “SentimentVC – Sentiment Analysis on the Early Stage Market

Marcelo Calbucci of EveryMove explains how a new feature may ‘cannibilize’ attention from an existing feature, and not add attention to the overall product in “Attention Cannibilization


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Mattermark Daily – Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

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While the Pace of Series B Investment Stabilized in 2014, Capital Concentration (and Valuations) Are Still Going Up

Visualizing the pace of funding, average, and median sizes of Series B investments, leads us to more questions further down the VC funnel Read More >>

From the Investors

500 Startups reveals their newest accelerator class with 35 companies and opens up Batch 13 applications in “500 Startups Announces Batch 12 in San Francisco

Safa Rashtchy of Think+ VC shares his list and analysis of 85 companies with $1B valuations that have raised more than $28B combined in “Club 85: Insights from 2015 Unicorns

Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures compares Salesforce’s revenue and spending metrics against recent SaaS IPO companies in “Benchmarking Salesforce’s S-1 – How 7 Key SaaS Metrics Stack Up

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures opens up a discussion around how and why companies would implement community ownership in “Community Ownership of Internet Applications and Services

Theresia Gouw of Aspect Ventures picks four security companies she believes are ‘poised for hot 2015 growth’ in “Cybersecurity Goes from Geek to Chic

Angel Investor Jason Calacanis guides founders in how to keep Advisors accountable and to understand their duties if they receive equity in “Should You Give Advisors Equity in Your Startup?

Brad Feld of Foundry Group details how he tries to keep his meetings ‘manageable and sane’ in “That Didn’t Need to Take An Hour

From the Operators

The First Round Review interviews Stewart Butterfield of Slack about how ‘customer feedback was the epicenter of [Slack’s] efforts’ to grow in “From 0 to $1B – Slack’s Founder Shares Their Epic Launch Strategy

Shri Bhashyam of EquityZen displays a timeline infographic of Box’s valuation, funding rounds and IPO returns in “Box: The Path to IPO

Chris Yeh of Box brings Eric Schmidt of Google and Marc Benioff of Salesforce to the Box Dev 2015 event in “Announcing Box Dev Keynote Speakers: Eric Schmidt and Marc Benioff

Carolyn Lanzetta of Plum Print recounts her focus on customer experience and business validation before taking VC funding in “Why We Had to Be Convinced to Raise a Seed Round