Mattermark Daily – Friday, August 1st

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Today we are excited to announce our new Request Introduction feature to help connect our customers with the investors and founders they find through Mattermark. Request introductions to more than 5,000 investors and nearly 300,000 companies in Mattermark, and we will do our best to fulfill the request with a warm, double opt-in introduction. Read more in “Get Introductions to Startups and Investors with Mattermark

Fortune featured Mattermark’s partnership with Bloomberg Beta to create a predictive model for identifying potential startup founders earlier than ever before. Mattermark’s first engineer Nikhil Sarda built the model, which has a 25x better chance of predicting a founder than chance. Learn more in “Can You Find Founders Before They Know They Are Founders?

From the Investors

Semil Shah of Haystack Fund breaks down the “inside baseball” of pro-rata rights and the shift of power to founders in “Another Angle on the Shifting Pro-Rata Debate

John Lilly of Greylock ponders over the unique way that Stellar is compensating its employees in “I’m Super Intrigued by Stellar.org

Angel Investor Dave Winer imagines a fungible “virtual desktop” in the cloud in “People Need an Online ‘Nest’ They Own

Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures listens for the alluring tone of the inevitable in “The Secret Ingredient To The Best Startup Fundraising Pitches

Phil Sanderson of IDG Ventures USA dolls out some career advice in “Advice for Execs and Entrepreneurs in a Career Transition

From the Operators

Todd Goldberg of Eventjoy shares why he’s bullish on Product Hunt and the PH community in “The Product Hunt Factor

Nic Haralambous of Nic Socks takes a stand against unethical business practices in “Why ‘It’s Just Business’ is Bullshit

Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn discusses bitcoin, predictive software, the state of LinkedIn, and more in an interview with Charlie Rose

Steli Efti of Close.io coaches CEOs on building trust and asking the right questions in “Essential Sales Skills for CEOs Webinar

Aaina Sharma of HelloSign gives an in-depth look at the company’s complete redesign in “HelloSign is Leveling Up

Get Introductions to Startups & Investors with Mattermark

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Mattermark leverages big data to help investors identify the most promising private companies, but getting a list of prospects is only the first part of the sourcing process. Today we are excited to announce our new Request Introduction feature to help connect our customers with the investors and founders they find through Mattermark. Request introductions to more than 5,000 investors and nearly 300,000 companies in Mattermark, and we will do our best to fulfill the request with a warm, double opt-in introduction.

Startup Introductions

To request an introduction simply navigate to any company page and click the “Request Intro” button:

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When it’s time to get serious with a company, there’s no substitute for an in-person meeting to really evaluate a founder’s passion, communication skills and vision. But with the rapid proliferation of startups, what if you don’t have a connection that can give you a warm introduction?

Investor Introductions

Investors and founders can also use the feature get request introductions to investors by navigating to any of our VC, Angel or Accelerator portfolio pages:

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Ready to start connecting with the industries leading venture capitalists, angel investors, accelerators and founders? Log into Mattermark to source your next deal, or sign up for a free 30 day trial now.

Mattermark Founder Prediction Featured in Fortune

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This article was originally featured on Fortune.com. To see the original post, click here.

Can you find founders before they know they are founders?
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Bloomberg Beta and Mattermark partner to go earlier than early-stage.

If Target can figure out a teen girl was pregnant before her father did, venture firms should be able to identify founders before they start companies. All it takes is the right data.

That’s where venture capital—ever evolving—is headed. As Mark Suster pointed out last week, the venture capital landscape has become increasingly bifurcated. Seed funds are springing up everywhere, representing 67% of all new funds created, and large funds have gotten even larger. For the early stage investors, this means increased competition and frothy valuations. By the time a founder sets out to raise a seed round, the startup’s valuation might be $10 million.

One way to get around that is to invest even earlier. Invest before the company is a company. Before the founder even knows they’re a founder. Bloomberg Beta, the venture investment arm of Bloomberg LP, has been doing this for a year now.

After an unsuccessful attempt to build a database of “future founders” on its own, the firm teamed up with Mattermark, the deal intelligence company founded by Danielle Morrill. The results could have ramifications for the way investment decisions, typically driven by gut instinct and intuition, are made.

Mattermark identified the most likely career paths of successful founders, creating a pool of 1.5 million people who were connected by one to two degrees of separation to tech startups, but were not founders yet. By analyzing the people that started companies over nine months, Mattermark mapped out the strongest predictors of starting a company: a person’s education, which previous companies they’ve worked for and how senior they were, their geography, and their age. The goal was to find things that didn’t fit the standard path to entrepreneurship. As Morrill points out: “Anything that looks like a pattern, people will already find it.”

Read about the results, and more, here.