Mattermark Daily – Saturday, August 30th

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Early-Stage Companies in the Internet of Things

Kontakt provides hardware, backend, and software development services for Beacon. Mattermark Score: 1294.

Estimote builds a sensor-based engagement platform for users to communicate with nearby smartphones. Mattermark Score: 1169.

The Orange Chef Company develops smart kitchenware that facilitates nutritional intake. Mattermark Score: 491.

From the Investors

David Rosenthal of Madrona Venture Group calls for all men to speak up and police the industry in “What Men Can Do to End Sexism in Tech: If You See Something, Say Something

David Cohen of TechStars achieves progress towards the long-term vision through immediate-term focus in “Reconciling Vision and Focus

Angel Investor William Mougayar builds on Fred Wilson’s reblog from 2005 about the future of media in “The Future of Pulling Content is You

Ben Levy of BootstrapLabs reimagines the venture model in “VC Disruption: How to Build a Next Generation Venture Firm?

Semil Shah of Haystack Fund contemplates risk, regionalization, and mobile growth in “Consumer Attention, Friction, and Investing

Shahin Farshchi of Lux Capital shares her PhD piece on five pressing issues in robotics in “Five Myths and Facts About Robotics Technology Today

Michael Arrington of CrunchFund follows Lyft line “to its logical conclusion” in “Lyft Line v. the Humble City Bus

From the Operators

Poornima Vijayashanker of BizeeBee forgets her expertise to make mistakes and learn from them in “A Beginner’s Mindset Leads to Breakthroughs

Zac Townsend of Standard Treasury shares an internal email on his vision of serving the underbanked in “Building the Next Generation of Financial Infrastructure

From the Community

Claire Cain Miller of the New York Times wonders if we’re changing cultural values or just  fueling the fire of consumption in “Is Owning Overrated? The Rental Economy Rises

Mattermark Daily – Thursday, August 28th

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From the Investors

Brad Feld of Foundry Group thinks “Being Adult in a Relationship” doesn’t mean being conflict-free; it means resolving conflicts mindfully.

Semil Shah of Haystack Fund offers a macro view of the present state of early-stage fundraising in “Fall 2014 Fundraising Field Notes

Mackey Craven of OpenView Venture Partners unearths the most efficient video streaming infrastructure on the planet in “Billion-Dollar Bet: The Real Reason Amazon and Google Wanted Twitch

Matt Turck of FirstMark Capital makes the pitch for why Europeans founders should consider the Big Apple in “NYC: A Natural Home for European Entrepreneurs

Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz meets with the founders of Five-O, the app founded by three teenage siblings in the aftermath of Ferguson, in “a16z Podcast: Three Kids, One App, One Love — The Five-O Story

Jonathan Friedman of LionBird recommends you get a referral from a portfolio company in “How to Get a Meeting with Your Dream VC

John Greathouse of Rincon Venture Partners recommends a dash of humor, consistent engagement, and plenty of pictures in “When Doing a Crowdfunding Project, What is the Best Strategy and Steps to Get Funded?” (via Quora)

From the Operators

Gina Bianchini of Mightybell shares the best advice she’s ever received and the trait that’s enabled her to find success as an entrepreneur — “Do Something Every Day That Scares You

Joshua Goldstein of Underdog.io takes the reader along for a ride in “Our First Four Months Building Underdog.io

Ben Kellie of Stamp Thermoelectric considers the economics of production and the timing for fundraising from VCs in “Kickstarting Catastrophe

Gordon Rios of Pandora sits down with First Round Review to discuss silo-effects, managing data scientists, and mentoring in “What I Learned as Pandora’s First Data Scientist

Dharmesh Shah of HubSpot trains your sights on defining a critical path in “Startup Traction Starts with the Right Goal. How to Get it Right.

Karl Hughes of Packback dismantles “The Myths You’ll Hear About Working as an Engineer at a Startup

From the Community

Charmaine Li of Tech.eu speaks with several alumni of the accelerator about the secret to Rocket’s success in “Doing It the Rocket Internet Way: An Inside Look at What It’s Like to Build Companies at Lightning Speed

Mattermark Daily – Wednesday, August 27th

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From the Investors

Angel Investor Andrew Chen adds an element of human psychology to the Android/iOS race in “Why Android Desperately Needs a Billion Dollar Success Story

Jay Acunzo of NextView Ventures emphasizes creativity, not experience, in “Hiring Writers at Your Startup? Scrap Your Usual Approach

Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures analyzes HubSpot’s IPO filing in “Benchmarking HubSpot’s S-1: How 7 Key SaaS Metrics Stack Up

Ethan Kurzweil of Bessemer Venture Partners reflects on the ingredients to Twitch’s success in “A Twitch in Time: A Wild Ride from Start to Finish

Graham Gullans of Empire Angels sits down with SeedInvest to outline the “Best Practices for Startup Investing

Josh Breinlinger of Sigma West looks at the efficiencies gained when you combine “SaaS + Marketplace

Bryce Roberts of O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures creates portable rituals for life on the road in “Routines and Rituals

From the Operators

Joseph Walla of HelloSign lists competition, community, and a culture of risk among “The Benefits of Building a Company in the Bay Area

Nikos Moraitakis of Workable creates a guide for “Financial Planning for SaaS Startups

Craig Newmark of Craigslist highlights “Six Women Run Startups to Check Out

Yo will be the vehicle for the Moto 360 smartwatch unveiling in “Using the Yo Platform as a Launch Pad

From the Community

Bill Barnett of Stanford University redefines disruption to account for success biases in “Why You Don’t Understand ‘Disruption’

Gregory Ferenstein of VentureBeat notes that 65% of successful Kickstarter campaigns are run by women in “How Crowdfunding is Helping Female Technologists Break the Glass Ceiling