Mattermark Daily – Wednesday, October 29th

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From the Investors

Benedict Evans of Andreessen Horowitz analyzes the current trajectory and future impact of the smartphone industry in “Mobile Is Eating The World” (slideshow)

Dave McClure of 500 Startups provides his perspective on changes in startup investing, new ecosystems and the global market in “Building Startup Ecosystems & the Rise of the Micro-VC” (slideshow)

Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures guides you in understanding how to interpret your Net Promoter Score results in “Four Important Data Points On Measuring Your Startup’s Happiness

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures shares his ‘average’ strategy to buying Bitcoin and selling stock in “Averaging In and Averaging Out

Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures sees a bright future for P.S. XO merging with Seedling and explains why this M&A works in “When Does a Private-to-Private Merger Make Sense?

Lenny Pruss of RRE Ventures believes developer tools and products are core pieces of more tech companies than ever before in “The Developer-Driven Economy

Ravi Viswanathan of New Enterprise Associates says a CEO’s earliest decisions ‘will become part of the fabric, the DNA of the business’ in “Culture: Why It Matters From Day One – And Every Day After

From the Operators

Ivan Kirigin of YesGraph explains that investors may hold back from giving a direct ‘no’ answer and honest feedback out of fear in “One Surprising Reason You’re Not Getting Honest Feedback

Ben Silberman of Pinterest and John and Patrick Collison of Stripe offer their strategies and insights from growing Pinterest and Stripe in “Lecture 11: Company Culture and Building a Team Part II” (video)

Rajen Sanghvi of ShopLocket summarizes ‘Lecture 11′ of Y Combinator and Stanford University’s ‘How To Start A Startup’ class in “38 Quotes From Ben Silberman, John Collison and Patrick Collison on Company Culture and Building a Team

Casey Winters of Pinterest breaks down how and why to implement a loyalty program in your business in “Loyalty Marketing Part I: Strategies and Segments

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Mattermark Daily – Tuesday, October 28th

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From the Investors

The Atomico Ventures Team releases their analysis of 136 $1 billion valued companies, noting 61% are outside of Silicon Valley in “Great Companies Can Come From Anywhere: A First Look at The Global Spread of Billion-Dollar Software Companies

Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures shares data that supports seeking terms from investors across geographies in “The Impact of Investor Geography on Your Seed, Series A and B Check Size

Marianna Shapira of IVC Research and KPMG reports Israeli tech investments in Q3/ 2014 ‘exceeds last three years average with $701 million’ in “Summary of Israeli High-Tech Capital Raising – Q3/ 2014

Kanyi Maqubela of Collaborative Fund ‘ponders radical transparency in business’ after leading Buffer’s Series A in “With Noses Pressed Against The Glass

Brad Feld of Foundry Group reflects on the ‘current cycle’ of quarterly VC investments now reaching $10 billion/ quarter in “What’s Old Is New Again

Joe Floyd of Emergence Capital offers a quiz for enterprise cloud startup founders to gauge their cash flow in “How To Tell If You’re Burning Money Too Fast

Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital points out the hard choice for founders to raise more funding when available or raise less to avoid dilution in “Runway

Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures details eight ‘immeasurable’ reasons why PR can help your business in “The Silent Benefits of PR

Ali Hamed of CoVenture guides first time founders in calculating their salary with keeping their investors and cash flow in mind in “How Much Should Seed-Stage Founders Pay Themselves?

Scott Weiss of Andreessen Horowitz explains how sharing his startup idea helped him hire talent and raise funding in “Why You Should Risk Sharing Your Idea

From the Operators

Joel Gascoigne and Leo Widrich of Buffer share everything you want to know about Buffer’s business metrics and current fundraising in “We’re Raising $3.5m in Funding: Here is the Valuation, Term Sheet and Why We’re Doing It

Ryan Carson of Treehouse hits home that learning from failure can sometimes lead to sucess in “Entrepreneurs Think They’re Badass

Scott Lewin of Invoiceware International urges founders to ‘focus on generating revenue’, not spending time raising money in “‘Old-Fashioned’ Funding Model is Key to Driving Growth and Revenue

Greg Brockman of Stripe dives into his journey of becoming Stripe’s CTO and building a team to drive engineering in “#define CTO

Tad Milbourn of Tiempo expands on his time in Y Combinator with five lessons he learned about work/ life balance in “Y Combinator, a Two-Year-Old, and a Pregnant Wife

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Mattermark Daily – Thursday, October 23rd

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From the Investors

Tom Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures explores Zendesk pricing and the Veblen goods supply and demand curve in “The Obscure Economic Idea behind SaaS Pricing Challenges


Will Porteous of RRE Ventures believes ‘great entrepreneurs create the (market) conditions in which their vision can become reality’ in “The Markets You Can’t See

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures sparks a lengthy discussion over Twitter’s new Digits product in “The Second Coming of Sign In With Twitter

Boris Wertz of Version One Ventures says their $35 million fund will sharpen focus on ‘startups creating things that don’t exist’ in “Announcing Version One Fund II

Mike Jung of Founders Circle Capital reveals his new fund to ‘keep companies private longer’ in “Welcome to Our Kitchen Table

Semil Shah of Haystack Fund recommends three posts for founders to better understand how much to raise in “Early-Stage Math and Upstream Expectations

Jason Lemkin of Storm Ventures states his thoughts on product demo sales vs. self-service adoption in “Turns Out, 85% of the World Likes ‘Contact Me’. Even Though You Don’t

From the Operators

The First Round Review shares advice from Carly Guthrie, a fifteen year HR professional, on building an employee retention culture in “This is Why People Leave Your Company

David Mandell of PivotDesk details the story and reasons why he fired his co-founder in “The Most Difficult Decision I’ve Made as PivotDesk CEO

Paul Adams of Intercom provides his analysis on how and why ‘cards’ and ‘systems’ are the future of content on devices in “The End of Apps as We Know Them

Mischa Chellam of Tradecraft outlines specific tactics for talent to land a job in “Three Steps to Acing a Job Interview

Best of the Press

Josh Constine of TechCrunch interviews Josh Miller of Facebook who expands on why he focused on Web 1.0 concepts in “Q&A With Facebook’s Josh Miller On Why His Rooms App Isn’t Anonymous, It’s The Early Web Reborn

Lizette Chapman of Wall Street Journal reports that Ello is a Benefit Corp and ‘hopes to hire as few people as possible’ in “Ello Raises $5.5 M for Social Network, Promises No Ads or Selling User Data

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