2014 Startup Traction Report Now Available for Pre-Order from Mattermark

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As 2014 comes to a close, I’ve been thinking about how we can bootstrap more in-depth research efforts for the New Year including reports that take 20+ hours to write. To kick off these experiments, today I’m excited to announce that our 2014 Startup Traction Report is available for pre-order and you can pay what you want. I’m recommending $1 this time since it is our first report of this kind (which we plan to make annual or perhaps even quarterly, depending on interest) and we haven’t proven anything yet, but I hope people who have come to love our content will contribute more for this 100 page in-depth research research report.

Pre-order the 2014 Startup Traction Report

Here’s a teaser of what you can expect, this graph is examining the 6 month change in employee counts at startups – broken out by stage:


I’m still working on the final draft, but it is loaded with color graphs backed by hours and hours of spreadsheeting and analysis. I’ve loved writing this report, and there are plenty of surprises and counterintuitive insights I’m excited to share.

Pre-order the 2014 Startup Traction Report

Pure Launches Sex-on-Demand App, Already #9 Among Fastest Growing Dating Startups

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pureappA new dating service called Pure has launched to a small community of private users in the past month, bringing casual hookups to men and women everywhere via a sleekly designed mobile app that strips away the profiles, chats, and other time consuming features to deliver sex on demand.

Founders Roman Sidorenko and Alexander Kukhtenko are applying an upmarket spin to something that might normally be referred to as “Ashley Madison 2.0″ – and it seems to be working.

With support from Sex-positive feminist writer Carol Queen, and an impressively designed website and short film describing the use-case, Pure’s website traffic has grow significantly in the past few weeks. (View their full profile on Mattermark Pro)


The Promotional Video (which is probably NSFW)

The service is currently in private beta and accepting applicants to join, so of course we signed up and will let you know once we’ve had a chance to use the app.

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According to their website, this is the manifesto of Pure:

Our core tenet is that no one person should have to be everything for another. We believe it’s natural for someone to feel a powerful sense of attachment to a long term partner, while experiencing romantic love for somebody else and at the same time, feeling sexually attracted to a diverse range of people.

We would like it to be all about exploring different dynamics with different people — sexual, emotional, psychological and spiritual.

Government, society, and religion have oppressed human sexuality in the past and continue to do so today. It’s time to make a radical change and give people back the freedom to enjoy a regular and diverse sex life. We are certain that gender, the type of sexual activity, or the number of participants in sexual relations should not be externally regulated.

Some people are looking for just one partner, while others want to explore and enjoy. It’s your choice, and Pure helps you act on it!



FlightCar Launches Monthly Program Paying Car Owners Up to $400/Month, Whether Their Car Gets Rented Or Not

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If you live in San Francisco and have a car it’s likely you pay more than $100 a month for parking. Whether it’s a garage or the meter, or maybe a bunch of parking tickets, you’ve probably often wondered if there is a better option – or if you should just sell it altogether. Now there is, with the launch of FlightCar Monthly you can now get paid to have someone else drive your car as a rental vehicle. Instead of spending money on parking your car will be parked for free, and you’ll get a check for up to $400 depending on its make, model, and year.

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