Early Access to Mattermark Valuation Data for 40,000 Startups

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Mattermark-400x284Mattermark has valuation estimates for startups who have raised funding. Customers will have access to valuations for more than 40,000 companies globally who have raised some disclosed amount of money being tracked by Mattermark.

Beyond estimates, we are reaching out to companies directly to collect their valuation information as they raise new rounds of funding to augment our growing set of verified company profiles.

I spoke with Sarah Catanzaro, who heads up our Data Team, to talk about the success of our proprietary first-party data collection efforts. She says,

“founders seem very open to giving us their valuations, especially at the early stages. When we do get an objection, it’s usually because investors have told them not to share their valuation information.”

The culture around valuation transparency has been shifting in the past few years, as the information asymmetry that used to benefit Silicon Valley insiders continues to break down. Most investors have a fairly good idea of what newly announced deals looked like, but when it comes to highly competitive financings the details definitely matter.

Within a certain range of ownership percentages, sophisticated investors can estimate how much a company has been valued at although negotiated terms like liquidation preference, voting rights and other terms that materially impact the deal are not usually disclosed.

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Where This Data Comes From

Primary Sources – Over the past year, we have been working with founders from hundreds of startups to collect their valuation data as they’ve raised new rounds.

Publicly Available Content – we use distributed crawlers to harvest factual information from the Internet, so whenever a company’s valuation is revealed in a news story or other document on the Internet we collect that information and transform it into data.

Estimation Models – we leverage a form of computational learning called machine learning to build predictive models that constantly clean and improve our data set and provide higher quality estimates. The more data we collect, the closer to reality these models become.

 

Why We Decided to Add Valuations

Customers have been asking for valuation data for some time now, and while we love making customers happy we have some very high standards for adding a new column in Mattermark. However, the feedback we’ve received across the board is, “something is better than nothing” and we know we will save our customers a lot of time by not having to calculate these estimates themselves.

As estimates, this information will not be perfect but it will give us a general sense of industry trends and as round sizes continue to climb throughout the venture capital lifecycle there is a lot to keep an eye on. If you’re a startup founder, investor or employee who is interested in seeing what information we have on your company you can sign up for a free trial and reach out to support@mattermark.com with any questions. Thanks!

Fred Wilson Warns Heavily Funded Startups Avoiding Public Markets “Pride Comes Before the Fall”

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Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures reacted to the idea that founders prefer to take money in the private market because they don’t want to answer to public investors who don’t understand them in “Maybe They Do Understand Your Business” While we may disagree on public investors’ level of sophistication, I found this part of his post most interesting:

“It is true that Wall Street will not be tolerant of missed expectations. It is true that Wall Street may focus too much on short term numbers. It is true that you may not be able to control what numbers Wall Street decides to obsess over when it comes to valuing your company.

But I think tech sector is making a huge mistake in thinking that they know their companies and how to value them better than Wall Street. That kind of thinking is arrogance and pride comes before the fall.”

For the 238 startups we are tracking who have raised $200M or more in their lifetime, and especially the 143 who have raised a new round of at least $100M since the beginning of calendar 2015, there is a lot to think about here, and a warning not to let valuations received from private market investors create unrealistic expectations for what a public market valuation might look like.

Which Investors Are Paying High Private Market Prices?

Let’s dig into these 143 rounds to understand which investors are most active in these ‘private IPOs’ or massive late-stage private rounds. I have a hunch it won’t be early/growth stage VCs like Fred, and upon a quick search I can confirm Union Square Ventures hasn’t announced participation in a round of $100M or more in 2015.

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To download the full list of $100M+ rounds in 2015, sign up for a free trial of Mattermark professional — it has never been easier to get data that you and your analyst team can use to understand the private market, and this list has a long tail of hedge funds, mutual funds and other investors you might not realize are investing in pre-IPO startups.

Which Startups Have Raised the Most Private Funding?

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To download the full list of companies ranked by lifetime funding, sign up for a free trial of Mattermark professional. We also provide an API, Salesforce integration, Excel file exports and automated alerts to help you keep track of the private market.

Research Investors with Mattermark

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Mattermark Investors

Mattermark started with an audacious goal: answer the world’s business questions.

We directed all of our initial energy at companies, and now you can answer many of the questions you have about high-growth companies (and even predict which startups are ready to raise money).

Fast-forward 2 years after our founding, and the world of investing is more global and distributed. Finding answers about the funding ecosystem is now as difficult as researching high-growth companies once was.

That changes today.

We’ve doubled the questions you can answer with Mattermark. Now, Mattermark includes data on the entire investor ecosystem, so you can quantify and structure investor data as you need.

Answer Your Most Pressing Investor Questions:

  • Investors can now use Mattermark to find later stage investors to do follow-on investments. They can answer questions like, “What Bay Area investors have done Series B Internet of Things deals in 2015?” They’ll even use Mattermark to benchmark themselves against competition in their industries of expertise.
  • Startup accelerators can find all the investors who do Series A deals in the industries their portfolio companies operate in, and better position them to succeed.
  • Founders can quickly find active investors who invest in companies in their space, and at their stage, so they can get back to building their company.
  • Salespeople can identify the most active investors they need to be networking with, and open more deal opportunities.

The 25 Most Active Series A Investors in the US in 2015

To see the 25 investors who’ve done the most Series A deals this year, or answer YOUR investor questions, sign up for a free trial of Mattermark.