Mattermark Daily – Sunday, October 19th

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From the Investors

Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures points out why he thinks voice is the future in “The Fastest User Interface

Li Jiang of GSV Capital explains the two monopolies ‘Built to Last’ companies must have in “10X Durability

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures and Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC talks with Author Steven Johnson about science and the future of innovation in “How We Got To Now Talk” (video)

Phil Anderson of IDG Ventures USA states that gaming industry acquisitions thus far in 2014 will double all of 2014 in “Game On: Why I’m Still Investing in Gaming

David Cummings of Atlanta Ventures poses questions that should have good answers or ‘your business will fail’ in “7 Questions Every Entrepreneur Needs to Answer

Piotr Wilam of Innovation Nest motivates Eastern and Central European software developers to join startups in “Technical Co-founder

Ishaan Malhi of Playfair Capital opens up about his experiences learning to be an EIR in “An Entrepreneur In Residence at a Venture Capital Fund

From the Operators

Justin Kan of Y Combinator, Walker Williams of Teespring and Stanley Tang of DoorDash share what they learned from ‘manually’ building their startups in “Lecture 8: Doing Things That Don’t Scale” (video)

Matthew Gallizzi of HX Works sheds lights on the importance of founders embracing vulnerability in “How To Respect Your Startup’s Context (And Grow Quicker)

Kyle Samani of Pristine goes to extreme lengths to raise his first $1 million without a product in “The Entrepreneur Hustle

Alex Danco of Backtrack says to find ideas in ‘situations we encounter in life that are completely and totally backwards” in “Theatres of The Absurd: How To Get Startup Ideas

Mattermark Daily – Thursday, October 16th

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From the Investors

Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures finds ‘the best companies are able to maintain or even accelerate their revenue per employee’ in “Benchmarking SaaS Startup Efficiency with Revenue Per Employee metrics

Michael Arrington of CrunchFund offers his opinion of recent allegations about Whisper in “Who’s Lying About Whisper?

Jason Lemkin of Storm Ventures recommends investing in your ‘revenue team’ before it’s too late in “Why You’ll Need Just About $3,000,000 to Build Your First Real Sales & Marketing Team

Alexis Ohanian of Y Combinator and Baratunde Thurston of Cultivate Wit discuss entrepreneurship, comedy and ‘being real’ in “Episode 1: Authenticity at Scale with Baratunde Thurston” (audio)

David Cummings of Atlanta Ventures encourages managers to dream about their startup’s growth possibilities in “Run the 10x Scenarios

Angel Investor Joanne Wilson learns a lesson in investing after not securing pro-rata rights in “The Investment Life

Brad Feld of Foundry Group advises startup mentors to ‘go deep with one company at a time’ in “Mentors 8/18: Adopt At Least One Company Every Single year. Experience Counts

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures is thrilled about HBO Go’s announcement, saying ‘direct (customer) relationships are the best’ in “Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

From the Operators

Zach Holman of Github explains his view on the ‘physics’ of good startups vs. bad startups in “Inertia

Mike Estee of Other Company Co. does what many hardware companies don’t do – he details his failures and wins in “Confessions of a Hardware Startup

Rik Lomas of Picfair guides founders through critical phases of building a company in “How to Start a Startup Without Ruining Your Life

Jake Wood of Team Rubicon gives a list of ‘no bull’ behaviors he leads his team with in “The Only 4 Employee Values You’ll Ever Need

Andrew Leonard of Backchannel by Medium cites six design rules on ‘disability’ products ‘that raise and suspend questions’ in “All Technology is Assistive

Mattermark Daily – Wednesday, October 15th

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From the Investors

Anthony Lee of Altos Ventures explains why he thinks the SaaS market has ‘a decade or more to go’ in “SaaS: Early Innings, $1 Trillion Game

Jay Acunzo of NextView Ventures wants early startups to ‘save time updating investors’ with pre-formatted board-deck templates in “An Alternative to Board Decks Some Seed VCs Actually Prefer

Jessica Livingston of Y Combinator reflects on the ‘authenticity’ of Startup School over 10 years and says ‘I hope we never lose that’ in “Why I Love Startup School

Devon McDonald of OpenView Venture Partners and Mark Organ of Influitive and Eloqua discuss pivots, qualities of successful entrepreneurs and building industry leading products in “Founder’s Corner: Eloqua and Influitive Founder Mark Organ on the Secrets to Creating a Category” (video)

Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures recalls moments when ‘technical founders’ replaced ‘professional CEOs’ to drive innovation in “When Should Technical Founders Become CEO?

Brad Feld of Foundry Group features Author William Hertling’s nine ‘key techniques to making time, creating personal drive and prioritizing activities’ in “How to Find the Time to Accomplish Anything

David Cummings of Atlanta Ventures believes sharing your operational vision can help your team better plan for future roles in “Career Paths in Startups With Limited Visibility

Roberto Bonanzinga of Balderton Capital and Martin Kallstrom of Narrative debate using Kickstarter, attending SXSW and building hardware in Europe in “European Consumer Hardware Start-ups: Fad or Trend?

From the Operators

Susan Johnson of urges founders that ‘feel they don’t fit the (YC) archetype’ to apply anyway in “Y Combinator + Being a Mom

Erik Torenberg of Product Hunt highlights characteristics of ‘great investors’ with help from Dave McClure, Josh Elman, Naval Ravikant and more in “What Makes a Great Investor? 10 Great Investors Weigh In

Lyle McKeany of Emissary Med describes Stripe as ‘the exponentially growing startup in the weeds’ facing off with PayPal not Apple Pay in “Payments = Growth

Andrew Leonard of Backchannel by Medium questions the role fitness tracking devices may play in employee wellness programs and insurance rates in “Sensors and Sensibilities