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 – 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

Mattermark Daily – Tuesday, August 26th

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From the Investors

Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz continue the celebration of the five year anniversary of their fund by discussing disruption, investments, and CEO traits in “a16z Podcast: Ben and Marc Explain (Practically) Everything – Part 2

Reid Hoffman of Greylock Partners shares the deck and provides commentary on “LinkedIn’s Series B Pitch to Greylock

Peter Diamandis of X Prize Foundation identifies some companies that will help a billion people in “How to Become a Billionaire

Dawn Umlah of Innovacorp answers questions for founders looking to fundraise in “7 Questions Interview Series: Angels and Venture Capitalists

Semil Shah of Haystack Fund considers the tactics used by Uber and others in “Hard vs Soft Power In Technology Nation-States

Jasmin Hume and Ross Porter of Lux Capital target the traits that will get you into VC in “An Eight Step Guide to Being a VC

Levi Shapiro of JIMMI Fund analyzes different brands’ engagement on Snapchat in “Snapchat – The Next Great Advertising Platform

From the Operators

Tanuj Parikh of Estimote wants coworkers who can work one level up and down their core competency in “Full Stack Hiring

Yoav Vilner of Ranky keeps his audience on their toes in “How to Not Give Boring Presentations

Uber muscles Lyft out of the market in ”This is Uber’s Playbook for Sabotaging Lyft” — While we prefer to avoid pieces featured in major publications, this is an excellent piece of investigative journalism by Casey Newton of The Verge.