Category Archives: Venture Capital

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.

Mattermark Daily – Monday, August 25th

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From the Investors

Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz mark the five year anniversary of their fund by taking stock of the technology sector and highlighting what’s to come in “a16z Podcast: Ben and Marc Explain (Practically) Everything – Part 1

Quinten Farmer of Prehype contemplates the future uses of Stellar in “Stellar and the $10 Trillion Economy

Roy Bahat of Bloomberg Beta parses the destructive language of office war and how it justifies our bad behavior in “In Business, Let’s Stop Using the Language of War

Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures discovers no statistical difference between states for M&A activity in “The Impact of a Startup’s Location on its Acquisition Price

Li Jiang of GSV Capital looks at the simplification of mobile interfaces in “The Evolution of Mobile Products

Hunter Walk of Homebrew Ventures increases engagement by leaving equity in the founders’ hands in “Getting Founders Some Early Liquidity Can Benefit VCs

Tren Griffin of Microsoft expands on thoughts from John Doerr on sales, ideas, and attempting the impossible, in “A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from John Doerr

Jeff Carter of West Loop Ventures applies six current themes in innovation to agribusiness in “Hacking Ag – Is It So Bad?

Semil Shah of Haystack Fund breaks out why he tells mobile developers to focus on “iOS First. Android Much, Much Later

From the Operators

Vijay Sundaram of Found identifies caveats to successfully fundraising after crowdfunding for hardware startups in “Crowdfunding is No Panacea for Product-Market Fit

Henrik Zillmer of AirHelp speaks to his experience in both accelerators to explain “The Difference between Rocket Internet and Y Combinator” — “What Rocket is to execution, YC is to product.”

Shri Bhashyam of EquityZen notes public market tech trends for the first half of 2014 in “2014 H1: Tech IPO Review

From the Community

Ken Goldberg of UC Berkeley outlines a mechanized future that follows the five elements of Cloud Robotics in “Robots With Their Heads in the Clouds” (via Aspen Ideas Festival)

Mattermark Daily – Thursday, August 21st

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From the Investors

David Lee of SV Angel considers investing an exercise in applied probability, not calculus, in “The Do’s and Don’t’s of Venture Investing

Boris Wertz of Version One Ventures advises startups on managing their community to maximize growth in “Community Building: How to Give Up Control Without Losing Control

Charlie O’Donnell of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures recommends non-technical founders seek out a technical advisor for recruiting validation in “How Technical Advisors Can Help Non-Technical Founders

Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures asks future founders to build something on our need for community in “Our Common Humanity: We Still Have a Lot to Build on the Internet

Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures reflects on his former employer, Google, and encourages other companies to publish their values online in “Not a Conventional Company

Jessica Livingston of Y Combinator tells Fortune, “We’re Just as Relevant as Ever

From the Operators

Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt announces $1m in funding, launches an iOS app, in “Planting Seeds

Serial Entrepreneur Elad Gil walks through the different hiring lifecycles of a growing business in “Building a Recruiting Org

Chris Beams of Spring looks to Pinboard for proof that you don’t need venture funding to make it as a tech company in “The Internet of Small Businesses

Steli Efti of improves your inbound sales process in “Inbound Sales Kung Fu (Webinar)

Bill Marshall of Miragen helps biotech startups save time, money, and energy in “Advancing a New Drug Modality: A Few Lessons Learned

Mike Evans of GrubHub finds peace along his bike ride across America in “Journey: Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean

From the Community

Executive Coaches Jerry Colonna and Ann Mehl teach founders how to ask open questions and listen effectively in “Power Up Your Team with Non-Violent Communication Principles

Julienne Lauler of Mondato analyzes the pros and cons of Bitcoin with a former Featured Founder, Elizabeth Rossiello of BitPesa, in “Can Digital Currencies Change the World?

People Are Talking About: Sexism in Tech

Female Founder Gesche Haas asks, “What Would You Do?” when an investor, or a startup mentor, makes an unwanted sexual advance

Repost: Heidi Roizen of Draper Fisher Jurvetson reminds us, “It’s Different for Girls

As a final thought on inclusion, Carmel DeAmicis and Biz Carson of Gigaom break out diversity results from twelve of the largest tech companies into “Eight Charts That Put Tech Companies’ Diversity Stats Into Perspective