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Mattermark Daily – Friday, May 2nd

From the Community

Want to go to the New England Venture Capital Association award ceremony with Mattermark? Get your startup team to take a picture with the word “Mattermark” and tweet at us with the hashtag #NEVYs14! Contest ends tonight 11:59 PM (PST). Show us your creative side, and may the best picture win!

From the Investors

Angel Investor Keith Nowak boils down seed investing to this one thought – do you believe that the founder can pull it off?Seed Investing is Personal

Rafael Corrales of Charles River VC talks about the hardest part of starting a company in “My Very Early (and Ongoing) Involvement with Instacart

Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures illustrates the rising confidence of in the market by pointing out that founding employees are retaining more equity through rounds in “Surprising Trends in Startup Founder Equity Stakes

Two words from Joshua Henderson of Springboardmoney talks, in “The Problem with All the Standard Investor Pitch Advice You’ve Heard

Ben Wiener of Jumpspeed Ventures zooms out to give you some perspective in “Taking the Pulse of the Jerusalem Tech Eco-System

Roy Bahat of Bloomberg Beta wonders how Palantir was able to stick the landing when what it actually does is still up in the air in “A Go-to-Market Object Lesson: Palantir

Charlie O’Donnell of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures puts a personal spin on Jeff Atwood’s recent article, asking founders to take a moment of reflection in “Beer and Startups: The Alcohol Culture of the Tech World

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures brings back Fun Friday and tosses out a few app suggestions for those with imagination in “Fun Friday: Things We Hate About Email

From the Operators

Ben Thompson of Stratechery knocks Twitter for not knowing enough about its market and proposes establishing channels as a solution in “Twitter’s Marketing Problem

David McIntosh of Redux breaks down how Android was the “make” in make-or-break for WhatsApp in “WhatsApp: An ‘Android-First’ Success?

Cynthia Schames of AbbeyPost, whose startup was announced in 9th batch of 500 Startups earlier this week, gives you an insider’s look at 500 Startups in “500 Startups: What’s It Really Like for a Female Founder?

Marcelo Calbucci of EveryMove thinks Facebook needs to think much, much bigger and reimagine its audience in “f8: The Conference That Was Supposed to Be for You

Leo Mirani of Quartz exposes LinkedIn’s content strategy, identifying it as the purpose of the Influencer program, in “Why LinkedIn is Morphing from a Social Network Into an Online Newspaper

Ciana Wilson of Facebook and Josh Levine of Great Monday compare PayPal and Square to underscore the importance of purpose and culture in “It’s Time to Rethink Productivity

Interested in building a PHP framework? Belinda Runkle of New Relic gives you the names and (internet) addresses of “25 PHP Developers to Follow Online

Bach? Beethoven? How about Unix? Paul Ford of Ftrain creates the canon of software in “The Great Works of Software

At the bottom of the news, Lyft gets a facelyft – “Introducing Carstache 2.0

Featured Founder

Fabio Federici is the founder of Coinalytics. His team’s vision is to enlighten the Bitcoin ecosystem by providing actionable insights through real-time analytics.

M: How did you come up with your startup?
F: We came up with it over Startup Weekend.

M: What is a recent milestone that your team celebrated?
F: We recently joined the 9th batch of 500 Startups in Mountain View, CA

M: If someone were to thank you in a restaurant for creating your startup, what would you hope they say?
F: It helped me understand the Bitcoin ecosystem and stay on top of the latest developments in the space.

M: Tell us about your team.
F: We are a team of four – two full-time and two part-time. We’re spread over three time zones, combining a lot complementary skills. We will be growing our team in the next few months to complete our team’s skill-set and improve our product.

© Mattermark 2024. Sources: Mattermark Research, Crunchbase, AngelList.