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Mattermark Daily – Monday, November 23rd, 2015

From the Investors

Nicole Irvin, Scott Kupor, and Stephen McDermid of Andreessen Horowitz discuss how to compare private vs. public valuations, investors and Square’s IPO in “a16z Podcast: On Recent IPOs and Comparing Private vs. Public Valuations” (audio)

Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures explains why valuations [in a market bulge] can fluctuate as much as 50%, but ‘few companies go away entirely’ in “A Bulge, Not a Bubble

Suranga Chandratillake of Balderton Capital and Harry Stebbings of Twenty Minute VC cover how Suranga became a VC after being an entrepreneur, Balderton’s Equal Partnership model, and more in “20 VC Ep. 90” (audio)

Jason Lemkin of Storm Ventures shares his SaaStr community strategy, criteria for investing and what’s next in “‘Godfather of SaaS’ on This Week In Startups” (video)

​Angel investor William Mougayar links the “prospect theory” to user adoption behavior for startups, by explaining that users are risk-seeking in the domain of losses and risk-averse in the domain of gains in “Maximizing User Adoption by Understanding Behavioral Economics for Startups

Kevin Hale of Y Combinator describes how he makes things easy to understand by focusing on legibility, simplicity, and obviousness in “How to Design a Better Pitch Deck

From the Operators

Lauren Mosenthal of Glassbreakers provides advice and insights to people starting out as product leaders in “Starting a Startup as CTO/ Head of Product

Kyle Tibbits of HotelTonight expands on product, early advocates, portfolio of tactics, automation, and scale in “The Full Stack Marketer’s Hierarchy of Needs


Alex Turnbull of Groove believes many startups are raising money ‘because it’s available’ and dives into why ‘most of them shouldn’t’ in “Why Startups Shouldn’t Raise Money Just Because They Can

Adeo Ressi of Founder Institute outlines how Unicorns are using a cycle of three main tactics he calls: the Push, the Markup, and the Backfill, to grow rapidly in “How to Build a Billion Dollar Company: The Method Behind Today’s ‘Unicorn’ Madness

Michaela Lehr of Oscar Insurance breaks down what finance teams do for startups in “How Finance Fits Into Your Startup

Terrifying Truths of Entrepreneurship: Read before you leap (guest post)

“These days you hear young people humming in excitement about their new startups, and already established companies are making it even bigger. It’s a good time to be an entrepreneur, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.” – David Campbell of ClickDesk

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