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Mattermark Daily – Thursday, January 29th

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Scoop of the day goes to Quartz with “Box Has Secretly Filed For An IPO”. In what appears to be a single source story, it is speculated that the company will target a $500 million raise later this year.

It is interesting to note a huge spike in iTunes rankings for the company’s mobile offering, which coincides with the recent 50GB offering to any mobile user who signs up in the next month. Looks like the promotion may be working (login to Mattermark Pro to see more Box growth signals):

The List: 3 Hot Email Startups

  • Newsle [MM] – news tracking of friends, professionals, and public figures
  • Evercontact [MM] – automated CRM updates via email
  • SendinBlue [MM] – SaaS for sending and tracking email and SMS

Awesome to see 2 French startups on the list!

From The Investors

Kirill Sheynkman of RTP Ventures is tells founders to save their “nothing matters, look at our traction” decks for someone else in “Traction, Schmacktion”

Nikhil Basu Trivedi of Shasta Ventures analyzes a recent trend in “What’s Up with the Series A? On the one hand, $10-25M rounds; on the other a ‘Crunch'”

Arteen Arabshahi of Karlin Ventures shares thoughts on the firm’s investment focus in “What We Look for in Ecommerce, Part 1”

Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures sings the praises of Amazon Redshift in “The Technology That’s Taking Data Science By Storm”

Craig Shapiro of Collaborative Fund suggests that increased wages lead to increased revenues “Invest in Your Employees For Better Returns”what do you think, is this true for startups?

Bill Krause joins Andreessen Horowitz and in an article published to the firm’s site today the 3Com founder gives a wide-ranging interview about “40 Pound Calculators, the Birth of Ethernet, and a $100 Billion Mistake”

Rory O’Driscoll of Scale Venture Partners walks through venture returns for much maligned asset class over the past 10 years in “Venture Capital: From Dead to a Trillion Dollars”

Josh Miller joins Betaworks as a part time venture partner (Read More)

Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures wrote a post back in 2010 opining that access was still the most important thing an angel investor must possess to win in “Are You Sitting at the Right Poker Table?” — with the rise of AngelList and other platforms, do you think this is still true today?

From The Operators

Justin Rosenstein of Asana shares the importance of finding clarity in “One Quality Every Startup Needs to Survive”

Matt Blumberg of ReturnPath put his new employee training handbook on Slideshare “New New Employee Training”

Justin Jackson of the Product People podcast reminds makers that “We Are Not Normal People”

Things That Made Us Laugh

Lucas Duplan’s Clinkle profile pic


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