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Mattermark Daily – Thursday, October 15th, 2015

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From the Investors

Paul Graham of Y Combinator recommends founders ask themselves early on whether they’re default alive or default dead, before it’s too late in “Default Alive or Default Dead?

Sam Altman of Y Combinator announces a new fund to invest in later stage rounds and make pro rata investments in every YC company in every round with a valuation below $300M in “YC Continuity

Jerry Neumann of Neu Venture Capital expands on his presentation about Carlota Perez’s theories and the transition to the ‘deployment age’ he believes we’re currently undergoing in “The Deployment Age

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Edith Yeung of 500 Startups shares a 23 slide presentation with lessons from Uber’s growth in China in “7 Tips for Scaling Mobile Users in China

Neeraj Agrawal of Battery Ventures highlights the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 and argues we are now due for a second wave of immigration reform in “Oct. 3, 1965: The Day that Changed the U.S. Technology Landscape

Jonathan Hsu of Social Capital applies lifetime value to the engagement and retention aspects of a business in “Diligence at Social Capital Part 4: Cohorts and (Engagement) LTV

From the Operators

Ryan Holmes of Hootsuite notes that even with uncertainty around the ‘bubble’, confidence remains strong for the the industry in “For Entrepreneurs, Making Sense of Early-Stage Funding Options

Katherine Krug of BetterBack reveals the journey building Everest for 24 months with $2 million funding and ending up as a failed startup in “The Rise and Fall of Everest (the App)

Heather Wilde of Roceteer looks at the human side of unicorns and the impact of being a high-growth company in “The Darker Side of Unicorns

Chris Savage of Wistia reflects on the ‘tough management adjustments’ he had to consider when scaling his company from two to sixty in “Ditching Flat: How Structure Helped Us Move Faster

Diane Lu of AdRoll in the First Round Review dissects the dynamics and mechanics of the first ten sales ops employees, and the accompanying inflection points for a young, growing sales ops team in “A Blueprint from the Woman Who Helped AdRoll Double its Sales Force and Sales

Shri Bhashyam of EquityZen helps founders understand the details and terms of what 409A valuations are in “Demystifying 409A Valuations

Early Q4 Funding Data Indicates 20% Slow Down, Return to Pre-2015 Levels

Based on the past 4 weeks of U.S. funding announcements, which totaled $5.6 Billion, if Q4 funding activity were to continue at the current pace the total capital deployed would be $17.5 Billion. This a 20% decline from Q3 and just above Q4 2014, which saw $16B deployed. (read more analysis)

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