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Mattermark Daily – Thursday, October 8th, 2015

From the Investors

Ali Hamed of CoVenture explains the danger of asset backed securities in “Why Alternative Lending Platforms Should Not Own the Loans They Originate

Kara Nortman of Upfront Ventures explains why they are spending a great deal of time in the $2 trillion manufacturing market in “2 trillion reasons why advanced manufacturing gets me excited as a venture investor


Chris McCann of Greylock Partners publishes the next set of notes from Stanford’s Blitzscaling course, this time covering the stage between 10-100 employees in “Class 5 Notes Essay…

Mike Fernandez formerly of Velos Partners analyzes the growth in recent fintech financings by highlighting the differences in debt versus equity capital raises in “Fintech investment and the emergence of debt in startups

Jay Zhao of Granite Ventures breaks down Satya Patel’s advice on three topics: being a founder, being a VC, and how to fundraise in “5 Lessons from the Fireside Chat with Satya Patel

Brendan Baker of Greylock Partners gives a play-by-play of life hacks across finance, safety, health, and support that you can accomplish in an afternoon in “The ‘Get My Shit Together’ Afternoon

Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint relays the similarities between his time as a PM at Google and now as a VC in “8 Customer Discovery Questions to Validate Product Market Fit For Your Startup

From the Operators

Ev Williams of Medium outlines how the world has reacted to Medium and what comes next in “Taking Medium to the Next Level

Anamitra Banerji of Foundation Capital and Sagar Savla of Facebookexplain how to look at a curve and see the story it tells in “The Shape Of The Curve


Kenneth Berger formerly of Slack shares with First Round Capital how they prioritized feedback at Slack and how to pursue goals, not numbers in “How to Make a Firehose of Feedback Useful

John Doherty of Credo explains when your company is ready for a growth team and outlines that a full growth team has a growth leader, product manager, design support, dedicated engineers, and content support in “How to Hire A Growth Team For Your Business

Ben Thompson of Stratechery discusses why with the return of Jack Dorsey and addition of Moments now is the time to be most optimistic about Twitter in “Twitter’s Moment

Makinde Adeagbo of Pinterest announces /dev/color, a non-profit organization that provides Black engineers with connections and skills in Silicon Valley in “Inspiring and supporting tech’s next great engineers

Pete Warden of Google shares protips on how to build meaningful and substantive relationships with journalists in “How to Talk to Journalists

This edition is curated by Arteen Arabshahi, an early stage investor at Karlin Ventures, where he focuses on enterprise software and marketplaces.

If you enjoy the posts he’s featured, let him know on Twitter.

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