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Mattermark Daily – Tuesday, February 4th

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From The Investors

Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital announces that Kent Goldman has left the firm to start his own fund in “Be A Founder”

Ben Yoskovitz of Year One Labs explains the subtle differences between two roles in “Advising vs. Investing”

Charles Hudson of SoftTechVC digs into what it takes to build a successful marketplace in “Marketplaces, Rating Systems, and Leakage”

Hunter Walk of Homebrew Ventures continues his series of interviews with local business owners in “The Strand: How An 86-Year Old Bookstore Uses Technology”

Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures answers the question “Do Larger Seed Rounds Lead to Larger Series As?”

First Round Review shares a unique approach to product planning in “This Product Prioritization System Nabbed Pandora 70 Million Monthly Users with Just 40 Engineers”

David Sze of Greylock Partners announces Ethan Beard has joined as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence. Ethan previously was Director of the Facebook Developer Network

MG Siegler of Google Ventures reacts to some of the new top games in the App Store in “Simpler Games, Simpler Times”

DFJ announced a new $325 Million early stage fund DFJ XI

From The Operators

Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn addresses the tricky topic of managing performance issues in “The Most Valuable Lesson I’ve Learned as a CEO”

David Byttow of Secret shares the thinking behind his popular mobile application for anonymously sharing our innermost thoughts in “Demystifying Secret: A Peek Into the Fox Hole”

Steli Efti of Close.io says “Your SaaS Product Is Too Cheap If You Never Lose Customers Because of Pricing”

Philip Lindblom of 1000designers tells the story of “How I Funded My Company With Credit Cards (And Almost Failed)”

Niklas Agevik of Instabridge offers a laundry list of do’s and don’ts in “20 Lessons About Making Viral Apps I Learned the Hard Way”

…and in case you missed it, don’t forget you can now search our database of more than 200,000 startups for free. Check it out, and have a great week!

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