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Mattermark Daily – Tuesday, November 18th

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From the Investors

Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures details negative churn scenarios and three ‘models of account growth’ in “Why Negative Churn is Such a Powerful Growth Mechanism


Edith Yeung of 500 Startups announces the 500 Startups Mobile Collective, a $10M fund focused on mobile apps and startups around the world in “Ground Control to Edith Yeung: Take Your Mobile Apps & Put Your Helmet On

Roy Bahat of Bloomberg Beta explains why he believes formal boards in early-stage companies are a ‘schedule tax’ for founders that ‘can destroy value’ in “Boreds

Lars Dalgaard of Andreessen Horowitz shares stories of how Teespring has enabled ‘Teespring entrepreneurs’ to build their own businesses in “Karl Marx Would Have Liked Teespring

Hunter Walk of Homebrew uncovers Jonathon Triest’s motivations for creating Ludlow Ventures and why he values a founder’s communication skills over technical skills in “Jonathon Triest of Ludlow Ventures: ‘VC Done Right’ (and in Detroit)

Rob Go of NextView Ventures outlines why he thinks flexibility and ‘ease of getting into a deal’ are benefits for angel investors vs. focused strategies of VCs in “The Advantages of Being an Angel (vs. a VC)

Balaji Srinivasan of Andreessen Horowitz talks with Joe Gebbia of Airbnb, John Stanfield of Local Motion and Ben Uretsky of DigitalOcean about how increased access to ‘things’ may change the idea of ownership in “The End of Ownership” (audio)

From the Operators

Danielle Morrill CEO of Mattermark reveals initial pre-order metrics from her experiment selling data driven content in “Results from Our ‘Pay What You Want’ Experiment for the Mattermark Startup Traction Report

Spencer Fry of Uncover opens up about the impact personal lives can have on the quality of an individual’s work in “How Happiness Affects Work

Tucker Max of Book in a Box highlights the conversation and ’embarrassing’ epiphany that led him to build a business for aspiring authors in “My Start-up Made 200k in It’s First Two Months…And I’m Embarrassed

Emmie Chang of Camperoo reflects on getting into Y Combinator saying, ‘even if you’re not a traditional founder, you can make it work’ in “My Technical Co-Founder Quit 2 Days Before I Got My Y Combinator Interview


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