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Mattermark Daily – Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

From the Investors

Dan Kurani of Foundermark introduces a new venture development firm and discusses the opportunities available in focusing on the creation of digital products in “Together We Go Further

Lenny Pruss of Redpoint Ventures shares data which shows the highest first quarter on recent record for funding of dev-native companies in “Q1 2016 ‘Dev-Native’ Funding Roundup


Alex Taussig of Lightspeed Venture Partners explains why he favors engagement over growth when assessing the performance of VR startups in “How Will Success in VR be Measured?

Kanyi Maqubela of Collaborative Fund offers his definition of what constitutes a technology company in “Wait, What is Technology?

Samir Kaji of First Republic Bank identifies seed funds with the top follow-on rates and explains the importance of this metric for both GPs and LPs in “Another Measure of Seed Fund Performance

From the Operators

Jake Dunlap of Skaled provides guidance on how to adapt to changes that deal with salespeople, clients, and processes in “Why Sales in 2016 Is Different and How You Should Adapt

Mehul Patel of Hired walks through the lessons he learned on Hired’s most recent trip down Sand Hill Road which culminated in the company’s Series C round of funding “The New Rules of Startup Fundraising

Margot Mazur of Wistia explains how VCs can build strong and meaningful communities for entrepreneurs in “Why Firms Are Getting Left Behind, and How To Fix It

Joel Gascoigne of Buffer shares insights about building company culture, transparency, and leadership in “The CEO of Buffer on Culture, Competition, and Transparency

Emmet Connolly of Intercom discusses why both generalists and specialists are essential to a modern product design team and at which phase of a company’s lifespan each provides value in “Unicorns Don’t Exist. Generalists Do

Todd Schneider of Genius takes a look at data which reveals the taxi industry’s contraction, Uber’s growth, and Lyft’s apparent struggle for traction in “Taxi, Uber, and Lyft Usage in New York City

Hard-Hitting Interview With Area Millennial VC Josh Felser (read more)

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