From the Investors
Semil Shah of Haystack Fund discusses how a founder can prepare for the gap between Seed and Series A, save time, and leverage the market in“Navigating The Gap Between Seed And Series A (2016 Version)”
Ed Sim of Boldstart Ventures breaks down the various types of A rounds and the major ???????????? to success in “The 4 Kinds of Series A Rounds in Enterprise”
Bilal Zuberi of Lux Capital advises founders on when and how to raise their next round of financing in “Fundraising Blues in 2016?”
Nicholas Chirls of Notation Capital provides a look for founders and LPs into how they think about their firm and its performance so far in “Notation Capital – 1 Year In”
Sam Altman of Y Combinator encourages founders to apply to Y Combinator as their first option vs. applying after they’ve gone through another accelerator in “Getting Into Y Combinator”
Jeffrey Carter of Westloop Ventures posts a CEO’s outline of how and why their company failed in “Post Mortem on a Failed Startup”
Future Asia Ventures has released its latest report on Corporate Accelerators & Booming Startup Sectors. The report includes a global overview of the 116 corporate accelerators that exist worldwide. This report also contains special sections on two booming startup sectors, fintech and coworking.
From the Operators
Aarthi Ramamurthy of Lumoid describes the best solution for founder self-doubt, letting data surprise you, and seeing challenges as the new normal in “Tackling Founder Self-Doubt”
Joyce Shen of Thompson Reuters showcases how Fortune 500s can best engage with startup vendors in “How to Turn a Contract into a Startup-Friendly 2 Page Proof of Concept”
Chris Messina of Uber expands on the challenges and wins of the growing universe of messaging apps in “2016 Will be the Year of Conversational Commerce”
RJMetrics compares how customers acquired during the holidays behave compared to customers acquired during non-holiday months in “The Ecommerce Holiday Customer Benchmark”
Jonathan Neman of Sweetgreen notes the gap between offline and online food service and how their mobile app can ‘bridge the divide’ in “Why a Salad Company has a Tech Team”
It Starts With Yes
How can you actually do what you love for a living? Read about thePassion Economy and learn what you need to know to translate your passions into a successful career. Our friends at General Assembly have gathered more career-related stories, events, and advice to inspire and inform your next professional move, so check out the full series.
Visit the Mattermark Office
Join the SFTechCrawl to visit the Mattermark office tomorrow, January 21st, to meet our team, demo our products, and learn more about we’re headed. Use “mattermarkjanuary” to get a ticket for $5.