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Mattermark Daily – Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

From the Investors

Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital offers an in-depth review of what he believes is going well and not going well at Twitter, how to improve their product, and where it can go in the future in “What Twitter Can Be.

Matt Turck of FirstMark Capital presents 39 slides that recap the last fifteen years of hardware investments and why he thinks VCs are paying more attention now in “Hardware Startups: The VC Perspective

Zach Shulman of Cayuga Venture Fund responds to Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures and Brad Feld of Foundry Group’s recent posts on raising convertible debt in “Convertible Debt Revisited

Semil Shah of Haystack Fund highlights Garry Tan of Y Combinator’stweet and lists the five commitments he says, ‘would make the most basic founder oath’ in “Basic Oaths For Investors, and For Founders, Too

Josh Maher of Seattle Angel outlines what he thinks people should consider before making the leap of starting a company in “When Should I Leave My Job To Start a Company?

Paige Craig of Arena Ventures reflects on his investments as an angel investor, his lifestyle, and his new $27 million fund, Arena Ventures in “Angel Investor Hopes Venture Firm Takes Wings

Christoph Janz of Point Nine Capital reveals a new €55 million fund to focus on early-stage investments in SaaS, marketplaces, and ecommerce companies in “Announcing Point Nine Capital III

Connie Loizos of Strictly VC interviews Frederic Court of Felix Capitalabout why he created Felix Capital, a new $120 million fund and his thoughts on the European startup scene in “A French VC Shows Off a New Fund – and Growing Interest in Europe

Bradley Harrison of Scout Ventures details why he invested in SignPost and the importance of building authentic relationships with entrepreneurs in “How To Raise $20.5 Million Dollars The SignPost Way

From the Operators

Kevin Rose of North Technologies believes that it’s best to be upfront when things don’t ‘work out’ at a startup in “Hiding Failure

Aaron Ginn of Lincoln Labs lays out the differences between the foundation of a product and the growth strategies used to scale, by comparing them to cake and icing in “Product Is Cake, Growth Is Icing

Aubrey Sabala of Google opens up about her success as a consultant, the problems that came with it, and why she’s happier in a less high-profile role at Google in “Leaning Out, Stepping Back, & Finding Happiness

Julie Zhuo of Facebook dives into why she says, ‘in every idea, no matter how good or bad it is at face value – there is a spark’ in “Tending the Spark

“Dr. Edward Morbius” analyzes the daily and monthly engagement metrics of Ello, a social network with ‘a low few million total accounts’ in “Ballparking Ello’s Active User Statistics

The Mobile Jazz Team describes the cloud-based infrastructure and productivity tools they use that allow them to work remotely in “Running a 20 People Business From The Beach

From Mattermark

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