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Mattermark Daily – Wednesday, October 15th

From the Investors

Anthony Lee of Altos Ventures explains why he thinks the SaaS market has ‘a decade or more to go’ in “SaaS: Early Innings, $1 Trillion Game

Jay Acunzo of NextView Ventures wants early startups to ‘save time updating investors’ with pre-formatted board-deck templates in “An Alternative to Board Decks Some Seed VCs Actually Prefer

Jessica Livingston of Y Combinator reflects on the ‘authenticity’ of Startup School over 10 years and says ‘I hope we never lose that’ in “Why I Love Startup School

Devon McDonald of OpenView Venture Partners and Mark Organ of Influitive and Eloqua discuss pivots, qualities of successful entrepreneurs and building industry leading products in “Founder’s Corner: Eloqua and Influitive Founder Mark Organ on the Secrets to Creating a Category” (video)

Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures recalls moments when ‘technical founders’ replaced ‘professional CEOs’ to drive innovation in “When Should Technical Founders Become CEO?

Brad Feld of Foundry Group features Author William Hertling’s nine ‘key techniques to making time, creating personal drive and prioritizing activities’ in “How to Find the Time to Accomplish Anything

David Cummings of Atlanta Ventures believes sharing your operational vision can help your team better plan for future roles in “Career Paths in Startups With Limited Visibility

Roberto Bonanzinga of Balderton Capital and Martin Kallstrom of Narrative debate using Kickstarter, attending SXSW and building hardware in Europe in “European Consumer Hardware Start-ups: Fad or Trend?

From the Operators

Susan Johnson of Women.com urges founders that ‘feel they don’t fit the (YC) archetype’ to apply anyway in “Y Combinator + Being a Mom

Erik Torenberg of Product Hunt highlights characteristics of ‘great investors’ with help from Dave McClure, Josh Elman, Naval Ravikant and more in “What Makes a Great Investor? 10 Great Investors Weigh In

Lyle McKeany of Emissary Med describes Stripe as ‘the exponentially growing startup in the weeds’ facing off with PayPal not Apple Pay in “Payments = Growth

Andrew Leonard of Backchannel by Medium questions the role fitness tracking devices may play in employee wellness programs and insurance rates in “Sensors and Sensibilities

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