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2016-12-12 18:19:48

Sunday, December 11th, 2016 features posts by Ben Thompson, Stewart Alsop, Elizabeth Yin, Jen Spencer, and more.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Series C and Beyond: How Growth Investing Is Different (read more)

Too often, venture capital is discussed as a monolithic exercise. It’s not. Sonya Mann dives into the later-stages of venture to understand how its different.


Editor's Note: scroll down to discover 4 open startup/VC jobs


Weekly Digest: Top 10 Featured Posts

Elizabeth Yin of 500 Startups notes that a founder’s ability to raise funding is not just about your traction, but many other caveats and criteria in “What “Traction” Do I Need to Raise Money?”  

David Kelnar of MMC Ventures answers ‘What is Artificial Intelligence’, ‘Why is it important?’ and ‘Why now’ in his lengthy guide to AI - “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: A Primer on Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Rick Zullo of Lightbank highlights how traction can be misleading for early-stage enterprise companies in “5 Reasons Why Traction is Overrated for Seed Stage (Enterprise) Startups

Tim Kopp of Hyde Park Venture Partners shares relevant hiring lessons for startups and scale-ups in "Never Hire Without These 3 Characteristics"

Stewart Alsop of Alsop Louie Partners publishes his reaction to Chris Sacca’s contentious investment proposal on Shark Tank to one of his portfolio companies in “Chris Sacca, Vulture Capitalist

Ben Thompson of Stratechery uses Opendoor’s financial model to explain why taking on big risks for big rewards can create real value by solving real problems in “Opendoor: A Startup Worth Emulating

Jen Spencer of Allbound and Kosakowski of Creation Agency talk about the role that content plays in the modern sales process in “Social Selling and the Power of Content” (podcast)

Richie Siegel of NewStore expands on the dangers of ephemeral growth and focus with a breakdown of the numerous factors that led Nasty Gal to this point (bankruptcy) in “Nasty Gal

Caitlin Denham-Swanson of Leanplum and Michael Eilers Smith of Frank + Oak chat about the intricacies of building a mobile-first brand from scratch in “Mobile Trailblazers: Meet Michael Eilers Smith

Andy Sparks declares that he’s working on The Open Guide to Startup Fundraising, a comprehensive resource kept up-to-date over time by a community, and asks for your help in “Help Build The Open Guide to Startup Fundraising


How To Raise $1.9M In 4 Weeks With High Resolution Fundraising (read more)

High resolution fundraising allowed Pulkit Agrawal of Chameleon fill out their seed round with a VC and get back to work on what they love doing—building the product. Here's a detailed walk through of how they raised $1.9M.

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Pot Startups Tap Public Markets For Hundreds Of Millions (read more)

Venture capital funding marijuana startups gets the hype, but the big money is in the public markets. Here’s why.



The Past And Present Of Chicago Tech

There is, in fact, a world outside of Silicon Valley. Kicking off a multi-part series, Mattermark delves into Chicago’s tech history, and its future.



Startup Job Openings

Headout - Senior Communication Manager in San Francisco or NYC.

YipitData - Data Product Associate in New York City.

eeGeo - Sales and Partner Manager, remote in the US.

MassRoots - Senior Marketing Manager in Denver, Colorado

Want to feature a job next Sunday? Reply or email Nick with a link.



"Post investment... now what? How to build talent in a successful startup" at UC Berkeley Extension in San Francisco on January 10th.

500 Startups Demo Day (Batch 19) in Mountain View, CA on February 15th. 

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