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Mattermark Daily - Thursday, December 1st, 2016

2016-12-01 23:32:56

Q4 VC Activity, State of Startups 2016, the CIA, and 10 must-read posts by Danielle Morrill, First Round Capital, Nicole Irvin, and more.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Venture Capital Activity In Q4 Shows 2015 Was A Local Maximum For “Founder Friendly” Deals

Unless something crazy happens with funding announcements in December, U.S. venture capital activity is on pace to end the year down from 2015 highs.



From the Investors

First Round Capital publishes the survey results from more than 700 founders asked about everything from fundraising to their office’s price per square foot, and areas such as how founders pick their lead investor and the perspectives they have on diversity and inclusion in “State of Startups - 2016

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Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures joins Nick Moran of New Stack Ventures to cover what new market entrants should focus on when it comes to price vs. functionality, growth vs. profitability, and more in “Economic Theory in Venture Capital, Part 1” (podcast)

AngelList announces their acquisition of Product Hunt and Ryan Hoover, CEO of Product Hunt, shares the story of how it all came together in “Product Hunt + AngelList

Andrew Parker of Spark Capital reflects on Panic shutting down Status Board and his observations of vertical integration between hardware and software in “The Software/Hardware Combination Premium

Nicole Irvin of Andreessen Horowitz aims to answer your questions around whether you should take your company public or not, why, when and how in “16 Things to Get IPO Ready (or Just Build a Really Strong Business)


From the Operators 

Alyson Button Stone of Pipeliner CRM outlines the many roles and characteristics of the Sales Operation-ist in “In Support of Sales

Joe Fernandez of Joymode details his key lessons on maintaining perspective as a founder, relationship building, and scaling gleaned from his time leading Klout in “33voices Episode 1272. (Podcast)

Ben Erez of Breathe walks through the adventure that led him to his first Silicon Valley product role after shutting down his first company in “How I Landed My First Startup Job Through a Roadtrip

Matt Munson of Twenty20 shares openly the shame he wrestles with over the time and money they wasted since May 2014 in “How I Burned 10 Million Dollars So You Don’t Have To.

Jimoh Ailohi Ovbiagele of Ross Intelligence gives his perspective on startup CTOs roles and how those responsibilities evolve as a company grows in “The Machine that Builds the Machine


Silicon Valley, In-Q-Tel, and 2017 Unicorn IPOs 

Silicon Valley investors may be slowing their cadence somewhat, but it’s not something just happening here. The CIA’s own investing arm is slowing down its own pace of investment. What’s driving the change? Mattermark took a look at the richest startups and their IPO hopes. If they can make it public, perhaps their backers will be willing to place more bets in 2017.


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