Measuring Startup & VC Performance – Everyday is Another Chance to Turn It All Around

Today I wrote about some potential methods for benchmarking startup investors, and on a call with a client this afternoon I was asked how I handle the inevitable pushback from investors who aren’t in the top 10 of the list. This the same question I regularly face regarding our approach to assigning scores to startups and the pushback I receive there is similar. My answer right now is simple: this is not predictive. While this frustrating from a data science perspective, not to mention as an investor (who doesn’t want…

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Focus

Wow. My last post was in August. I’m proud to say I’m still doing the same thing. As with most of my journals, I don’t usually write much when things are going exceptionally well in my life. For more writing on startups definitely check out the blog on Mattermark and subscribe to our newsletter.

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Embracing the Incrementality Mentality

We’ve all heard that line about the 10 year “overnight” successes. A friend* recently told me a key metric of his company was growing 4% week-over-week. Actually, he related with some dismay that it was only growing at 4%, and he was looking to build another product to make their company more attractive for raising the next round of funding. I was shocked. The base number that this 4% growth is accumulating on top of is in the billions, without much marketing or distribution yet. They found a problem many…

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First Week Using the Jawbone UP Wristband

I received a Jawbone UP wristband last week as a gift, and it is the first quantified self device I’ve used. Before the UP I would sporadically track my exercise and food with the My Fitness Pal iPhone app, but the UP wristband has taken it to another level with mostly passive monitoring of my activity. The only things I can optionally add in myself are my food and my mood. As a woman in her late twenties and a startup person I’m generally more focused on my career and…

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We never meant to stay here

We never meant to stay here We were here for the gold We got stuck here for the winter Blinded by golden dollar signs We built some simple structures Temporary, not permanent But each year we dug much deeper And each year things got more serious Each year our hearts grew weaker Blinded by golden dollar signs We never meant to stay here We were here for the gold Put a lump of coal in my hand Squeeze just as tight as I can Hope for a brand new diamond…

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Dave McClure is Raising $10M for Asia-Focused 500 Durians LP

I don’t think I’ve ever laughed out loud reading SEC filings until today, when I saw a filing from 500 Durians. What’s Dave up to now, naming a fund after a smelly fruit? The filings confirmed my suspicions, yes this is another fund run by 500 Startups founder Dave McClure, and it will be focused on investments in Asia. This play on words is apt, comparing the challenges and rewards of investing in Asian startups with the challenges (the smell! the spiky hard skin!) to the rewards (the fruit, which…

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Sulia Now Driving 6-Digit Traffic to Publishers, on Track to Hit 15-20 Million Uniques This Year

Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, cat photos and rants from angry aunts appear in the same feeds as shared recipes and world news. Sulia is changing that by introducing subject-based “channels” where users can consume media about a single topic like technology, politics, or food. Moving away from a single crowded feed towards multiple focused feeds has the potential to be helpful to readers, publishers, and advertisers alike. Pronounced “soo-lee-uh,” the company aggregates news in a style similar to Prismatic, but Sulia has significantly more traffic. Sulia reported a…

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SpotRight Raises $2.8M for Social Customer Intelligence

According to a regulatory filing Boulder-based startup SpotRight has raised $2,870,889. The company previously raised $1M in funding in July 2012 from Grotech Ventures, Access Venture Partners and FFP Holdings, and also raised a $1.4M Series A from the same investors under its original name Giveo in January 2011. SpotRight was originally launched as part of TechStars Boulder in the Summer of 2010 and merged with Spot Influence in July 2012. According to the announcement of the merger: “As a combined company, SpotRight unveils an unparalleled platform that helps direct…

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