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As you likely know, I was let go from Mattermark in August, which ended my nearly 3-year adventure of curating the Mattermark Daily and Raise The Bar newsletters (among other marketing projects). All of you have graciously subscribed to this newsletter, where I’ll be curating similar content with the aim of saving you time scouring the web, discovering unique perspectives on a variety of startup related topics, and sharing things I’m interested in.
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For the first time in years, my name is not at the bottom of the Mattermark Daily or Raise The Bar newsletters. As of August 8th, I’m no longer an employee of Mattermark. My two years and eleven months…
Noah Jessop of Founder Collective understands that when raising venture capital, founders are selling a product, but they often fail to consider the “UX” of their startup. He conveys the importance of “packaging” your startup and how much more quickly they move forward in the funding process.
Jason D. Rowley of Crunchbase News explains the basic mechanics of the first rounds of funding, some of the key terms involved, and how different types of financial instruments and deal structures work.
Bitcoin is a revolutionary system that is quite complex and has a high learning curve. Jameson Lopp of BitGo recommends you have a decent grasp of the system before you store a significant amount of value in it.
Max Andersson of King Kong releases a detailed case study of how Grammarly built their business to this point with no venture capital and then how they used this solid base to go onto to raise one of the biggest Series A Funding rounds in history.