Investing (your life) in a startup


Startup Spotlight: Mattermark

In less than 3 weeks, I'll be stepping outside of my comfort zone. Way outside.

I bought a one-way ticket to San Francisco, and am saying goodbye (for now) to the only coast I've known. My family, girlfriend of 5 years, best friends, and dog are all staying behind.

It was easily one of the most difficult decisions I've ever made, but it was the right one. If I passed it up, I would forever regret not taking the chance to live in San Francisco and chase after the career goals I've had for so long.

So, what about Mattermark convinced me to take the leap? I'll start with the company. Look out for a follow-up post on the personal reasons.

A company I believe in

A startup must have certain traits to be worth working for. Mattermark has all of them.

The CEO is a brilliant, scrappy entrepreneur who has the ear of Silicon Valley.

The team is a serious group of ass-kickers. I was floored by everyone I met after my day of interviewing. They didn't just come off as smart, but as legitimately good people. I was pelted with difficult questions to start, but the interview quickly transformed into smiles laughs, and deep discussions whenever a team member heard an intelligent response.

Beyond the talent, Mattermark is a product I love using. At the risk of exposing myself as a nerd, I spent hours researching startups (for fun) when I got my hands on a trial version. I'll have no problem staying at the office late to make sure more people get to have that same experience.

The company is gushed over on Hacker News and TechCrunch. Not to mention, smart money has placed a major bet on Mattermark in the form of a $6.5 million Series A from legendary investor, Brad Feld.

Does Mattermark have a shot at being a monopoly? That one's too be determined, but judging by the responses of Venture Capitalists I spoke to who use the product, I'd say it's moving in the right direction.

All the signs point towards this being a company worth working for. Only time will tell.

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