16 Startup Metrics

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Understanding startups metrics–and also, how to not commit fraud when raising money.

Andreessen Horowitz

We have the privilege of meeting with thousands of entrepreneurs every year, and in the course of those discussions are presented with all kinds of numbers, measures, and metrics that illustrate the promise and health of a particular company. Sometimes, however, the metrics may not be the best gauge of what’s actually happening in the business, or people may use different definitions of the same metric in a way that makes it hard to understand the health of the business.

So, while some of this may be obvious to many of you who live and breathe these metrics all day long, we compiled a list of the most common or confusing metrics. Where appropriate, we tried to add some notes on why investors focus on those metrics. Ultimately, though, good metrics aren’t about raising money from VCs — they’re about running the business in a way where founders know how…

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A Must Have Show for Your Grateful Dead Collection

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Exactly a month before yours truly was hatched in Atlanta way back in the Dark Ages, The Grateful Dead were up in Boston, performing this classic, epic show at The Ark. They were on sort of an East coast tour, at the time, with Woodstock coming up in August. The actual day of my birth they played at a Seminole Village down in Florida not too far away, and it was an amazing, weird show. Even moreso than usual for the time.

The audio quality on this is spectacular.

Set 1:
d1t01 – Introduction
d1t02 – He Was A Friend Of Mine
d1t03 – Dark Star ->
d1t04 – St. Stephen ->
d1t05 – It’s A Sin ->
d1t06 – St. Stephen ->
d1t07 – Cryptical Envelopment ->
d1t08 – Drums ->
d1t09 – The Other One ->
d1t10 – Cryptical Envelopment ->
d1t11 – Sittin’ On Top Of The World ->
d1t12 – Turn On Your Lovelight

Set 2:
d2t01 – Morning Dew
d2t02 – Hard To Handle
d2t03 – Doin’ That Rag
d2t04 – Alligator ->
d2t05 – Drums ->
d2t06 – Jam ->
d2t07 – The Eleven ->
d2t08 – Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) ->
d2t09 – Feedback ->
d2t10 – And We Bid You Good Night

Encore:
d3t01 – Not Fade Away tease
d3t02 – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue