(terribly hard to view in the blog post IFRAME)
It also can't gauge the most important metric of them all: revenue.
They monetize the service by ad impressions. I can't think of any other ways they can more deeply engage with the audience while monetizing at the same time.
Why does the author's face show up in 5 different images above the fold, on every page on the site? I'm counting byline on the left, header image, 2 tweets, and a drawing of the author on the right. I feel like this is a celebrity web site but I have no idea who this person is so it's weird.
This will likely exacerbate that, so I am interested to see what PG thinks about all of this.
But, if I recall correctly, I distinctly remember PG & gang bristling when they hear this - because they don't want to feed any competition at all.
Well....that's just my impression, as an outsider looking in anyway.
Either way, this is an intriguing concept for sure :)
I'm not sure of an easy data source for that so you might be able to use the Crunchbase api for Total Funding as a first order approximation.(Kind of surprised Crunchbase doesn't have latest valuation / revenue numbers, rumored or real)
On the other hand the one dimensional ranking is not a good idea because the reality is that this doesn't exit. There are many parameters to consider and many of them are not disclosed.
Maybe you could converge interest of Y Combinator startups seeking visibility and high value contacts, and on the other end, people who want to know who the Y Combinator startups are, what they do, where there are at it. Some people might event want to pay a fee for premium information or access to backstage information.
It could be a facebook like server for Y Combinator startups with premium services.
dmor: Would you be OK with us adapting your method, with attribution of course? We would be able to calculate the scores automatically and update them daily.
Just using publicly available data like top 10 social networks, you can see Bump is top 10 in many regions:
The MAU numbers are way off for us (and some others I have a pretty good idea about), so I'm not sure you're measuring anything accurately about mobile, FYI.
- Jamie @ bump
I'm most interested in the companies with very low rankings - however Sheet 2 isn't loading for me.
My methodology depends on research into previous funding rounds and a bit of guesswork, influenced by how the exit is framed. (Is it an acquihire? Or a traditional exit?) The reason I put the H/M/L indications is to be up-front and honest about it. You're correct in that they could be off, but $250million is <25% of the total value of exits that I have recorded.
In some cases I've had insiders e-mail me with details where my estimate is off; in these cases I do correct my figure but keep the original H/M/L indication.
And generally insiders only get in touch with me around my worst valuation errors. :)
It seems like you know how to get more people to contribute data. :)