As someone browsing the site on a laptop, I hate the experience of clicking on each company's tile at the right most corner for a one line description, and all I get are two links: one link for the mattermark score on the left edge and the other for the company url on the right edge. And this disappears when you click on another company profile. ugh!
Yeah, so for others like me, this  is a better format, although I don't think it has mattermark rankings built in, it has a better interface for users on a laptop/desktop.
Those are just the companies that seem to be solving the same problem in essentially the same way, and not speaking to the broader competitors trying to solve similar problems like analytics, mobile communication, etc. Just those that seem really similar to recent successes. Also, I don't think this is a bad thing. Competition is a net win for productivity, and increasing the number of smart people attacking a problem is a good thing.
This crop seems to be really disappointing. I didn't see a single company with any actual technology, it's all just me-too plus a little spin.
I'd love to tell you more about Ambition... I'll connect via email.
Both look like cool services and I wish either one was available here in Chicago.
I guess it's no big deal. Looking forward to leaving Europe for the next round anyway. With a few exceptions, the higher level VC's here are some of the worst people I've ever met. They literally hate technology.
Early-stage startups are a loosely regulated market. Things get trickier when you're dealing with public companies, or even with very large private companies. The markets are more established, and the potential for anticompetitive behavior is quite real. Some PE groups have started to come under scrutiny for holding corporate-governance-significant equity stakes in two or more firms operating in the same market. And in general, a corporate officer or director of a public company will be deemed to have a conflict of interest if he or she holds a significant position in a competing firm.
Direct quotes from the above
Q: Will you fund multiple startups working on the same idea?
A Yes. If you fund as many companies as we do it's unavoidable you'll end up with some overlap. Even if you tried not to accept competing companies, you'd still get overlap because startups' ideas morph so much. The way we deal with it is that when two startups are working on related stuff, we don't talk to one about what the other's doing.
In practice it has not turned out to be a problem, because most big markets have room for several slightly different solutions, and it's unlikely that two startups would do precisely the same thing."
I personally feel that inbound links, twitter + facebook + linkedin followers don't add all that much to painting a complete picture of the companies that might not be in the "social" space but I feel that if they keep at it long enough and keep iterating, they will eventually figure out how to be less wrong (Even most top VC firms aren't able to consistently pick only winners).