Microsoft beat earnings expectations yesterday, a win that was partially-predicated on its cloud results. Why do we care? Because the earnings of certain public companies can help us better understand tech startups. For example, the changing value of public cloud companies can help us understand what revenue startups can ultimately expect to command when they debut.
Morning Report: Everyone’s favorite red-charted venture capitalist charted some critical San Francisco startup numbers we need to observe. Redpoint’s Tomasz Tunguz wrote a piece a few days ago that I missed, but it should be highlighted before we head into the weekend. The current tech boom drove a surge in funding for San Francisco-based companies. That rising tide led to (what at least felt like) a rebalancing of tech’s center of gravity away from its traditional Silicon Valley home.
TL;DR: Austin’s Self Lender raises a $5 million Series A after seeing rapid customer growth following a pricing change. This week, Self Lender, a Texas-based startup, announced that it closed a $5 million Series A funding round, led by Silverton Partners and participated in by Deep Space Ventures and Accion Venture Lab. Silverton Partners previously took part in the firm’s $1.5 million seed round back in July 2015.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".