The recently updated features of new LinkSViewer 1.3 allows new ways to explore university ties. Allow me to provide some examples of Haas Business School at UC Berkeley on (1) Haas multiple management team ties; (2) Haas CEOs; (3) Roost CEO and Haas-Alum. Alex Chang ties; (4) Accenture, Tube Mogul, Delivery Agent, & Clorox Haas Clusters ; (5) Two Large Haas Clusters; and (6) Berkeley, Stanford, & Cornell Haas Clusters.
We recently released the LinkSViewer 1.3
Here is a list of what’s new:
- New Information on Maps: Education, Background, Current Affiliations
- Controls Tab: Multiple combinations, Collapse nodes, Link Cleaner
- Smart Default Tabs: Relational 1st degrees, Background maps, Cluster Maps
- Updated search features: School results, Experience results
Below are a few example map links and brief descriptions (WebLinks open up FreeView map in a new window):
The Forbes Richest 400 Alumni Networks Quiz (by Dean Krikorian, Ph.D.)
GroupScope and Spresent partnered with Forbes.com to deliver the Forbes 400 Viewer, which maps network affiliations between the richest Americans that attended Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale Universities (The Top 4 Universities on the Forbes 400). The Forbes 400 Viewer is a flexible Flash interface that displays relationships that are not readily apparent to the end user. This blog post illustrates some of these key relationships in a 10-question multiple choice quiz format. See how much you know about universities ties of the richest Americans. This is a fairly difficult test (as an ex-Cornell prof. who was known for having <70% median scores on multiple choice exams): Score 8-10 and consider yourself a Forbes Expert; Score 6-7 and consider yourself as passing. On with the questions...answers at end:
1. What degree is most popular for Harvard alumni on the list?
2. What degree is most popular for Yale alumni on the list?
3. In which state do most Yale alumni on the list currently reside?
B. New York
4. What two Universities have the most co-alumni?
A. Harvard and Princeton
B. Harvard and Yale
C. Harvard and Stanford
D. Princeton and Stanford
5. What company has the most Investments (>5% Stake) from list member alumni in the Top 4 Universities?
D. Berkshire Hathaway
6. What University has the most co-alumni with Harvard University?
D. University of Pennsylvania
7. Which University has the most Self made list members in the Finance industry?
8. Which University has the most Inherited and Growing list members in the Oil/Gas industry?
9. What is the state residence for the most Top 4 University list members under the age of 60?
A. New York
10. What University has the most Self made list members with Wealth over $2 Billion under the age of 50?
Building upon the previous post, I now examine recent SV-company investor activity. The feature is accessible to registered users from our new home page at http://linksviewer.com/home. There are some differences between investor and company activity maps which I will highlight in this post.
Example 1: I am interested in recent investor activity in 1st round SV-companies the Internet sector (let’s say I was an investor who wants to keep abreast of other investor activity). Who were the most active investors over the past 3 months in funding Internet sector start-ups?
From the LinkSViewer home page, I started at the Search Most Active Investor Networks and from each pull-down menus I selected All Investors, 1st Round, 7 days, 3 Months, and Internet Sector, and clicked on Show Results. The results returned 8 matching investors (Shasta Ventures, Jeff Clavier, Ron Conway, Emergence Capital, Greylock, Khosla, NEA, and Redpoint), listing the number of investments in this time period, name of investor, and total number of investments. At this point I can select any combination of the results in displaying the map. For this example, I selected all of the investors (Clicking on the first entry and then holding the shift key on the last entry) and clicked Show Relational map.
Relational Map of Most Active Investors in 1st Round SV Internet companies over the past 3 months. Notes: (1) Conway and Clavier both invested in Kaboodle; (2) Redpoint and Greylock both invested in Oodle; (3) Emergence and Shasta both invested in Lithium Tech.; and (4) NEA and Shasta are linked by Nikhyl Singhal (SayNow Founder & Teracent Board advisor). (Source: LinkSV.com)
We recently integrated a new feature that allows registered users to quickly identify Silicon Valley capital activity (we actually unveiled this at the Launch Silicon Valley event on June 5). The feature is accessible from our newly designed home page at http://linksviewer.com/home, which also provides access to a wide array of (free) sample maps. To illustrate the utility of activity searches (updated daily), a couple of scenarios can help identify how this new feature can be used:
- What companies recently received funding? (Focus of this post)
- What investors have been recently active? (Next post)
Example 1: I am interested in recent SV-funded companies (let’s say I was on vacation). Who was funded in the past week?
From the LinkSViewer home page, I started at the Search Recent Funding Networks and from each pull-down menus I selected All Rounds, 7 days, and All Sectors, and clicked on Show Results. Very handy/time-saving. The results returned 8 companies (DVC Labs, Eye-Fi, iKoa, Luminescent, M-Factor, Roxro Pharma, Silver Spring Networks, & Telltale Games), listing the company name, number of investors, and funding date. At this point I can select any combination of the results in displaying the map. For this example, I selected DVC Labs and Eye-Fi (clicking on the DVC Labs and holding onto the Ctrl key while clicking on Eye-Fi) and clicked Show Relational map.
Relational Map of DVC Labs and Eye-Fi. Notes: (1) the board interlock between Larry Orr (Trinity Ventures) and Carl Showalter (Opus Capital): Orr sits on the board of DVC Labs, Showalter sits on the board of Eye-Fi, and they both sit on the board of Identity Engines; (2) DVC Labs has two VC investors, Matrix & Trinity - they were also one of five investors in Aruba Networks, a recently successful IPO.
LinkSViewer 1.2 has the ability to search and view recent Silicon Valley funding activity. This post demonstrates the how, what, and whys of this feature. For this example, I was interested in 1st round Internet Sector companies that received funding in March, 2007. I mapped these companies together and then filtered for companies that only received funding in the past year.
1st Round SV Internet Companies Recent Activity Relational Map. Large blue boxes indicate Internet start-up (1st round) companies that were funded in March, 2007. Small blue boxes indicate all Internet companies that were funded in March, 2006 or later. The goal is to map recent activity in the SV Internet Sector.
Another new feature to LinkSViewer 1.2 is the Exclude Target Node check box. This feature can help reduce the clutter from busy maps by removing the dependence on the targeted node. This feature can be illustrated using the example of Mohr, Davidow Ventures strong ties. The purpose here is to identify the strong ties of Mohr Davidow with other VC firms: Who do they co-invest with the most (at least 3 active co-investments)? What active companies are tied to these strong-tie co-investors? We set the MinLink to 3 to indicate only those investors that are tied to 3 or more active deals with Mohr Davidow and Dropped Pendants. The resultant Investor Relational Map is below.
We recently updated LinkSViewer to include LinkSV people profile information. The people profiles, company summaries, and investment firm summaries are also now all available from the Information Window in LinkSViewer (which we spruced up a bit). This should improve the functionality of the site and speed up the navigation process for users.
By double-clicking on any person node in the map, their LinkSV.com profile pops up in a new window. The profile allows immediate access LinkSV’s Web-accessible information on their background, boards, and investments. It also links to other available information such as their Web bio, company Website + address, LinkedIn record, and Jigsaw contact information. Here is an Example LinkSV Profile (full-screen).
Double click on a person (board or management team member) the next time you map, it should be useful. More new stuff to come…