CD$ Explained

We released a chart with the ranking and Cdling Scores of the 25 judges for Jason Calacanis' Launch Conference.

Then Forbes' Pulitzer-prize winning journalist George Anders asked us to use Cdling Scores to compare the startup funding influence of the established "PayPal Mafia" and the emerging Facebook Friends.

Dig deeper, though, and Cdling brings intriguing visibility to the rest of the Silicon Valley ecosystem.” George Anders, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Startups’ Best Patrons, Forbes, Mar. 8, 2012.

What a great response to the early release of Cdling Scores that have emerged from our analysis of over 6,500 California startups representing $65-billion in investment.  As we move into beta, we will release Cdling Scores for the top 20,000+ experts, investors and founders in California and with plans to rate more than 20 city/regions globally.

Cdling Scores are a measure of influence across the startup funding ecosystem.  You can think of the method as a kind of Page Rank for experts, investors and founding teams that is rooted in their startup co-investments not their social media presence.

Based on the scores, we allocate our reputational currency called CD$ (that is a twitter friendly spelling of "seeds"). 

We realize that CrunchBase does not have all of the information on all startups. We have also use Thomson Reuters data and moving forward we will take a far more comprehensive approach.

When we do not have enough data on someone to rank them or rank them accurately we call it a transparency gap.  As soon as we can get the data, we can add more CD$ to the individual's rating if appropriate.

We think this is great way to illustrate how our Cdling Scores will enable potential collaborators to quickly understand players' real world experiences.  Enabling the establishment of trust faster, and just like a FICO report, enable smoother, faster commerce.

Feel free to down load the MONEYBALL: Influence in Seed Investing Chart below.
Michael Cayley,
Mar 4, 2012, 9:24 PM