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Archived Since:January 21, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Unusual Rounds of Early-Stage Funding & What to Know

This is an excerpt from the original post, found on NextView’s blog, The View From Seed, launched this week. Find the original post here. As the VC seed market has institutionalized, especially over the past five years, there has emerged...Show More Summary

What I Learned from the TapCommerce Founders

In every single venture investment I’m involved with here at NextView Ventures, I learn a lot from the Founders of their company.  But in the particular case of our portfolio company TapCommerce, which yesterday announced its acquisition...Show More Summary

Seed Round Signaling Revisited: Myths, Truths, & Half-Lies

It’s been five years now since large VC ‘signaling’ entered the seed stage entrepreneur’s lexicon.  Yet even today, whether or not to take a (relatively) small check in a seed round syndicate from a multi-hundred million or even billion dollar fund is still a decision which takes quite a bit of consideration and sometimes consternation.  […]

Getting Back the Band Together for NextView’s Investment in BookBub

Just about fifteen years ago, Josh Schanker and I, along with our co-founders Elliot Shmukler and Tammy O’Neil Bolduc started Sombasa Media together.  Our company offered a series of consumer-facing properties, including our flagship property BargainDog, which was an early e-commerce daily deals email newsletter.  Over the course of a couple short years, we grew […]

Our Newest NextView Team-Member: Jay Acunzo

Rob, Lee, and I couldn’t be more excited to share that as of Monday, Jay Acunzo has joined NextView as our Director of Platform and Community. Jay joins us from HubSpot, where he was a senior manager on the marketing team, specifically leading the blog and content strategy. In his Boston-based career, he’s also worked […]

Four Winning Strategies from Series Seed to Series A

A couple years ago, my partner Lee penned a blog post about the milestone benchmarks for startups raising a Series A round of financing.  The five conditions for a Series A financing which he enumerated are: a core team ready to scale, demonstrable market size, repeatable cost effective customer acquisition, metric momentum, and plausible monetization. […]

Never Raising Capital Ever Again

Fairly often entrepreneurs will pitch investing in their seed-stage company, and it starts sounding great… interesting market… great team… notable early traction… until we arrive at the financials + fundraising slide and the projections state that this round of Seed financing is planned to be their last. Sometimes it’s even presented as an additional feature […]

Director of Platform & Community

My partner Rob wrote bit more on his blog about our motivations for adding our first new team member at NextView Ventures — a Director of Platform and Community.  All three of us are excited to expand our efforts and are currently in the process of seeking an exceptional individual to fill a unique role […]

The VC Fundraising Timing Paradox

I’ve commonly heard entrepreneurs recite some version of “I don’t want to waste too much time fundraising because it will distract me from building my business, so I’ll only talk to a few potential funders.”  The idea is that a couple of highly-qualified VC conversations will follow the 80/20 rule of a “good enough” financing […]

Pull the Plug or Keep Searching for the Believer? When Fundraising is Tough.

My partners and I at NextView talk a lot about how fundraising is about finding the true believers rather than convincing the skeptics.  The energy that it takes persuading someone who starts with a bias not to invest is much better suited searching for additional prospects who want to believe in what you’re building.  We’ve […]

(First Annual?) List of Go-To Early-Stage Service Providers in the NextView Ventures Boston Portfolio

Recently, we surveyed our Boston-based NextView portfolio Founder/CEOs asking them about which service provider firms they’ve been using. The goal was to assemble data in order to share it back to our portfolio companies (especially the newer ones) so that they didn’t have to recreate the wheel in determining a short-list of firms to talk [...]

A Special Web Innovators Group Next Monday – Mobile Growth Masters

Mobile is changing the world. As a startup-tech industry, we’ve been talking about it coming right around the corner for well over a decade. And now, it’s actually happening. Really happening. I am not going to spend time in a blog post detailing figures & charts about this mega-trend which will astound you, despite the [...]

Our Investment in tapCommerce is the Real Deal

It isn’t a secret that there is a huge platform shift underway as consumers transition from the desktop web to mobile + tablet devices. Yet when you look at actual the figures, it’s truly astounding: this year mobile e-commerce sales will be triple that of what it was just a short time ago in 2011, [...]

Myth Busters: Debunking Seven Conventional Wisdom Maxims of Venture Capital

Compared to most other areas of finance, venture capital is practiced as more of an art, as opposed to a science. For that reason, it’s often said that VCs learn the business best through an apprenticeship model, under the wing of a more experienced pro. The art of venture capital also means that for entrepreneurs [...]

Driving to Conviction (Not to a Term Sheet)

Posts in the blogosphere, conversation on panels of/about VCs, etc. all talk about the best way for entrepreneurs to optimize their fundraising process with the end-goal of receiving a term sheet. It’s often spoken as if the second that magical term sheet document is in hand, the process is over. Unfortunately, that’s an oversimplification which [...]

Startups Seeking Sherpas

After we sold our startup Sombasa Media just over a dozen years ago, I embarked on two distinct “journeys.” The first was a month-long 1500+ mile cycling trip from the southern tip of England to the northern tip of Scotland (“Land’s End to John O’Groats”). The second was a trip where we hiked the “Inca [...]

Why I Like Our Investment in Triple Lift

The web has become increasingly visual. Of course the same broadband penetration trends which catapulted the rise of online video over the previous decade also empowered delivery of image-heavy web pages. But more importantly and more recently, the proliferation of high-resolution screens epitomized by Apple’s Retina display means that today’s web browsing experience can be [...]

Back to School – VC Homework Assignments

VCs like to give out homework. They won’t call it that, though. But rather they use words like “diligence” and “information requests.” Just like in school, the homework can actually be productive, as in this case it can lead to a new customer or advisor. But just like bad teachers did in grade school, VCs [...]

Do Startup Location Matters Even Matter?

About a year ago, I wrote a post about how office space is the face of a startup – it communicates both an outward message and provides insight into what’s going on underneath, as the physical environment in which startup employees work inevitably match the company’s story and culture. Recently I’ve been thinking that it’s not [...]

Are We Entering 2013 in Crunch-Mode?

Happy New Year and welcome to 2013. According to all of the blogosphere chatter over the past month, seed-funded internet startups are entering this year gearing up for the now-near-infamous Series A Crunch. The CB Insights report specifically which came out just before the holidays put a bright light on the supply-demand imbalance of the [...]

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