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The Trend Back Towards Smaller Seed Rounds

When we started NextView 6 years ago, most seed rounds were relatively small. If a company raised $1M in a seed, that was pretty substantial. Our average round size in our first fund was about $1.2M. Actually, the average in the first half of the fund was quite a bit lower, but during this period […]


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Reboot

A couple weekends ago, I travelled to Boulder for several days to attend a Reboot Camp with Jerry Colonna, Brad Feld, and a group of other VC’s. Steve Schlafman gave a great rundown on his blog. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, and I honestly wasn’t sure what I thought on the way […]


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VC is About Saying “Yes”

My biggest frustration as a VC has been that it’s a very negative job.  You say “No” all day long, and it wears you out.  I’ve warned people getting into the industry about this, because in most operating roles, you end up saying yes much more often, and you feel like you are doing something […]


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Dealing With a Tough Market

I’m getting asked every day how the volatility in the market is impacting us at NextView and impacting startup companies overall. I’ve struggled to give an answer I really feel good about, because the answer is that a) I don’t have a crystal ball that tells and future and b) how I feel about the […]


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Why EIR’s Have a Tough Time Finding a Company to Start

I’m supposed to be on vacation this week, so it may be a mistake to try to bang this blog post out. Oh well. I was talking to a good friend of mine who will be starting an EIR gig at a very good VC firm shortly. We were talking about what to expect and how […]


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Goldilocks Capital Raises

Typically, I think of cash in the bank as a means to reduce the risk of a startup. Makes sense – more cash means more runway, more flexibility, and less sensitivity to the near-term capital markets. When markets are good, the conventional advice has been to take that advantage to raise as much capital as […]


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How We Think About Pre-Seeds at NextView

On Tuesday, I wrote a post to help define pre-seeds and give context to their rise. You can find that here. On Wednesday, my partner David wrote about how we’ve been using our office space (and network and other resources) to support pre-seed companies. Today, we continue our look a this trend by getting more […]


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Better, Cheaper, More Convenient

One very broad category of companies are what I’d call consumer transactional businesses. These are companies that offer consumers a product or service (or both) that they are paid for (as opposed to consumer audience businesses that are monetized through advertising). Most consumer transactional businesses offer some combination of three value propositions. 1. Better. The product or […]


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The Niche Pitch

Some markets are obviously very big. Curing cancer? Health Insurance? Food delivery? Very big. But many markets seem niche. This is true of both consumer and business facing companies. When most startups are created, they seem to be going after niche markets. Sometimes, these companies do go on to be huge huge businesses. Maybe what […]


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Becoming Better

VC’s talk about being value-added partners all the time. It’s a vague way to articulate the kinds of things that VC board members might do, often with fairly indirect or immeasurable impact. Some firms have specific initiatives that are more directly impactful to a founder and their company, especially stuff around recruiting or sales/BD. We […]


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