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Non Recurring Revenue Businesses

I’ve been thinking a little about non-recurring revenue businesses.  Particularly, businesses where transactions are large, but infrequent. I’m coming to the belief that these are under-appreciated categories of investment, especially since the gospel of recurring revenue, subscription commerce, and SaaS has been preached in recent years. The basic downsides of these sorts of businesses vs. […]


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Living Forever

I’ve been thinking about our lifespan recently. That sounds grim, but it’s actually not. One thing that spurred this thinking is that my wife’s great aunt just turned 100. She is essentially my wife’s grandmother figure and they are very close. I first met her over 10 years ago when she was turning 90, and […]


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Don’t Pivot, Do the Eurostep

In honor of the NBA Playoffs, I thought I’d sprinkle a little basketball lingo into this post I’ve been thinking about for a while. I think the most dangerous place to be for an early stage, venture funded company to be is where things are “sort-of-working”. When things are totally working, it’s clearly better. When […]


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Saying Farewell to my Favorite Feature

Earlier this week, we got the inevitable news that support for the Sunrise Calendar was coming to an end. This was very bittersweet for the team there, and for me since I was a very avid user and early investor and board member of the company. I’m particularly sad however because I must now say […]


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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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