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Traction vs. Product

I’ve had a couple conversations with other investors recently around what a seed stage company needs to achieve to raise a series A. This is something we think a lot about given that we are exclusively seed stage investors, and we’ve written a fair bit about it in the past (see here for a data […]


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Some Thoughts on Jay’s Side Project “Unthinkable”

I wanted to take moment to share some thoughts on a project you may have seen Jay Acunzo, NextView’s VP of platform,working on over the past few months — a show and related projects under an umbrella called Unthinkable. For those who have followed our firm and our team blogs, you know that the idea of craftsmanship is […]


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Choosing Optimism

I just watched the first two episodes of Black Mirror’s season 3 last night. I love the show – it’s totally my flavor of the dystopian fantasy / technology gone wrong genre. But, I find myself a bit tired of the negativity that these shows portray. It’s probably a result of watching this amidst an […]


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Getting Value from Your Angel Investors

Nearly all seed rounds we are a part of include angel investors. In some cases, there are also smaller checks from funds as well that are playing a support role as opposed to a lead role. In almost all of these cases, these smaller investors were included into a syndicate because they “added value” either […]


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The Shape of Traction

We do a fair bit of investing in companies pre-product and spend a lot of time speaking with entrepreneurs before they have found strong product/market fit. The tricky thing about the period before strong PMF is that it’s rare that things are obviously not working.  If you are a smart, competent team building quality products, usually […]


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Quick Post on Post-Money Valuations

When I first started out as a VC nearly 9 years ago, most early stage company valuations were expressed as pre-money valuations. That is, the valuation of the company prior to the investment of new capital. Most term sheets talked about the valuation in these terms, and you added the dollars invested to get a post-money […]


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Doing References on Potential Investors

Raising money is often challenging, and a lot has been written about how to optimize the process to get the most attractive deal with the right investors. But relatively little has been written about actually selecting the “right” investor. When VC’s evaluate a founder or team, they rely heavily on references in their due diligence. […]


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Placing Bets or Making Investments?

Sometimes, I hear people talk about early stage investing in terms of “placing bets”. It’s something that has rubbed me the wrong way for a while. In my first year as a VC, an old colleague of mine remarked that we shouldn’t talk about VC’s “doing deals” but instead, talk about “making investments”. Similarly, I think […]


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The Summer Slowdown

VC’s are notorious for slowing down their activity during the summer. Raising capital in August is a definite no-no, but overall pace and engagement sometimes starts to slide well before that. This year, I’m guessing that the summer slowdown will be the most pronounced than we’ve seen in a while. The soft first quarter VC […]


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The VC Death Trap

Contrary to what one might think, the biggest problem for VCs isn’t making an investment in a company that fails.  All VC’s invest in lots of companies that don’t work out.  It’s a known risk, and the main one everyone thinks about. But this is not typically where VCs really get into trouble. The much […]


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