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An Uplifting Win

I was very pleased to see that “This is Us” was nominated for 11 Emmy’s and that Sterling Brown won the award for Best Actor in a drama series. This is Us was my favorite show in the last year and I’ve been encouraging my friends to watch it for a while. I enjoyed it […]


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Seeds and Pre-Seeds: History is Repeating Itself

As the atomization of seed has become more mature, it is increasingly clear that history is repeating itself. What I mean is that the things that played when seed VC became institutionalized is beginning to happen in the pre-seed market. And the words I am hearing from seed investors are nearly identical to the things […]


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Splitting vs. Expanding the Pie: Thoughts on the New Early-Stage VCs in Boston

Recently, I’ve been spending a fair bit of time with a number of the new early-stage investors in Boston. There are a lot of new folks in the space. Just last week, Axios announced that Stephen Marcus is raising a fund called Riot Ventures and Term Sheet announced that Nilanjana Bhowmik from Longworth will be joining Converge. In […]


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What Are Your Valuation Expectations?

One question I know investors sometimes ask founders is “what are your valuation expectations for this round?” It’s a tricky question to answer because you kind of can’t win either way. If you say something that is around market, you are somewhat negotiating against yourself.  Why anchor yourself low when the market drives the price […]


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What We Talk About When We Talk About Companies

A big chunk of our time as VC is spent on internal discussions about companies we are looking at.   We believe strongly that when making investment decisions, it’s important to score opportunities quantitatively but make decisions based on conviction. What this means is that we take quite a few votes and measurements from each team […]


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Boxes vs. Conveyor Belts

Commerce businesses are notoriously difficult for a number of reasons.  Multiples in this category are usually pretty low, due to low margins, capital intensity, and competitive rivalry.  Also, Amazon has made it such that consumers are accustomed to fast, free shipping, great service, free returns, and other things that are super costly to deliver on […]


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Welcoming Ginny Mineo to the NextView Team!

Our entire team at NextView is very pleased to announce that Ginny Mineo will be joining us as Director of Platform. Ginny comes to us from HubSpot, where she had a tremendous impact on the company in a variety of ways. Most recently, she led the team responsible for growing their successful podcast audience and […]


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How Important Is The Idea?

I was on a panel last week with some friends in the VC and angel ecosystem. One thing that gets repeated often (that I generally agree with) is that ideas are a dime a dozen. As investors, we tend to value the grit and tenacity of a founder and their commitment to solving a problem more […]


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Should Your Have A Lifecycle VC In Your Seed Round?

Although seed investing has become increasingly the domain of specialized seed funds, large lifecycle VC’s continue to participate as well.  In the last three investments I’ve made, there has either been a lifecycle VC involved or one was interested but didn’t end up being part of the syndicate. There has been a bunch written about the signalling […]


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Getting A VC Job

I get asked a lot about how to get one’s start in the VC industry. I have a somewhat standard response, but realized that I never put it into a blog post.  So, here it is. FYI – this is tuned towards an individual who is still in the relatively early stages of their career. […]