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Always Ask Twice

This is really simple advice, but I find it remarkably powerful. Always ask twice.  If you get ignored the first time, or hear a “no”, it never hurts to try again when you’ve made more progress.  It’s amazing how far a little persistence can take you. As a simple example, take cold emails.  Of course, […]


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What Sports Produce the Best Entrepreneurs?

I love playing sports (although as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more of a watcher than a doer).  In particular, I love the mental side of sports.  I’m convinced that sports are a great training ground for many different disciplines.  I remember when I was interviewing for Spark, excellence at some sport was an important […]



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Concerns About the JP Morgan Fund

I have to say, I’m puzzled by the JP Morgan Digital Media Growth Fund. I’ll admit, I don’t know anything aside from what I read in the news. But three things stand out. 1. They are playing in arguably the frothiest part of the market, where valuations are really very high. 2. I don’t see […]


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Investor Biases

We all have biases, and I’d claim that it’s especially true for early stage investors.   Most of us rely on “pattern recognition” and experience in our decision-making.  It’s an imperfect art, but a practical one.  We all see many more investment opportunities than we could ever seriously diligence, and so we rely on snap […]


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Why Do So Many Ambitious Companies Happen By Accident?

I’ve been thinking about this topic a while, but these thoughts are only semi-formed. It’s been said recently that there is shortage of truly revolutionary ideas out there.  And I think it’s true.  Most companies I see are working on pretty narrow problems, not that many are really wildly ambitious. As an early stage investor, […]


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Can Investors Really Help Entrepreneurs With Their Product?

There is s dearth of great venture capital or seed stage investors that are really strong “product people”.  That said, I’ve heard investors claim to be “product guys” all the time.  Many have never had any involvement in designing or launching a real internet product, but I guess entrepreneurs just have to take their self […]


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Finding The Perfect Startup Job

My partner David Beisel has an excellent series on his blog about Finding the Perfect Startup job.  I’d recommend it to anyone in the process – he offers both very practical and in some cases, counter-intuitive advice.  Definitely read his series first, but here are a couple additional tips that I find I give folks […]


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A Little Help From Our Friends

When Dave, Lee, and I made the decision to start our own firm, we were relatively quiet at first as our plans needed time to crystallize.  When we did decide to share the news within the entrepreneurial community, the first two people that we spoke to were David Cancel and Brian Shin.  In addition to […]


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Is Your VC Really Committed To Your Seed Round?

A fair bit of ink has been spilled about the detriments of taking seed rounds from large VC funds.  At the same time, there have been some good counterexamples and rebuttals in recent months. As a firm, NextView has invested in rounds with angels, dedicated seed firms, and large scale VC’s.  I am not as […]