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Things I’m Thinking About As We Approach 2017

I don’t love prediction posts typically, but I suppose this is one of them. I started out writing about a couple things I’ve been observing that I think will end up coming to greater fruition in 2017. Next thing you know, I had a 2017 prediction post 🙂 So, here are three fairly unrelated things […]


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Quick Thoughts on Term Sheets and LOIs

This is something that isn’t that obvious to founders, so I thought I’d write a quick post. When a VC invests in a startup, the two parties usually sign a term sheet that lays out the major terms of the investment round. This is usually followed by several weeks or longer of legal due diligence. […]


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How VC’s Source

One question I get surprisingly often is “how do you find companies to invest in?”. Surprisingly, this isn’t just an LP kind of question, I actually get this a lot from founders or even just friends who are not directly involved in the startup community.  I did a session with the partners of the Dorm […]


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Don’t Be Slippery

All investors are allergic to certain things. One of those things for me (and many investors I know) is what I’ll describe as slippery-ness. When we make an investment, we enter into a long term relationship with founders. The business may change. Things may unfold in unexpected ways. But through the journey, you hope that […]


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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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