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What’s With All This “Ethos” Stuff at NextView?

Since we founded NextView in 2010, one unusual thing that we have always had on our site has been some representation of our Ethos. These are a handful of phrases that reflect some of our core beliefs about how we wanted to operate as a firm and interface with founders and the startup community at […]


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Why We Added “Hunger” Into Our VC Firm’s Ethos

As many of you may know, we sprinkle some of the core tenets of our firm’s ethos on the NextView website, and they often come up in conversations offline. My partners and I have blogged about some of these individual beliefs over the years, but one that we haven’t really discussed until now is HUNGRY. Investors […]


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Three Not So Obvious Learnings from 8 Years in VC

Around this time 8 years ago, I joined Spark Capital and started this chapter of my career in Venture Capital.  About three years later, I started NextView with Dave and Lee.  I knew very little about VC when I started, and as the old adage goes, the more I learn, the more I realize I […]


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Market Size

The number 2 more frequent reason why VC’s pass on an investment opportunity is some version of “it’s not big enough“. For a VC to generate a great fund-level return, they need to invest in companies that have billions of dollars of enterprise value. In order to do that, most VC’s decide that each one […]


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On Zirtual, the Market, and Back to the Future

It’s been an interesting few weeks in the startup world.  The chatter around Zirtual quickly moved on to the market correction and general nervousness all around. During this time, I happened to catch the second half of Back To The Future II on TV (yes, I still watch normal TV now and then).  This made me […]


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Announcing Our Investment in Scratch

I’m really excited to announce our recent investment in Scratch.  You can read some coverage here. The problem that Scratch is solving is something that is quite near and dear to my heart. Since I’ve worked in the consumer internet space, I’ve been interested in the problem of product discovery. How do you select from […]


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Voice

I’m starting to get really interested in voice as a major computing interface. Prior to my Apple Watch, I rarely ever used Siri. But I find I’ve been using voice more and more, and my experiences with the Echo and the rise of more apps that utilize a conversational interface make me pretty excited about […]


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Diligence

When an investor “does work” on a potential investment, it usually means engaging in some form of due diligence. One of my favorite VC sayings is from an investor that has said that “due diligence is something VC’s do very studiously when they want to kill a deal”. I’ve often quoted this, half joking, half […]


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Getting Beneath the Surface

I find that almost all startups look much worse beneath the surface than they first appear. I think this is particularly true of stuff with hyper-growth or really impressive top-line numbers. It’s also particularly true as founders have become more adept at telling their stories and communicating what they’ve done and what they plan to […]


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Welcoming Tim Devane to the NextView Team!

Dave, Lee, Jay, and I are really excited to announce that Tim Devane has joined our team!  Tim is a Principal with NextView and is our first team member based full-time in New York. Since the founding of NextView, we’ve been excited about the New York market and a big chunk of our portfolio is […]


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