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Becoming Better

VC’s talk about being value-added partners all the time. It’s a vague way to articulate the kinds of things that VC board members might do, often with fairly indirect or immeasurable impact. Some firms have specific initiatives that are more directly impactful to a founder and their company, especially stuff around recruiting or sales/BD. We […]


Outcomes, Circumstances, and Happiness

I had a profound realization this year that I’m only now reflecting on. It’s been a work in progress, but really culminated this summer when I was on vacation with my family. Every august for the last 6 or 7 years, we’ve spent a week on Martha’s Vineyard and have rented the same house every year. […]


The VC Market – 2015 and 2016

In October, we held our annual Limited Partners meeting at NextView. In addition to reporting on the progress of our funds and the exciting stuff happening with the portfolio, we shared some thoughts on the broader market environment for VC’s and venture backed technology companies. If you tracked the headlines this past year, you would […]


High-Failure Strategies

I’ve been thinking a lot about high-failure strategies. Strangely, I think this may be the single biggest shift in mindset that I’ve experienced over the last 5-7 years. It’s somewhat related to the idea of power-law distributions, but is not exactly the same thing. Here’s the idea. If you are facing a problem, there are […]



Guess what is often the worst slide in an investor deck? For me, it’s the competition slide. At best, it’s a list of competitors plotted in some 2×2 or Harvey-ball chart that isn’t terribly helpful. At worst, it’s hurtful. You’d be surprised how often a competitor slide has tons of players, but not the one […]


New Look, Same Guts

Hey hey, check it out, we recently launched our new NextView website and did a refresh on our brand. The home page and the NextView blog are good starting points to explore. We also now have a dedicated page for exploring our platform of resources focused on helping startups gain traction, found here. Below are a few reflections about having […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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