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The Unexpected Benefits of Random Change

I had a meal with a friend of mine a few weeks ago who had been in a bit of a funk for the last year or so.  He has two young kids that take up a lot of time and he does great but emotionally exhausting work (he’s an oncologist).  I noticed that he […]


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What Have I Not Asked That I Should Be Asking?

Very quick follow-up post to my article on Techcrunch. There was a discussion between @joshelman and @pingupceo who brought up a question that he was recently asked that goes: “What have I not asked that I should be asking?” Josh mentioned that this is something that he asks often, and my partner Dave asks this […]


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Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing

A problem that I often see founders and investors make is to project their opinion on new products and ideas without really giving them a shot themselves. I see this happen in particular when something comes out that is threatening to one’s own efforts or one’s way of seeing the world. I do this myself.  I’m […]


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Technology Leverage

I hosted a group of HBS students in a tour of startups in downtown Boston a couple weeks ago. It was a fun trek, that had us visit Dataxu, Localytics, and near-unicorn DraftKings.  We ended the trek chatting  with Paul English, the co-founder of Kayak at his venture foundry Blade. It was great to hear the inside […]


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Congratulations to Jay our VP of Platform

I’m excited to announce that we have promoted Jay Acunzo to Vice President of Platform at NextView. When we hired Jay to be Boston’s first VC head of platform, we were super excited about what we thought he could do for the NextView portfolio and broader tech community. That said, it was an amorphous role […]


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Feeling Blessed

I’m feeling particularly blessed today. And it’s not just because it’s Good Friday. Nancy has been traveling a bunch the last month. I think she was gone 14 nights in the past 30 days. It was pretty tough with my own travel schedule, but we got through it and am really glad that she’s back […]


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Disrupting Gillette

I found myself giving a couple different personal care companies a try recently. One was Harry’s, and the other was Walker & Co. These experiments stemmed not from my dissatisfaction with my current product (a Gillette Fusion pro-glide), but my general interest in disruptive innovation. I am coming at this question from an interesting perspective. […]


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Capital as a Weapon, Not Oxygen

I find the most successful fundraises are ones where founders treat capital as a weapon, not as oxygen. If capital is like Oxygen, the conversation focuses on what might go wrong. Will your numbers and assumptions hold up? Will new risks blow up your model or the quality of your service? What unforeseen challenges might make […]


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Unicorns Don’t Exist

There is something so funny and also so appropriate about all this talk about Unicorn companies. I’m not the first person to say that the proliferation of $1B+ valued startups is a signal of an overheated late stage market. Yet, there continues to be so much fanfare and excitement about all of these unicorn companies. […]


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People Matching

When entrepreneurs think about approaching VC’s to cultivate a relationship for a round, they often try to match their company with what the VC has funded in the past.  It’s pretty rational.  That investor should both know more about the sector than the next person, and should have an inclination to invest in that sector […]


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