Rob Go

In search of things new and useful.

Rob Go: 

In search of things new and useful.

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When we started NextView 6 years ago, most seed rounds were relatively small. If a company raised $1M in a seed, that was pretty substantial. Our average round size in our first fund was about $1.2M. Actually, the average in […]

Rob Go
May 2, 2016 · 3  min.

A couple weekends ago, I travelled to Boulder for several days to attend a Reboot Camp with Jerry Colonna, Brad Feld, and a group of other VC’s. Steve Schlafman gave a great rundown on his blog. I wasn’t sure what […]

Rob Go
April 20, 2016 · 2  min.

My biggest frustration as a VC has been that it’s a very negative job.  You say “No” all day long, and it wears you out.  I’ve warned people getting into the industry about this, because in most operating roles, you […]

Rob Go
March 10, 2016 · 1  min.

I’m getting asked every day how the volatility in the market is impacting us at NextView and impacting startup companies overall. I’ve struggled to give an answer I really feel good about, because the answer is that a) I don’t […]

Rob Go
February 29, 2016 · 3  min.

I’m supposed to be on vacation this week, so it may be a mistake to try to bang this blog post out. Oh well. I was talking to a good friend of mine who will be starting an EIR gig […]

Rob Go
February 16, 2016 · 4  min.

Typically, I think of cash in the bank as a means to reduce the risk of a startup. Makes sense – more cash means more runway, more flexibility, and less sensitivity to the near-term capital markets. When markets are good, […]

Rob Go
February 2, 2016 · 3  min.

On Tuesday, I wrote a post to help define pre-seeds and give context to their rise. You can find that here. On Wednesday, my partner David wrote about how we’ve been using our office space (and network and other resources) […]

Rob Go
January 28, 2016 · 7  min.

One very broad category of companies are what I’d call consumer transactional businesses. These are companies that offer consumers a product or service (or both) that they are paid for (as opposed to consumer audience businesses that are monetized through advertising). Most […]

Rob Go
January 21, 2016 · 5  min.

Some markets are obviously very big. Curing cancer? Health Insurance? Food delivery? Very big. But many markets seem niche. This is true of both consumer and business facing companies. When most startups are created, they seem to be going after […]

Rob Go
January 12, 2016 · 2  min.

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 […]

Rob Go
December 7, 2015 · 2  min.