Why Genuine VC?

I mentioned in my last post that, I am a venture capitalist. I have been an entrepreneur, and hope to return to wearing an entrepreneur’s hat again in the future. But for now, I am a VC. And I love it – it’s a great job to have.

But what about “genuine?” Why include that word in the title of this blog?

There are different three levels to the meaning of genuine that pertain to this site:

1. Valid & True: One a fundamental level, the facts about my own background and the topics I write about will be entirely correct to the best of my knowledge.
2. Applicable & Relevant: The thoughts conveyed will relate to venture capital, entrepreneurship, and technology-enabled change. My hope is that they will be applicable to others and relevant to present scene.
3. Open & Authentic: Most importantly, my expressions will be an authentic and faithful reflection of my own real beliefs and opinions. They may not necessarily prove out to be correct – in fact many will not – but they will be an accurate reflection of my current thinking. I’m going to call it like I see it, without any sugarcoating. More on this important subject in future, but the bottom line is that I try both here and in my life to be sincere and open without any undue outside influences or motives.

My thoughts here will be genuine. I myself strive to be genuine. I like working with and for other people that are genuine. I’ve only ever tried to hire people that are genuine. And I want to help find and build companies with other genuine entrepreneurs.

David Beisel

David Beisel is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. He has been focused on early stage Internet startups his entire career, both as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. As an investor in the digital media space, David was most recently a Vice President at Venrock and previously a Principal at Masthead Venture Partners. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, David co-founded Sombasa Media, an e-mail marketing company best known for its flagship product BargainDog. Sombasa was successfully acquired by About.com where David served as Vice President of Marketing. David holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University. He also founded and leads the Boston Innovators Group, an organization which holds quarterly entrepreneur events drawing a thousand attendees.

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