Communicating and Connecting with Readers in 2006

Probably the most rewarding (and unexpected) benefit of blogging has been the interaction and communication with some of the people who read my blog. One of my favorite daily activities is to read the comments to a post and hear what others are thinking about a particular topic or opinion. And it’s always a treat when I find an incoming e-mail with a more detailed comment about a post, a pitch for a startup in a space in which I’ve been writing, or link/suggestion for further reading and thinking.

The most meaningful communications with readers (and other fellow bloggers), however, have been connecting in person – whether it’s during a conference (like Web2.0 back in October), at a meetup event (like the Boston Web Innovators Group event in November), or when entrepreneurs/readers have presented to us here at Masthead. Over the past year or so of blogging, I’ve been introduced and started many mutually rewarding relationships through this medium.

As such, my new year’s (blogging) resolution is to be more engaging to comments by further commenting in the conversation in my posts and to be as responsive as I can to your e-mails. So, a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been a reader in 2005 – I am looking forward to getting to know you better in this new year (both online and off).

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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