Excited to Co-Found a New Micro VC Firm

I thought I would share a quick update on my blog about my professional plans.  With the support and encouragement of my Venrock colleagues, I am pleased to share that I am moving on to co-found a new Micro VC firm focused on seed internet investments.

I am excited to remain on the Board of Directors for Venrock’s portfolio company BlogHer.  I believe that the company is dramatically changing the face of women’s-focused media with an authentic & powerful community of bloggers, and I am happy to continue to be a part of that endeavor as it grows.

In addition, I will also continue to independently operate the Web Innovators Group.  It’s been amazing to facilitate an event which has grown from a couple of us gathering informally in a Cambridge bar to become the “the biggest ongoing tech gathering in town.”  Thanks to the support of our current sponsors Microsoft NERD, Gesmer Updegrove, and Silicon Valley Bank, the event will not only continue to thrive but also evolve.  The next gathering to be held on September 13th, and I’ll post the registration page soon.

My new partners, Rob Go and Lee Hower, and I are very enthusiastic about starting our new firm, NextView Ventures.  The three of us believe that there is a compelling market opportunity on the east coast for a new seed-stage venture capital firm for founders starting internet-enabled businesses.  We too are entrepreneurs at the very earliest stages of starting; as things coalesce we’ll announce the details and launch.  To the extent you’re interested in learning more, I’m happy to connect personally on it.  Stay tuned for more to come.

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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