GenuineVC David Beisel's Perspective on Digital Change

I am a cofounder and Partner at NextView Ventures, a dedicated seed-stage venture capital firm making investments in internet-enabled startups.  My focus is to work with founding entrepreneurs looking for additional capital and expertise to help build great digital media & internet companies.

I am also founder and organizer of the Web Innovators Group, an organization which holds quarterly events which bring together nearly a thousand people in the web and mobile entrepreneurial ecosystem.  I currently serve on the Board of Directors at BlogHer, a women’s-focused blogging community and media network.  In addition, I actively blog at

Prior to NextView, I was a Vice President at Venrock, an early stage VC firm originally established as the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family.  While at Venrock, I served on the boards of portfolio investments Second Rotation (aka Gazelle) and BlogHer, and was actively involved with the firm’s investment in Appnexus.

Previously as a Principal at Masthead Venture Partners, I helped lead an investment inExpo TV, and was an integral member of the investment team for Tremor Media, Intercasting (acquired by Good Technology), TripConnect, and NewsGator.

Additionally, I co-founded Sombasa Media, an e-mail marketing company best known for its flagship product BargainDog.  Sombasa was successfully acquired by About Inc., which was soon after acquired by Primedia (NYSE: PRM).  Our group became the About Direct division of Primedia, where I served as Vice President of Marketing.  While in that role, I led the marketing team responsible for the company’s e-mail newsletter product suite, managed the division’s customer relationship operations, and coordinated related business development activities.

I’ve also worked as a management consultant at The Parthenon Group and in product management at Adobe Systems.

My educational background includes an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University.

On a personal note, in the past I’ve completed a 1,500mi unsupported solo cycling journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats (UK), worked at Vail resort as a children’s ski instructor, and served as a volunteer mentor in the wonderful IHAD program.

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     - 15 hours ago
    @galenmoore Pole Position… loved that game