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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Why NextView Ventures Invested in MealPal

The entire NextView team are personally subscribers to MealPal.  Why?  Because the consumer value-proposition for urban professionals in cities like Boston and New York is so strong.  A subscription plan, the weekday meal service MealPal offers both the convenience of skipping the line to pick up a pre-paid lunch at hundreds of local restaurants AND […]


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Voice Computing in Enterprise: Inside & Out

We have an Amazon Echo in the NextView Ventures office.  Every day I say “good morning” and “good night” to it, and I ask Alexa for my flash news briefing when I walk in the door if I missed it earlier at home.  It answers the regular fact-check from team members and guests alike, as […]



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Making Sense of Startups’ Q4 Results

It’s currently that time of year when startups are holding board meetings to go over their Q4 results and look ahead to the next twelve months of the new year.  The tricky thing is that for a lot of startups, Q4 numbers are an anomaly. Seasonality isn’t just determined by the weather.  It’s derived from […]


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A Personal Voice Computing Map

As we enter 2017 and millions of people received Google Homes and Amazon Dots+Echos as gifts over the holidays, an increasing amount of attention will be placed on Personal Voice Computing.  I’ve recently been on a thematic pursuit exploring this space, and so I recently went looking for a market map to help orient me […]


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Charting the Personal Voice Computing Startup Roadmap

In the three months since I penned my initial blog post on “Ubiquity of Voice and the Venture Opportunity,” I’ve been on a deep dive talking with a wide range of people exploring the “Personal Voice Computing” theme, all the way from entrepreneurs building unique applications for consumers to execs at the large platform companies […]


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Founder-Go-To-Market Fit

The concept of Product-Market Fit, and the process by which startups find it, has been discussed so extensively within the startup ecosystem that it has its own acronym, PMF. Derived from it has been the similar concept of Founder-Market fit – is there a “match between the founder and the problem they are going after”?  My […]



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The Ubiquity of Voice and the Venture Opportunity

Voice is everywhere. People have always used their own voices (supplemented with facial and other movement) as the natural UI for real-time person-to-person communication.  However, while human-to-machine user interfaces have changed and progressed through different paradigms over the decades of computing, voice as one of those until only recently was merely a cute toy which […]


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Atomization of Seed Rounds Part II: Opportunity for Founders & VCs

In my first post in a two part series, I detailed the dynamics in the venture market leading to a current atomization of seed rounds.  Not only has Seed become the new Series A, but the capital path for startups to approach that milestone has become less straightforward.  In this second post, I’ll examine what […]