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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 […]


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Atomization of Seed Rounds Part I: An Explanation

When we first started NextView Ventures in 2010, we did so because we recognized that there was an underserved need for seed-stage capital particularly along the east coast between Boston and New York.  And during that time, the venture market has evolved to a point where “Seed is the New Series A.”  However, not only has […]


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VC Decisions: Eye of the Beholder or a Different Lens?

An intangible and qualitative judgement process is the core of a VC firm’s decision to invest in one startup vs another. My partner Rob Go has tried to deconstruct and demystify this effort and has even created a VC decision tree outlining our thought-process at NextView Ventures for making seed stage investments. Fundamentally, all early […]


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7 Golden Rules for High Consideration Commerce Startups

Consumers are increasingly purchasing goods and services online which take more than a few minutes of reflection. Items like cars, clothes, jewelry, mattresses, eyeglasses, and even small home renovations are given more consideration because the absolute costs are higher. They also take up more space in a person’s life and home, can often be unique […]


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Using the NextView Offices to Support Pre-Seed Startups

The NextView Ventures offices have changed a lot since we switched locations two and a half years ago. The only real physical change between the two, aside from basic layout, is our entrance, where we added a fun showcase of each of our portfolio companies (as seen below) that matches our firm’s focus on being […]