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The Road to Our Investment in Bridj

Mass transportation is the largest single source of travel within metropolitan areas across the globe, but our current fixed infrastructure approach hasn’t changed since the 19th century.  Here in our innovation hub of Boston, the country’s oldest subway tunnel built in 1897 is still in use as part of the MBTA Green Line.  Each day […]


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Unusual Rounds of Early-Stage Funding & What to Know

This is an excerpt from the original post, found on NextView’s blog, The View From Seed, launched this week. Find the original post here. As the VC seed market has institutionalized, especially over the past five years, there has emerged a prototypical seed round profile: $1M-$1.5M raised, the first non-friends-and-family capital, comprised of one to three institutional seed investors or larger […]


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What I Learned from the TapCommerce Founders

In every single venture investment I’m involved with here at NextView Ventures, I learn a lot from the Founders of their company.  But in the particular case of our portfolio company TapCommerce, which yesterday announced its acquisition by Twitter a mere two years after the company’s founding (more details), there have been some key lessons […]


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Seed Round Signaling Revisited: Myths, Truths, & Half-Lies

It’s been five years now since large VC ‘signaling’ entered the seed stage entrepreneur’s lexicon.  Yet even today, whether or not to take a (relatively) small check in a seed round syndicate from a multi-hundred million or even billion dollar fund is still a decision which takes quite a bit of consideration and sometimes consternation.  […]


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Getting Back the Band Together for NextView’s Investment in BookBub

Just about fifteen years ago, Josh Schanker and I, along with our co-founders Elliot Shmukler and Tammy O’Neil Bolduc started Sombasa Media together.  Our company offered a series of consumer-facing properties, including our flagship property BargainDog, which was an early e-commerce daily deals email newsletter.  Over the course of a couple short years, we grew […]


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Our Newest NextView Team-Member: Jay Acunzo

Rob, Lee, and I couldn’t be more excited to share that as of Monday, Jay Acunzo has joined NextView as our Director of Platform and Community. Jay joins us from HubSpot, where he was a senior manager on the marketing team, specifically leading the blog and content strategy. In his Boston-based career, he’s also worked […]


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Four Winning Strategies from Series Seed to Series A

A couple years ago, my partner Lee penned a blog post about the milestone benchmarks for startups raising a Series A round of financing.  The five conditions for a Series A financing which he enumerated are: a core team ready to scale, demonstrable market size, repeatable cost effective customer acquisition, metric momentum, and plausible monetization. […]


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Never Raising Capital Ever Again

Fairly often entrepreneurs will pitch investing in their seed-stage company, and it starts sounding great… interesting market… great team… notable early traction… until we arrive at the financials + fundraising slide and the projections state that this round of Seed financing is planned to be their last. Sometimes it’s even presented as an additional feature […]


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Director of Platform & Community

My partner Rob wrote bit more on his blog about our motivations for adding our first new team member at NextView Ventures — a Director of Platform and Community.  All three of us are excited to expand our efforts and are currently in the process of seeking an exceptional individual to fill a unique role […]


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The VC Fundraising Timing Paradox

I’ve commonly heard entrepreneurs recite some version of “I don’t want to waste too much time fundraising because it will distract me from building my business, so I’ll only talk to a few potential funders.”  The idea is that a couple of highly-qualified VC conversations will follow the 80/20 rule of a “good enough” financing […]


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