David Beisel's Perspective on Digital Change

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Authenticity is Experience

People ask us at NextView all of the time: “What is the typical profile of an entrepreneur in your portfolio?”  Subtly behind that question is often one about the experience-level of the founders.  The answer, however, doesn’t fit into a neat soundbite.  We have and will continue to fund young entrepreneurs in their twenties – […]


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A New Dawn for Consumer Internet Acquisitions

Over the past decade, VCs have been lamenting about the poor state of the IPO markets and that the number of real potential acquirers for consumer internet startups has dwindled down to a handful, if that.  Many of formerly rich acquirers like AOL and Yahoo have long since faded past their heyday, and their appetite […]


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What the Founder’s Email Address Says About Your Startup

It always feels anachronistic these days to exchange business cards when you usually have someone’s contact information anyway in an electronic format before (via email introduction) or just after (via LinkedIn connection) you meet.  Many people, though, take the opportunity with a physical card to make an impression with a unique spin on their card […]


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Searching for the Kinect Killer App

We at NextView have been thinking about and looking for investments in seed-stage startups which leverage the megatrend of transitioning computing away from a standard fixed-web PC world.  Of course that includes “mobile-first” applications and companies which ride the adoption of tablet devices (more on those in upcoming posts).  But this exploration also includes alternative […]


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Overly-Direct Feedback to VC Pitches

When I first started in the VC business in 2004, I usually shared some reactions with entrepreneurs whenever we passed on pursuing an investment, but I admittedly erred towards communicating generic thoughts that were fairly non-specific but perhaps mildly helpful.  After a few years into this role, however, I developed a style and approach where […]


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Why VCs Invest in Startups with Gravity

Given communication tools and an array of online services which foster and empower remote working, many startups are successfully building and creating product with teams all around the world.  Here at NextView, we typically invest in companies headquartered along the U.S. East Coast, but a number of them have a significant number of team members […]


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NextView Ethos – Tribe

When we started NextView Ventures, we deliberately took time during our first offsite  together to define a shared sense of “Ethos” which we are going to use as guiding principles in building our firm. All five of them (Authentic, Blank Canvas, Golazo, Invited Guest, & Tribe) we’ve listed on our website since it went live […]


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A Choir of Angel Investors Sing Different Parts

We at NextView Ventures often invest in a startup’s first round alongside other funds; either seed stage focused ones like ourselves or larger traditional firms.  Just as often, however, we’re investing alongside individual angel investors who are participating in the round as well.  Angel investors come in many shapes and sizes, however.  And it’s not […]


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Three Magical VC Pitch Questions

There are plenty of places throughout the blogosphere which talk about the typical VC meeting, delivering both advice and tips. (In that corpus, a while ago I blogged about seven mistakes that entrepreneurs often make during a pitch session.) Along those lines, I think the proverbial 12-slide deck helps provide structure to a conversation where […]


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Start Your Marketplace Engines

At NextView Ventures, we have a number of companies in our portfolio which are “marketplace” businesses, where buyers and sellers meet to exchange a good or service.  And along the way we’ve met with or observed a larger number of seed-stage startups attempting to start them. All of these companies face the challenge of the […]


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