David Beisel's Perspective on Digital Change

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Deciphering the Code of Your VC Conversation Location

A lot has been written about a formal “VC Pitch” meeting with advice about how to handle those interactions with venture capitalists.  But not all conversations with venture capitalists are formal pitches, nor are they expected to be.  And sometimes it’s unclear if it’s a pitch meeting or not. Of course it’s productive to follow […]


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Are you an Inventor or a Founder?

As a VC, I end up meeting some amazing people of many different backgrounds and profiles.  But there are two categories of people which are tightly correlated, but distinctly different.  The difference between what I’d call an “Inventor,” someone who has many ideas for businesses to start, and a “Founder,” an entrepreneur who starts a […]


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The Startup Offsite

When was the last time all of your startup’s management team came together to take a step back from day-to-day minutiae and think big picture?  I think it’s actually incredibly valuable for startups to occasionally, and regularly, have offsite planning sessions.  Unlike at “big companies,” a startup offsite isn’t about a boondoggle, it’s not about […]


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A VC Walks into Your Pitch Meeting Biased

VCs rarely go into an entrepreneur’s pitch meeting with a completely open mind. Of course they have biases given their past experiences, like with any human interaction. More importantly, though, they have biases about whether or not they are going to find the opportunity attractive even before a word of the dialog has been spoken. […]


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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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