Countdown to Launch

A week ago this evening, I organized another meeting of the Boston Web Innovators Group, an informal gathering of local folks interested in internet and mobile innovation. (Our turnout has continued to swell with the help of this recent event’s presenters Swaptree, MyBlogLog, and Pawspot, as well as demos from, LoudCity, Glance, and Bloggerkit. See BostonWTF, TechJot, and Rosswriting for summaries and coverage.)

And in talking with a many of the entrepreneurs there that evening, a lot of them had just launched their site or service, or were just about to do so. It was great to hear the numerous stories of ideas and companies at this stage. I personally have been a part of the operational team on a number of product launches at both startups and large corporations, but it seems to me that the most exciting one is that very first launch of a startup. There is a small team of people who have toiled endlessly, all working together, solely devoting all of their professional (and personal) resources towards this one goal. With it comes the promise of favorable user/customer reaction, as well as the impending initial market feedback to what once was an idea that now translated into reality. Future releases will be revisions and refinements of the early product, or adjunct related extensions of the offering. But the initial launch, the first one a newly-formed team has crafted, sets the tone and direction – and the fate – of the new company. All the reasons why the initial launch is so crucial to a startup are the very same ones which make it so exciting.

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 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.