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Startup Data: 4 Strategies Changing the Speed & Size of Your Series A

Once a startup has raised seed capital, plenty of theories and advice exist on how to successfully raise a Series A. Recently, we looked at our own portfolio at NextView Ventures to dig a little deeper on how startups actually raise that next round of financing. (more…)

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  November 18th, 2014

Designing Products from Scratch: An Interview with UX Leader Josh Porter

Josh Porter is the founder of What to Wear Daily, a service that helps you prepare for your day. He is best-known as the creator of 52 Weeks of UX and was also head of UX at HubSpot, by way of being co-founder of Performable (acquired in 2011). Below, Josh talks about designing features from nothing and how to make important design choices during the pre-seed and seed-stage phases of startup growth. (more…)

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  November 12th, 2014

A Startup CTO’s Take on Early Technology Choices & Tradeoffs

Isaac Cambron is co-founder and CTO of, whose pre-launch product enables sales reps to find and use their best content to close more deals. Below, he answers questions about developing products from scratch, as well as the difficult technology choices and tradeoffs CTOs must make. (more…)

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  November 6th, 2014

Where Does VC Money Actually Come From? [Flowchart]

This post was originally published on the personal blog of NextView founding partner Lee Hower. Lee’s posts also appear regularly on View From Seed. Subscribe here for more.

Most folks reading this will know that many startups were built in part with the help of venture capital. Most attention goes to tech companies ranging from Google to Genentech, but some non-tech companies like FedEx and Starbucks also raised VC early in their lives. (more…)

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  October 29th, 2014

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

As the seed-stage startup fundraise process has received more transparency in recent years, ranging from published advice on how to raise seed capital to increased availability through AngelList, Funders Club, and various accelerator programs, I’ve noticed another trend emerging.  (more…)

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  October 21st, 2014

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