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Value Inflection Points for Seed-Stage Startups

When raising capital, it’s important to focus on raising enough money to get your company past big value inflection points. (more…)

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  April 16th, 2015
  

Harvard Is a Hotbed for Entrepreneurs (But Needs More Authenticity, Less Whiteboarding)

Editor’s note: We recently published original research on the startup activity of Harvard Business School classes between 2008 and 2014. NextView’s David Beisel and Dimitri Dadiomov recently sat down with Michelle Tandler (HBS, Trinity Ventures) on her podcast to analyze this data further. This is a paraphrased summary of that interview.
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  April 14th, 2015
  

4 Dirty Secrets VCs Won’t Admit

Recently, I’ve been mentally noting a few things that I observe VCs doing regularly that many entrepreneurs may not readily understand. (more…)

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  April 7th, 2015
  

Accidental VC: How Much Does Design Matter for Seed-Stage Startups?

Accidental VC is a series written by me, Jay Acunzo. Though I never planned it, I somehow wound up working in VC in 2014 as NextView’s head of platform. As an operator, not an investor, I’m amazed at how many casual, throwaway comments inside a VC would be genuinely useful to others. So while I’m thankful for what I’m learning, this series is my attempt to share this knowledge far beyond our office walls … one random lesson at a time.

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  April 2nd, 2015
  

Startup PR: A Journalist’s Advice for Seed-Stage Companies Seeking Press Coverage

Editor’s note: Unlike the Ubers and Airbnbs of the tech startup world, seed-stage companies don’t typically have the valuations, awareness, or traction typically associated with press coverage. That said, coverage is important, and early-stage companies would be wise to work with local press in addition to national. Below, we interview Lauren Landry, a journalist who covered the Boston innovation economy for four years prior to her recent move to Northeastern University. (more…)

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  March 31st, 2015
  

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