Hiring & Talent

Startup Founders’ Favorite Interview Questions to Judge Early Team Fit

At seed-stage startups, especially companies with well-networked founders and investors, finding applicants who can do a job on paper is not overly difficult. The true challenge is to find candidates who will mesh into a small, budding team and culture. As a result, the interview process during the seed stage can feel a bit more meandering to the hiring manager — who is most likely the […]


Marketing & Growth, Startup Stories

How to Found a Startup in a New Industry

Most startups’ founding mythologies are full of the same phrases: “hard work,” “agile strategy,” “smart scaling.” But one of the most undervalued and elusive factors is timing. As they say, timing is everything. Arrive to the market too soon and there’s no demand for the product. Arrive too late and you’re light years behind your […]




Fundraising

How NextView Thinks About Pre-Seed Rounds as VC Investors

On Tuesday, I wrote a post to help define pre-seeds and give context to their rise. You can find that here. On Wednesday, my partner David wrote about how we’ve been using our office space (and network and other resources) to support pre-seed companies. Today, we continue our look a this trend by getting more specific about our […]


Fundraising, Resources

What Are Pre-Seed Rounds and Why Do They Exist?

This is the first of several blog posts discussing pre-seed rounds. To ensure you receive the rest, subscribe here. In this post, I want to answer the question, “What are pre-seed rounds?” I’ll also address why they’ve become fairly common. In the next post, I’ll talk about how we think about pre-seeds at NextView.




Podcast, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

How Location-Based Startups Gain Traction City-by-City [Traction #16]

Despite heroic efforts that pay off in one city, a location-based startup practically hits the reset button when they enter new markets. In this episode, Justin Robinson, co-founder of mobile startup and liquor delivery app Drizly, talks about some of the ridiculously non-scalable things they had to do just to get their business off the ground in the […]


Fundraising

You Can’t Judge Market Size by This Slide

I’ve been meaning to follow up on Rob’s post last month highlighting the competitor slide as the least informative in an investor pitch deck. I’d like to nominate another:


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