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I Stared at Startup Pitch Decks for 3 Straight Weeks – Here’s What I Learned

A few weeks ago, we launched two startup pitch deck templates for raising seed capital — part of NextView’s platform of exclusive startup resources. And while the NextView partners served as the editors and directors of the project to ensure its usefulness to founders, I wanted to share a few of the more surprising or alarming lessons and trends I witnessed after spending weeks of my life staring at actual pitch decks from dozens of startups to inform our templates. (more…)

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  February 25th, 2015
  

A Recently Exited Founder on Surviving the Contradictory Role of Startup CEO

This is a guest post from Rob May, a co-founder and CEO of Backupify, which raised $19.5M and sold to Datto in late 2014. Below, he gives an honest take about what he’d do differently and what he’d do again as a startup CEO. (Disclosure: NextView was not an investor in Backupify.) (more…)

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  February 19th, 2015
  

Should We Take Harvard MBAs Seriously as Startup Founders? [New Data]

Going to business school and becoming a startup founder are often positioned as conflicting choices by the media and startup bloggers. Some go as far as stating, flat out, that MBAs don’t make for good founders. (more…)

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  February 17th, 2015
  

Announcing NextView’s Entrepreneur Advisors: Part 1

As the holiday season is behind us and 2015 is firmly underway, we wanted to take a moment to both announce and celebrate the collection of top entrepreneurs who have agreed to return as our Entrepreneur Advisors. These individuals have all graciously agreed to continue their prior commitments to NextView-backed startups and entrepreneurs.  (more…)

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  February 10th, 2015
  

It’s Time to Rethink the Startup Pitch Deck (Here’s a Start)

On Tuesday, we put out two different sample pitch decks that we think can guide entrepreneurs as they try to communicate the information behind their companies. Although pitch decks are well-trodden territory online, we tried to introduce decks that were specifically designed for how they would be used in practice. In particular, we introduced a version that I lovingly refer to as the “super-short deck with kitchen-sink FAQs.” (more…)

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  February 5th, 2015
  

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