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Introducing Traction, the NextView Podcast: Creative Ways Startups Find Results Against the Odds

Today, we are excited to announce the launch of our new podcast TRACTION. On the show, we’ll explore and share the stories of all the creative, unusual, and clever ways that entrepreneurs find early results. (more…)

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  May 27th, 2015
  

7 Founding Sins Seed-Stage Startups Should Avoid

Over the past few years, I have been involved with and close to a number of both successful and unsuccessful startups. To me, the most exciting (and most perilous) times in a company’s lifecycle are the early first stages when it is just getting off the ground. At the seed stage, the founder’s or co-founders’ role in the company is essential and therefore carries a great deal of risk for missteps. (more…)

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  May 19th, 2015
  

Accidental VC: When, Exactly, Should Seed-Stage Startups Look for Office Space?

Accidental VC is a series of short posts written by me, Jay Acunzo. Though I never planned it, I somehow wound up working in VC as NextView’s VP of platform. As an operator, not an investor, I’m amazed at how many casual, throwaway comments that happen inside a VC’s office would be genuinely useful to entrepreneurs building their businesses. So this series is my attempt to share that knowledge beyond our walls … one overheard lesson at a time. (more…)

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  May 14th, 2015
  

VC Partner Sweet Spot: The Always-Sometimes-Never Rules for Pitching the Right Investor

For entrepreneurs setting out to raise a round of VC financing, with some diligent research, it’s reasonably straightforward to put together a list of target firms to pitch. Start with the firms of whatever city you’re in that have a history of investing in the stage and sector of your startup, then augment with additional firms outside your home geography which may have a strong particular fit with your company. (more…)

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  May 12th, 2015
  

How to Approach Your First Board Meeting After Raising Seed Capital

There’s a saying among VCs that the first board meeting after a new round of funding is when the skeletons come out of the closet. (more…)

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  May 5th, 2015
  

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