Jay Acunzo

Jay Acunzo is an award-winning podcaster and dynamic keynote speaker. The former digital media strategist at Google and head of content marketing at HubSpot, Jay helped build NextView's platform of resources from the ground up. He now serves as the firm's Creative In Residence. His work has been cited in places ranging from Harvard Business School to the Washington Post, Fast Company, and Forbes.

Product & Design, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

How Andela Finds and Trains World-Class Engineers in Africa [Traction #41: Christina Sass]

Christina Sass is co-founder and COO of Andela, a company that locates, trains, and staffs world-class engineers in Africa for hire by tech companies in the US and elsewhere. They’ve sparked a movement, cracked the code on finding great coders, and have attracted investors like Mark Zuckerberg. Visit andela.com to learn more, or follow Christina […]


Marketing & Growth, Product & Design, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

How WHOOP Built a Science-Backed Fitness Band Used by LeBron, Phelps & the NFL

Will Ahmed is the CEO and co-founder of WHOOP, a fitness tech startup working with high-performance athletes. Their users include LeBron James, Michael Phelps, pro teams like the Boston Red Sox, and thanks to a deal with the NFL Players’ Association, every pro football player across the nation. Visit whoop.com to learn more, or follow […]


Podcast, Product & Design, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

Building Product in a Saturated Niche [Traction Podcast #39: Ellen Chisa, Lola]

Ellen Chisa is VP of product at Lola, a travel company combining the human element of travel agents with smart technology. While some entrepreneurs build their products in markets that feel wide open for the taking, travel is one of those industries with tons of noise and competition. So how does one gain a foothold? […]



Fundraising, Hiring & Talent, Podcast, Product & Design, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

In a World of Startup How-Tos, What About Bucking the Trend? [Traction #37: Chad Laurans, SimpliSafe]

Chad Laurans is the CEO of SimpliSafe, a large and growing tech company located in the Boston area. Years ago, in the span of 30 days, three of Chad’s friends were robbed. The companies that should serve them well in those moments were anything but helpful, comforting, and simple to work with. That led to […]


Hiring & Talent, Podcast, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

How Smart Founders Vet Tech Talent for Coding and Culture [Traction #36: Dan Reich, Troops]

Dan Reich is the CEO and co-founder of Troops, a company bringing artificial intelligence to your sales team’s workflow, right in Slack. (Disclosure: NextView is an investor in Troops.) Today, we discuss Dan’s smart process hiring his early technical talent — both leadership and front-line developers. Subscribe to the NextView blog for future episodes and […]


Hiring & Talent, Marketing & Growth, Podcast, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

The What, How & Why of Hiring a Business Development Lead at Your Startup [Traction #35]

Kristen Craft is VP of business development and marketing at Ovia Health. For this episode, Jay sat down with Kristen while she was head of biz dev at video platform company Wistia. They talk about what business development roles actually do for their companies, and when and why a founder would hire someone to lead […]


Marketing & Growth, Podcast, Product & Design, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

How to Grow the Supply Side of a Marketplace Startup [Traction #34: Mike Russell, Paintzen)

Mike Russell is the CEO and co-founder of Paintzen, a NextView-backed company based in New York. Over the last couple years, they’ve experienced strong growth for their marketplace business, and today, we dive deep into the weeds of how Mike and team grew the business. More specifically, we learn about the approach and tactics used […]