How Much Seed Capital Should You Actually Raise?

In a world of pre-seeds, seeds, seed extensions, super-seeds, and more, figuring out the right amount to raise for a startup’s seed round can seem like a moving target. And if you do land on a “right” amount, is that the actual best number for the “ask” in a pitch deck?


Reading the Tea Leaves: Where Am I in My Seed Fundraise, Really?

One of the things we frequently discuss with founders is how to interpret and manage their dialogue with VCs when raising capital. We’ve written before on how to research partners, how to pitch the right investor at a given firm, and how to raise seed capital, generally speaking. But it’s also useful to try and understand […]


NextView Investment Themes: A Search for Authenticity

At NextView, we’ve long had a set of ethos or guiding principles behind all we do, which includes internal work as a team, external work as investors, and the lens through which we view seed-stage startups and their founding teams. The ethos we mention most often is authenticity — we firmly believe that the best companies are borne out of authentic […]

Fundraising, Marketing & Growth, Podcast, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

Mattermark’s Clever Origin Story & Why Their CEO Loves Arguing with VCs [Traction #11]

The NextView podcast Traction explores all the clever, creative, and atypical things entrepreneurs do to make initial progress against the odds. If startups should do things that “don’t scale,” then this podcast asks a simple question: What ARE those things? Past episodes include stories from founders of LinkedIn, DraftKings, General Assembly, The Muse, Behance, InsightSquared, and more. Subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud, or Stitcher.


The VC Meeting Map: What to Expect After a Successful First Pitch

Nearly all of the guidance for meetings with VCs is centered on the very first meeting: how to get it, how to prepare a pitch deck, how to run the meeting, etc. But then the tactical advice stops. What about the rest of the VC fundraising process? How should an entrepreneur approach the full set of meetings […]


Angel Bootcamp, The Blog Post: A Primer on Angel Investing

A little under a year ago, we hosted an event called Angel Bootcamp that was a primer for folks thinking about getting into angel investing. It was really helpful for the community, and it is something we’ll probably do again, although not every year. (Here’s a great recap on the Boston Globe’s tech blog.)


The Market Size Fallacy for Seed-Stage Startups

I once showed a company to another VC for an investment we were syndicating. This investor loved the team and thought the solution they were building was compelling. Ultimately, this firm passed because they couldn’t get comfortable with the “market size” given that they were a big fund and only targeted $1B+ opportunities.


“Seed Is the New Series A” – Making Sense of the Confusion

A few weeks ago, Manu Kumar wrote an excellent post detailing the current state of the seed financing landscape. Read it – it’s excellent. I agree with most of the things that Manu wrote, and I’ve been thinking about the topic quite a bit over the last several days. One very common meme these days is that […]

Events & Workshops, Fundraising

5 Questions VCs Never Answer, Answered by a VC | #BOSSOI

Editor’s note: Local tech media company BostInno (a division of the American City Business Journals) hosts an annual Boston State of Innovation conference. Leading up to the event, they published an article listing questions VCs never answer, as submitted by the community. These are all worth asking … and therefore worth answering.