Hiring & Talent, Podcast, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

Why This Startup Teaches Everyone to Code [Traction #10: Vin Vacanti]

Traction is a biweekly podcast where founders share the creative or unusual things they did during the seed stage to make early progress. Everyone knows startups should do scrappy things that “don’t scale” — this show explores what those things actually are. Founders from LinkedIn, DraftKings, General Assembly, The Muse, Behance, InsightSquared, and more have appeared on the show. Subscribe on […]


Hiring & Talent

Startups Should Be Responsible for Explaining Equity to New Employees

When someone goes to work for a larger corporation or public company, the compensation package generally includes an annual salary, a performance bonus or commission plan, 401(k), and health insurance. When someone goes to work for an early startup, the compensation package general includes an annual salary, health insurance, and, instead of fixed-cost performance upside, […]


Hiring & Talent, Marketing & Growth

What Makes a Great Consumer Startup Marketer?

While the startup environment in Boston has vastly improved over the last several years, I continue to hear the sentiment that it’s really tough to build a great consumer startup in Boston. This is expressed by people outside of Boston, but it often comes from those within our community too. There are a couple reasons cited […]




Fundraising, Hiring & Talent, Startup Stories

Harvard Is a Hotbed for Entrepreneurs (But Needs More Authenticity, Less Whiteboarding)

Editor’s note: We recently published original research on the startup activity of Harvard Business School classes between 2008 and 2014. NextView’s David Beisel and Dimitri Dadiomov recently sat down with Michelle Tandler (HBS, Trinity Ventures) on her podcast to analyze this data further. This is a paraphrased summary of that interview.




Fundraising, Hiring & Talent, Resources

Critical Tasks to Complete After Raising Seed Capital [Checklist for Founders]

Raising venture capital at any stage of company growth requires tremendous effort from entrepreneurs. Admittedly, our industry tends to celebrate these financings a bit too much — it’s gasoline for the car and not the destination, after all — but it’s still a difficult, sometimes lengthy process for which founders deserve some recognition.


Fundraising, Hiring & Talent

How to Divide Founder Equity: 4 Criteria to Discuss

Editor’s note: Understanding how to divide founder equity at a startup can be tricky, even to the point of reaching emotional riffs between founders. Below, Lee Hower offers advice for approaching these equity discussions objectively and properly. In addition to being a co-founder of NextView Ventures, Lee was an early member of PayPal and a founding team member at LinkedIn, […]