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

Inside the Fast-Growing Startup Rethinking Weddings [Traction #44: Shan-Lyn Ma]

Today’s episode features a fast-rising company led by Shan-Lyn Ma. Her startup, Zola, is changing the way people purchase gifts for brides and grooms. Anyone who has ever experienced the insanity of wedding season — whether attending as a guest or planning your own — knows just how stressful the whole experience can be. Shan-Lyn […]


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 […]


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 […]


Experts, Product & Design

Startup Shootaround: Inside a VC Team Meeting on Autonomous Vehicles

Editor’s note: The NextView team periodically holds internal “shootarounds,” where we discuss a startup topic or trend and try to make sense of it for everyone involved: entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers. We’ve decided to share these publicly. Below is a lightly edited transcript of our discussion on drones. You can also read past shootarounds on voice interfaces and […]