Experts, Product & Design

Hiring Your First Engineer: A Technical Entrepreneur’s Take

How do you build your engineering/dev team from the ground up? There are a few different ways to do it, but unfortunately, none bring a guarantee of success. Let’s make a few assumptions: You are a founder, you have your idea, and you have your money. It is just you. You need to bring in […]


Experts, Product & Design

Startup Shootaround: Making Sense of Voice Technology

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. Below is a lightly edited transcript of our latest shootaround on voice technology.






Podcast, Product & Design, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

What Is Data Science, Really? Peering Into the Future with Hilary Mason [Traction #15]

What is data science? Hilary Mason is among the very best in the world in answering that question in ways that others understand. That’s because, according to Hilary, one of the three main areas of expertise all great data scientists must possess is the ability to communicate to those who aren’t as mathematically minded.


Fundraising, Product & Design

How a Seed VC Approaches Pre-Product Startups

Editor’s note: At a recent team meeting at NextView, we looked at the high number of startups we invested in which were pre-product at the time. The question arose: What is a seed VC’s process like when a company is pre-product? The below article answers that question. You can also find a graphic outlining Rob’s […]


Podcast, Product & Design, Traction Podcast

How Hardware Startups Gain Initial Traction [Episode #14: Ben Einstein]

The NextView podcast Traction explores 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, Mattermark, Duck Duck Go, InsightSquared, and […]