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David Beisel is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. He has been focused on early stage Internet startups his entire career, both as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist.
As an investor in the digital media space, David was most recently a Vice President at Venrock and previously a Principal at Masthead Venture Partners. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, David co-founded Sombasa Media, an e-mail marketing company best known for its flagship product BargainDog. Sombasa was successfully acquired by About.com where David served as Vice President of Marketing.
David holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University. He also founded and leads the Web Innovators Group, an organization which holds quarterly entrepreneur events drawing a thousand attendees.
Rob is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. He tries to spend as much time as possible working with entrepreneurs to develop products that solve important problems for everyday people.
Prior to founding NextView, Rob was at Spark Capital and focused on early stage investments in consumer web and mobile. Before joining Spark Capital, Rob worked at Ebay as the Business Product Lead for “Finding”. In this role, he oversaw the launch of major products that enhanced the search, browse, and product discovery experience for tens of millions of users.
Previously, Rob was a consultant at The Parthenon Group and also held product management roles at Fidelity Investments and BzzAgent (acquired by Dunnhumby).
Rob attended Duke University and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is also a founding board member of Highrock Church in Brookline, MA. He lives in Lexington, MA with his wife and 2 daughters.
Lee Hower is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. He has spent his entire career as an entrepreneur and investor in early-stage software and internet startups.
Lee started his career as an early employee of PayPal in product and business development roles, through the company’s 2002 IPO and sale to eBay. After PayPal, Lee was a co-founder of LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) and served as head of corporate development.
Lee began his VC career as a Principal at PJC, a Boston-based early-stage VC firm, where he helped to build the firm’s internet investment practice. At PJC Lee led investments in Multiply (acq. by Naspers) and FanIQ (acq. by Datran Media), and was actively involved in the firm’s investment in Sittercity.
Lee graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Management & Technology program, with a BAS in Systems Engineering and a BS Economics from the Wharton School. He was selected as Wharton’s Commencement Speaker. He lives with his wife and small daughter and splits his time between Boston and San Francisco.
Melody KohVenture Partner
Melody is a Venture Partner at NextView Ventures based in its New York office.
Prior to joining NextView, Melody was Head of Product at Blue Apron (NYSE: APRN). Melody joined Blue Apron as the first product hire when the company was 18 months old with 20 HQ employees. She helped scale the business through hyper-growth (25x in 3.5 years) and to its IPO, building and leading a 35-person team across Product Management, Product Design, and Analytics.
Previously, Melody was a Product Manager at Fab.com leading marketing & analytics products. Before joining Fab.com, Melody was the founder/CEO of a seed-funded wine subscription e-commerce service. In addition to her operating and entrepreneurial roles, Melody was also a venture investor at Time Warner’s strategic VC group and was a one of six inaugural members of First Round Capital’s Product Co-op initiative. Melody began her career as an investment banking analyst at Evercore Partners.
Melody holds a B.S. in Commerce with Distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband.
Ginny MineoDirector of Platform
Ginny Mineo is the Director of Platform at NextView Ventures. She leads strategic internal and external initiatives designed to help support NextView portfolio companies, as well as the broader startup community.
Prior to NextView, Ginny helped lead HubSpot’s content team. In her four years at the company, she built the strategy and team responsible for growing some of HubSpot’s established and emerging content channels, including their Marketing blog, podcast, and Medium publication. Before HubSpot, Ginny was a marketing manager at Shareaholic, a NextView portfolio company.
Ginny graduated from Boston University with a BA and BS in Communication and Psychology. She lives in Somerville, MA with her husband and her cat, Peanut.