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There are many traits and habits that successful entrepreneurs, especially repeat ones, display. Most of them are correlated to, but don’t directly cause success. And so they’re typically not necessary, nor sufficient conditions, to being or even becoming an exceptional […]

David Beisel
September 10, 2020 · 2  min.

So many Americans act as caregivers for a loved one. 44 million people spend a substantial amount of their time assisting a chronically ill, disabled, or aging person.  Nearly all caregivers are inexperienced family members who lack formal training and […]

David Beisel
September 2, 2020 · 2  min.

Today I’m excited to announce the relaunch of our most popular resource ever: board meeting deck templates for seed-stage startups, now in conjunction with an investor update email template.   Download Board Deck Template      Download Investor Update Email […]

David Beisel
July 8, 2020 · 4  min.

We’re in a global pandemic.  The simple truth is that all venture capitalists have told their portfolio Founder/CEOs that if they don’t absolutely need to raise capital now that they shouldn’t be out there attempting to do so.  Wait.  Wait […]

David Beisel
June 16, 2020 · 3  min.

It’s early into the launch of our 100% virtual NextView Everyday Economy accelerator, but indications point to early success.  First, we were pleasantly overwhelmed with submissions over the past few weeks since we opened up applications.  The NextView team enjoyed […]

David Beisel
June 10, 2020 · 5  min.

Fundraising for startups is a mix of selling both promise and reality.  In some respects, one of the often non-intuitive privileges of a seed stage fundraising process is that the company is so new.  There isn’t much history, much reality, […]

David Beisel
May 21, 2020 · 3  min.

In previous blog posts I’ve written about the two main approaches to building a seed round syndicate – the subscription method (where an entrepreneur presets a structure with a convertible note or SAFE and recruits investors who subscribe to the round, all […]

David Beisel
February 26, 2020 · 3  min.

“I have exciting personal news.” “I’m thrilled to announce that I’m joining [New Firm] as a Partner where I will continue to invest in great Founders across the industries I care about.” “I am pursuing an idea that I’m excited […]

David Beisel
December 11, 2019 · 6  min.

Meetings can suck. I know that you’ve been there.  Stuck in a meeting which wasn’t productive.  Not for you, and not for many (or even all) of the participants. Sometimes it’s a standing small-group meeting, an obligatory gathering that’s on […]

David Beisel
November 5, 2019 · 2  min.

Over the past few years, “pre-seed” as a distinct category has emerged within the early stage fundraising landscape.  To some degree the best way to describe a pre-seed round is that you know it when you see it, as the […]

David Beisel
October 28, 2019 · 3  min.