Blog

The Startup Copycat Fallacy

What? Another d2c gourmet pet food company? Another full-stack short-termrentals startup? Another affinity-based co-working space? It seems as though in many categories, especially in consumer internet space, a handful of startups pursuing quite similar or even apparently identical ideas launch within months of each other. What’s going on with these apparent copycat companies? Are the barriers to entry so low and information disseminating […]


Blog

Nobody Announces Their Seed Round Anymore and That’s a Mistake

Five years ago, as the mania around seed fundings was accelerating, Founders were very eager to announce their seed round to the world. It marks the beginning of the journey with hard work & the real business success to be accomplished ahead, but a milestone nonetheless. And seed VCs, especially as new firms were being […]


Blog

VC’s Doing the Work to Build Investment Conviction

  I once had a VC mentor (only) half tongue-in-cheek tell me that “all investment diligence is merely an exercise in confirming what you have already decided during the initial pitch.” Diligence validates your gut to invest or (hopefully quickly) kills an opportunity that sounded reasonable but you just didn’t like. I’ve come to believe […]


Blog

Welcoming Nicole Sievers to the NextView Team!

Rob, Lee, Melody and I are all very pleased to announce that Nicole Sievers has joined the NextView team as Platform Associate.  Nicole most recently comes to us from SmartBear Software, where she was responsible for the launch and marketing for an entire product: overseeing activities like PR, creative, content creation, and social media engagement. […]


Blog

Seed Stage Startups Are Now Graded on a Curve

Over the past five years, we’ve witnessed an Atomization of the Seed Stage. Early fundraising is no longer a one-and-done fundraise of a single round of Seed capital subsequently followed by a Series A 12–18 months later. Rather, it has been broken into bits of a series of capital raises to reach meaningful milestones… “pre-seed,” “post-seed,” […]


Blog

Kicking off NextView’s Startup “Fundraising Month”

The beginning of September always seems to mark the unofficial end of summer.  While the proverbial joke about venture capitalists being completely out on vacation in August is only partially true [insert link to Manifesto], things do really change after Labor Day.  Whereas a couple weeks ago, nailing down meetings various VC partners was likely […]


Blog

Why We Invested in The Nudge

Sometimes we just need little push to take action.  A little motivation to make things happen.  And having a plan already put together makes things just that much easier.  Yep, sometimes all you need is just little a nudge. Enter just that, The Nudge.  It’s a “planner friend in your pocket,” as the team calls […]


Blog, Everyday Economy

Why We’re Market-First, Not Technology-First, Investors

My partners and I have been very public and transparent over the past six months about our thematic investing approach — what we call the Everyday Economy. Our philosophy is about backing technology-enabled startups that have the potential to touch millions of end-users, become ingrained in users’ daily lives, or some combination of the two. Often, these […]


Blog, Portfolio

Why We Invested in Attentive

Five years ago, TapCommerce CEO & Co-Founder Brian Long had a vision of helping brands deliver customers, revenue, and ROI across mobile devices. A lot has changed since then, but one industry megatrend has remained constant: consumers’ radical adoption of mobile commerce and retailers’ desire to reach them on these devices. More recently, Brian started a new […]


Blog, Everyday Economy

Why Investing in the Everyday Economy Isn’t Just a Consumer Strategy

For several months now, my partners and I have spent a lot of time talking about why we’re investing in the Everyday Economy. We dove deep into how this investment thesis extends to major verticals of consumer spending like entertainment, clothing, and home. We’ve also shared why our approach is also “horizontal” — a company we invest in doesn’t have to neatly […]