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“Slowly at first, then suddenly all at once.” This quote is variously attributed Mark Twain and F. Scott Fitzgerald, though it actually draws on dialogue in Ernest Hemingway’s writing.  Today Lula announced its $18M funding round led by Founders Fund […]

Lee Hower
July 8, 2021 · 2  min.

I’m pleased to announce our recent investment in Expressable, a company focused on delivering better speech therapy in our digital age. Founded by Leanne Sherred, Nick Barbara, and Spencer Magloff, Expressable is based in Austin, Texas and offers virtual access […]

Lee Hower
May 13, 2021 · 3  min.

I’ve had the privilege to work with many great entrepreneurs, both in my operating days at the start of my career and over the last decade plus on the VC investing side. In my experience founders usually fall into one […]

Lee Hower
January 5, 2021 · 5  min.

Airbnb’s public S-1 dropped Monday afternoon. One of the most highly anticipated startup IPOs of recent years, we now get a peek inside Airbnb’s business. You can read various articles out there which will give you the cursory facts about […]

Lee Hower
November 18, 2020 · 7  min.

Over the course of 2020, we are highlighting 20 innovators and entrepreneurs from the 20th century whose work continues to shape our everyday lives in the 21st century.    Unless you are a student of design or an aficionado of […]

Lee Hower
January 23, 2020 · 4  min.

Welcome to 2020. I thought about writing a post looking forward into this new decade, or looking back at the prior decade (are we calling it the “teens” officially?). But instead I decided to do something a little different. We’re […]

Lee Hower
January 21, 2020 · 2  min.

Like many things in life, the VC/startup ecosystem is one of cycles. Looking back over the last decade it’s remarkable to see how the emphasis has shifted across cycles and what the overarching narrative was. I believe we are in […]

Lee Hower
November 7, 2019 · 5  min.

*This post is part of our “pitch deck” series where we dissect the seed stage pitch deck and discuss the ideal flow for a pitch. You can read the rest of the posts in the series by clicking here*     […]

Lee Hower
September 11, 2019 · 4  min.

Another phrase we use internally at NextView pretty often is that of a “favorite future”. Early in NextView’s history, when we were raising our first fund (e.g. sometime back in 2010 or early 2011) one of the limited partners we […]

Lee Hower
July 26, 2019 · 2  min.

Chewy has rapidly grown from a startup to a multi-billion commerce company, establishing itself as the leader in pet e-commerce. Chewy sells tens of thousands of products from many 3rd party brands, as well as its own private label brands […]

Lee Hower
June 13, 2019 · 7  min.