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Yesterday was Singles Day in China, celebrated on 11/11 each year and theoretically to honor young adults who are not in relationships. In practice it is essentially an invention by retailer Alibaba who holds massive online sales on this day across […]

Lee Hower
December 6, 2018 · 3  min.

Almost seven years ago, I wrote a post about the difference between a “no” answer and a “no yet” when pitching early-stage VCs. This was back in January 2012, a simpler time… when there was only one kind of seed round, when […]

Lee Hower
December 6, 2018 · 3  min.

It’s almost exactly 5 years since Aileen Lee first coined the term “unicorn” in reference to startups with $1 billion+ valuations. I was wondering what ever ultimately happened to that group of OG unicorns, so I looked back at her original post […]

Lee Hower
December 6, 2018 · 3  min.

One of the greatest challenges for seed-stage entrepreneurs is honing the big picture vision of their company. In those early days, most of your energy is devoted to the very short-term but incredibly important tasks of assembling a founding team, […]

Lee Hower
May 2, 2018 · 5  min.

Nearly every aspect of the Everyday Economy is being changed by the internet and digital technologies. Transportation, which accounts for nearly 10% of the broad economy in the U.S., is no different. We’ve seen how the ubiquity of internet-connected, GPS-enabled […]

Lee Hower
February 22, 2018 · 4  min.

As you may know, NextView now has a thematic investing focus on the redesign of the Everyday Economy. We’ve shared our thoughts on how the internet and associated digital technologies are creating massive shifts in home, apparel, and other categories. Next up […]

Lee Hower
December 7, 2017 · 5  min.

What will the future hold? It’s a question every VC asks themselves and the entrepreneurs they invest in. Some conclude that certain sectors or technologies — like AI, blockchain, VR — will define the next decade. Others take bets on […]

Lee Hower
August 2, 2017 · 7  min.

Blue Apron filed their S-1 yesterday late in the day. The meal kit delivery startup has been one of the fastest growing consumer businesses in the US, and the company itself is becoming one of the pillars of the New York […]

Lee Hower
June 2, 2017 · 7  min.

In recent years we’ve seen more and more corporations become more active or establish strategic VC arms.  When there are many waves of innovation (AI/ML, voice, IoT, genomics, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, etc) propagating across many industries, it’s natural for corporations […]

Lee Hower
January 11, 2017 · 4  min.

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. We’ve decided to share these publicly. Below is a […]

Lee Hower
November 17, 2016 · 8  min.