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Many folks have discussed the role and value a board of directors can bring to a startup, even very early in the company’s lifecycle. The purpose of a board is not simply to be the founders’ friend, it is to […]

Lee Hower
May 18, 2016 · 4  min.

Basketball or football?  I realize sports analogies for startups can feel trite, but as you think about the different phases of team-building in a startup, this one is actually pretty spot on. Your recruiting strategy should be adapted to a few distinct […]

Lee Hower
January 5, 2016 · 5  min.

At NextView, we’ve long had a set of ethos or guiding principles behind all we do, which includes internal work as a team, external work as investors, and the lens through which we view seed-stage startups and their founding teams. The ethos we mention […]

Lee Hower
October 7, 2015 · 6  min.

I’ve observed what may be an emerging trend, at least in some startups, that I find somewhat unsettling.

Lee Hower
June 17, 2015 · 5  min.

Startups and their founders who claim to be in “stealth mode” prior to launch are such a commonplace part of the startup ecosystem that it might seem odd to question its merits. But it’s important to address this head on and […]

Lee Hower
June 11, 2015 · 3  min.

There’s a saying among VCs that the first board meeting after a new round of funding is when the skeletons come out of the closet.

Lee Hower
May 5, 2015 · 3  min.

In a typical first meeting between a VC and team of co-founders, the investor typically ends up asking more questions than the founders. Here at NextView, we (like all good VCs) encourage founders to ask questions they may have of […]

Lee Hower
March 12, 2015 · 3  min.

As the holiday season is behind us and 2015 is firmly underway, we wanted to take a moment to both announce and celebrate the collection of top entrepreneurs who have agreed to return as our Entrepreneur Advisors. These individuals have […]

Lee Hower
February 10, 2015 · 2  min.

The startup ecosystem is often full of hyperbole, which is perfectly understandable when you think about it.

Lee Hower
January 20, 2015 · 4  min.

This post was originally published on the personal blog of NextView founding partner Lee Hower. Lee’s posts also appear regularly on View From Seed. Subscribe here for more. Most folks reading this will know that many startups were built in part with […]

Lee Hower
October 29, 2014 · 7  min.