Fundraising

How NextView Thinks About Pre-Seed Rounds as VC Investors

On Tuesday, I wrote a post to help define pre-seeds and give context to their rise. You can find that here. On Wednesday, my partner David wrote about how we’ve been using our office space (and network and other resources) to support pre-seed companies. Today, we continue our look a this trend by getting more specific about our […]


Fundraising

What Are Pre-Seed Rounds and Why Do They Exist?

It’s become increasingly common for startups to raise several seed rounds, and this has led to a bifurcation in the seed stage between what are known as “pre-seed” (or “genesis”) and institutional seed rounds. There are no strict distinctions between these rounds, but below I’ll try to throw out a few parameters to help set […]



Fundraising, Product & Design

How a Seed VC Approaches Pre-Product Startups

Editor’s note: At a recent team meeting at NextView, we looked at the high number of startups we invested in which were pre-product at the time. The question arose: What is a seed VC’s process like when a company is pre-product? The below article answers that question. You can also find a graphic outlining Rob’s […]



Startup Stories

Introducing the New-Look NextView + Seed-Stage Startup Platform

Hey hey, check it out, we recently launched our new NextView website and did a refresh on our brand. The home page and the NextView blog are good starting points to explore. We also now have a dedicated page for exploring our platform of resources focused on helping startups gain traction, found here. Below are a few reflections about having […]


Fundraising

Angel Bootcamp, The Blog Post: A Primer on Angel Investing

A little under a year ago, we hosted an event called Angel Bootcamp that was a primer for folks thinking about getting into angel investing. It was really helpful for the community, and it is something we’ll probably do again, although not every year. (Here’s a great recap on the Boston Globe’s tech blog.)


Fundraising

The Market Size Fallacy for Seed-Stage Startups

I once showed a company to another VC for an investment we were syndicating. This investor loved the team and thought the solution they were building was compelling. Ultimately, this firm passed because they couldn’t get comfortable with the “market size” given that they were a big fund and only targeted $1B+ opportunities.


Hiring & Talent, Marketing & Growth

What Makes a Great Consumer Startup Marketer?

While the startup environment in Boston has vastly improved over the last several years, I continue to hear the sentiment that it’s really tough to build a great consumer startup in Boston. This is expressed by people outside of Boston, but it often comes from those within our community too. There are a couple reasons cited […]


Fundraising

“Seed Is the New Series A” – Making Sense of the Confusion

A few weeks ago, Manu Kumar wrote an excellent post detailing the current state of the seed financing landscape. Read it – it’s excellent. I agree with most of the things that Manu wrote, and I’ve been thinking about the topic quite a bit over the last several days. One very common meme these days is that […]