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There is a well-known trope that choosing a VC to partner with is like marriage.  This is true. It’s a super important, near permanent relationship, especially for a lead investor that is likely to take a board seat for many […]

Rob Go
February 4, 2021 · 3  min.

When a company is pitching a VC, there is typically one partner who is the advocate for the deal and is shepherding the process. This usually involves one or multiple meetings with the broad investment team, which culminates in a […]

Rob Go
January 6, 2021 · 4  min.

Most founders know the value of publicity, but earning press can be a massive headache. The media world is notoriously difficult to navigate from the outside, and working with PR agencies can be even more of a black box. When […]

Leah Fessler
December 7, 2020 · 4  min.

One important tactical decision when fundraising is determining the size of “the ask”. Sizing the ask incorrectly is one of the things I see founders get wrong most often, and it ends up having a meaningful impact to the fundraising […]

Rob Go
November 18, 2020 · 3  min.

One thing I strongly believe is that founders should drive the agenda of a fundraising meeting. This is something that is easy to do, but only happens a minority of the time. What does it mean to not drive the […]

Rob Go
October 13, 2020 · 2  min.

Welcome to the first installment of the NextView Ventures Early Stage Startup Guides. Over the years, we’ve worked with, and talked to thousands of founders just starting out. Every stage of building a company comes with a certain set of […]

NextView
September 30, 2020 · 2  min.

A few weeks ago, I published a post on how we make decisions and vote at NextView. Usually when we record our votes, we also score each company based on five attributes. This isn’t used as a “scorecard” where companies […]

Rob Go
September 16, 2020 · 4  min.

There are many traits and habits that successful entrepreneurs, especially repeat ones, display. Most of them are correlated to, but don’t directly cause success. And so they’re typically not necessary, nor sufficient conditions, to being or even becoming an exceptional […]

David Beisel
September 10, 2020 · 2  min.

When you are introducing your company to a VC for the first time, their brains are scrambling to try to form as much of an opinion as possible in a short amount of time. Many different details leave some sort […]

Rob Go
July 29, 2020 · 3  min.

“Be formless, shapeless, like water.” – Bruce Lee   I was on a pitch video call the other day when the founder asked me what the guiding principle for product was at Blue Apron when I was leading the team […]

Melody Koh
June 23, 2020 · 3  min.