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If CAC is the New Rent, How should You Operate Differently?

Five to ten years ago, it was thought that digitally-native brands and e-commerce retailers had a distinct cost advantage because they didn’t have to pay for legacy physical infrastructure (e.g. storefronts with long-term lease commitments), which represents high fixed costs and reduced margin. Now in 2018, I believe that digitally-native brands should actually develop a holistic […]


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VC’s Doing the Work to Build Investment Conviction

  I once had a VC mentor (only) half tongue-in-cheek tell me that “all investment diligence is merely an exercise in confirming what you have already decided during the initial pitch.” Diligence validates your gut to invest or (hopefully quickly) kills an opportunity that sounded reasonable but you just didn’t like. I’ve come to believe […]


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Meet Our Newest Investment: Properly

A home is arguably the most important asset both financially and emotionally for a family. As a result, the unnecessarily complex and manual process one experiences today with traditional real estate brokers and agents can cause selling that home to be an emotional and stressful experience. Today, it takes an average of 72 days to […]


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Welcoming Nicole Sievers to the NextView Team!

Rob, Lee, Melody and I are all very pleased to announce that Nicole Sievers has joined the NextView team as Platform Associate.  Nicole most recently comes to us from SmartBear Software, where she was responsible for the launch and marketing for an entire product: overseeing activities like PR, creative, content creation, and social media engagement. […]


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Seed Stage Startups Are Now Graded on a Curve

Over the past five years, we’ve witnessed an Atomization of the Seed Stage. Early fundraising is no longer a one-and-done fundraise of a single round of Seed capital subsequently followed by a Series A 12–18 months later. Rather, it has been broken into bits of a series of capital raises to reach meaningful milestones… “pre-seed,” “post-seed,” […]


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Kicking off NextView’s Startup “Fundraising Month”

The beginning of September always seems to mark the unofficial end of summer.  While the proverbial joke about venture capitalists being completely out on vacation in August is only partially true [insert link to Manifesto], things do really change after Labor Day.  Whereas a couple weeks ago, nailing down meetings various VC partners was likely […]


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The NextView Ventures Manifesto

Despite rumors that the VC business slows down in the summer, we’ve had one or our busiest periods in quite a while.  During June, July, and August, we’ve closed 4 new investments and several follow-ons, with a number of companies gearing up to go out in the fall.  Although we had a busy summer, I […]


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Why We Invested in The Nudge

Sometimes we just need little push to take action.  A little motivation to make things happen.  And having a plan already put together makes things just that much easier.  Yep, sometimes all you need is just little a nudge. Enter just that, The Nudge.  It’s a “planner friend in your pocket,” as the team calls […]


Hiring & Talent, Portfolio, Resources

Highlights from NextView’s inaugural Hiring Bootcamp

Last week, we hosted our very first portfolio-only Hiring Bootcamp in NYC, led by NextView’s talent advisor Kristen Caldwell. We launched the Hiring Bootcamp to equip portfolio founders and hiring managers with the best practices around building a hiring machine, so they can maximize their chances of getting the best talent into the door efficiently. […]