Profile: David Beisel
Co-Founder, NextView Ventures
David Beisel is a co-founder and partner at NextView Ventures. He has been focused on early-stage internet and mobile startups his entire career, both as an entrepreneur and investor. He previously served as a Vice President at Venrock, Principal at Masthead Ventures, and founder at Sombasa Media, sold to About.com, where David served as VP, Marketing. David holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is the founder of Boston's popular Web Innovators Group, attracting over 1,000 entrepreneurs quarterly.
NoteStreams By David Beisel
In a world of pre-seeds, seeds, seed extensions, super-seeds, and more, figuring out the right amount to raise for a startup’s seed round can seem like a moving target. And if you do land on a “right” amount, is that the actual best number for the “ask” in a pitch deck?
Nearly all of the guidance for meetings with VCs is centered on the very first meeting: how to get it, how to prepare a pitch deck, how to run the meeting, etc. But then the tactical advice stops. What about the rest of the VC fundraising process? How should an entrepreneur approach the full set of meetings and emails during a fundraise?
Over the past few years, I have been involved with and close to a number of both successful and unsuccessful startups.
To me, the most exciting (and most perilous) times in a company’s lifecycle are the early first stages when it is just getting off the ground. At the seed stage, the founder’s or co-founders’ role in the company is essential and therefore carries a great deal of risk for missteps. Below, I’ve compiled what I’ve learned to be the seven “Founding Sins” – common mistakes that often divert entrepreneurs off the path towards success.