Profile: NextView Ventures

NextView Ventures is a venture capital firm specialized in investments in seed, startup, and early-stage companies.

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Hoping to Gain Startup Traction? Make Just 1 Customer Count

I love learning about business, but in particular, I love learning about how today’s most successful companies got started. What things did they do to gain initial traction? People tell you they put together the perfect team, with proven track records, and developed a great product experience.
Great - but then there’s the rest of us out here trying to get traction and go from 10 customers to 100 customers, $10,000 in MRR to $100,000 in MRR, etc.
What about us?

Category: Business

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How Much Seed Capital Should You Actually Raise?

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?

Category: Business

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Where Am I in My Seed Fundraising?

Much digital ink has been spilled around landing an initial meeting, but as my partner David recently wrote and illustrated, it’s crucial to know how the remaining process might unfold, generally speaking.

Category: Business

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What to Expect after a Successful First Pitch

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?

Category: Business

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The Market Fallacy for Startups

VCs pass because of “market size” all the time. It’s maddening feedback for entrepreneurs, because no one likes to think they are not working on a “big enough” opportunity. Sometimes, it’s true – the market really isn’t big enough. But often, it’s either not really the case or truly impossible to tell.

Category: Business

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NYC Is A Great Place To Be An Entrepreneur

New York City is a tremendous place to be an entrepreneur. For a pursuit that largely revolves around silent time spent at a computer by one person then, slowly at first, a few more people, a bit more talking, and on and on until failure, acquisition, or IPO, it may seem inconsequential to consider where it all goes down. There are, of course, many necessary considerations, emotions, and excursions beyond a laptop and Wi-Fi along the path of starting up and so place does matter

Category: Business

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What Makes a Great Consumer 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 for the challenge of building a consumer company in this city, but I want to focus on one in particular.

Category: Business

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7 Founding Sins

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.

Category: Business

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Should Startups Blog? An Essay (with Data)

Visit a startup’s website, and you’ll eventually drift towards a few standard links, from About to Team to Contact. But among those options, appearing on almost every site, is one link that simply doesn’t belong with the rest: “Blog.”
Don’t misunderstand; it’s not the fact that a startup’s blog exists that’s so troubling. Instead, it’s why it usually exists and why it gets lumped together with all those other basic navigation links — namely, because many startups launch blogs simply because they’re “supposed to.” As a result, most sit idly, gathering digital dust, perhaps getting the occasional company news article, but never gaining any traffic and never becoming what blogs really should be for startups: critical marketing assets.
So the question needs to be asked: Should seed-stage startups even blog in the first place?

Category: Business

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Startups: Here’s How to Brainstorm Better, According to Science

Seed-stage startups lack a history of proof but offer plenty of promise. And part of the attempt to fulfill that promise means generating new and innovative ideas, or perhaps scrappy ones that help push the ball forward bit by bit. Regardless of the need at your particular startup, brainstorm meetings seem to be widely accepted as the best way to generate those new and/or scrappy approaches to execution. And that’s a huge problem.

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