Profile: Rob Go
Co-Founder, NextView Ventures
Rob Go is a co-founder and partner at NextView Ventures. He tries to spend as much time as possible working with entrepreneurs to develop products that solve important problems for everyday people. Prior to NextView, Rob was at Spark Capital focusing on early-stage investments and worked as the business product lead for Ebay's 'Finding' product, used by tens of millions globally. He also held product roles at Fidelity Investments and BzzAgent (acquired by Dunnhumby). Rob holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
NoteStreams By Rob Go
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.
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.