VIDEO: David Beisel, Partner/Co-Founder of Nextview Ventures

Dedicated readers (Hi Mom!) know we’ve already gotten a look into Nextview Ventures via our interview with Lee Hower, but the interview above with David Beisel is a longer, deeper dive into some of NextView’s investments, including Code Climate, Bridj (which originated in Vermont,) GrabCad (Estonia!) and others. David also talks about starting up WebInno, … More VIDEO: David Beisel, Partner/Co-Founder of Nextview Ventures

Entrepreneurs: What to Do if You Don’t Have an Idea

This post was originally published in OnStartups. I hope to be doing further guest posting on that site, which is one of my favorites. Thanks to Dharmesh Shah for his edits. Don’t have an idea yet for a startup? Then get off your butt and go work for someone else’s cool startup!  And the first … More Entrepreneurs: What to Do if You Don’t Have an Idea

Do like Chris Sacca: “Create Value Before Asking for Value Back”

I’m a full-time angel, plus I’m a procrastinator and an information consumer. So, I spend a LOT of time on the cruising the net, and find a lot of great content.  But a video from Foundation, Kevin Rose‘s new venture, was so insightful and full of entertaining stories that I had to stop in my … More Do like Chris Sacca: “Create Value Before Asking for Value Back”

Why Every Angel Should Beg to Mentor at an Accelerator

Most angels who volunteer as mentors cite noble reasons to do so: “paying it forward”, “giving back”, educating the next generation of entrepreneurs, and so on.  I love people who help others purely for altruistic reasons, and I hope such motives stay foremost in mentors’ minds.  The more favors you do, the more come back … More Why Every Angel Should Beg to Mentor at an Accelerator

9 Point Checklist Before Investing in an Angel (or VC) Fund

In the last post, I discussed how commingled funds, whether they be managed by micro-VCs, leading angels, or traditional venture capital funds, can be an important component in an early stage investor’s overall strategy. This is especially for those who otherwise can’t assemble a diversified portfolio. In this post, I’m going to talk about 9 … More 9 Point Checklist Before Investing in an Angel (or VC) Fund

My favorite reading from the week of May 15

And the awards go to: Rob Go of NextView Ventures for his post on considerations  for the ideal seed round composition; and also to Roger Ehrenberg of IA Ventures for his complementary piece on finding the right investors for the mission.  Startup guys raising their rounds now, read these two article pronto; Fred Destin of Atlas as part of a really … More My favorite reading from the week of May 15

Everything You Wanted to Know about Commingled Startup Funds…but were afraid to ask

One of the smarter people I know, an engineer by training who has gone on to successfully manage $billions on both the “buy side” (i.e., institutional investors) and sell side, has asked me to write some posts aimed at educating people who want to invest in angel funds, rather than in individual investments. Seeing as … More Everything You Wanted to Know about Commingled Startup Funds…but were afraid to ask