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, which has grown into a huge quarterly event, and how it wasn’t so cool to be associated with internet startups in 2003-4, and … Read More

Lee Hower, Partner/CoFounder of NextView Ventures

Lee speaks so well, it’s almost pointless for me to comment. Watch it and you’ll understand how NextView has been able to raise a fund and rack in 3 exits in the past 6 months. Just a class outfit.

Here are some shownotes related to the video.

0:30 Being a double unicorn–getting in early at Paypal and LinkedIn

3:00 Moving back to New England from Silicon Valley

4:45 Where NextView fits in in the VC ecosystem

6:30 Sourcing early stage … Read More

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 areas I think are most relevant to look at before investing in a startup fund. They are:

1)     The Manager’s Background /Reputation

2)     Prior … Read More

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 good angel panel, which among other things, talks about how the speed of AngelList threatens traditional … Read More