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Value Inflection Points for Seed-Stage Startups

View from Seed

Often, when I speak to very early-stage founders, the conversation around value focuses on achievements. Get three paying customers.

How a Seed-Stage Startup Should Think About Brand: A Conversation With Jesse Derris

View from Seed

They might believe that branding is a fluffy idea or a later-stage need, and right now, they need to move faster, launch, learn, grow, and survive.

Should Seed-Stage VCs Pay Up for Great Teams or Great Traction?

View from Seed

“As a seed-stage investor, should you pay up for team or traction?” I appeared first on The View From Seed

Accidental VC: When, Exactly, Should Seed-Stage Startups Look for Office Space?

View from Seed

This was the subject of a recent conversation had at NextView HQ, so I wanted to share our conclusions publicly. Who has a good reputation?

When Does a Seed Stage Company Need a Board with More Than Just the Founder?


I recently engaged in a conversation (over a few days) about the need for a seed stage company to have a board member other than the founder. Let’s say a seed stage company raises $600K from a group of seed stage VCs.  It is reasonable to think that the limited partners would expect their money managers (i.e.,

How much should a start-up CEO make?

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

Keep in mind that I’m talking about Seed and Series A stage businesses. At the seed stage the modest amount of money you have raised is best spent on product and attracting initial customers than it is on paying yourself. – Have an open conversation with your investors about what you need.

An Alternative to Board Decks Some Seed VCs Actually Prefer

View from Seed

As Rob Go wrote , board decks and board meetings can waste loads of time at the seed stage. Seed-Stage-Friendly Board Update Doc.

The State of NYC Seed: Startup Trends & VC Data [REPORT]

View from Seed

Today, we’re excited to launch the State of NYC Seed — a comprehensive report on the ecosystem, authored by our own Tim Devane.

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

Probably the most price-sensitive seed investors I know are sophisticated individual angel investors. appeared first on The View From Seed

How to Avoid a Cluttered Board Room

View from Seed

Here at NextView, we are strong proponents of creating a board at the seed stage. At the seed stage, we typically have three-person boards with two founders and one VC — though as companies grow at later stages, five-person boards and ultimately six- or seven-person boards become more common. Fundraising

Should Startups Blog? An Essay (with Data) to Decide Once and For All

View from Seed

So the question needs to be asked: Should seed-stage startups even blog in the first place? We launched The View From Seed in July 2014.

Seed Round Signaling Revisited: Myths, Truths, & Half-Lies

Genuine VC

It’s been five years now since large VC ‘signaling’ entered the seed stage entrepreneur’s lexicon.  And although the new conventional wisdom became that it’s best to avoid a larger firm’s seed investment dollars as it depresses the ability to raise a Series A, entrepreneurs (often wisely) did so anyway. 

Short term clarity vs long term upside

The Equity Kicker

But it got me thinking about the trade off between short term clarity and long term upside in seed stage investing. Not when they’re at the seed stage. Conversely I’ve seen too many companies with amazing upside stories fail because they didn’t make enough progress after their seed round.

Free Templates for Great Startup Pitch Decks, Direct from VCs

View from Seed

Today, NextView Ventures is excited to release a pillar project in our Growth Guides series: pitch deck templates for raising seed capital.

7 Common Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make in VC Pitches & How to Fix Them

View from Seed

Wasting 10 minutes to attempt to fix whatever isn’t working kills the conversation momentum and effectiveness of the pitch. Backup ”).

2 Challenges of Startup Customer Development & How to Get Great Feedback Instead

View from Seed

With that in the back of our minds, let’s dive into a few of those crucial first-step nuances as you look to gain traction and hold successful customer development conversations. But for a true seed-stage company or for folks just thinking about companies to start or products to build, I think surveys are generally terrible.

Understanding Different Types of Angel Investors

View from Seed

The post Understanding Different Types of Angel Investors appeared first on The View From Seed The Super Angel. The Domain Angel.

The Question of Scale

Mark Birch

often hear some version of this quote from conversations with investors.  This left a gaping hole in the early stage startup funding ecosystem. 

What Early-Stage Investors Hate The Most

Mark Birch

Coupled with an founder not doing research on the focus of the investor’s investments are the thing(s) that early-stage investors hate the most.

You should have 4 fundraising plans.


This kind of conversation happens a lot, though.  So what do you do? Investor: Really? Why so little? You need to prepare 4 fundraising plans.

Announcing NextView Ventures II

Rob Go

NextView Ventures II is $40M, twice the size of our first fund, and we continue to be exclusively focused on seed-stage companies pursuing internet-enabled innovation. But a larger fund also allows us to invest a broader range of amounts in early seed rounds.  First, the seed and early stage market continues to evolve.

Convertible Debt – The Discount

Ask The VC

Instead, it’s simply a loan that has the ability to convert to equity based on some future financing event (we’ll tackle the conversion mechanics in a later post.). 10% if the round closes in 90 days, 20% if it takes longer), we generally recommend entrepreneurs (and investors) keep this simple – it is the seed round, after all.

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

Both Sides of the Table

The Biggest Area of Concern is Late Stage Investments. Another Area of Concern is in the Seed Investor Class. Sorry! Summary.

Convertible Debt: Worst Form Of Seed Financing — Except For All The Others


How to finance a new seed-stage startup? Equity? Convertible debt? Convertible equity? How can this possibly make sense?

Do Your Own PR

Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

So I am spending more and more time these days advising concept stage and seed stage startups. And I had an interesting conversation with a pair of entrepreneurs the other day about press releases and marketing. They had reached a significant milestone and put a release on the wire. You have to work it like this.

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Making Good Decisions Still Means You're Sometimes Wrong.

Agile VC

How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. recently was having one of these conversations with an entrepreneur I’ve known for a couple years. In NextView’s case that’s seed stage internet and software companies. How To Think About The Future. About Me. AGILEVC My idle thoughts on tech startups. Author howerl.

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

View from Seed

Seed-stage startups lack a history of proof but offer plenty of promise. And that’s a huge problem. What Does the Science Say?

The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

Both Sides of the Table

The rise of “micro VCs” or seed-stage funds. On the surface the narratives have been. Where are we today? billion). Mbps).

Building your C Level Team


Back when I was a seed stage VC I was always amazed to meet founding teams where every one of them had a C level title. CEO, CTO, etc.

A Choir of Angel Investors Sing Different Parts

Genuine VC

We at NextView Ventures often invest in a startup’s first round alongside other funds; either seed stage focused ones like ourselves or larger traditional firms.  Addressing both of those issues can stem from the motivations as to why someone would want to put their hard-earned cash into a risky early-stage startup in the first place.  

Values Build Startup Culture: A Founder’s Take on Getting Started

View from Seed

For seed-stage startups, when resources are tight, trying to consciously build startup culture can feel wasteful. How can it not? How? .


Pull the Plug or Keep Searching for the Believer? When Fundraising is Tough.

Genuine VC

And with the focus on searching for a believer, there is risk in an entrepreneur (and existing investor-set) convincing themselves that going just a bit broader, initiating just one more conversation, speaking with just one more firm will a new (and better) result. I’ve seen both outcomes in a prolonged “believer” search. 

The Truth About Convertible Debt at Startups and The Hidden Terms You Didn’t Understand

Both Sides of the Table

” And some seed stage investors told me, “I prefer not to fight over price now. Some thoughts on raising angel money. Voila.

It’s Time to Rethink the Startup Pitch Deck (Here’s a Start)

View from Seed

What distinguishes this deck is that we think it’s designed for the way most seed stage fundraising conversations actually happen. In particular, this is very foreign when you are talking about pitching an angel investor or seed fund, especially if you have done your work to get a good, qualified intro. First Meetings.

A Simple Approach to Startups Pitch Decks

Rob Go

What distinguishes this deck is that we think it’s designed for the way most seed stage fundraising conversations actually happen. In particular, this is very foreign when you are talking about pitching an angel investor or seed fund, especially if you have done your work to get a good, qualified intro. First Meetings.

Should you raise on convertible notes or do an equity round?


A reader named Turner Dean recently asked me whether it’s better to raise seed money on convertible notes or straight-up equity.

Google Engineer: How We Interview, How I’d Beat Us for Talent, & How Non-Technical Founders Should Approach Devs

View from Seed

It’s amazing how often people don’t get to that in the conversation. Portfolio companies can contact us to learn more.)

On Personal Networking: Ask For and Be Specific

Genuine VC

As a tactical matter, I try to end each networking conversation with “How can I specifically help you?”  Even though it narrows the scope of possibilities, an extra level of specificity jogs the thinking for things that are current, as well as plants the seed for recognition recall in the future. Practice makes better.” 

Why Most VCs Won’t Intro You To Other VCs (Unless You Follow These Steps)

Hunter Walker

Funds 123, 456, and 789 all seem to invest in seed stage social gaming startups. It’s never been easier to get a sense of what industries and stages are preferred by various investor segments. ”). And in this business, reputation is very important. ’ A lot. DO some work upfront. ” (b) “Hi Hunter.

Seed Round Dynamics

Rob Go

A friend of mine just completed a very successful fundraise for an institutionally led seed-round of capital.  Feel free to call them”.