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The Golden Age of the Boston Internet Entrepreneur

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This latter persona is still hungry, but is able to really leverage that experience-set. Today the landscape is very different from 2004.

Do Startup Location Matters Even Matter?

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Today we’re now neighbors in our building with Uber , our portfolio company TurningArt , and social media marketing firm Likeable Media , among others… including three other portfolio companies on the above map a stone’s throw away [orange]. First, take the startups in our portfolio based the greater Boston + Cambridge area.

Searching for the Kinect Killer App

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We at NextView have been thinking about and looking for investments in seed-stage startups which leverage the megatrend of transitioning computing away from a standard fixed-web PC world.  Of course that includes “mobile-first” applications and companies which ride the adoption of tablet devices (more on those in upcoming posts). 

Beer Kegs and the Future of Venture Capital: What It Means for Entrepreneurs

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While social media has brought greater transparency to many aspects of the VC business, it’s still a relationship-driven and moderately opaque industry. Last September I wrote a post outlining my view of the venture capital industry: increasingly evolving like the beer industry as it continues to mature. So what’s going on?

Startups Seeking Sherpas

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After we sold our startup Sombasa Media just over a dozen years ago, I embarked on two distinct “journeys.” The first was a month-long 1500+ mile cycling trip from the southern tip of England to the northern tip of Scotland (“ Land’s End to John O’Groats ”). The second was a trip where we hiked the “ Inca Trail ” in Peru to Machu Picchu.

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NextView Ventures' TurningArt Investment Aims to Transform Art Buying Experience

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Given the unique and original service, it’s no surprise that TurningArt has been featured in dozens of media outlets in the past few months like NPR , CBS News , and the Boston Globe. The vision is to capitalize on the opportunity to do for art what has already been done for wine. The U.S.

Seven Lessons I've Learned Organizing Events

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And of course social media has helped spread the word, from the nearly two thousand Twitter followers ( @webinno ) to all of the blog posts attendees write as follow up. For the past five years, I’ve been organizing a regular event here in Boston called the Web Innovators Group (aka “WebInno”). But I don’t think that’s a necessary ingredient.

VC Paradox: The Best of Times & Worst of Times (Part I)

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In the past few weeks, we’ve seen extremely positive headlines about the surge in VC fundings like “ Venture Capital Hits Highest Level Since Dot-Com Bubble.”  It must be the best of times for the industry with $8.1B invested in startups during the second quarter of 2012 (the highest in a decade!) Surely that conveys optimism.

Two Decade-Defining Acquisitions? Then (Google) & Now (Apple)

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Not only will Apple now be able to monetize through physical product and content (first-party software & resold entertainment media) sales, it will be able to generate real revenue via advertising. Back in 2003 Google acquired Applied Semantics for just over $100M. Sound familiar? So when they buy something… it’s meaningful.

Seven Lessons I've Learned Organizing Events

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And of course social media has helped spread the word, from the nearly two thousand Twitter followers ( @webinno ) to all of the blog posts attendees write as follow up. For the past five years, I’ve been organizing a regular event here in Boston called the Web Innovators Group (aka “WebInno”). But I don’t think that’s a necessary ingredient.

Why I Like Our Investment in Triple Lift

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Using real-time image engagement analytics, the company identifies and amplifies brands’ images through initiating paid media and catalyzing earned media. The web has become increasingly visual. And so the past few years we’ve seen glossy graphically-rich sites which are image-centric become commonplace. In comes Triple Lift.

Getting Back the Band Together for NextView’s Investment in BookBub

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Just about fifteen years ago, Josh Schanker and I, along with our co-founders Elliot Shmukler and Tammy O’Neil Bolduc started Sombasa Media together. Our company offered a series of consumer-facing properties, including our flagship property BargainDog, which was an early e-commerce daily deals email newsletter. Back in those Web 1.0

Our Investment in tapCommerce is the Real Deal

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With many of the co-founders having worked together at places like CNET, Pontiflex, and Demdex; on paper it was the right mix of mobile, ad-tech, and online media DNA. It isn’t a secret that there is a huge platform shift underway as consumers transition from the desktop web to mobile + tablet devices. Mobile is literally eating the world.

Searching for the Kinect Killer App

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We at NextView have been thinking about and looking for investments in seed-stage startups which leverage the megatrend of transitioning computing away from a standard fixed-web PC world.  Of course that includes “mobile-first” applications and companies which ride the adoption of tablet devices (more on those in upcoming posts). 

Excited to Co-Found a New Micro VC Firm

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believe that the company is dramatically changing the face of women’s-focused media with an authentic & powerful community of bloggers, and I am happy to continue to be a part of that endeavor as it grows. I thought I would share a quick update on my blog about my professional plans. Stay tuned for more to come

Two Decade-Defining Acquisitions? Then (Google) & Now (Apple)

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Not only will Apple now be able to monetize through physical product and content (first-party software & resold entertainment media) sales, it will be able to generate real revenue via advertising. Back in 2003 Google acquired Applied Semantics for just over $100M. Sound familiar? So when they buy something… it’s meaningful.

Why AOL's "About.com 2.0" strategy will work. for a while

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In a CNBC interview a few weeks ago he explained his vision : “We’re building the world’s largest niche, you know, media business. Disclaimer: I co-founded Sombasa Media which we sold to About.com and worked there for a couple years. And niche meaning at scale. ” What does this mean in practice?

Why AOL's "About.com 2.0" strategy will work. for a while

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In a CNBC interview a few weeks ago he explained his vision : “We’re building the world’s largest niche, you know, media business. Disclaimer: I co-founded Sombasa Media which we sold to About.com and worked there for a couple years. And niche meaning at scale. ” What does this mean in practice?

The Swinging Pendulum Between Distribution and Monetization

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However, for the past couple years, the metrics of “success” with early-stage digital media startups (especially consumer-facing ones) have clearly focused on distribution, as opposed to monetization. Now the new plan for distribution is facilitation through low-cost viral strategies via Facebook and other social media.

The Swinging Pendulum Between Distribution and Monetization

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However, for the past couple years, the metrics of “success” with early-stage digital media startups (especially consumer-facing ones) have clearly focused on distribution, as opposed to monetization. Now the new plan for distribution is facilitation through low-cost viral strategies via Facebook and other social media.

It's Always Sunny on the Web

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There is certainly a natural progression of the web as a media outlet and how we use it – we first learned to receive information with this new medium, then we learned to look for it proactively. Rather, it was his framework for the “history of the web” which did. Behavioral ad networks are beginning to solve this problem, but only partially.

It's Always Sunny on the Web

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There is certainly a natural progression of the web as a media outlet and how we use it – we first learned to receive information with this new medium, then we learned to look for it proactively. Rather, it was his framework for the “history of the web” which did. Behavioral ad networks are beginning to solve this problem, but only partially.

Our Second Rotation Investment

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In conjunction with this funding event, the board is expanding to include myself and Mike Tyrrell from Venrock, Austin Ligon (co-founder and former CEO of CarMax), Henry Vogel (Chief Revenue Officer at Quigo and a former eBay executive), and Ashton Peery (former CEO of Top Ten Media), along with both Rousseau Aurelien and Israel Ganot.

Our Second Rotation Investment

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In conjunction with this funding event, the board is expanding to include myself and Mike Tyrrell from Venrock, Austin Ligon (co-founder and former CEO of CarMax), Henry Vogel (Chief Revenue Officer at Quigo and a former eBay executive), and Ashton Peery (former CEO of Top Ten Media), along with both Rousseau Aurelien and Israel Ganot.

The Shift Towards Universal Search

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Much like the situation for natural text search in the late 90's, there is a new land grab for top search placement for these new media formats (like images, podcast, and video). There has been a lot of coverage this past week about the recent upgrading of search engines' user experiences to include other content-type results.

Four Branches of the Green Web

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From my perspective, it’s worth exploring the role of digital media in this movement. Big media companies are also jumping on board – MSNBC has an Environment channel online and Discovery acquired the aforementioned TreeHugger company just last week). Coincidentally, it’s one area where I’ve been spending quite a bit of time recently.

Seven Coming Digital Uber-trends which Are Ripe for Startup Opportunities

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And so I thought it would be good post to highlight what are some very important uber-trends which starting to emerge in the digital media space. To most readers, they likely may seem obvious, but perhaps serve as a reminder what’s likely in store. The digitalization of transportation experience. Internet’s facilitation of green lifestyle.

7 Social Media Marketing Habits That Lead To Failure

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Social media marketing (SMM) not working is simply a sign that you need to identify what's going wrong and try again. Sign me up.  .

Is Social Media Making Us Stupid?

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Debate: Is Social Media Making Us Stupid For Real? Who’s Using Social Media And How? a. The Social Media Cons . a.

11 Best Social Media Tools For Small Businesses And Individuals

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But does it all end at fancy social profiles or does social media marketing run deeper? I say, the latter. Social How can you make it easy?

Why Your Brand’s Social Media Impact is Low

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The client had just finished their “father’s day campaign” and the social media impact on sales seemed a little disappointing.

A Day In The Life of A Social Media Manager

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One may think social media managers are very lucky. So, let us have a look at a typical work day of a social media manager. Gif via.

Why Do B2B Companies Need To Prioritize Social Media

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If you’re wondering whether your B2B company need to prioritize social media, this is for you. On social media. Trust is Shifting.

How To Revolutionize Your Social Media

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Before, I start, here’s a quick reminder: Why is social media helpful? ’ How To Revolutionize Your Social Media. 1.

3 Ways in Which Social Media Has Impacted Company Communications

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Ways in Which Social Media Has Impacted Company Communications. 1. Social Media Impact on Internal communications. Unacceptable, right?

Is Social Media Working For Your Business?

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So, you have your social media team in place. Is social media working for your business? What are your experiences with social media?

5 Ways To Boost SEO Through Social Media

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One way to accelerate SEO is to fully leverage the social media potential. Here are the five best ways to boost SEO through social media.

How Restaurants Are Using Social Media Effectively (And What You Can Learn)

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When all businesses are using social media , why should restaurants be left behind? It’s all about the Location. Reward Check Ins. Run contests.

How Can You Get More Social Media Fans?

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Building up a social media  following can be a very tedious affair. These are legit ways to grow your social media fans. via GIPHY.

How To Identify A Good Social Media Strategist

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A social media strategist is a job title of current times. Handling social media for your company by yourself ? Start here! Positivity.