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Why We Invested in Flyp: Unlocking Recommerce Supply

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Flyp’s model is quite unique, as it isn’t directly focused on the shopping consumer, but rather, on re sellers who sell on the re commerce marketplaces (like thredUP or competitors such as Poshmark or The RealReal).

Announcing NextView IV

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We are pleased to announce that we have closed on NextView IV. This is a fresh $100M fund with the same high-conviction, hands-on seed strategy that we’ve been pursuing since the start of NextView over 10 years ago.

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State of VC 2.0

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This post is inspired by some of the earliest conversations I have had with the team here at NextView and since the beginning of my VC journey. Back in 2018, my colleague Rob wrote a blog post about how the VC asset class is doing.

Welcoming Jack Abramowitz to Our Investment Team

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I’m excited to announce that Jack Abramowitz has joined our investment team at NextView. He will be based in our office in New York and looking to invest in companies across the US.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

What’s new with NextView? The story behind our NextView.vc website refresh

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As someone relatively new to the VC space, I was particularly struck by the partners’ collective reflections regarding what has changed and what has remained the same.

Sizing the Ask

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One important tactical decision when fundraising is determining the size of “the ask”. Sizing the ask incorrectly is one of the things I see founders get wrong most often, and it ends up having a meaningful impact to the fundraising process overall.

Why NextView Invested in HomePace

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The US housing market’s combined value sits at $43.4T in 2022, and there is $9.9T accessible US home equity as of Q1 2022. Home price appreciation (“HPA”) is an untapped, multi-trillion-dollar asset class. Home equity is usually the largest asset of the average U.S.

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State of VC 2.0

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This post is inspired by some of the earliest conversations I have had with the team here at NextView and since the beginning of my VC journey. Back in 2018, my colleague Rob wrote a blog post about how the VC asset class is doing.

Airbnb S-1 (Part 1): So How Profitable Is This Thing Really?

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Airbnb’s public S-1 dropped Monday afternoon. One of the most highly anticipated startup IPOs of recent years, we now get a peek inside Airbnb’s business.

Mercenaries, Missionaries, and Crusaders

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I’ve had the privilege to work with many great entrepreneurs, both in my operating days at the start of my career and over the last decade plus on the VC investing side. In my experience founders usually fall into one of three types: mercenaries, missionaries, and crusaders.

Announcing NextView’s Everyday Economy Accelerator

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We at NextView Ventures are sensitive to the challenges which all startups face during these times brought upon us by the current Coronavirus crisis. As we have discussed elsewhere, the world of early stage investing is shifting from FOMO ( F ear O f M issing O ut) to FOLD (Fear Of Looking Dumb).

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Be Like Water – A Guiding Principle for Consumer Product

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“Be formless, shapeless, like water.” – Bruce Lee. I was on a pitch video call the other day when the founder asked me what the guiding principle for product was at Blue Apron when I was leading the team there, and my response was that consumer product experience should be like water.

How Venture Capital Decision Making Has Changed During the Pandemic

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The sudden arrival of the global pandemic has shifted the playbook for founders and venture capitalists. Despite the beginnings of a vaccine rollout, it’s likely that the conditions created by Covid-19 will continue to persist for some time.

Come Join Our Investment Team in NYC!

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With the news of our most recent $100M fund , NextView is looking to add a new member of our investment team based in New York. If you or someone that you know might be a great fit for this role, please apply here.

Announcing Our Investment in YAA

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I’m very excited to announce our investment in YAA. You can read the update from the company’s CEO Zach here , and we are excited to be partnering with our friends at Flybridge and Long Journey on this investment. .

Dispense: Building the Transaction Layer of an Entire New Industry

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Dispense recently announced their $2M seed round , which we are pleased to have led here at NextView. Dispense is a B2B software company, focused on transaction software specifically designed for the cannabis industry.

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What Does Your Startups Mean to You?

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I was doing a virtual AMA with a terrific group of underrepresented founders from Visible Hands last week and the conversation turned a little personal. We were talking a bit about the challenges of building a startup and how to persist and maintain a productive outlook in the face of setbacks. I reflected a little on my own experience as well as on the experience of the hundreds of founders we have backed at NextView.

The Shift from FOMO to FOLD in Early Stage Investing

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For the last several years, the early stage investing market was driven largely by the F ear O f M issing O ut, AKA FOMO.

Announcing NextView’s Health and Sustainability Accelerator

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Last spring, we at NextView announced a new, virtual “Everyday Economy” accelerator at the height of the initial pandemic lockdown. It quickly became a success.

Investing in the Care Economy

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One of the themes that we have been investing against for some time has been in what we’d call the “Care Economy”. This comprises the time and dollars spent against caring for the needs of another person. It’s a truly universal experience, one that every one of us has and will grapple with several times in our lives. It’s an area that has been largely untouched by technology, but is quickly being redesigned through the ingenuity of entrepreneurs and the ever-expanding reach of digitization.

Congrats Jambb!

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Congrats to the team at Jambb on their recent $3.5M seed round. The round was co-led by Arrington Capital and Animoca Brands, both investors focused on digital assets and blockchain-based investments. You can read more about the round here. We’ve loved working with the Jambb team in our first Accelerator cohort and are excited to continue to support the company in this next stage.

Our Investment in Expressable: A Different Kind of Digital Speech Company

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I’m pleased to announce our recent investment in Expressable, a company focused on delivering better speech therapy in our digital age.

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Congrats Jambb!

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Congrats to the team at Jambb on their recent $3.5M seed round. The round was co-led by Arrington Capital and Animoca Brands, both investors focused on digital assets and blockchain-based investments. You can read more about the round here. We’ve loved working with the Jambb team in our first Accelerator cohort and are excited to continue to support the company in this next stage.

Choosing a VC Is Like a Marriage. But Pitching VC’s is NOT Like Dating

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There is a well-known trope that choosing a VC to partner with is like marriage. This is true. It’s a super important, near permanent relationship, especially for a lead investor that is likely to take a board seat for many years. But in my experience, the metaphor ends there.

We are Adding a Principal to Our Investment Team

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Who We Are Looking For. You have unbounded curiosity for emerging trends, a love for experimentation, and you’re always eager to dive into new products and technologies before others do. You have 5-10 years of professional experience as a technology operator, founder, and/or investor.

Coachability is Overrated

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The most overrated attribute that some investors look for in founders is “coachability” Do I have your attention? It’s not that founders shouldn’t be coachable. It’s a good attribute. But I think there are two ways that an emphasis on coachability goes wrong.

Four Tricky VC Questions and How To Handle Them

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During the course of a fundraise, founders are likely to encounter a few questions from VC’s that seem awkward or even a bit unfair.

NextView’s Early Stage Startup Guide: Product

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Welcome to the first installment of the NextView Ventures Early Stage Startup Guides. Over the years, we’ve worked with, and talked to thousands of founders just starting out.

What Do Your Customers Want to Buy?

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After building NextView for almost 10 years now, I’ve been having more conversations recently with first time managers looking for some tactical advice. Raising one’s first fund is hard, and there are always a plethora of voices that will tell you that it’s impossible for many different reasons.

Game On: Will gamers embrace the blockchain boom?

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The concept of ownership in games has been on a spectrum since the first arcade game hit the American mainstream in the 1960s. Since then, consoles, computers and mobile devices have continued to redefine the gaming experience and power dynamic between creators and players.

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What’s new with NextView? The story behind our NextView.vc website refresh

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As someone relatively new to the VC space, I was particularly struck by the partners’ collective reflections regarding what has changed and what has remained the same.

Welcoming Jack Abramowitz to Our Investment Team

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I’m excited to announce that Jack Abramowitz has joined our investment team at NextView. He will be based in our office in New York and looking to invest in companies across the US. Although Jack is relatively early in his career, he brings with him a wealth of knowledge as an operator and investor from his experiences at fintech unicorn Better.com, Common Ocean, and Goldman Sachs.

Updating Your Seed Investors – Board Deck & Update Email Templates

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Today I’m excited to announce the relaunch of our most popular resource ever: board meeting deck templates for seed-stage startups, now in conjunction with an investor update email template. Download Board Deck Template . Download Investor Update Email Template. Investor Update Email Template and How & When to Use It. We first released a version of the board meeting deck template template back in 2014 and then a revised version a couple of years later.

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It’s Back & Better Than Ever! Announcing NextView’s Everyday Economy Virtual Accelerator

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With two successful accelerators under our belts, we’ve proven that going back to basics with smaller cohort sizes and zero demo days works.

Dispense: Building the Transaction Layer of an Entire New Industry

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Dispense recently announced their $2M seed round , which we are pleased to have led here at NextView. Dispense is a B2B software company, focused on transaction software specifically designed for the cannabis industry. In recent years, cannabis has emerged as a legal industry, and thus, companies operating in this new market have often had to find or build new software stacks in order to operate their businesses.

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The Midas List Then and Now

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In a few months, we are likely to see the annual Forbes Midas list of top performing early stage VC investors.

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10 Reflections After 10 Years of NextView

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A few weeks ago, we hosted a small dinner for a number of portfolio company founders, LP’s, and friends of the firm. We’ll probably do a few of these over the next few months as we make our way back around the country and folks get more comfortable meeting in larger groups in person. Part of the reason to do this was just to reconnect after a long time apart. But another was that this year marks NextView’s 10 th year in existence. These first ten years have been pretty special personally.

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Our Scoring System at NextView (aka How We Evaluate Companies)

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A few weeks ago, I published a post on how we make decisions and vote at NextView. Usually when we record our votes, we also score each company based on five attributes. This isn’t used as a “scorecard” where companies need to clear a certain quantitative bar to get through our process.

Hologram: Everyday IoT Reaches Scale

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Today Hologram announced their $65M Series B round of funding led by Tiger Global. Hologram is a leader in enabling large-scale connectivity of internet of things (IoT) devices, across the globe with 400+ wireless carriers, all through a robust but easy-to-use API.

What’s the Deal with Seed Funds Waiting for Traction?

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I sent a tweet out last week that elicited quite a few responses from both founders and investors: seed funds that don’t invest pre-traction =. — Rob Go (@robgo) November 4, 2019. I could hear the internet nodding in violent agreement. I thought I’d share a few additional thoughts on what may be driving this. First – there are a lot of seed investors out there that don’t actually want to invest in seed. What they really want to do is be a venture capitalist.

Fundraising When You?ve Been at it a While

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Fundraising for startups is a mix of selling both promise and reality. In some respects, one of the often non-intuitive privileges of a seed stage fundraising process is that the company is so new. There isn’t much history, much reality, to get in the way of a good story.

Investing in the Care Economy

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One of the themes that we have been investing against for some time has been in what we’d call the “Care Economy”. This comprises the time and dollars spent against caring for the needs of another person.