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What Are Pre-Seed Rounds and Why Do They Exist?

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This is the first of several blog posts discussing pre-seed rounds. To ensure you receive the rest, subscribe here. In this post, I want to answer the question, “What are pre-seed rounds?” ” I’ll also address why they’ve become fairly common.

Introducing NextView III and Our Focus on the Everyday Economy

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What will the future hold? It’s a question every VC asks themselves and the entrepreneurs they invest in. Some conclude that certain sectors or technologies — like AI, blockchain, VR — will define the next decade.

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Flowchart: How a Seed VC Makes Investment Decisions

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note: In 2013, Rob Go published a flowchart articulating his VC decision making process. Below, we’ve updated that graphic with new information in order to stay current and provide more context and transparency around each node.

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

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Visit a startup’s website, and you’ll eventually drift towards a few standard links, from About to Team to Contact. But among those options, appearing on almost every site, is one link that simply doesn’t belong with the rest: “Blog.”

Where Does VC Money Actually Come From? [Flowchart]

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This post was originally published on the personal blog of NextView founding partner Lee Hower. Lee’s posts also appear regularly on View From Seed. Subscribe here for more. Most folks reading this will know that many startups were built in part with the help of venture capital.

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Designing Products from Scratch: An Interview with UX Leader Josh Porter

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Josh Porter is the founder of What to Wear Daily , a service that helps you prepare for your day. He is best-known as the creator of 52 Weeks of UX and was also head of UX at HubSpot, by way of being co-founder of Performable (acquired in 2011).

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The Investment Memo

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VC evaluation of seed-stage startups can seem arbitrary or imitative at times. Internally, the scarcity of tangible business metrics – product usage or revenue multiples for example – can make an investment decision feel daunting. Presented with various unknowns from any one pitch, VCs often lack an existing information infrastructure to examine in forming an opinion.

Magic Graph: How Much Seed Capital Should You Raise?

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When thinking about how much seed capital to raise, we need a more sophisticated lens than just the old rule of thumb of “18 months of runway.”

Free Templates for Great Startup Pitch Decks, Direct from VCs

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Today, NextView Ventures is excited to release a pillar project in our Growth Guides series: pitch deck templates for raising seed capital. These help address a common question which we frequently receive from entrepreneurs about how to create startup pitch decks for this crucial financial milestone.

Is This Ex-Googler’s Pre-Product Approach the Fast Track to Product-Market Fit?

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If you’re in the tech startup industry today, you get the sense that every one of your peers wants to take on the entire world. Founders laud their own “end-to-end” thinking. Engineers and even marketers proudly claim to be “full stack.”

Playing Startup

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I’ve observed what may be an emerging trend, at least in some startups, that I find somewhat unsettling. It has an impact at an individual level, a company level, and an ecosystem level.

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

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At NextView, we’ve never been higher on NYC tech. Today, we’re excited to launch the State of NYC Seed — a comprehensive report on the ecosystem, authored by our own Tim Devane. Since joining NextView, we’ve talked often and excitedly about the New York startup ecosystem.

The VC Meeting Map: What to Expect After a Successful First Pitch

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Nearly all of the guidance for meetings with VCs is centered on the very first meeting: how to get it, how to prepare a pitch deck , how to run the meeting , etc. But then the tactical advice stops. What about the rest of the VC fundraising process?

[Checklist for Entrepreneurs] Critical Tasks to Complete After Raising Seed Capital

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Raising venture capital at any stage of company growth requires tremendous effort from entrepreneurs.

Not Every Startup Is “Killing It” (How to Speak Up During Tough Times)

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The startup ecosystem is often full of hyperbole, which is perfectly understandable when you think about it. A population of founders, employees, investors, advisors, and others all aligned in trying to build large disruptive businesses is naturally prone to lofty, even over-the-top language.

What Is Venture Debt and How Should Startups Use It?

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There’s been a lot of digital ink spilled around the various types of capital available to startups today. At NextView, for instance, one of our more popular posts centers on atypical seed rounds to know. Today, we wanted to share some basics of another source of capital: venture debt.

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Should We Take Harvard MBAs Seriously as Startup Founders? [New Data]

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Going to business school and becoming a startup founder are often positioned as conflicting choices by the media and startup bloggers. Some go as far as stating, flat out, that MBAs don’t make for good founders.

You Can’t Judge Market Size by This Slide

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I’ve been meaning to follow up on Rob’s post last month highlighting the competitor slide as the least informative in an investor pitch deck. I’d like to nominate another: the market size slide, which is usually dominated by graphics like these: As investors, we’re considering the total addressable market for a given product or service immediately upon hearing a vision for it: How many users and/or customers are there for this?

Startup Data: 4 Strategies Changing the Speed & Size of Your Series A

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Once a startup has raised seed capital, plenty of theories and advice exist on how to successfully raise a Series A. Recently, we looked at our own portfolio at NextView Ventures to dig a little deeper on how startups actually raise that next round of financing.

How a Seed VC Approaches Pre-Product Startups

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Editor’s note: At a recent team meeting at NextView, we looked at the high number of startups we invested in which were pre-product at the time. The question arose: What is a seed VC’s process like when a company is pre-product? The below article answers that question.

“Seed Is the New Series A” – Making Sense of the Confusion

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A few weeks ago, Manu Kumar wrote an excellent post detailing the current state of the seed financing landscape. Read it – it’s excellent. I agree with most of the things that Manu wrote, and I’ve been thinking about the topic quite a bit over the last several days.

Accidental VC: The Most Dangerous Question for Founders to Overlook in Pitches

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Accidental VC is a series of short posts written by me, Jay Acunzo. Though I never planned it, I somehow wound up working in VC as NextView’s VP of platform.

Inside Mattermark’s Ubiquitous Newsletter: Principles and Process

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You probably know them well. If you’re not already subscribed to a number of them yourself, you’ve seen pop-up messages—on any number of sites—that urge, beg, plead with you to sign up to receive them regularly.

How to Find and Close Angel Investors from a Standing Start

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Whether an entrepreneur is raising a smaller (pre-)seed round entirely from individuals or she has a seed-stage or larger VC firm involved in (leading) the seed syndicate, it’s somewhere between necessary and optimal to have multiple individual angel investors involved. First and foremost, angels can provide capital. But secondly, the can play a strategic role in everything from optics (signaling “smart money” is involved to connections to tangible, operational help.

VC Partner Sweet Spot: The Always-Sometimes-Never Rules for Pitching the Right Investor

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For entrepreneurs setting out to raise a round of VC financing, with some diligent research, it’s reasonably straightforward to put together a list of target firms to pitch.

How to Divide Founder Equity: 4 Criteria to Discuss

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Editor’s note: Understanding how to divide founder equity at a startup can be tricky, even to the point of reaching emotional riffs between founders. Below, Lee Hower offers advice for approaching these equity discussions objectively and properly.

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Accidental VC: When Should Startups Announce Seed Funding?

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Accidental VC is a series of short posts written by me, Jay Acunzo. Though I never planned it, I somehow wound up working in VC as NextView’s VP of platform.

Startup PR: A Journalist’s Advice for Seed-Stage Companies Seeking Press Coverage

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Editor’s note: Unlike the Ubers and Airbnbs of the tech startup world, seed-stage companies don’t typically have the valuations, awareness, or traction typically associated with press coverage.

How to Up Your Board Meeting Game as a Founder [Deck Templates 2.0]

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Today we’re thrilled to re-launch our most popular resource ever: board deck templates for seed-stage startups. Last year, we released two different variations of the deck , both contained in the same resource. Since then, they’ve been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. Based on that reaction, we wanted to continue improving the product through both additional revs/design and continuing to evolve how we think about board meetings in the first place. You can get a copy of our “2.0”

4 Dirty Secrets VCs Won’t Admit

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Recently, I’ve been mentally noting a few things that I observe VCs doing regularly that many entrepreneurs may not readily understand. Below are four that come to mind, but there are probably a dozen or so that are pretty interesting. Leave a comment below if you can think of any more.

Angel Bootcamp, The Blog Post: A Primer on Angel Investing

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A little under a year ago, we hosted an event called Angel Bootcamp that was a primer for folks thinking about getting into angel investing. It was really helpful for the community, and it is something we’ll probably do again, although not every year.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Tech: 2016 Update

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Today, we are excited to re-release an updated Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Tech ! This guide is a living and breathing site, so we make a bit of a push to update it on an annual basis to keep things fresh.

Understanding Different Types of Angel Investors

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We at NextView Ventures invest exclusively in a startup’s seed-stage round , meaning that many if not most of our deals are made alongside individual angel investors. These angels, however, come in many different shapes and sizes.

How to Launch a Product: A Startup-Friendly Process

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The journey between an initial idea and actually shipping can be summed up with one word: agony. It’s agonizing because you care — a lot. It’s agonizing because you’re building from zero, and that can be daunting. It’s agonizing because of all the thinking and rethinking, talking to customers and talking to the team, debating and kicking and screaming. You bite and scratch and claw at everything until, mercifully, you’re ready to go live.

Behind-the-Scenes with a Startup Rebrand [Traction #19: Liz Wessel, WayUp]

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Oh what’s in a name? Your startup’s name and branding become objects that represent your passion, pride, and determination. But startups change their names more often than their founders or teams might like, despite all the love for their current incarnation. So … why?

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

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“As a seed-stage investor, should you pay up for team or traction?” ” I posed this question on Twitter in December and got a bunch of different opinions. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently. Prices in the startup world are relatively high.

The 4 Types of Stories Founders Need to Tell When Fundraising

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As a child, I believed logical arguments were enough to convince anyone of anything. You just needed enough time to explain them in painstaking, rational detail—others would listen and understand. As an adult, I know the world operates on story first and logic second.

The Great Retail Reinvention: How the Internet Is Reshaping the Way We Buy Clothing

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Apparel is currently one of the most fascinating categories within the Everyday Economy. It’s a $1T+ global industry undergoing tectonic shifts. We are currently seeing the most rapid collapse of retail since the Great Recession, due to the internet changing consumer demand and purchasing patterns. In 2017 alone, we’ve seen widespread store closures or bankruptcies from apparel retailers, including: True Religion. JC Penny. Macy’s.

5 Questions VCs Never Answer, Answered by a VC | #BOSSOI

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Editor’s note: Local tech media company BostInno (a division of the American City Business Journals) hosts an annual Boston State of Innovation conference. Leading up to the event, they published an article listing questions VCs never answer , as submitted by the community.

Five Recruiting Metrics Every Founder Should Track

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Ask a founder of a growing startup what they need most, and you’ll often get an answer along the lines of, “We need great people, and we need them fast.”.