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Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:00:03 +0000
Back in June, the local Boston tech community together celebrated the ten year anniversary of the Web Innovators Group, affectionately known as “WebInno.” Now Boston’s largest regular tech conference, every few months it draws hundreds of attendees from the entrepreneurial ecosystem – including founders, software engineers, startup executives, and investors. Each gathering showcases early stage […]
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:44:32 +0000
A few years ago I replaced all of the decades-old windows in our home with new ones. The entire process was horrible. I used home service lead-gen and recommendation-review sites to identify a half-dozen installers to set up initial in-person consultation appointments. Only half of them even showed up. For those who did, I was […]
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:42:51 +0000
Tales become legends about founders of exceptionally transformative companies who truly struggled to get any investors’ attention early on. These rejection emails to the founder of Airbnb represent just one of the most recent example of this familiar theme. If a startup were obvious, then everybody would be doing it. And it wouldn’t be an […]
Tue, 05 May 2015 13:42:27 +0000
Today, I’m thrilled to publicly announce NextView’s Talent Exchange, a program helping both top talent and NextView-backed startups connect with each other more easily, beginning with Boston companies (which make up just over half our portfolio). Below, I’ll quickly explain the genesis of this initiative and share a few more key details. One of my first […]
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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:33:44 +0000
A couple weeks ago my colleague Dimitri Dadiomov published a post on NextView’s “View From Seed” blog which answered the question “Should we take Harvard MBAs Seriously as Startup Founders?” The (obvious) answer of “yes” he supported with comprehensive research about the entrepreneurial activity coming out of Harvard’s business school. We knew that it was […]
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:14:38 +0000
Conventional wisdom says that the best way to meet with a venture capitalist is to get a warm introduction. (While it’s a good rule of thumb, it’s not entirely true, which I’ve blogged about previously.) However, there’s another way that I’ve seen entrepreneurs use mutual connections that’s even more impactful than a warm introduction: a […]
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:08:33 +0000
As an entrepreneur, if you’re running a venture capital fundraise effectively, you’re treating the process like a sale process: identifying a set of prospects to fill the top of the funnel, cultivating those relationships over a series of meetings, then narrowing down to a handful of contender firms who will ultimately make an offer to […]
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:25:59 +0000
It’s official: now two months after the IPO, HubSpot has surpassed the $1B market cap threshold and has become that “pillar” company that the tech ecosystem long anticipated. The benefits have been touted previously: an anchor for attracting and retaining talent in Boston, as well as a breeding ground for the next set of great […]
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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:05:08 +0000
When Chad Pytel introduced me to Bryan Helmkamp, CEO/Co-founder of Code Climate, I knew that I had to pay attention. Chad is the CEO of thoughtbot, a consulting firm that makes web + mobile apps for early-stage startups. The two companies had been working together for a while, especially as both are deeply embedded within […]
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Thu, 04 Sep 2014 20:40:29 +0000
Mass transportation is the largest single source of travel within metropolitan areas across the globe, but our current fixed infrastructure approach hasn’t changed since the 19th century. Here in our innovation hub of Boston, the country’s oldest subway tunnel built in 1897 is still in use as part of the MBTA Green Line. Each day […]