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NextView 2015 Year in Review

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2015 YEAR IN REVIEW recapping investments, support experiments and our firm’s biggest, most important theme @NextViewVC NextViewVentures.com


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Common VC advice to founders is to focus on being great at one thing.


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Common VC advice to founders is to focus on being great at one thing. But when it comes to seed investing VCs rarely heed that very same advice.


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At NextView, we believe…


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At NextView, we believe… The FOCUSED PLAYER WILL ALWAYS WIN.


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So in 2015, we decided to triple down on this idea.


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So in 2015, we decided to triple down on this idea. We’ve always focused on having one great product, but this year, we focused on how to better articulate our place in the tech startup ecosystem:


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So in 2015, we decided to triple down on this idea. We’ve always focused on having one great product, but this year, we focused on how to better articulate our place in the tech startup ecosystem: We are high conviction, hands-on seed investors.


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We call this a “craft brewer” approach to VC.


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We call this a “craft brewer” approach to VC. (This is the entrance to our office.)


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We call this a “craft brewer” approach to VC. “[Craft brewers] take the same basic ingredients as everyone else and create products that are bold and different. How do they do it? An uncompromising focus on being the very best at one thing.”


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We call this a “craft brewer” approach to VC. (BTW, these aren’t beer brands. They’re our portfolio companies. Each startup gets their own customized, craft label incorporating their logo.)


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This theme also informed the ways we helped entrepreneurs.


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This theme also informed the ways we helped entrepreneurs. And it guided the firm as we grew our team.


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This theme also informed the ways we helped entrepreneurs. And it guided the firm as we grew our team. Here’s a look at our 2015…


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First, we increased our focus on a single but crucial problem area facing all early-stage startups…


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First, we increased our focus on a single but crucial problem area facing all early-stage startups… Traction


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To help, we got busy launching things.


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To help, we got busy launching things. TRACTION the podcast Listen


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To help, we got busy launching things. TRACTION the podcast PLATFORM of resources Listen Explore of resources


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To help, we got busy launching things. TRACTION the podcast PLATFORM of resources of resources SYSTEMS A for hiring & Series Listen Explore Portfolio Only


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“Wait, what does ‘platform’ actually mean?” Here’s what we’re up to with this idea at NextView:


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“Wait, what does ‘platform’ actually mean?” Here’s what we’re up to with this idea at NextView: WE WANT TO BUILD THE WORLD’S BEST SITE ABOUT GAINING TRACTION IN ANYTHING IMPORTANT TO YOUR STARTUP


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“Wait, what does ‘platform’ actually mean?” Here’s what we’re up to with this idea at NextView: WE WANT TO BUILD THE WORLD’S BEST SITE ABOUT GAINING TRACTION IN ANYTHING IMPORTANT TO YOUR STARTUP product + design fundraising marketing + growth hiring + talent startup stories


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“Wait, what does ‘platform’ actually mean?” Here’s what we’re up to with this idea at NextView: WE WANT TO BUILD THE WORLD’S BEST SITE ABOUT GAINING TRACTION IN ANYTHING IMPORTANT TO YOUR STARTUP product + design fundraising marketing + growth hiring + talent startup stories SUBSCRIBE TO WEEKLY EMAIL


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Second, we dedicated more resources to helping Boston & New York (where 80% of our portfolio lives & works)


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Second, we dedicated more resources to helping Boston & New York (where 80% of our portfolio lives & works) Each Each has Has unique unique challenges challenges Each Each deserves deserves unique unique support support


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This included hiring someone great to focus on New York 100% of the time. TIM DEVANE Principal @tdevane previously:


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This included hiring someone great to focus on New York 100% of the time. TIM DEVANE previously: Principal @tdevane We also renewed our commitment to supporting Boston with various initiatives. with speakers from:


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Third, we focused our entire world on truly early investing.


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Third, we focused our entire world on truly early investing. FIRST VC   The definition “seed” is rapidly changing, and it can be maddening as an entrepreneur to know if an investor is a fit. This year, we kept it simple:


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Third, we focused our entire world on truly early investing. FIRST VC   The definition “seed” is rapidly changing, and it can be maddening as an entrepreneur to know if an investor is a fit. This year, we kept it simple: We’re your first VC investor.


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Third, we focused our entire world on truly early investing. FIRST VC   The definition “seed” is rapidly changing, and it can be maddening as an entrepreneur to know if an investor is a fit. This year, we kept it simple: We’re your first VC investor. Seed, pre-seed, genesis, pre-product, prelaunch, pre-revenue – labels don’t matter as much as understanding why you exist to those you serve. Regardless of the semantics, we serve the same purpose: to help startups gain traction.


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Third, we focused our entire world on truly early investing. FIRST VC   SEEKING RAW   The definition “seed” is rapidly changing, and it can be maddening as an entrepreneur to know if an investor is a fit. This year, we kept it simple: We like to lead these rounds and invest in early, unproven companies led by authentic founders out to solve problems that matter. For instance: We’re your first VC investor. Seed, pre-seed, genesis, pre-product, prelaunch, pre-revenue – labels don’t matter as much as understanding why you exist to those you serve. Regardless of the semantics, we serve the same purpose: to help startups gain traction.


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Third, we focused our entire world on truly early investing. FIRST VC   SEEKING RAW   The definition “seed” is rapidly changing, and it can be maddening as an entrepreneur to know if an investor is a fit. This year, we kept it simple: We like to lead these rounds and invest in early, unproven companies led by authentic founders out to solve problems that matter. For instance: We’re your first VC investor. Seed, pre-seed, genesis, pre-product, prelaunch, pre-revenue – labels don’t matter as much as understanding why you exist to those you serve. Regardless of the semantics, we serve the same purpose: to help startups gain traction. 10 investments 7 pre-product (1 incubation)


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Third, we focused our entire world on truly early investing. FIRST VC   SEEKING RAW   The definition “seed” is rapidly changing, and it can be maddening as an entrepreneur to know if an investor is a fit. This year, we kept it simple: We like to lead these rounds and invest in early, unproven companies led by authentic founders out to solve problems that matter. For instance: We’re your first VC investor. Seed, pre-seed, genesis, pre-product, prelaunch, pre-revenue – labels don’t matter as much as understanding why you exist to those you serve. Regardless of the semantics, we serve the same purpose: to help startups gain traction. 10 investments 7 pre-product (1 incubation) Also Happy About: Portfolio: Half Consumer, Half B2B* Final 3 Checks in ’15 to Women** * Stated investment goal. ** Still not high enough!


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Fourth, we welcomed these great companies and teams into the NextView portfolio: PRE-LAUNCH (Connected device) PRE-LAUNCH (B2B) PRE-LAUNCH (CONSUMER MOBILE) YET TO ANNOUNCE (ECOMMERCE)


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And lastly, we were excited about this great news. (Congrats again to all the teams involved!)


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CHEERS TO A GREAT 2015! & an even better 2016 for you, your team, and your business


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