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NextView 2015 Year in Review

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Recapping our startup investments, support experiments, and our firm's biggest, most important theme of the year. A seed VC, NextView is based in Boston and New York and is focused on helping startups gain initial traction in their fundraising, marketing, customer growth, product design, and more.

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NextView 2015 Year in Review

  1. 1. recapping investments, support experiments and our firm’s biggest, most important theme 2015 YEAR IN REVIEW @NextViewVC NextViewVentures.com
  2. 2. Common VC advice to founders is to focus on being great at one thing.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. At NextView, we believe…
  5. 5. The FOCUSED PLAYER WILL ALWAYS WIN. The FOCUSED PLAYER WILL ALWAYS WIN. At NextView, we believe…
  6. 6. So in 2015, we decided to triple down on this idea.
  7. 7. 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:
  8. 8. So in 2015, we decided to triple down on this idea. We are high conviction, hands-on seed investors. 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:
  9. 9. We call this a “craft brewer” approach to VC.
  10. 10. (This is the entrance to our office.) We call this a “craft brewer” approach to VC.
  11. 11. “[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.” We call this a “craft brewer” approach to VC.
  12. 12. (BTW, these aren’t beer brands. They’re our portfolio companies. Each startup gets their own customized, craft label incorporating their logo.) We call this a “craft brewer” approach to VC.
  13. 13. This theme also informed the ways we helped entrepreneurs.
  14. 14. And it guided the firm as we grew our team. This theme also informed the ways we helped entrepreneurs.
  15. 15. Here’s a look at our 2015… And it guided the firm as we grew our team. This theme also informed the ways we helped entrepreneurs.
  16. 16. First, we increased our focus on a single but crucial problem area facing all early-stage startups…
  17. 17. Traction First, we increased our focus on a single but crucial problem area facing all early-stage startups…
  18. 18. To help, we got busy launching things.
  19. 19. To help, we got busy launching things. TRACTIONTRACTIONthe podcastthe podcast Listen
  20. 20. To help, we got busy launching things. TRACTIONTRACTIONthe podcastthe podcast PLATFORMPLATFORM of resourcesof resources Listen Explore
  21. 21. To help, we got busy launching things. TRACTIONTRACTIONthe podcastthe podcast PLATFORMPLATFORM of resourcesof resources SYSTEMSSYSTEMSfor hiring & Series Afor hiring & Series A Listen Explore Portfolio Only
  22. 22. “Wait, what does ‘platform’ actually mean?” Here’s what we’re up to with this idea at NextView:
  23. 23. “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
  24. 24. “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 marketing + growth fundraising hiring + talent startup stories
  25. 25. “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 marketing + growth fundraising hiring + talent startup stories SUBSCRIBE TO WEEKLY EMAIL
  26. 26. Second, we dedicated more resources to helping Boston & New York (where 80% of our portfolio lives & works)
  27. 27. Each Has unique challenges Each has unique challenges Each deserves unique support Each deserves unique support (where 80% of our portfolio lives & works) Second, we dedicated more resources to helping Boston & New York
  28. 28. This included hiring someone great to focus on New York 100% of the time. TIM DEVANE Principal @tdevane previously:
  29. 29. TIM DEVANE Principal @tdevane previously: We also renewed our commitment to supporting Boston with various initiatives. with speakers from: This included hiring someone great to focus on New York 100% of the time.
  30. 30. Third, we focused our entire world on truly early investing.
  31. 31. 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: FIRST VC   Third, we focused our entire world on truly early investing.
  32. 32. 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. Third, we focused our entire world on truly early investing. FIRST VC  
  33. 33. 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, pre- launch, 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. Third, we focused our entire world on truly early investing. FIRST VC  
  34. 34. 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, pre- launch, 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. SEEKING RAW   We like to lead these rounds and invest in early, unproven companies led by authentic founders out to solve problems that matter. For instance: Third, we focused our entire world on truly early investing. FIRST VC  
  35. 35. 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, pre- launch, 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. 7 pre-product (1 incubation) We like to lead these rounds and invest in early, unproven companies led by authentic founders out to solve problems that matter. For instance: Third, we focused our entire world on truly early investing. FIRST VC   SEEKING RAW   10 investments
  36. 36. 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, pre- launch, 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) * Stated investment goal. ** Still not high enough! Also Happy About: Portfolio: Half Consumer, Half B2B* Final 3 Checks in ’15 to Women** We like to lead these rounds and invest in early, unproven companies led by authentic founders out to solve problems that matter. For instance: Third, we focused our entire world on truly early investing. FIRST VC   SEEKING RAW  
  37. 37. Fourth, we welcomed these great companies and teams into the NextView portfolio: PRE-LAUNCH (Connected device) PRE-LAUNCH (CONSUMER MOBILE) PRE-LAUNCH (B2B) YET TO ANNOUNCE (ECOMMERCE)
  38. 38. And lastly, we were excited about this great news. (Congrats again to all the teams involved!)
  39. 39. & an even better 2016 for you, your team, and your business CHEERS TO A GREAT 2015!
  40. 40. JOIN THOUSANDS IN TECH on our weekly email about gaining traction advice and stories shared by entrepreneurs from these companies and more: ADD ME TO THE LIST (we’ll reply with our most popular resources + a special invite)

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