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September 30, 2014

eBay announced today plans to separate itself into two companies, one the core eBay marketplace business and the other is the PayPal payments business.  This is a move that’s been contemplated by folks both inside the company and outside for many years.  Recently prominent activist shareholders have also been “encouraging” eBay management to spin off […]

September 16, 2014

GrabCAD today announced their acquisition by Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS).  All of us at NextView extend our congratulations to founder Hardi Meybaum and the rest of the GrabCAD team.  There’s a variety of coverage of it in the tech press (BetaBoston, TechCrunch), but I wanted to share the story of how we came to know the […]

July 16, 2014

One of our portfolio companies, Plastiq, announced yesterday that they raised a $10M Series B led by Khosla Ventures and are planning to move their headquarters from Boston to San Francisco.  We’re thrilled for the company to have a great investment partner joining the syndicate and one with deep payments expertise having backed companies like Square, […]

June 24, 2014

Those of you who know me are probably aware that I’m a rabid soccer (football) fan.  I’ve been a devoted fan of Arsenal for nearly two decades, former MLS season ticket holder (both San Jose Earthquakes when I lived in the SF Bay Area and New England Revolution here in Boston), attended World Cup 2002 […]

May 22, 2014

My first two posts on this mammoth S-1 covered a high-level sizing of Alibaba and a deeper dive into some of Alibaba Group’s governance which in some ways mirrors the Politburo structure.  Today I’m going to analyze monetization across Alibaba’s various businesses.  How exactly is each marketplace and complementary service monetized?  How does that stack up […]

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    RT @WSJD: Behind ‘Flight,’ Twitter’s bold attempt to make nice with app makers http://t.co/Z4Hu7bMIyL by @yoreekoh
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    The new VP Content Products at @Bookbub, @rickburnes, a @HubSpot alum "tells all": http://t.co/H4NUwwP58g
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    When is the best time to discuss valuation in a VC process? http://t.co/5ayTUG7JQ1
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    RT @epaley: Can't wait for next week's #fdialoguesXII with @englishpaulm. Don't forget to register http://t.co/YJhkxehmso
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    how & when should entrepreneurs discuss valuation w/ seed VCs? a post by @davidbeisel on View From Seed http://t.co/TTQKZohYhV

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