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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 […]

May 15, 2014

We’re launching a series of platform initiatives here at NextView in 2014.  Today we’re pleased to announce the first in a series of Growth Guides. What’s a Growth Guide?  Well our focus here at NextView is helping exceptional seed stage companies get things off to the best possible start. Simply put these Growth Guides are […]

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    Russia bought PBR today. In other news, Russian embassy overwhelmed by asylum seekers from Portland and Williamsburg.
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    @timbartik thanks, I'll check that out
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    good read, I used to walk by ENIAC everyday at Penn Engineering - "The Women of ENIAC" by @WalterIsaacson http://t.co/6K0TadMtN3
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    Giving Swype keyboard a try. Promising, but not quite faster. Also worried about catastrophic mistakes
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    RT @bussgang: My updated, annual guide to the Boston startup scene - http://t.co/kpLv8saf9s

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