Introducing Growth Guides – Practical Help for the Seed Stage

Growth Guides Icon 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 a step-by-step playbook which cover a specific need that seed stage companies may face in their first 12-24 months.  They include practical time-saving advice as well as Q&A with founders on how they’ve tackled these issues, making them a useful read for both execs and individual contributors.

Our first Growth Guide covers Content Marketing for Startups.  While all of us here at NextView contribute to these efforts, the driving force behind this guide is Jay Acunzo, NextView’s Director of Platform, and an experienced marketer from his time at Hubspot, Google, and Daily Break.  This growth guide draws upon not only our collective experience but also what we’ve learned from running workshops and talking with a range of startups across stage and industry.  Our goal is for these Growth Guides to be useful not only to the startups we invest in here at NextView, but for the broader startup community.

We’re excited to be able to bring these Growth Guides to the seed stage ecosystem.  So stay tuned because in coming months we’ll be developing Growth Guides that cover a range of issues from product to sales to engineering.

Lee Hower

I’m an investor, entrepreneur, and helper of technology startups. I’m currently a General Partner of NextView Ventures, an investment firm focused on seed stage internet-enabled businesses.  I co-founded NextView in 2010 with my partner Rob Go and David Beisel. I started in the VC business as a Principal at Point Judith Capital, an early-stage firm.  I joined PJC in 2005 and served as a Principal at the firm through early 2010.  During this time I co-led investments in FanIQ, Sittercity, and Multiply and sourced investments in Music Nation and NABsys. Prior to becoming a VC, I was a startup guy myself.  I was part of the founding team of LinkedIn, and served as Director of Corporate Development from the company’s inception through our early growth phases. Before that I was an early employee at PayPal, and worked in product management and corporate development roles through the company’s IPO in 2002 and subsequent sale to eBay later that year. I went to college at UPenn, and received degrees from both the School of Engineering and Wharton School of Business.

  • Leave a Reply