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My idle thoughts on tech startups

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Like many things in life, the VC/startup ecosystem is one of cycles. Looking back over the last decade it’s remarkable to see how the emphasis has shifted across cycles and what the overarching narrative was. I believe we are in […]

Lee Hower
November 7, 2019 · 5  min.

This post also appears at NextView’s blog. Another phrase we use internally at NextView pretty often is that of a “favorite future”. Early in NextView’s history, when we were raising our first fund (e.g. sometime back in 2010 or early […]

Lee Hower
July 26, 2019 · 2  min.

This post also appears on NextView’s blog. Chewy has rapidly grown from a startup to a multi-billion commerce company, establishing itself as the leader in pet e-commerce. Chewy sells tens of thousands of products from many 3rd party brands, as […]

Lee Hower
June 13, 2019 · 7  min.

This post also appears on NextView’s blog. Slack dropped their S-1 a couple weeks ago. Even before that, we all knew that it was among the most rapidly growing SaaS companies in recent years and a product used (and loved) […]

Lee Hower
May 16, 2019 · 6  min.

This post also appears on NextView’s blog. 2019 is off to an exciting start for IPOs of VC-backed startups. In just the last month or so we’ve seen Lyft go public (my analysis of the company’s S-1 here) and more […]

Lee Hower
April 30, 2019 · 3  min.

This post also appears on NextView’s blog. I’ve been looking thru S-1s for many years, out of intellectual curiosity to better understand how remarkable businesses work. This includes blockbusters like Alibaba (in three parts) and Facebook but also the likes […]

Lee Hower
March 5, 2019 · 7  min.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a bit over two years since Tim Devane joined us as a Principal at NextView.  Tim joined our investment team as the first non-founder, and also as the first NextView team member based […]

Lee Hower
September 22, 2017 · 1  min.

Today Optimus Ride announced a $5.25M seed round of funding to continue developing their unique approach to autonomous transportation.  NextView is pleased to co-lead this round along with our friends at FirstMark Capital as well as participation by other investors, […]

Lee Hower
October 11, 2016 · 1  min.

This is the 2nd post in a series about self-driving vehicles and it explores how autonomous cars could become a reality.  Self-Driving Vehicles: The Future Always Takes Longer to Arrive is the 1st post and covers the state of the vehicle […]

Lee Hower
October 3, 2016 · 5  min.

“Sometimes, there’s a man, well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that’s the Dude…”  – The Stranger, The Big Lebowski Today we announced our investment in The Outline, a new digital media company […]

Lee Hower
August 1, 2016 · 1  min.