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My idle thoughts on tech startups

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NextView’s most recent investment was announced last week, and we’re excited to be investors in Objective Logistics. Objective Logistics is taking a pretty sexy approach to a less than sexy, yet massive problem… namely how do you optimize the scheduling […]

Lee Hower
December 5, 2011 · 2  min.

One of the themes that we’ve been most interested in at NextView over the last 12+ months has been the impact of consumer web trends on business software.   I’m not the first person to describe this trend, and my […]

Lee Hower
October 28, 2011 · 3  min.

Steve Jobs’s passing reminded me of one of his sayings, that we’ve now entered a “post PC era” of computing. What he and others have meant is of course that the desktop computer is losing its preeimance as the primary […]

Lee Hower
October 17, 2011 · 2  min.

Amazon announced it’s first real foray into the tablet wars last week with the Android based Kindle Fire.  While not as large as Apple’s iPad and lacking a 3G connectivity option, the Fire packs a lot of capability into a […]

Lee Hower
October 3, 2011 · 2  min.

Like many of you, I’ve been following the ongoing auction of Hulu.  I’d normally say “to the highest bidder” at the end of that sentence, but in this case Hulu’s owners might sell to someone other than the highest bidder […]

Lee Hower
September 27, 2011 · 2  min.

Lots of us woke up this morning to an email from Reed Hastings about Netflix splitting it’s streaming and DVD-by-mail businesses into two separate operations (each w/ it’s own brand).  If you haven’t seen it yet already his more in […]

Lee Hower
September 19, 2011 · 2  min.

The IPO market, she is a fickle mistress. In the first half of 2011, the IPO markets were looking strong for VC-backed companies.  In the software an internet space a number of companies obviously had strong public offerings (LinkedIn, Yandex, […]

Lee Hower
September 15, 2011 · 2  min.

I have the great privilege of meeting lots of entrepreneurs every day and hearing about the startups they’re building.   Countless startups pitch themselves as “platforms” these days, in part because it’s become a buzzword in the last 18 months […]

Lee Hower
August 22, 2011 · 2  min.

For entrepreneurs seeking to build big companies on a rapid trajectory, raising larger scale venture capital rounds is likely a necessity at some point after the initial seed funding.  At NextView, we spend a substantial portion of our time trying […]

Lee Hower
August 12, 2011 · 3  min.

I was reading a column in the Economist the other day in which I learned a new word… stormannsgalskap.  It’s Norweigan.  I don’t know a lick of Norweigan but my understanding is that it roughly translates to “the madness of […]

Lee Hower
August 2, 2011 · 1  min.