David Beisel

David is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures, a seed stage venture capital investment firm. Together with his partners, he helps founders give their businesses the best possible start. More details on their portfolio and highly-engaged seed investment approach are detailed on their site:


He is also the founder and organizer of the Web Innovators Group, an organization which holds quarterly events which bring together nearly a thousand people in the web and mobile entrepreneurial ecosystem. Prior to NextView, he served as a Vice President at Venrock (early stage VC firm originally established as the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family) and as a Principal at Masthead Venture Partners.

Previously, he co-founded Sombasa Media, an e-mail marketing company best known for its flagship property BargainDog.com, which he grew to 5M registered members. Sombasa was successfully acquired by About.com, which was soon after acquired by Primedia (NYSE: PRM), where he served as Vice President of Marketing.

He is an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University.

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When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with VCs?

(Originally posted on nextview Ventures) As the seed-stage startup fundraise process has received more transparency in recent years, ranging from published advice on how to raise seed capital to increased availability through AngelList, Funders Club, and various accelerator programs, I’ve noticed another trend emerging. In short, more and more entrepreneurs are signaling their price expectations […]

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