NextView Ventures

Melody Koh


Melody is a Partner at NextView Ventures based in its New York office. She has spent her entire career working with technology and Internet startups as an entrepreneur, operator, and investor.

Prior to joining NextView, Melody was Head of Product at Blue Apron (NYSE: APRN). Melody joined Blue Apron as the first product hire when the company was 18 months old with 20 HQ employees. She helped scale the business through hyper-growth (25x in 3.5 years) and to its IPO, building and leading a 35-person team across Product Management, Product Design, and Analytics/Data Science.

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Summer, Ten Little, Opus, Sourcetable, HomePace

Questions & Answers

Origin Story: In a couple sentences, how would you describe your path to becoming an investor?

Lucky to have my second job out of college doing venture investing in NYC; years later after spending  time as a founder and operator helping scale hypergrowth businesses, I realized that I miss early-stage company building and found my way back to early stage investing.

Investment Approach: What are the key factors you consider when evaluating a founding team?

Founder-market fit and unique insight around how to approach an attractive market; ability to attract talent/build a strong team; "heat-seeking missile" quality

What's your style and approach when it comes to working with founders post-investment? What are the characteristics of founders you've worked well with?

Leveraging my operating experience and "filling the white space" based on what the team needs most help on; hands on in the four areas that matter the most to all early-stage companies - product, marketing, hiring/team, and fundraising. Work well with founders who are open and transparent and are not shy about having a constant dialogue with investors.

If I'm coming to pitch to you or your firm, what's the one piece of advice you'd give me?

Just be yourself :)

How would you describe your own personal mission and values, and how do they impact the way you invest?

I'd love to partner with founders who find ways to leverage technology to design a future that we want to live in and be a positive force to society.

What do you like best about investing in NYC, and what’s your outlook on the future of NYC tech?

I've spent over a decade of my career in NYC tech and have seen that the ecosystem continues to mature and diversify. I'm even more excited about the next decade as the wealth of knowledge, experience and capital have the opportunity to catalyze the next generation of transformative companies.