Scott Maxwell

Founder & Managing Partner
OpenView Venture Partners

As the founder of OpenView, Scott focuses on distinctive business models and products that uniquely address a meaningful market pain point. This includes a broad interest in application and infrastructure companies, and businesses that are addressing the next generation of technology, including SaaS, cloud computing, mobile platforms, storage, networking, IT tools, and development tools.

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The Vertical VC: Why a Specialized VC is the Best Partner for Entrepreneurs

October 26, 2015

Imagine that you’re entering a race and could choose any car. You’d probably pick the fastest sports car you could find. But what if I told you it was a drag race? Or the 24 Hours of Le Mans? Or something off-road in mountainous terrain? Each would require a unique vehicle and a driver with […]

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Going Beyond Ad-Hoc: How to Amplify the Value of Ideas by 1000x

October 22, 2015

When I founded OpenView in 2006, I did so with the specific goal of creating a VC firm that was much more than what Ben Thompson describes as a “middleman” or “moneyman”. You can read more about the value-add approach we ultimately implemented here, but our mission was simple: To create an internal team and […]

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Why (and When) Strategic Partnerships Make Sense for SaaS Startups

September 16, 2015

A few months ago, I read an interesting article about the unique steps Starbucks has taken to drive revenue growth at a time when many consumer companies are struggling to adjust to changing customer behavior. Rather than pour cash into digital ads and social media (the channels du jour for some consumer brands), the retail […]

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