June 18, 2016

DunRobin Weekender - 18 June 2016
This week:  Signal expands board of directors,   Dick Costolo discusses his foundations in Chicago,   and McDonalds confirms move to West

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June 18, 2016
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On Markets & Investing

 
Victor Gutwein: "You Don’t Know What You Can’t Know" - Victor Gutwein of M25 Group discusses how there are big risks to early stage startups, regardless of how well positioned it seems
"The Impact To Startups Of The LinkedIn Acquisition" - Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures predicts that the LinkedIn buyout is the beginning of a big SaaS buying trend
"The Atomization of Seed Venture Capital Rounds" - David Beisel of NextView Ventures says the trend in seed financings is moving towards specialization, which offers opportunities on both sides..

On Growing

"Jessica Livingston’s Pretty Complete List on How Not to Fail" - Jessica Livingston of Y Combinator creates a framework, based on over 1000 startup investments, for not failing.
"Spending Money to Make Money…aka Stock-based Compensation…aka Listen up, Founders!" - Chamath Palihapitiya of Social Capital explains why transparency around stock-based compensation matters, and how Amazon and Facebook are putting pressure on the rest of tech
"The Backfire Effect " - Nathan Kontny of Highrise details how you can persuade even your toughest customers (or two year olds)

Major Tech News:

Illinois Rounds Closed:

  • Procured Health: $10M
    • Heritage Group
    • Health Insight Capital
Other Midwest Rounds Closed:
  • SteamLink Software: $7.47M
  • Cordata: $3.09M
  • OptiMine Software: $532M
  • Ulterius: $1.5M
  • TrackBill: $400k
  • hidrate: $322.5k

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June 11, 2016

DunRobin Weekender - 11 June 2016
This week:  Chicago Has a New Unicorn, John Roa Launches a Venture Firm, University of Chicago launches national cancer database, and TransparentC wins New Venture Challenge

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June 11, 2016
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On Markets & Investing

 
Ezra Galston: "How to Not Fail When Predicting the Future" - Ezra Galston of Chicago Ventures looks at the importance of making big predictions, making some wrong investments in an effort to not miss the biggest opportunities
"The 'lead investor' dance" - David Cohen of Techstars encourages investors to no longer use the “once you have a lead investor let me know” gambit.
"The Many Hats a VC Wears" - David Goldberg of Corigin Ventures provides a better look into the many roles VCs play.

On Growing

"How To Hire Engineers: Step 0, What To Look For" - Jocelyn Goldfein formerly of Facebook guides you through the zero’th step in hiring: figuring out what you’re looking for in the first place.
"Adam Grant On Interviewing to Hire Trailblazers, Nonconformists and Originals" - Adam Grant of Wharton University explains why it’s imperative for early-stage companies to hire originals and how to find them.
"The Principles of Quantum Team Management" - James Everingham of Instagram explains a management system he designed with few dependencies, single owners, and minimal decision points

Major Tech News:

Illinois Rounds Closed:

  • SMS Assist: $150M
    • Goldman Sachs
  • Signal: $30M
    • i2A Fund
    • Baird Capital
    • Pritzker Group
    • EPIC Ventures
    • Silicon Valley Bank
  • Hireology: $12M
    • Baird Capital
Other Midwest Rounds Closed:
  • When I Work: $24M
  • Sentera: $8.5M
  • RetraceHealth: $7M
  • Ulterius: $1.5M
  • Upperhand: $1.34M
  • Stemina Biomaker Discovery: $1M
  • United Language Group: Undisclosed

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June 4, 2016

DunRobin Weekender - 4 June 2016
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June 4, 2016
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On Markets & Investing

 
"Notes for the summer: what happened, what's happening now and what's next" - Benedict Evans of Andreessen Horowitz provides his take on the past, present, and future of tech.
"Beyond Hollywood: How Ashton Kutcher is Winning in Tech Investments" - Silvia Li Sam of Startup Grind breaks down how Ashton Kutcher succeeds as an investor.
"Do Believe the Hype (Benefits Coming Later)" - Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures distinguishes between the installation and deployment phases of a technology, and highlights that we are currently in a deployment phase with drones, self-driving vehicles, AR/VR and others.

On Growing

Guy Turner: "Cash-flow breakeven: Controlling your own destiny?" - Guy Turner of Hyde Park Venture Partners discusses the importance of the cash-flow breakeven for startups, and the pros and cons of each option.
"The Fundraising Wisdom That Helped Our Founders Raise $18B in Follow-On Capital" - Bill Trenchard and Brett Berson of First Round Capital offer an inside look at their Pitch Assist program, and share lessons on creating fundraising pitches and processes learned from over 10 years of experience.
Jeff Carter: "Should Your Company Go Through An Accelerator?" - Jeff Carter of HPA and West Loop Ventures discusses the right questions to ask before joining a startup accelerator.

Major Tech News:

Illinois Rounds Closed:

  • Vibes: $45M
    • Syniverse
  • Drivin: $7.5M
    • Columbus Nova Technology Partners
    • LightBank
  • Luxury Garage Sale: $5M
    • Data Point Capital
    • Chicago Ventures
    • Hyde Park Angels
    • Brian Spaly
    • Pallasite Ventures
Other Midwest Rounds Closed:
  • Strata Oncology: $12M
  • ActiveEDU: $10k

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