April 23, 2016

DunRobin Weekender - 23 April 2016
The DunRobin Weekender is a hand curated update on the midwest startup ecosystem. We bring you local news and perspectives from entrepreneurship to investment.

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April 23, 2016

On Angel Investing

Guy Turner: "Welcome to the Series B Crunch" - For all the startups that managed to survive the Series A crunch. You may have to get lucky again on Series B.
Jeff Carter: "The Danger of Theranos" - Theranos is a case study in avoiding deal FOMO. Don't skip your due diligence...
Ezra Galston: "Why Chatbots Could Create a Trillion Dollars of Economic Value"Ezra Galston of Chicago Ventures opines on whether chat-bots are the most valuable application of current AI,  despite some huge (and funny) failures in the past.

On Entrepreneurship

Brett Bivens: "The Steph Curry Fallacy pt. II — The KIND Bars Don’t Do Shit" - Brett Bivens of Visible VC on how entrepreneurs and investors tend to attribute success to the wrong things.
"Control, or Be Controlled: Sales Forecasting Done Right" - Mark Cranney of a16z on how to build a self-propelling sales process with accurate forecasts.
"How we got from $0 to $75,000 MRR with zero marketing budget" - Sergei Gusev of Scentbird on how he managed to build a strong subscriber base through cheep to free marketing channels.

DunRobin News:

  • Last week we finalized investments in Xerion Advanced  Battery and Opternative!

Major Tech News:

Illinois Rounds Closed:

  • Petainer: $112.89M
    • KKR
  • UrbanBound: $8.5M
    • Moderne Ventures
    • Romar Partners
    • Grotech Ventures
    • StarVest Partners
  • InContext: $4.7M
  • Xaptum: $2.2M
    • Jai Shekhawat
  • The Eastman Egg Company: $1.5M
    • Hyde Park Angels
    • Jumpstart Ventures
    • M25 Group
  • Social Market Analytics: $760k
Other Midwest Rounds Closed:
  • Aerpio Therapeutics: $4.54M
  • DoMedia: $3M
  • Reeher: $2.5M
  • Aeromics: $1.85M
  • Innara Health: $1.25M
  • Astronomer: $750k
  • Mediprocity: $182.55k

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