May 14, 2016

DunRobin Weekender - 14 May 2016
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May 14, 2016

On Markets & Investing

"What Game of Thrones, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Can Teach Us About Investing Psychology" - Ryan Shmeizer of Spark Capital identifies how investing FOMO is similar to the political movements of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.
Jeff Carter: "Taking Brokerage One Step Further" - Jeff Carter of HPA and West Loop Ventures lays out an exciting future for technology in Financial Markets, which would disrupt all aspects of our current system.
"What is Going On with Lending Club" - Ali Hamed of CoVenture explains how a small f-up at Lending Club caused huge problems, and why that could signal a good time to invest in alternative lending. 

On Growing

"First Time Founders, Here’s What I Wish I Knew" - Entrepreneur and CEO Kris Duggan breaks down what he learned the first time he built a company
Hyde Park Angels: "3 Key Steps to Assessing Your Capital Raise" - Raising capital for your startup can be expensive.  Here is a framework for understanding the costs of capital vs returns in your startup.
"Managing Customer Success to Reduce Churn" - David Skok of Matrix Partners covers how to measure customer happiness and actively manage your business to reduce churn

Major Tech News:

Illinois Rounds Closed:

  • Aptinyx: $65M
    • New Leaf Venture Partners
    • Adams Street Partners
    • Northwestern University
    • Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Company
    • Frazier Healthcare Partners
    • Goudy Park Capital
    • Latterell Venture Partners
    • Longitude Capital
    • Osage University Partners
    • PathoCapital
  • Regroup Therapy: $1.3M
    • Hyde Park Angels
    • OCA Ventures
    • Impact Engine
    • New Stack Ventures
    • MD Angels
    • Lon Chow
    • Mark Agnew
    • Mike Evans
  • Bridge Financial Technology: $722k
  • HealthiPass: Undisclosed
Other Midwest Rounds Closed:
  • Better World Books: $18M
  • Connxus: $5M
  • ChoreMonster: $2.31M
  • SmartUQ: $750k
  • Insulete: $300k
  • LeafLine: $150k

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