May 28, 2016

DunRobin Weekender - 28 May 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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May 28, 2016

On Markets & Investing

"Thoughts from the road: building startups and collective ambition outside Silicon Valley" - Angela Tran Kingyens of Version One summarizes why the collective drive of a startup’s surroundings is important for its growth and support.
"The Elephant in the Room: Hedge Funds and Mutual Funds " - Hans Swildens and Kathleen Collins of Industry Ventures discuss the falling mutual and hedge fund VC-related activity and what that means for the venture ecosystem.
"The TV industry will unravel faster than you think" - Alex Taussig of Lightspeed Venture Partners concludes that declining offline viewership will create a crisis for legacy TV networks in the next 5-10 years

On Growing

"a16z Podcast: The Art of the Regulatory Hack" - In this podcast, Evan Burfield of a16z outlines the techniques of regulatory hacking and ways to create a market.
"Debugging Recruiting" - Dan Portillo of Greylock Partners shares his presentation on frequent “bugs” in the recruiting process, covering three stages of recruiting and common mistakes made at each level.
"Startup Founders Talk: The First Time I Fired Someone" - Walter Thompson of 500 Startups gives a glimpse into startup founders’ first experiences of letting an employee go.

Major Tech News:

Illinois Rounds Closed:

  • PageVault: $1.75M
    • IrishAngels
    • Pritzker Group
    • Wintrust Ventures
    • FoleyVentures
    • Golden Angels Investors
    • Meridian Street Capital
    • Nelnet
  • ConceptDrop: $1.1M
    • Network Ventures
    • 500 Startups
    • Fulcrum
    • G2T3V
    • LaunchHouse Group
    • M25 Group
  • Scout: $1M
Other Midwest Rounds Closed:
  • EquipmentShare: $5.5M
  • DontGo: $1.4M
  • BuluBox: $1.02M
  • OpenDorse: $743k
  • Bandura: $500k
  • Kare Intellex: $300k

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