May 7, 2016

DunRobin Weekender - 7 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 7, 2016

On Investing

"On-Demand Heatmap: What’s Still Hot And What’s Not In The On-Demand Economy" - CB Insights analyzed deal activity by industry to see which areas are still hot
Benedict Evans: "The end of a mobile wave" - Benedict Evans of a16z discussses the mobile phone industry and believes we are at the end of an era
Nicholas Chirls: "The Current State of “Seed” Investing" - Nicholas Chirls of Notation Capital highlights a few quotes that are indicative of what founders should expect from “seed” investors when raising their first institutional capital

On Growing

Jeff Carter: "The First Ten Hires" - Jeff Carter of West Loop Ventures discusses the importance of how you hire, who you hire, and how quickly you fire when things aren't working
Nate Morris: "Picking the Best Products for Your Business" - Nate Morris of Visible.VC discusses the process of finding the right products that fit your startup's needs while keeping your burn rate low
"Answers To Your Tough Questions About Growth — Learned While Scaling Eventbrite’s $5B+ Growth Engine" - Brian Rothenberg of Eventbrite answers the hardest questions he gets asked on his solutions for reaching more users, and capturing more value

Major Tech News:

Illinois Rounds Closed:

  • HomeChef: $10M
    • Guild Capital
    • Shining Capital
Other Midwest Rounds Closed:
  • NeuMoDx Molecular: $20M
  • Gemphire Theraputics: $10.6M
  • Ionic: $8.5M
  • Health Partners: $6M
  • Spinal Simplicity: $4.66M
  • Swift BioSciences: $3.3M
  • Gila Theraputics: $2.58M
  • MitoGenetics: $2.48M
  • BrainPort Technologies: $2.4M
  • Dynamics Software: $529k
  • HealthLX: $405k

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