June 4, 2016

DunRobin Weekender - 4 June 2016
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June 4, 2016

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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