June 11, 2016

DunRobin Weekender - 11 June 2016
This week:  Chicago Has a New Unicorn, John Roa Launches a Venture Firm, University of Chicago launches national cancer database, and TransparentC wins New Venture Challenge

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June 11, 2016

On Markets & Investing

Ezra Galston: "How to Not Fail When Predicting the Future" - Ezra Galston of Chicago Ventures looks at the importance of making big predictions, making some wrong investments in an effort to not miss the biggest opportunities
"The 'lead investor' dance" - David Cohen of Techstars encourages investors to no longer use the “once you have a lead investor let me know” gambit.
"The Many Hats a VC Wears" - David Goldberg of Corigin Ventures provides a better look into the many roles VCs play.

On Growing

"How To Hire Engineers: Step 0, What To Look For" - Jocelyn Goldfein formerly of Facebook guides you through the zero’th step in hiring: figuring out what you’re looking for in the first place.
"Adam Grant On Interviewing to Hire Trailblazers, Nonconformists and Originals" - Adam Grant of Wharton University explains why it’s imperative for early-stage companies to hire originals and how to find them.
"The Principles of Quantum Team Management" - James Everingham of Instagram explains a management system he designed with few dependencies, single owners, and minimal decision points

Major Tech News:

Illinois Rounds Closed:

  • SMS Assist: $150M
    • Goldman Sachs
  • Signal: $30M
    • i2A Fund
    • Baird Capital
    • Pritzker Group
    • EPIC Ventures
    • Silicon Valley Bank
  • Hireology: $12M
    • Baird Capital
Other Midwest Rounds Closed:
  • When I Work: $24M
  • Sentera: $8.5M
  • RetraceHealth: $7M
  • Ulterius: $1.5M
  • Upperhand: $1.34M
  • Stemina Biomaker Discovery: $1M
  • United Language Group: Undisclosed

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