June 18, 2016

DunRobin Weekender - 18 June 2016
This week:  Signal expands board of directors,   Dick Costolo discusses his foundations in Chicago,   and McDonalds confirms move to West

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June 18, 2016

On Markets & Investing

Victor Gutwein: "You Don’t Know What You Can’t Know" - Victor Gutwein of M25 Group discusses how there are big risks to early stage startups, regardless of how well positioned it seems
"The Impact To Startups Of The LinkedIn Acquisition" - Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures predicts that the LinkedIn buyout is the beginning of a big SaaS buying trend
"The Atomization of Seed Venture Capital Rounds" - David Beisel of NextView Ventures says the trend in seed financings is moving towards specialization, which offers opportunities on both sides..

On Growing

"Jessica Livingston’s Pretty Complete List on How Not to Fail" - Jessica Livingston of Y Combinator creates a framework, based on over 1000 startup investments, for not failing.
"Spending Money to Make Money…aka Stock-based Compensation…aka Listen up, Founders!" - Chamath Palihapitiya of Social Capital explains why transparency around stock-based compensation matters, and how Amazon and Facebook are putting pressure on the rest of tech
"The Backfire Effect " - Nathan Kontny of Highrise details how you can persuade even your toughest customers (or two year olds)

Major Tech News:

Illinois Rounds Closed:

  • Procured Health: $10M
    • Heritage Group
    • Health Insight Capital
Other Midwest Rounds Closed:
  • SteamLink Software: $7.47M
  • Cordata: $3.09M
  • OptiMine Software: $532M
  • Ulterius: $1.5M
  • TrackBill: $400k
  • hidrate: $322.5k

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