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
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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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May 21, 2016

DunRobin Weekender - 21 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 21, 2016
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On Markets & Investing

 
Jeff Carter: "The Path To Exit - Jeff Carter of HPA and West Loop Ventures discusses the importance of startup exits for founders, investors, and employees.
"7 Things I Learned In My First Year of VC" - Rohen Sood of Reinventure Group writes about his experience at a new early-stage venture capital firm with only one investment
"The Big Short 2.0" - Bryan Birsic of Wunder Capital looks at whether the impending clean energy revolution will cause the next financial crisis. 

On Growing

Hyde Park Angels: "Win the Startup PR Game" - Alida Miranda Wolfe of HPA discusses the best strategies for attracting media attention for your early-stage startup.
"Find, Vet and Close the Best Product Managers" - explains how startups can define the type of PMs they need, source candidates, ask the right interview questions, and convince them to come work for you.
"The Stress of Growth" - Marc Barros of Moment talks about how growth is the quiet killer of startups and outlines a few ways to manage it.

Portfolio News:

Major Tech News:

Illinois Rounds Closed:

  • Renovo Financial: $25M
    • Victory Park Capital
  • itemMaster: $4.36M
  • Semantify: $2.2M
    • Bridge Investments
    • KDWC Ventures
    • KGC Capial
Other Midwest Rounds Closed:
  • SmartChoice MRI: $7M
  • Wellfount: $3.21M
  • Jool Health: $1.1M
  • B-Mo Gen Biotech: $1.03M
  • SpeechVive: $975k
  • Selequity: $590k
  • Chefs for Seniors: $125k
  • udiospace: $50k

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May 14, 2016

DunRobin Weekender - 14 May 2016
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May 14, 2016
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On Markets & Investing

 
"What Game of Thrones, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Can Teach Us About Investing Psychology" - Ryan Shmeizer of Spark Capital identifies how investing FOMO is similar to the political movements of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.
Jeff Carter: "Taking Brokerage One Step Further" - Jeff Carter of HPA and West Loop Ventures lays out an exciting future for technology in Financial Markets, which would disrupt all aspects of our current system.
"What is Going On with Lending Club" - Ali Hamed of CoVenture explains how a small f-up at Lending Club caused huge problems, and why that could signal a good time to invest in alternative lending. 

On Growing

"First Time Founders, Here’s What I Wish I Knew" - Entrepreneur and CEO Kris Duggan breaks down what he learned the first time he built a company
Hyde Park Angels: "3 Key Steps to Assessing Your Capital Raise" - Raising capital for your startup can be expensive.  Here is a framework for understanding the costs of capital vs returns in your startup.
"Managing Customer Success to Reduce Churn" - David Skok of Matrix Partners covers how to measure customer happiness and actively manage your business to reduce churn

Major Tech News:

Illinois Rounds Closed:

  • Aptinyx: $65M
    • New Leaf Venture Partners
    • Adams Street Partners
    • Northwestern University
    • Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Company
    • Frazier Healthcare Partners
    • Goudy Park Capital
    • Latterell Venture Partners
    • Longitude Capital
    • Osage University Partners
    • PathoCapital
  • Regroup Therapy: $1.3M
    • Hyde Park Angels
    • OCA Ventures
    • Impact Engine
    • New Stack Ventures
    • MD Angels
    • Lon Chow
    • Mark Agnew
    • Mike Evans
  • Bridge Financial Technology: $722k
  • HealthiPass: Undisclosed
Other Midwest Rounds Closed:
  • Better World Books: $18M
  • Connxus: $5M
  • ChoreMonster: $2.31M
  • SmartUQ: $750k
  • Insulete: $300k
  • LeafLine: $150k

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