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Clearcover Raises $200M in Series D

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Clearcover , a next generation insurance company, today announced a new $200 million Series D round of funding.

Leaf Trade Raises $5.5M in Series A

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Leaf Trade , the leading wholesale cannabis ecommerce platform, announced their Series A financing. Hyde Park Angels participated in the $5.5 million round, which was led by Artemis Growth Partners.

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FourKites Raises $100M in Series D

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FourKites , the #1 real-time supply chain visibility platform, today announced a new $100 million Series D financing round. The growth financing is led by Thomas H.

K4 Mobility Raises $5.7M Round

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We are excited to share that Hyde Park Angels participated in K4 Mobility’s $5.6M equity round, which was led by Hyde Park Venture Partners and included other notable investors.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Rheaply Raises $8M in Series A

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We are proud to announce our participation in Rheaply’s $8M Series A round, which was led by High Alpha. Other investors included Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, Salesforce Ventures, 100 Black Angels & Allies Fund, M25 and an impressive list of other high value impact funds.

NOCD Raises $12M in Series A

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NOCD is a burgeoning telehealth company that specializes in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) identification and treatment. The online therapy app announced a Series A fundraising round of $12 million.

Tractor Zoom Raises $3M in Series A

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Tractor Zoom , an Iowa-based auction marketing and equipment pricing company, announced that it raised $3 million in funding to scale their transparent pricing and analytics platform, Iron Comps.

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NestEgg Raises $7M in Series A

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NestEgg , a startup building the future of residential rental property management, raised $7 million in Series A investment funding from a strategic group of fintech and proptech investors. Hyde Park Angels participated in the Series A round, which was led by Hyde Park Venture Partners.

Havoc Shield Raises $1.45M in Series Seed

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Havoc Shield is a technology company whose all-in-one cybersecurity platform is built specifically for startups and small businesses who need to secure their remote workforce, address cyber attacks and win large customers. The company announced that it raised $1.45 million in Series Seed funding.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

HPA Welcomes New Marketing & Community Manager

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HPA, the most active early-stage investor in the Midwest, is excited to announce its continued growth with a new addition to the team. The firm welcomes Cate LeSourd as HPA’s new Marketing & Community Manager to focus on driving and strengthening the HPA brand.

YCharts Acquired by LLR Partners

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YCharts , a cloud-based investment analytics and communications platform for registered investment advisors, broker-dealers and asset managers, prepares for its next stage of growth with the acquisition by LLR Partners.

HPA MD Transition Indefinitely Postponed

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When the Hyde Park Angels Board of Directors and Pete Wilkins made the decision to start a Managing Director transition plan, we certainly did not anticipate a global pandemic. HPA, and the portfolio, were both in a great position, especially as we were coming off an incredible year.

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ShipBob Raises $68M in Series D

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ShipBob , an ecommerce enablement technology company that provides fulfillment by bringing fast shipping options to ecommerce businesses, announced that it raised $68M in a Series D funding round. This Series D financing was led by SoftBank Vision Fund.

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

HPA?s People First Approach Stands with Black Lives Matter

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First and foremost, as an organization, HPA stands with the Black community and supports the pursuit of justice and equality for all. We speak out against the racism and social injustices in our society, and show our support that #BlackLivesMatter.

HPA’s Talent and HR Resource Guide During COVID-19

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HPA recently created a resource guide that aggregated information on finance assistance and business operations. Meanwhile, we continued to monitor news and developed this secondary resource guide that focuses on HR and talent topics, decisions and best practices. .

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HPA believes world-class organizations are built by giving people the resources and opportunities to be successful. Whether it’s our members, our partners, or our portfolio companies, HPA is committed to helping build a stronger Midwest entrepreneurial ecosystem by supporting people.

Why Michigan Could Become a Startup Powerhouse

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The unicorns in Michigan demonstrate a fertile startup ecosystem with unlimited opportunities. A couple weeks ago, StockX became the state’s newest in a quickly-growing cohort of unicorns, which includes two other startups that also earned the elite status this year. In February, OneStream Software announced that it had not only become a unicorn but that it is profitable as well, an achievement that few startups can claim — even by the time they exit.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department.

Why Educating Startup Employees About Equity Is As Important As Giving It

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This is the final article in a three-part series on the benefits of giving all startup employees equity. See the first piece here and the second one here. A year after I moved to Chicago, I attended a women’s networking event, where an employee of a recently-acquired startup entered the room. Folks were excited to see her, congratulating her on the exciting news and asking questions about what life was like post-acquisition.

Practical Fundraising Tips from Repeat Entrepreneur Ann Deters

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Get to know Ann. Ann Deters is CEO & Founder of Vantage Technology, which has provided cataract services to hospitals and surgery centers throughout the United States for the past 28 years. In addition, she has started several healthcare ventures, such as surgery centers, medical billing services, and software technology.

How Livongo Just Opened the Floodgate to a Digital Healthcare Wave

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In the future, when we analyze moments in time when true innovation transformed an industry, we’ll remember an event that happened just a couple of weeks ago: Livongo’s IPO. By the end of its trading debut — which left the company valued at $3.4 billion — Livongo proved two things: that it’s possible to empower people to live healthier by focusing on their whole being and that combining technology-driven solutions with a human touch is a successful business model in healthcare.

Video Games, a Single Mom, and “Brilliant A s”: How this CTO Became a Successful Tech (and Diversity) Leader

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Get to know John. John Higginson is the CTO at Enova, a large publicly-traded Chicago FinTech company that’s extended over $20B in credit to customers worldwide. At Enova, John is responsible for driving the company’s technology strategy to leverage advanced digital experiences and data science to deliver on its mission to help hard-working people access fast, trustworthy credit. Prior to Enova, John served as the CTO for FTD, Wheels, and Applied Systems.

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”

Factor Acquired by HelloFresh

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We are excited to announce that our portfolio company, Factor , a ready-made meal delivery company serving premium customers focused on health and nutrition, was acquired by HelloFresh. The total purchase price is up to $277M, including earn-outs and incentives.

Michael Sachaj | HPA

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Former journalist, published author, and comms strategist. Manages comms and strategy at HPA

HPA Resource Guide During COVID-19

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Over the last couple weeks, HPA has been working diligently to build a resource guide with aggregated content. As an organization, we hope to help keep you informed on the latest news with how COVID-19 is affecting our nation and the marketplace.

InBIA Releases Playbook to Improve Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship Centers

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The post InBIA Releases Playbook to Improve Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship Centers appeared first on InBIA

Marketing Ops: The New Revenue Hero

As data continues to play a starring role in today’s B2B organizations, both marketing and sales operations professionals are poised to solidify their place as critical revenue drivers. In particular, the evolution of the Marketing Operations (Ops) role has created a new standard in marketing and has become a vital component of an organization’s success.

The Real Rebuilding Will Begin after the Election, and it Will Start with Entrepreneurs, Economic Developers, and Ecosystem Builders

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Here’s the good news: One way or another, the 2020 election will be over soon. . Here’s the bad news: This election will leave scars, and we have a lot of things that need to be fixed. The past few years have left a lot of people, locally and nationally, asking “What’s next?”. Here’s what’s next:

Both Things Can Be True: Bias and Bad Fundraising Advice

This is going to be BIG.

Fundraising takes a long time. I’m a female founder. I don’t have a technical co-founder. I don’t have enough traction. These are all of the things I heard from a founder that I recently backed. She was pitching for a pre-seed round of $400k.

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3 key ingredients for successful remote work

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The global coronavirus pandemic has forced a widespread shift to remote work. The impact on our families and careers has been significant. Around the world, parents struggle to find a quiet space to work, professionals battle with technology, and employers assess the safest way forward. .

The Moments that Define Investor and Founder Relationships

This is going to be BIG.

In almost every single investment I’ve ever made, I can think of a singular moment in my relationship with a founder that, no matter what came before or what might come after, defined our relationship. Often times, it came in a very vulnerable and down moment for the founder—perhaps they just lost out on a big opportunity, had someone from the team leave, or they’re running low on capital before sales have come around.

What We Learned From Our Own Data-Driven ABM Strategy

ZoomInfo has created the following eBook to help other B2B organizations gain insights on how to launch their own data-driven ABM strategy. In this eBook, we will reveal the good and the bad from our own campaign and highlight some key takeaways on how to improve your ABM strategies moving forward.

The Double Standard of Female CEOs Moving Fast and Breaking Things

This is going to be BIG.

In February of 2017, Susan Fowler’s description of the pervasive cultural issues at Uber, after the company’s abject failure to address her sexual harassment complaints properly, finally broke through in a way that garnered the tech community’s appropriate attention.