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Moxie Jean’s Sharon Schneider on Chicago Tonight: Talking Bro Culture in Tech

Moxie Jean CEO and founder Sharon Schneider was recently on a local television program, Chicago Tonight. The issue was the TechWeek gaffe that was demeaning to women. Sharon articulates the issue extremely well, and if you watch the video you can see why HPA is an investor in her company.

HPA has never focused on gender. We have many women in leadership roles within our organization. Karin O Connor is our managing director and will be stepping down in July. Our group has a large percentage of females that are members. We have backed female lead companies (Brilliant, MoxieJean, Dabble, Supply Vision) Many of our student associates are women.

Why did this happen? Because they were all really damn good.

Chicago is different than other places in tech. We value everyone. HPA is the same. We care about ideas and building great companies. There are a bunch in our portfolio.

The best thing you can do if you want to support women in tech is become a customer of one of their companies. Click the links to their websites and start using their products today. Tell your friends. The more success they have, the more success all women in tech will have.

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HPA Helps Land A Big One With Fishidy

HPA has a new portfolio company, Fishidy. It’s the first time HPA has participated in funding a Wisconsin based company. We are excited about that because there are great things happening in Wisconsin. Fishidy is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Paul Budak lead the deal for HPA. Paul says, “It’s a huge market and it’s untapped from a technology standpoint.”  People spend more money on fishing than they do on golf.  It’s a massive industry.

Brian Jensen is the CEO of Fishidy.  He is an avid fisherman, and came up with the idea.  He  was previously an executive at GeoDecisions, a leading Geographic Information Systems (GIS) company.  He likes to say that Google Maps can get you from your home to the fishing hole, but Fishidy takes you from the boat launch to where the fish are biting.

Download the app for your iPhone, or from Google ($GOOG) Play.

Here is a video on how Fishidy works. It’s a tremendous app for anyone that goes fishing. It increases your odds of landing the big one.  Share photos and tips with friends.  Learn from other fisherman about new techniques and what they are using to catch fish.

Not only does it provide great information, but here is how you can use Fishidy to get in depth analysis about where you are fishing.

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