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Like Us On Facebook; Follow us on Twitter

We haven’t been Captain Obvious about social media at Hyde Park Angels, but we have social media accounts.  We would love to interact with you on Twitter or Facebook.  Follow us on Twitter and “Like” our Facebook page.

We use each platform to help educate the community on the nature of startups, the happenings in the tech world, and to educate investors about how to invest in startups.

We also talk about things going on with our portfolio companies.  HPA has invested in a diverse set of companies that are disrupting their industries.  If you want to be on the bleeding edge of ideas, learning about our companies is a great way to inform yourself.


As always, we appreciate introductions for our portfolio companies to potential customers.  Check them out.  They are in financial services, agriculture, big data, marketing, medicine, consumer products, education, government services, logistics, parking, weight loss, mobile tech, wearable tech, and web security.   There is something there for everyone.

If you have a company you think we will be interested in, please review our criteria and then submit your deal.  One of our associates will contact you once you have applied.



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Should Coding Be A High School Graduation Requirement

Chicago has seen a successful startup in the education space with Starter League.  But, as this video explains, coding isn’t just for geeks.  Coding is creative.  It appeals to many people.  For many, it’s just learning a different language.

Beaver Day School is requiring that students graduate knowing how to code. Do you think it should be a high school graduation requirement?

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Moxie Jean’s Sharon Schneider, Profiled at Gotham Gal

If you don’t know who Gotham Gal is, she is an active angel investor out of New York.  She passionately supports female entrepreneurs.  Recently, she profiled Moxie Jean’s Sharon Schneider.  Sharon has a great company, but also has an interesting background.

You will get a good flavor of why HPA was impressed with Sharon, and why Moxie is a part of our portfolio.  Here is an excerpt:

She decided that she wanted to be an English teacher so she majored in English.  She found the classes very simplistic and so she ended up shifting gears.  Sharon grew up in a white Catholic homogeneous area and at University of Toledo she was fascinated with how many different walks of life people came from.  She gravitated towards the study of Sociolinguistics, the study of dialect and the power of language.  She says she really came into her own in college participating in plays, starting groups and clubs.  She also met her husband there.

Read the whole thing.  If you have children, visit the Moxie Jean website and check out what they are up to.

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Some Angel Data on Investing

Looking at a Halo report on angels and how they invest is interesting.  Silicon Valley Bank put it out on their website.  Click over there to see pretty graphics.  It’s informative in a macro way.

The most active group in the United States last year was the New York Angels.  That’s great for the startup community in New York.  Last year, investment in the midwest was up 12.3%.  That’s a great trend.

At Built in Chicago, they are reporting that funding in the first quarter of this year was up.   $61 million was raised over 22 companies with two exits.  That’s a great sign that the Chicago/Midwestern entrepreneurial ecosystem is growing and getting stronger.

Last year nationwide, 66,000 companies were funded by angels.  They collectively invested close to $25 billion.  Only 3000 companies received venture funding, and they invested roughly the same amount of capital.

The most popular sectors to invest in are internet and healthcare.  They are 53% of all the deal flow.  Although investment in healthcare was down last year.

If you are looking for a clue as to the “price” all these companies were funded at, they have that data too.  The median valuation of angel funded companies was $2.5 million dollars, with the median round being $600,000 when a group invests by itself.  Nearly half of all deals angel groups do are follow on rounds.

When groups co-invest together, the round is larger.  The median round on co-investment is $1.5M.  Based on the other numbers, what that number should indicate is that angel groups typically do the seed round themselves, and then co-invest in later rounds.

11% of all angel deals are structured as a convertible debt instrument.  That is a trend we have noticed more and more nationwide.  But, out of all the deals that were funded, 63% of them had revenue.  Angels aren’t investing in a wing and a prayer, they are trying to build real scalable companies with the money they put to work.

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