Perspectives early-stage

Recent articles and resources from our team, and press featuring our companies. 
What Startups Need to Know About SPACs

What Startups Need to Know About SPACs

You can’t read TechCrunch, the WSJ, or sit through a boring tech webinar without someone name-dropping SPACs.

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BlackCart raises $8.8M Series A for its try-before-you-buy platform for online merchants

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Podchaser raises $4M to build a comprehensive podcast database

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The 20 Hottest Digital Health Startups From Flyover Country, 2021

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FlashParking to merge with parking services platform Arrive

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TECH 50 2020

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Chicago startups raised $30M in November

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Winter Is Coming — Are Supply Chains Ready?

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For Digital Payments, The Best UX is Forgettable

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'Thanksgiving To Go': Americans splash out on takeaways

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Making Landlord Life Easier, NestEgg Raises $7M Series A

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NestEgg nabs $7M to pay your rent

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Upfront Healthcare raises $11.5 million in Series B funding round led by Baird Capital and co-led by LRVHealth

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Atlanta-based Terminus makes fourth acquisition in three years

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How Bridgit's Co-Founder Tapped Into a Market Ignored by Tech

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Blocked Bridgit Business Insider

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What Startups Need to Know About SPACs

You can’t read TechCrunch, the WSJ, or sit through a boring tech webinar without someone name-dropping SPACs.

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The Launch Of Podchaser Pro Pulls Back The Curtain On Podcast Statistics

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How One CEO Is Helping Organizations Take A Proactive Approach To Risk Management

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The F-word

There are “only two ways to make money in business: One is to bundle; the other is unbundle.

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How Outsourcing Logistics Can Help SMBs Compete With Amazon

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Indianapolis-based Malomo raises $2.8 million to turn order tracking into a branded customer experience

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‘Flying blind’: How DTC CEOs are preparing for the holidays

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E-Commerce Surge Draws Investment to Online Retail Logistics Providers

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Despite COVID-19, 5 Chicago VCs say region is poised for success

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The Great Toilet Paper Shortage of ‘20

In March, Americans frantically prepared for COVID-19 and sheltering-in-place.

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Virtual Home Repairs

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What new normal?!

Now as states reopen, we’re getting a preview of what the future might look like. But, it’s not yet clear.

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It might be time to tell my founder story…

Like many investors, before I was an investor, I was a founder. Like many founders, I failed — spectacularly.

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A tale of two markets

The venture ecosystem blossomed the last 10 years coming out of the Great Recession...Then, COVID hit.

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Former Kroger executive's startup adds $8.5M to its Series B

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Terminus Buys B2B Conversation Chat Platform

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A new pro bono portal just launched for lawyers looking to help people hit hard by the pandemic

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Four Strategies for Startups to Thrive Through Crisis

Since March, most startups and VCs have focused on austerity and extending cash runway to ensure survival.

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Shift the (Revenue) Curve

Events reserved for year-end or federal-holiday seasons became regular occurrences last month.

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Understanding Demand Changes to WIN

For the last month, we’ve been working with our companies to focus on survival.

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Where did all the VCs go?

We, like many other VCs, have begun reviewing our portfolios on a regular basis in response to COVID.

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Federal Stimulus Impact on Venture-Backed Startups | COVID-19

The CARES Act was recently signed into law, making a number of federal economic relief options available for businesses and individuals.

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Transportation payments platform RoadSync raises $5.7M

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Nurturing Culture from a Distance — Covid-19

Almost overnight, a large portion of our nation’s workforce went remote in response to Covid-19 and efforts to flatten the curve.

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Modeling COVID-19’s Impact and Making Hard Decisions

Realities are changing day-by-day as the impact of COVID-19 deepens.

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Markets Are Chaos

Last weekend, Jason Zweig wrote about our ability to mentally and emotionally withstand today’s market volatility.

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Preparing your Startup for COVID19’s Impact

With COVID19 an increasing reality both for public health and business, we know that each of you is considering how best to lead your company...

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Blocked PartySlate Crains Chicago Business

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Everyone is Busy

Many see busyness as a virtue and a status symbol...busyness befalls people who are disorganized, over-committed or unable to prioritize.

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Podchaser raises $1.65M in round with prominent Louisville investors

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New Year Letter — 2019 was the Year of Accountability

This year, I will look behind and ahead as I did last, through three lenses — Family, Profession and Context

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Hyde Park Venture Partners Raises​ $100M ​Third Fund

Early-stage venture capital firm’s third fund will power high-growth technology startups across the mid-continent

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Introducing HPVP Fund III: Our Series B in Startup Terms

Today Hyde Park Venture Partners celebrates raising a $100M Fund III

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From VC to CEO — I’m Leading the Charge at Terminus

I’ve always been drawn to the energy and thrill of working in an early-stage company.

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To the mid-continent entrepreneurs…

A lot of people will blame the lack of diversity in tech on “the pipeline problem” 

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2ndKitchen Raises $4.35M to Bring Restaurant Food to More Establishments

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So… White Claw is a really good tech company

Now that we’re squarely in fall, let’s take a moment to reflect how White Claw absolutely TOOK OVER this summer.

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Why our cities are soft tomatoes

Scooters are taking over Chicago and the city is not taking it lightly!

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Startup CEOs, your board meetings are probably lackluster. Here’s what to do about it.

One of the most interesting parts of being a VC is the role we play as board members.

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Quantity has a quality all its own

Without network effects, the expected # unicorns in any ecosystem would be linearly dependent on # startups.

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Okay, so what’s the number?

VCs are like toddlers. If you don’t give us what we want, we will keep asking for it.

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My reminder to see with fresh eyes

Since starting at Hyde Park Venture Partners three years ago, I’ve learned a lot and come a long way.

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Seed, speed, and we’re still here: my first decade in venture

It was nearly ten years ago that I landed an internship with a small fund in Chicago and “screened” my first startup story.

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G2’s CEO Godard Abel on Getting the Best Investors Around the Table

Founder and CEO of G2, the leading B2B software review platform, Godard Abel is a serial entrepreneur.

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Why I took the Leap Into Venture Capital

If I’m being honest, it’s still a little surprising, even to me, that I now work in venture capital.

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SaaS: How will your 10th sale be 10 times easier than your first?

We have since honed our message, but in those earliest of days, being a SaaS entrepreneur or investor was differentiating.

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Living Our Values: Hyde Park Venture Partners Promotes Barnes and DiMonte

The most profound value we share at HPVP is that rewards accrue to those who create value.

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3 Lessons on What it Takes to Build a Brand

The Indy Marketing Leaders group has quickly grown into a community consisting of all different levels of up-and-coming marketers...

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Four Takeaways from a First-Time Tech Startup CMO

Ryan Bonnici hails from Sydney, Australia and now calls the windy city home.

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Freight-Tracking Startup FourKites Raises $50 Million in New Backing

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G2 Crowd Raises $55M to Transform the Way Businesses Buy Software

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Leading Towards Social Justice

we must look out for the safety and well-being of our teams.

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Inside the Inside Round

There are good inside rounds, and there are bad inside rounds.

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What Startups Need to Know About SPACs

What Startups Need to Know About SPACs

You can’t read TechCrunch, the WSJ, or sit through a boring tech webinar without someone name-dropping SPACs.

Read more
The F-word

The F-word

There are “only two ways to make money in business: One is to bundle; the other is unbundle.

Read more
The Great Toilet Paper Shortage of ‘20

The Great Toilet Paper Shortage of ‘20

In March, Americans frantically prepared for COVID-19 and sheltering-in-place.

Read more
What new normal?!

What new normal?!

Now as states reopen, we’re getting a preview of what the future might look like. But, it’s not yet clear.

Read more
It might be time to tell my founder story…

It might be time to tell my founder story…

Like many investors, before I was an investor, I was a founder. Like many founders, I failed — spectacularly.

Read more
A tale of two markets

A tale of two markets

The venture ecosystem blossomed the last 10 years coming out of the Great Recession...Then, COVID hit.

Read more
Four Strategies for Startups to Thrive Through Crisis

Four Strategies for Startups to Thrive Through Crisis

Since March, most startups and VCs have focused on austerity and extending cash runway to ensure survival.

Read more
Shift the (Revenue) Curve

Shift the (Revenue) Curve

Events reserved for year-end or federal-holiday seasons became regular occurrences last month.

Read more
Understanding Demand Changes to WIN

Understanding Demand Changes to WIN

For the last month, we’ve been working with our companies to focus on survival.

Read more
Where did all the VCs go?

Where did all the VCs go?

We, like many other VCs, have begun reviewing our portfolios on a regular basis in response to COVID.

Read more
Federal Stimulus Impact on Venture-Backed Startups | COVID-19

Federal Stimulus Impact on Venture-Backed Startups | COVID-19

The CARES Act was recently signed into law, making a number of federal economic relief options available for businesses and individuals.

Read more
Nurturing Culture from a Distance — Covid-19

Nurturing Culture from a Distance — Covid-19

Almost overnight, a large portion of our nation’s workforce went remote in response to Covid-19 and efforts to flatten the curve.

Read more
Modeling COVID-19’s Impact and Making Hard Decisions

Modeling COVID-19’s Impact and Making Hard Decisions

Realities are changing day-by-day as the impact of COVID-19 deepens.

Read more
Markets Are Chaos

Markets Are Chaos

Last weekend, Jason Zweig wrote about our ability to mentally and emotionally withstand today’s market volatility.

Read more
Preparing your Startup for COVID19’s Impact

Preparing your Startup for COVID19’s Impact

With COVID19 an increasing reality both for public health and business, we know that each of you is considering how best to lead your company...

Read more
Everyone is Busy

Everyone is Busy

Many see busyness as a virtue and a status symbol...busyness befalls people who are disorganized, over-committed or unable to prioritize.

Read more
New Year Letter — 2019 was the Year of Accountability

New Year Letter — 2019 was the Year of Accountability

This year, I will look behind and ahead as I did last, through three lenses — Family, Profession and Context

Read more
Hyde Park Venture Partners Raises​ $100M ​Third Fund

Hyde Park Venture Partners Raises​ $100M ​Third Fund

Early-stage venture capital firm’s third fund will power high-growth technology startups across the mid-continent

Read more
Introducing HPVP Fund III: Our Series B in Startup Terms

Introducing HPVP Fund III: Our Series B in Startup Terms

Today Hyde Park Venture Partners celebrates raising a $100M Fund III

Read more
From VC to CEO — I’m Leading the Charge at Terminus

From VC to CEO — I’m Leading the Charge at Terminus

I’ve always been drawn to the energy and thrill of working in an early-stage company.

Read more
To the mid-continent entrepreneurs…

To the mid-continent entrepreneurs…

A lot of people will blame the lack of diversity in tech on “the pipeline problem” 

Read more
So… White Claw is a really good tech company

So… White Claw is a really good tech company

Now that we’re squarely in fall, let’s take a moment to reflect how White Claw absolutely TOOK OVER this summer.

Read more
Why our cities are soft tomatoes

Why our cities are soft tomatoes

Scooters are taking over Chicago and the city is not taking it lightly!

Read more
Startup CEOs, your board meetings are probably lackluster. Here’s what to do about it.

Startup CEOs, your board meetings are probably lackluster. Here’s what to do about it.

One of the most interesting parts of being a VC is the role we play as board members.

Read more
Quantity has a quality all its own

Quantity has a quality all its own

Without network effects, the expected # unicorns in any ecosystem would be linearly dependent on # startups.

Read more
Okay, so what’s the number?

Okay, so what’s the number?

VCs are like toddlers. If you don’t give us what we want, we will keep asking for it.

Read more
My reminder to see with fresh eyes

My reminder to see with fresh eyes

Since starting at Hyde Park Venture Partners three years ago, I’ve learned a lot and come a long way.

Read more
Seed, speed, and we’re still here: my first decade in venture

Seed, speed, and we’re still here: my first decade in venture

It was nearly ten years ago that I landed an internship with a small fund in Chicago and “screened” my first startup story.

Read more
G2’s CEO Godard Abel on Getting the Best Investors Around the Table

G2’s CEO Godard Abel on Getting the Best Investors Around the Table

Founder and CEO of G2, the leading B2B software review platform, Godard Abel is a serial entrepreneur.

Read more
Why I took the Leap Into Venture Capital

Why I took the Leap Into Venture Capital

If I’m being honest, it’s still a little surprising, even to me, that I now work in venture capital.

Read more
SaaS: How will your 10th sale be 10 times easier than your first?

SaaS: How will your 10th sale be 10 times easier than your first?

We have since honed our message, but in those earliest of days, being a SaaS entrepreneur or investor was differentiating.

Read more
Living Our Values: Hyde Park Venture Partners Promotes Barnes and DiMonte

Living Our Values: Hyde Park Venture Partners Promotes Barnes and DiMonte

The most profound value we share at HPVP is that rewards accrue to those who create value.

Read more
3 Lessons on What it Takes to Build a Brand

3 Lessons on What it Takes to Build a Brand

The Indy Marketing Leaders group has quickly grown into a community consisting of all different levels of up-and-coming marketers...

Read more
Four Takeaways from a First-Time Tech Startup CMO

Four Takeaways from a First-Time Tech Startup CMO

Ryan Bonnici hails from Sydney, Australia and now calls the windy city home.

Read more
Leading Towards Social Justice

Leading Towards Social Justice

we must look out for the safety and well-being of our teams.

Read more
Inside the Inside Round

Inside the Inside Round

There are good inside rounds, and there are bad inside rounds.

Read more