Each month we send out a newsletter to our investors, potential investors, co-investors, friends, and colleagues, letting them know some of what’s happening in our portfolio. Sometimes we get caught up in the day-to-day and, when taking a step back, it’s really amazing to see what our companies accomplish month to month.
On to the review:
Subscription boxes have become a booming business in Nebraska. BuluBox, one of the biggest box subscriptions, is leading this trend in Lincoln, Nebraska.
A farmer and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Board member explains how Phone2Action allows farmers to get involved at the touch of their fingertips. With their busy schedules, Phone2Action has made getting in touch with politicians and key influencers quick and easy.
Manufacturing is increasingly becoming a high-tech endeavor, that soon people will be able to get in on. Built In discusses how the future of desktop manufacturing is starting with Inventables‘ Carvey.
ABPathfinder recently acquired Phoenix-based Ensure Billing to improve their company’s services. The new entity has rebranded to become Pathfinder Health Innovations.
What would you do with all the answers and 12 hours of spare time? mySidewalk has all the answers with the introduction of their template library.
Director of advocacy for Tell Them, experienced many sleepless night and anxiety from their annual lobby day. This all changed when she combined Phone2Action’s civic engagement technology with NationBuilder’s website and constituent management system.
Entrepreneurs are flocking to the “Silicon Prairie” in the Midwest. Paul and Stephanie Jarrett, from BuluBox, explain their move from San Francisco to Lincoln to be part of the “Silicon Prairie Movement.”
We were happy to be a part of Omaha Startup Week 2016. Omaha Startup Week is a five day celebration of the community. It is a new type of conference that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship, led by entrepreneurs and hosted in entrepreneurial spaces in Omaha that everyone loves.
Startland News discusses Dundee VC and how we are making the Kansas City area a key part of our investment strategy. Beth mentions that new funds coming into Kansas City are not about competition, but about collaboration.
Crumb founders, Luis and Danny Lopez, had the help from Straight Shot to grow their startup. Other local startups receive similar help from Straight Shot and Omaha accelerators to grow their companies.
Mattermark discusses how Midwest investors lead global venture capitalist in optimism. We mention that in the midwest there is a rising tide of entrepreneurs, ideas, funders, and willing and knowledgeable ecosystem partners.
Beth attended the Mercury Fund CXO Summit 2016 in Austin, Texas. The CXO Summit was a two day conference of the best practices to help grow your software company.
Greg joins 25+ other Midwest VCs at the Midwest Capital Call.
Until next month!
Mark, Beth, and Greg