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I interviewed Mark Hasebroock, Founding Partner Dundee Venture Capital from Omaha, Nebraska @Techcrunch DISRUPT.  He spoke about founding his firm in Dundee 2 years ago.  The Omaha ecosystem is very small & Mark had founded 2 startups.  They focus on Boulder to Omaha & the deal flow is amazing so that they filled their first fund very quickly.  They are 2/3 way through their 2nd fund $15m & have invested in about 20 companies overall. His domain focus is ecommerce & web service companies which is where his operating experience comes from.  The cost to start a business has decreased significantly & the time to start a business has been crunched down. You can start a business anywhere & the cost of living & work ethic is a little bit different in the MidWest – they are insulated somewhat.  Dundee can get these companies going & get traction & then show to higher level funds.  He spoke about the changes in the venture capital industry.  He thinks crowdfunding is great & he wishes he could have accessed it when he had startups.  In the MidWest there is generally a heads down, we’re creating businesses that generate revenue that hopefully very quickly will be cash flow positive. There are a few angels in the area who now have a vehicle for getting businesses off the ground, bringing capital together instead of having it in silos.Enhanced by Zemanta

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Pemo Theodore is a Media Publisher & Event Producer and a great people connector.. She is Founder/CEO Silicon Valley TV which has served the San Francisco Bay Area for 11 years! She has produced Silicon Valley Events for Investors & Startups for 9 years. Pemo loves to video interview venture capitalists & founders to engage the human behind the success stories.. She has been Executive Producer of FinTech Silicon Valley for 5 years, organizing twice monthly FinTech talks & panels in San Francisco & Palo Alto. She believes in learning through a great discussion with experts in the domains. Pemo has a talent to bring the right people together and is an incredible networker. Pemo's events have been seen as supporting Venture Capitalists & Angels in sourcing great deal flow from startups who attend her events. Many founders have received funding through meeting investors at her events. Her favored medium is visual media and she has built up a great body of work of videos of panels & interviews in Silicon Valley.startup ecosystem.

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