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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

Pemo Theodore

Pemo is a Media Publisher & Event Producer. She is CoFounder/CEO Silicon Valley TV She is the Executive Producer of FinTech Silicon Valley & organizes Bay Area FinTech meetup: Silicon Valley FinTech meetup & Blockchain Music meetup with almost 3k members. She has produced Silicon Valley Events for Investors & Startups 7 years. She video interviews venture capitalists & angel investors & FinTech experts. She partners with videographers to cover San Francisco Bay area startup conferences & meetups with livestreaming, video & foto packages Silicon Valley TV She is based in Silicon Valley & has been involved in online business for 14 years. She has been in small business for 46 years in Ireland, London, Canada & Australia. She also published a free ebook (the findings of 1 year research from VCs, angels & women founders) “Why are Women Funded Less than Men? a crowdsourced conversation” She was TheNextWomen‘s most prolific contributor of 2011. Silicon Valley TV has been noted as a platform for supporting high growth women led companies in Huffington Post

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