2015 in Review: Our Top 3 Entrepreneurial Resource Series

2015 in Review: Our Top 3 Entrepreneurial Resource Series We launched the official Hyde Park Angels blog in late January with one central goal — to demystify the early-stage investment process for entrepreneurs so they could successfully navigate the process and build their companies. Since then, we’ve broken down difficult concepts like term sheets, option pools, and…

Understand Venture Debt

Entrepreneurs need capital to support their businesses, but they often think venture capital is the only way despite a number of other options. One of those options is venture debt, which startups can qualify for once they’ve raised a venture capital round. We spoke with Bailey Moore, Vice President of Wintrust Ventures, about how venture…

How to Read and Understand a Cap Table

Understanding all of the technicalities of investment — how you should calculate your valuation, what your term sheet actually says, and what a cap table is, let alone should demonstrate — can an often feel like the most difficult part of the process. Even more than pitching and finding the right investors, understanding the technicalities of investment requires learning and…

The Hyde Park Angels Partner Network

The Hyde Park Angels Partner Network is a comprehensive network of businesses, venture capitalists and community partners that collaborate with Hyde Park Angels to provide entrepreneurs the relationships and resources they need to be successful. So what does that mean for you? In a nutshell, you have access to business expertise, services, resources, and relationships…

How to Read a Term Sheet

If you’ve never seen a term sheet or before — or have for that matter — it can have a dizzying effect. There’s a lot of complex language and terms you’ve likely never seen before. To help ensure best practices and simplicity in your current and future rounds, use National Venture Capital Association’s sample term sheet or one that’s…

What Does It Take to Get Funded?

Getting funded is often more art than science. Some companies can and do get funded within hours, though contrary to what you might think, this is certainly more exception than rule, especially in the early stages. However, there is one factor that can significantly aid you in raising your round. Finding a Lead Investor Your…

Understanding the Early Investment Stages

This post is part of the Entrepreneurial Education Series, which brings together successful, influential entrepreneurs and investors to teach entrepreneurs everything they need to know about early-stage investment through events, articles, videos, and more. If you are interested in learning more about raising a round, save the date for “Early Stage Investment 101” on June…