Podcast: Creating a Goal-Driven Culture with Eddie Leshin

People First is the Hyde Park Angels podcast dedicated to deconstructing entrepreneurial success into actionable takeaways you can use today. Hyde Park Angels is the most active early-stage investor in Chicago with a commitment to taking a “people-first approach” to investing. By matching our members’ expertise with entrepreneurs’ needs, we help develop top-performing companies that are delivering extraordinary…

How the Co-Founder of Trustwave Prices SaaS Products

As any entrepreneur knows, pricing is a critical component of successfully bringing a SaaS product to market. Even after determining your revenue model and pricing strategy, finding the price that customers are willing to pay for can be a challenge. That’s why we spoke with an expert on SaaS pricing, Trustwave Co-Founder, Truss Co-Founder, and…

How to Manage World-Class Advisors, Investors, and Board Members

If you missed the event or just want a quick recap, read on for highlights from the discussion. The event brought together world-class entrepreneurs and investors Jim Gray (CEO, G-Bar Limited Partnership; Co-Founder, OptionsXpress), Amanda Lannert (CEO, Jellyvision), Badal Shah (Co-Founder and CEO, TurboAppeal), Michael Small (CEO, gogo), and Kevin Willer (Partner, Chicago Ventures) to…

Growth Stories: The Eastman Egg Company Hits Its Latest Milestone

Growth Stories is a new HPA blog series focused on profiling what happens to our portfolio companies after they raise venture capital. This first edition focuses on The Eastman Egg Company’s latest expansion. When Hunter Swartz first landed on the fast-casual breakfast concept in 2014, he started by opening a food truck. Two years later,…

Land Corporate Clients, Partners, and Investors

We launched the third program in our Entrepreneurial Education Series, “Fund Your Startup through Corporate Sales, Partners, and Investment” on September 21st with our partner 1871. The event brought together experienced corporate investors Steve Garrou (Executive Vice President, Westcon), Reese Schroeder (Managing Director, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital), and Lily Yeung (Director of Corporate Development, Molex), the…

New Investment Series: Quikly

The Hyde Park Angels “New Investment Series” profiles our most recent investments by examining the investment process and the individual company’s future trajectory from two perspectives: the portfolio company’s CEO and the HPA leader who made the deal happen.  This month we invested in Quikly, a Detroit-based digital marketing platform for retailers, in a Series…

Land an Investment in 5 Steps

At the early-stages, entrepreneurs are concerned with a host of problems and uncertainties surrounding the development of their company from how to hire talent to what it takes to get that product built and sold to customers. But overwhelmingly, we see entrepreneurs struggle to understand how the early-stage investment process works, and what they need…