For the 4th Annual ranking of 50+ Midwest tech ecosystems, a LOT has changed.

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The annual Midwest Cities Rankings are our yearly deep dive into understanding how micro-environments in the Midwest are performing relative to one another in terms of startup activity, access to resources, and business climate. To view the full rankings, visit the city rankings page on Midwest Startups.

National skepticism and resistance to building, growing and investing in tech companies across the rising cities in the Midwest had already mostly faded away in late 2019. August 2019 brought an unprecedented rush of megarounds: Detroit’s StockX grabbed $110M, Columbus’s Root Insurance closed $350M, Kansas City’s C2FO raised $200M and Chicago’s VillageMD got…

Episode 4

Why You Should Build and Invest in Startups Here

The Midwest¹ is a large, diverse, populous region with a vibrant, rapidly-growing tech economy. While it hosts roughly 10% of all US-based VC-backed startups, it consistently receives less than 5% of all VC funding (3 states — New York, California and Massachusetts — received 78% of all VC $ in 2019)². This mismatch is driven by a host of factors, but should be seen as an opportunity for many. …

Episode 3

Why You Should Build and Invest in Startups Here

The Midwest ¹ is a large, diverse, populous region with a vibrant, rapidly-growing tech economy. While it hosts roughly 10% of all US-based VC-backed startups, it consistently receives less than 5% of all VC funding (3 states — New York, California and Massachusetts — received 78% of all VC $ in 2019)². This mismatch is driven by a host of factors, but should be seen as an opportunity for many. Through this series, we will build on the foundations of this region and why it has created such a unique and sizable opportunity for tech.

In the Midwest it IS possible to pull yourself up by your bootstraps.

In the Midwest, your capital…

Episode 2

Why You Should Build and Invest in Startups Here

The Midwest ¹ is a large, diverse, populous region with a vibrant, rapidly-growing tech economy. While it hosts roughly 10% of all US-based VC-backed startups, it consistently receives less than 5% of all VC funding (3 states — New York, California and Massachusetts — received 78% of all VC $ in 2019)². This mismatch is driven by a host of factors, but should be seen as an opportunity for many. Through this series, we will build on the foundations of this region and why it has created such a unique and sizable opportunity for tech.

The University of Chicago, home of the *most* talented in the Midwest

As we covered in Episode…

Episode 1

Why You Should Build and Invest in Startups Here

The Midwest ¹ is a large, diverse, populous region with a vibrant, rapidly-growing tech economy. While it hosts roughly 10% of all US-based VC-backed startups, it consistently receives less than 5% of all VC funding (3 states — New York, California and Massachusetts — received 78% of all VC $ in 2019)². This mismatch is driven by a host of factors, but should be seen as an opportunity for many. Through this series, we will build on the foundations of this region and why it has created such a unique and sizable opportunity for tech.

2010 Population Density by County

The Midwest is large.

The…

Home for the holidays — and to find your next investment…

We talk to a lot of coastal VCs and ask them where they want to invest. Yes, they want to find deals within an hour drive of their office. Yes, they want to find deals in cities with great ski resorts, golf courses, etc. Yes they require a nonstop flight to the company’s headquarters. But perhaps the most interesting response is some version of “I want to find a deal in Lexington, Kentucky.” Or Columbus, Ohio. Or Omaha, Nebraska. Or really Anywhere, USA. Why the intense interest in relatively uninteresting places? It’s very simple — they want to invest where…

I’m excited to announce the launch of my new, completely hypothetical and satirical firm, Hindsight Ventures. You all probably know me from my years of experience in over-confidently predicting outcomes, most recently as the starting Monday morning quarterback for your favorite team that had an absolutely terrible head coach, and previously as the tarot card reader that successfully predicted you would have something bad happen to you in the next year or two (tough 2012 wasn’t it!). …

Victor Gutwein

The party line is that I run a VC firm @M25VC . However, I HAVE been accused of not toeing the party line... #InvestintheMidwest

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