2017 Q2 Milwaukee Technology Startup Funding

The second quarter of 2017 (April 1 thru June 30) is over. Let’s check the status on the funding of Milwaukee technology startups ,,,

From what I can see, only one Milwaukee-area technology startup received any funding:

That means the chart for Milwaukee-area technology startup funding for the past six quarters now looks as follows:

This does not appear to be a good trend for Milwaukee-area technology startups.

The same caveats apply to this report as last quarter:

  1. All information is from FormDs.Com.
  2. To be listed as a Milwaukee-Area Technology Startup Funding event on this report, the business must be located in the Milwaukee-area as defined by FormDs.Com; the business must be in the Technology Industry Group (which includes Computers, Telecommunications, and Other Technology); and the business must not be publicly traded.
  3. I’m not a startup funding professional or an accountant. If there’s something wrong with this report, be nice, tell me, and I’ll try to correct it.


Milwaukee-Area Technology Startup Funding Report

I’ve compiled a report of Milwaukee-Area Technology Startup Funding Events using data from FormDs.Com for the period starting January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017 (five quarters).

This report shows there were four technology startup funding events in Milwaukee in 2017 Q1. These four events totaled about $1.4 million.

Download the following PDF report for more details:

2016 Q1 thru 2017 Q1 Milwaukee-Area Technology Startup Funding Report (PDF, 204K)

Disclaimer: I’m not a startup funding professional or an accountant. If there’s something wrong with this report, be nice, tell me, and I’ll try to correct it. My email address is in the report.

YC Startup School 2016 (SS16)

Yesterday, I attended Y Combinator’s Startup School 2016 (SS16).

For the uninitiated, Y Combinator is a startup accelerator started in 2005 by Paul Graham and others. Some of you may know Y Combinator from it’s news site, Hacker News. Startup School is Y Combinator’s annual free one-day conference that gives founders and startup enthusiasts a chance to hear stories and practical advice from other founders and investors.


SS16 was held at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, and there were more than 1,500 in attendance! The event was emceed by YC partner and president, Sam Altman. Speakers included: Ooshma Garg, founder of Gobble; Bill Silbermann, founder of Pinterest; Chad Rigetti, founder of Rigetti Computing; Kalam Dennis and Reham Fagiri of AptDeco; Qasar Younis, Kevin Hale, and Paul Buchheit of Y Combinator; Marc Andreessen of a16z; and Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn and Greylock.


Reid Hoffman being interviewed by Sam Altman

Personally, I attended for the opportunity to network and to meet and hear from some of my long-term internet heroes in real life. It was amazing, for example, to see Ooshma Garg light up the room, to feel Sam Altman’s energy, and to experience Chad Rigetti’s, Marc Andreessen’s, and Reid Hoffman’s intellect.


The last talk of the day was a panel with many of the YC partners answering pre-submitted questions from the attendees.

The formal portion of the day ended at about 5:30pm followed by an outdoor reception until 7pm.

If you’re a startup founder or enthusiast and you have the opportunity to attend a Y Combinator Startup School event, I really encourage you to do it. For that matter, why not apply to the next Y Combinator cohort? The deadline to apply is October 4, 2016.

P.S. Shout out to my friends, Matt Cordio of Skills Pipeline and Ryan Brooks of Stack 41, who encourgaged me to attend Startup School 2016.

FizzBuzz in Sinatra

The other night I attended the Ruby MKE Meetup. The topic was the 7 Degrees of FizzBuzz by Bill Gathen. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get to the final “degree” before the end of the meeting. So, for those who are interested, here is my solution:

require 'sinatra'

get '/' do
  erb :index

@@ index

    <% (1..99).each do |x| %>
    <%= ("fizzbuzz" if x % 15 == 0) ||         ("fizz" if x % 3 == 0) ||         ("buzz" if x % 5 == 0) ||         x %>

    <% end %>