Red Rocket Venture Partners

Quarterly Newsletter

Private Equity Firm Clients on Hunt for Businesses

As Red Rocket has been getting closer to the private equity community in Chicago, we are learning about more and more capital that is looking for good businesses to buy.  And, that capital comes in all shapes and sizes.  Some are looking for small $5-$10MM revenue B2C companies and others are looking for $100MM revenue B2B companies, and everything in between.  So, if you, or someone you know, are open to selling your business, taking in new capital or looking for a transition in leadership, give us a call to discuss your options.

New Lists for Chicago Private Equity & Family Offices

We have been curating our list of Chicago Venture Capital Firms for years, including recent updates for the corporate VC's in town and more details of each investors' areas of focus. But, as we started to work with larger companies too, we needed to do a deep dive on the Chicago Private Equity Firms and Chicago Family Investment Offices, as well.  Take a look at these lists, and let us know if anyone important is missing, so we can add them.

The Red Rocket Blog Passes 750,000 Reads!!

The Red Rocket Blog just passed the 750,000 reads mark!!  We are so excited our reader base continues to grow and keeps coming back, month after month, for our growing list of lessons in enterpreneurship.  Thank you so much for your continued readership, and helping us spread the word to your entrepreneurial colleagues.  

A Shoutout for a Few Red Rocket Clients

We have recently worked with a few great entrepreneurs, and we wanted to give them a shoutout, so they are on your radar.  Meeting Tomorrow is a leading player in the AV rentals and production space for nationwide events.  Collbox is an automated past due receivables collection platform integrated into Quickbooks for SMBs.  L Street Collaborative is a startup studio building a portfolio of interesting startups, including Crowdfind, a lost-and-found platform for venues.  And, ZooKKs, a car pooling platform in Chicago.  Kudus to their founders and CEOs, Mark Aistrope, Chad Sufford, Jay Sebben and Kishore Kotapati ("KK"), respectively.  Keep up the good work!!

Most-Read Blog Posts of the Quarter

We hope you are enjoying our growing list of 244+ Startup Lessons and case studies, which has attracted over 825,000 reads to date.  Be sure to check out these most-read posts of the quarter:

(a)   Chicago's Startup Accelerators, Incubators & Shared Office Spaces
(b)   Red Rocket's New Explainer Video
(c)   Lesson #239:  Manage Towards Valuation Step Ups
(d)   Lesson #241:  Successful Selling Only Begins With the Sale
(e)   Lesson #243:  What is Your Digital Business REALLY Worth?
(f)   Lesson #244:  Stop Selling the "What", Start Selling the "Why"

For easier reading offline, you can freely download our "Startup Lessons #1-#202" at your favorite eBookstore.

  Upcoming Chicago Entrepreneurial Events

Here is a list of some of the bigger upcoming events for Chicago's startup community.  Hope to see you all there:

For a more complete list, be sure to bookmark the calendar of events at the Built In Chicago, Illinois Technology Assocation or 1871 websites.

 Thanks again for all of your continued support.   Let us know how we may be able to help you, your colleagues or your portfolio companies with their growth strategy and execution.

George Deeb
Managing Partner
312-560-0096 (m)
george@ RedRocketVC .com


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