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Take a Tour of Motorola Mobility’s New HQ in Downtown Chicago [PHOTOS]


Yesterday, Motorola Mobility unveiled its new headquarters in the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. Occupying four floors of the Mart, the 600,000-square-foot Gensler-designed space will house the company’s 2,000 employees. Talking about Chicago as a hub for digital and cellular technology, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “Given its roots, this should have been the place.” The move marks… Read more »

Chicago Ventures Invests in Web Tracking Service TrackIf


TrackIf, the Minnetonka-based web tracking company, today announced that they have raised $3M to grow their member base and launch new business and advertising solutions. The funding was led by Chicago Ventures, Wisconsin Investment Partners, New Capital Fund, and Confluence Capital. TrackIf helps users monitor products online and sends them alerts if something they are… Read more »

5 Ways Groupon is Trying to Own 2014


The Internet was full of terrible jokes on April Fool’s Day, and Groupon wasn’t above the hype. They made a faux-announcement about an Elite Deal Series where people can pay premium-plus pricing for goods; the first deal they offered was $40 for $20 worth of Groupon Bucks. While we all had a laugh, there was something serious to be… Read more »

Startups, Mind Your IP or Face the Dreaded Cease and Desist: Legal Tips from Daliah Saper [Video]


The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! Nine out of ten times, it’s just not worth pursuing legal action to help battle nasty comments online. But for that other ten percent of the time, make sure… Read more »

Chicago’s 1871 to Launch FEMtech Startup Incubator to Support Female Entrepreneurs


On Tuesday, Chicago’s 1871 announced that it plans to launch 1871 FEMtech, an incubator specifically created to support women entrepreneurs and to grow the number of female-owned startups. The incubator is another program backed by Google for Entrepreneurs’ #40Forward campaign, an initiative that involves funding 40 organizations to help increase the presence of women entrepreurs in the tech industry. The project… Read more »

Obama Confirms Funding for Manufacturing Innovation Hub in Chicago


Chicago received a boost to its innovation engines today when President Obama made official that $70 million in federal money will go to the city to help create a manufacturing innovation hub. Formally called the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, the hub will receive an additional $250 million in state and private-sector money, giving it… Read more »

CommuteStream Launches Network to Use Mass Transit Patterns to Target Consumers


This week, Chicago-based CommuteStream launched a platform to offer brands a new way to reach consumers based on commute patterns. Using “Predictive Geo-Targeting” to display content based on individual rider travel routines and preferences, applications that collect transit data can use the patent-pending technology to display locally relevant advertisements to riders using their app. This… Read more »

Who Are The 27 Most Influential Startup Personalities in Your City? Nominate Them for the Tech Cocktail 27

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What is the Tech Cocktail 27? The Tech Cocktail 27 is the 27 most influential startup personalities in your city.  They are your community’s top entrepreneurs, investors, connectors, hustlers, and thought leaders.  If an entrepreneur were dropped into your city and asked, “who do I need to know?“, The Tech Cocktail 27 would be the… Read more »

Freebie and Dryv Win Chicago’s Hottest Showcasing Startups

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Last night was Tech Cocktail’s Chicago Mixer and Startup Showcase at 1871.  As always, we held our Hottest Showcasing Startup series, including the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll, as well as the Best Pitch award, as determined by the Live SMS poll. Your winners are below. Chicago’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Reader’s Choice Freebie - For brands: Freebie… Read more »

Jason Fried’s 37signals Will Focus Entirely on Basecamp and Change Its Name to Basecamp

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As the clock struck midnight on February 5, Basecamp’s 10th birthday, Jason Fried’s company 37signals announced that they’ll be devoting all their attention to Basecamp going forward – and renaming the company “Basecamp.” “We’ve become a bit scattered, a bit diluted. Nobody does their best work when they’re spread too thin. We certainly don’t. We… Read more »