Startups & Apps

How to Use TurboAppeal to Save on Property Taxes

By | Feb 6, 2015 at 8:00 am

Most People are Paying Too Much in Property Taxes For homeowners, mortgages and property taxes often make up a large portion of annual expenses. Before making the decision to buy real estate, it’s important that prospective buyers take both things into consideration before going…

Funding

Marketplace Lending Platform Bolstr Raises $1.7M

By | Jan 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm

The Chicago, IL-based Bolstr- the marketplace lending platform for emerging consumer, retail, and manufacturing businesses – has raised $1.65 million in seed funding. This amount was upsized from the originally anticipated $1.5 million target. Those that contributed to the this round include Montage Ventures,…

Ecosystems

Knight Foundation Funds 8 Tech Innovations for Libraries

By | Jan 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm

This morning, the Knight Foundation announced the winners of the Knight News Challenge on Libraries, which challenged people from around the U.S. to reinvent and innovate the ways through which people experience our country’s libraries. Focused on adapting libraries to the digital age, Knight…

Ecosystems

Pivotal Opens Office in Chicago’s Merch Mart

By | Jan 30, 2015 at 8:00 am

The San Francisco, CA-based Pivotal – the company that provides businesses with PaaS-based solutions utilizing Big Data, agile development, and the Cloud – has announced the opening of its new office in Chicago, IL. The new Chicago office is part of the company’s plan to expand…

Accelerator

Microsoft Ventures Asks: What Makes Your City Special?

By | Jan 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm

We are proud to partner with Microsoft Ventures to promote their Digital Work Accelerator in Seattle. The team from the Digital Work Accelerator has been traveling across the country to conduct pitch events and information sessions to help startups apply to the accelerator. Got a question? Add your…

Finance

AvantCredit Raises $225M Series D for Online Consumer Lending

By | Dec 4, 2014 at 12:24 am

AvantCredit, the Chicago,IL-based financial tech startup in the online lending industry, announced the closing of a $225 million round of Series D financing. Contributors to this round include existing investors Tiger Global Management and August Capital, as well as new investments from Peter Thiel, DFJ Ventres,…

Business

Uber, Fooda, Drizy, Others Team Up to Select One Great Chicago Company for the Ultimate Office Happy Hour

By | Dec 3, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Five Chicago startups are teaming up for Happy Hour Delivered, a promotion aimed at giving one Chicago business the ultimate happy hour experience. Drizly, Instacart, Fooda, Uber and Handy will be providing food, drink, transportation, and cleanup altogether worth up to $2,330 for one Chicago…

Announcements

Congrats to the Winners of the General Assembly & Tech Cocktail Chicago All-Star 2014 Awards!

By | Dec 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm

There’s no better way to end the year than with a great holiday party, and that’s precisely what we did this evening at the General Assembly & Tech Cocktail Holiday Party! Not only did we get the chance to hang out with all our friends…

Announcements

Send Us Your Nominations for the General Assembly & Tech Cocktail Chicago All-Star Award Ceremony

By | Nov 20, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Guess what? Thanksgiving is next week. And then there’s that whole period between Thanksgiving and Christmas when all you can think about is, well, um, Christmas. More importantly, though, the holiday season signals the inevitable end to the year; hence, the period after Thanksgiving often…

Dev & Design

Enroll in a Design Bootcamp So You Don’t End Up Like Airbnb

By | Nov 19, 2014 at 9:12 am

When Airbnb unveiled their new logo in July, they proudly announced the creation of the Bélo, a symbol that miraculously combines a heart, the letter A, a location pin, and someone reaching out to hug you. The universal symbol of belonging. The Internet did…

Entrepreneur

She Got a Tech PhD While Raising Kids in Post-Soviet Russia

By | Nov 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm

In August 1991, as the Soviet Union was collapsing around her, single mother Hettie Dombrovskaya was in the hospital giving birth to twins. “We had the radio turned on in the delivery room,” recalls Dombrovskaya, who already had a young son. In the coming…

Entrepreneur

Freelancers: Overdue Invoices? Just Tell Julie!

By | Nov 14, 2014 at 5:25 pm

“Ah, that invoice got stuck in our spam folder!” Ever heard that one? How many hundreds of times? Julie Elster created a service that has gained national attention overnight, and suddenly everyone is saying, “Just tell Julie!” Just two days ago, the service was posted to…

Announcements

Chicago Made: Learning Marketplace Curiosity.com Announces Funding

By | Nov 13, 2014 at 11:45 am

Curiosity.com, originally launched in January 2014 by Discovery Communications, is a consumer-centered online marketplace that features the best learning-based content. They have announced that the ownership of the company will change from Discovery to an independent company, Beacon Solutions, Inc. Also announced was a…

iPhone

Raise Announces $18.1M in Funding, Releases App to Enable Instantaneous Consumer Gift Card Commerce

By | Nov 12, 2014 at 10:00 am

It’s time to get ready for the holiday season. I know you don’t want to admit it, but it’s here. I’ve got just the thing to get you through it, though. Raise, the marketplace for buying and selling gift cards and store credit, has…

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