Funding

Cloud-Based KnowledgeHound Raises $1.2M Seed Round

By | Jul 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Chicago, IL-based KnowledgeHound, the Google of market research, today announced the closure of a $1.2M seed round led by two investors. Founded in 2013, KnowledgeHound is an enterprise market research data-retrieval and visualization platform that has worked with organizations such as Pepsi Co, Mars,…

Celebrate Startup Tour

Tech.Co is Heading to Chi-Town to Find This Year’s Top Startups

By | Jul 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Chicago, we love. While Tech.Co’s headquarters is now based in Downtown Las Vegas, our early roots are founded in the Chi. And, I mean, there’s plenty of reasons why a lot of great startups are born in Chicago – it’s simply a great place…

Cloud Storage

Chicago Netflix, Spotify, and Amazon Web Services Users To Get Hit With Cloud Tax

By | Jul 2, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Are you living in Chicago and enjoying binge-watching the latest season of Orange Is The New Black or House of Cards on Netflix? If so, you may soon have to start paying more for your Netflix fix. The Chicago Tribune reports that streaming service…

Reports & Rankings

Top 20 Chicago Startup Founders Under 30

By | Jul 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm

If you’re unaware: Chicago is a damn good place to start a company. Whether it’s the great community of entrepreneurs and support for women startup founders, to even just the mere beauty of the city itself, there’s plenty of reasons why many Chicago startup…

Funding

Whittl Raises $3.3M to Cut Down Waiting in Line

By | Jul 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

Chicago-based online appointment booking platform Whittl has announced that they raised $3.3 million in series A round. Since being founded in 2012, this is their second venture fund after an initial round of $1.3M in June 2013. Whittl will use the additional funds to expand…

Health

Chicago Startup Fights to Lower Your Medical Costs

By | Jun 29, 2015 at 9:00 am

Even if you have great health benefits through your employer, when unforeseen emergencies hit, medical costs can get out of hand quickly. Then add on the percentage of medical bills that have errors (up to 80%!) and you can’t help but feel a little outraged…

Acquisition

It’s All About That Same Day: WeDeliver Acquired by Deliv

By | Jun 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Back in 2013 we hosted our Chicago Mixer & Startup Showcase, and like all of our local pitch competitions, there were two winners announced: one for best pitch and one for reader’s choice. Now, I’m not claiming that winning our events guarantees your company ultimate…

Ecosystems

5 Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Chicago

By | Jun 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm

If you’re not from Chicago, the extent of your Chicago knowledge might boil down to deep-dish pizza and “My Kind of Town.” But look a little closer, and you’ll find a thriving technology scene – and some damn good reasons to startup in Chicago….

Women's issues

Uber Launches Initiative to Recruit More Female Drivers in Chicago

By | Jun 9, 2015 at 2:01 pm

This morning, Uber announced the launch of a new joint initiative with the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago that’s aimed at bringing on 5,000 female drivers in Chicago by the end of the year. Called “Drive to Thrive”, the campaign is a part of the…

Productivity

Charlie, Your New Meeting Assistant, Launches on iOS

By | Jun 4, 2015 at 10:00 pm

With the busy lives people live nowadays, at some point it can be hard to keep track of everything. This is especially true for someone with a daily life that includes many professional meetings: at some point it can be hard not only to…

Partnership

When Looking for an Investor, The Key is Symbiosis

By | Jun 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm

This celebration of the Chicago ecosystem is brought to you by @properties, the leading Chicago real estate brokerage serving both the city of Chicago and North Shore through dynamic marketing and innovation. Read more here! At some point during your startup’s life, you’ll reach…

Product Launch

Sell Across Multiple Channels with Newly Launched eSale Solutions

By | Jun 1, 2015 at 9:00 pm

In the ecommerce world, there are many businesses, makers, and merchants who want to broaden their market by selling across multiple online channels. And, where there is demand for multi-channel sales, there are services and platforms that exist to serve these merchants. A new player in…

Ecosystems

12 Chicago Food Startups that Make You Go Yum

By | May 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

Sure Chicago is known for their deep-dish pizza, hot dogs and Italian beef. But the city’s culinary scene offers more than what is considered Chicago staples; it’s really a Foodie haven. Chicago is a city of many neighborhoods, all of which come with their own…

Funding

Advertising Tech Innovator edo Interactive Raises $20M

By | May 27, 2015 at 7:00 am

Last week, Chicago’s edo Interactive announced that they raised $20M Series E Round mostly from existing investors including VantagePoint Capital Partners, Chicago-based Baird Capital, and several Nashville-based investment firms (edo also has a home base in Nashville). Along with this news they also announced…

Tips & How To’s

6 Uses of Beacon Technology for Nonprofits

By | May 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Large businesses, service companies, and retail stores have begun to adopt bluetooth beacon technology. A beacon is a small sensor that senses when a smartphone or other device is within a certain range. Targeting marketing and sales can benefit from this technology by sending real-time, geo-located offers and…

Ecosystems

The Chicago Blackhawks: Mobilizing 2M People Via Social Media

By | May 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm

This celebration of the Chicago ecosystem is brought to you by @properties, the leading Chicago real estate brokerage serving both the city of Chicago and North Shore through dynamic marketing and innovation. Read more here! It’s round three of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs…

Partnership

Chicago Based Everpurse Announces Partnership with Kate Spade

By | May 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Everpurse, a Chicago based fashion-tech startup that developed a line of handbags with embedded smartphone chargers, has recently announced a licensing partnership with Kate Spade New York (since you’re likely not familiar, Kate Spade is an obscure hand bag designer that basically no one’s ever heard of)….

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