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Cheezburger’s Ben Huh Top Quotes for Entrepreneurs

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Ben Huh may be best known as the cat meme magnate who is actually allergic to cats.  The founder and CEO of the social humor network, Cheezburger Network, has raised over $30M in funding since it first launched in 2007. His 60 websites, including I Can Has Cheezburger, Fail Blog, The Daily What and Know Your Meme, has more… Read more »


10 Startups Unveil at Techstars Chicago Demo Day

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On Wednesday, Techstars Chicago held demo day for its Summer 2014 class of startups. Managing director Troy Henikoff and cofounder Sam Yagan referred to the ten presenting startups as the “best class ever,” according to a report by Built in Chicago. Announced in May, the Techstars Chicago Summer 2014 class is made up of six companies from Chicago,… Read more »


Mobile Makers Academy is Putting Coding on the Curriculum in These Chicago High Schools

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Back in 2012, Mobile Makers Academy launched in Chicago to offer people the opportunity to become iOS developers through its initial ten-week program offering. Since then, they’ve condensed their iOS Bootcamp to eight weeks, teach students to code in both Objective-C and Apple’s new Swift programming language,  and have even launched a program that enables… Read more »



Rivet News Radio Raises $1.7M to Become the Pandora for News Radio

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The Chicago-based HearHere Radio – the company responsible for Rivet News Radio – announced earlier today that it has raised $1.7 million in Convertible Promissory Notes in an effort to become the the Pandora for news radio, reports Crain’s Chicago Business. Investors in this round include the Associated Press, A.H. Belo Management Services, Whittier Ventures, and… Read more »


Who is Chicago’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

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Chicago, let’s get ready to rumbleeee…well, you get the idea! Tech Cocktail is back in town and we’re very thrilled to host our 3rd 2014 Chicago Startup Showcase & Cars.com Speaker Series event. We have a special event prepared for our local entrepreneurs, which includes a chat with Ben Huh, CEO and Founder of Cheezburger, and Talia… Read more »




Nordstrom to Buy Chicago-Based Trunk Club

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Nordstrom announced today that it will acquire the Chicago-based men’s clothing service company, Trunk Club. The deal is expected to close in Nordstrom’s third quarter. No terms were disclosed. Trunk Club provides a personalized shopping experience for men. With 250 stylists, the company focuses on building one-on-one relationships with its members to fully understand their… Read more »



Chicago’s AvantCredit Raises $75M Series C for Online Consumer Lending

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The Chicago-based financial tech startup AvantCredit announced the closing of a $75 million round of Series C financing led by Tiger Global Management. In addition, the company has announced a $200 million credit facility led by Victory Park Capital. AvantCredit has grown rapidly since its launch at the end of 2012. The startup has revolutionized the online… Read more »


ParkWhiz Raises $10M Series B for Prepaid Parking Service

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ParkWhiz announced this morning that it has closed a $10 million Series B round of funding for its prepaid parking service. The round was led by Jump Capital. Other participants include current investors Hyde Park Venture Partners, Alexis Ohanian, Amreesh Modi, Henry Feinberg, and Hyde Park Angels. Founded in 2006, ParkWhiz offers consumers a way… Read more »