How One Chicago Startup Founder Went from Investment Banking to Startups

By | Aug 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm

This post originally appeared on Tech In Chicago. Visit Tech In Chicago to listen to more interviews with Chicago’s top startup founders and venture capitalists.  Ryan Coon is the founder of Rentalutions and a former investment banker. Rentalutions provides all-in-one landlord management software. Whether you manage one…


What Makes a Great Brand and How to Cut Through the Noise

By | Aug 26, 2016 at 1:20 pm

This post originally appeared on Tech In Chicago. Visit Tech In Chicago to listen to more interviews with Chicago’s top startup founders and venture capitalists.  David Gardner is the founder and CEO of ColorJar, a Chicago-based creative tech agency. Before founding ColorJar, David was a professional basketball…

Reports & Rankings

Better with Age: Chicago’s Top Ten Startup Founders over 40

By | Aug 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm

The startup world is filled with stereotypes. Whether it’s the casual dress or the unique office perks, every founder knows that people expect them to run their company in a particular way. But what if the stereotype pertains to founders themselves? It’s no secret…


International Garage Band to Headline Chicago Tech Rocks

By | Aug 1, 2016 at 2:04 pm

With Derrick Rose leaving Chicago, the Windy City is reminded of a similar issue that plagues their startup and tech communities: talent leaving for greener pastures. Tech companies and budding startups alike have experienced an unusual number of qualified people leaving for bigger tech…

Gear & Gadgets

Motorized Luggage For People Too Ashamed to Buy Rascal Scooters

By | Jul 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Traveling can be an arduous task. You’re expected to endure security lines, stale bagels, and smelly aisle mates without raising a fuss for fear of ending up in a TSA holding cell. And, in addition to all that, you are also expected to carry…


Nominate Your Boss for Tech.Co’s Top Founders Over 40 in Chicago

By | Jul 20, 2016 at 5:11 pm

When you think of startup founders, a certain image comes to mind: a 20-something year old creative type in a hoodie and flip flops. The young gun image of these leaders of business has been prevalent in recent years because of a few outliers that…


Tech.Co Heads to Chicago for Startups, Stays for the Comedy

By | Jul 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Chicago has been hailed as the comedy capital of the world on more than one occasion. Whether it be Bill Murray lighting up the silver screen or Tina Fey cracking jokes at Second City, there is no shortage of talent when it comes to…

Startups & Apps

This Is the Best City to Start Your Startup In

By | Jul 8, 2016 at 10:15 am

When it comes to tech, many will undoubtably tell you that Silicon Valley is the best city to bring your startup to life. And while many major tech companies are stationed in San Francisco, more startups are starting to branch out to other cities…


Two Chicago VCs Remove Risk, Raise $10M Midwest Seed Fund

By | Jul 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm

M25 Group, a Chicago-based seed-stage micro-VC firm, has raised $10M from roughly 30 limited partners for their newest fund. Headquartered in the Midwest, the VC firm has big plans to disrupt the current VC landscape in Chicago and beyond. M25 sources its investments through several…


Chicago’s Impact Engine Raises $10M Impact Investment Fund

By | Jun 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Chicago’s Impact Engine is undergoing a change that could drastically impact the Chicago entrepreneurial community. Today, they announced the raise of a new $10 million impact investment fund to better support and scale early-stage, tech-focused businesses in the area. A “venture fund that invests…


Startup Jammber Teams Up with Music Industry Names for a Cause

By | Jun 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Chicago music tech startup, Jammber, has been working with big names in the music industry to create momentum behind solving some of the industries’ most prominent issues – including how music contributors are paid and credited. The collaboration will connect Jammber with companies such…

5 Overlooked Startup Hot Spots in Chicago

By | May 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm

As Chicago’s startup community grows, there is an interesting dichotomy. More people who want to interact in real life, with less of a draw to do so in traditional ways. Forget that stuffy hotel board room, or that new restaurant that is still trying…

Coworking spaces

A Tour of Chicago-Based SPACE’s Expansion [PHOTOS]

By | Apr 21, 2016 at 11:09 am

One of Chicago’s favorite coworking community, SPACE, is expanding again. Last December, we initially highlighted how the coworking space differs from other local options – from their design centric roots to the coffee shop feel – and now they are adding another much needed component. Based on…

Reports & Rankings

New Report Shows Midwest’s Push Into the Internet of Things

By | Apr 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Today, the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) announced the launch of a landmark report – the Internet of Things (IoT) Midwest Landscape. This inventory is the first of its kind, and will mark the first organized system to categorize and possibly expand the number of…


Startups Need to Focus More Energy on Their PR Strategy

By | Apr 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Once upon a time the tech unicorns of today were struggling small companies battling competitors for customers and fighting for the attention of venture capitalists. The secret behind the rapid growth of startups like Airbnb, Uber and Snapchat involves a special formula that includes strategic…


Food Waste Reduction Startup Wins Clean Energy Trust Challenge

By | Apr 13, 2016 at 5:01 pm

The clean energy industry is no longer a niche market. Companies and countries alike are beginning to see the need for alternative means of power. And while some continue to cling to the old way of doing things, Clean Energy Trust is looking to…

Virtual Reality

Incontext Solutions Brings Business to Virtual Reality

By | Apr 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Virtual reality (VR) is growing to be one of the hottest topics this year, yet most of the applications we hear about are related to consumers or entertainment. Oculus began shipping units in the past week; HTC Vive is starting to ship this week;…