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Review Trackers Hauls in $2 Million From Midwest Investors

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Yesterday Review Trackers Inc, the Chicago based startup in Wicker Park, announced the successful close of a $2 million funding round from a host of premier Midwest investors. It was led by Milwaukee’s CSA Parnters and included other investors American Family Ventures, Jeff Rusinow, and SymphonyAlpha Ventures. “In today’s market, it is absolutely crucial for… Read more »



BrightTag Rebrands as Signal, Launches New Open Data Platform

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It was announced on Tuesday that Chicago-based BrightTag has changed its name to Signal. This news arrives just a few weeks after the company’s acquisition of the digital marketing software company bearing the same name. BrightTag is a cross-channel marketing technologies company, and has launched a new Open Data Platform as part of the rebranding… Read more »





Chicago’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

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Earlier in May we traveled to the windy city to host our Tech Cocktail Chicago Mixer and Startup Showcase. The crowds rolled in to John Barleycorn – River North to watch the competing startups vying for the winning position, and with the help of our sponsors CDW, Cars.com, and 43North, we were able to put on… Read more »


Bravo Announces Integration With Formstack

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Bravo, the simple user-generated video software for marketers, today announced that they are integrating directly with Formstack, an online form builder solution. Before Formstack, Bravo users could record, review, and send their video clips directly from their smartphones or tablets to businesses and organizations. With the Formstack integration, Bravo will now be able to help… Read more »


4 Traits of a Kick-Ass Product Manager 

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Last week, we brought together a panel of experts in Chicago to talk about being a product manager – an often-unsung team player whose work spans business, design, and technology. “The buck starts and ends with the product manager. They’re the one person that is solely responsible for the overall success of a product,” said Sprout… Read more »




Online Marketing Technology Leader BrightTag Acquires Signal

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Crain’s Chicago Business has reported that the online marketing technology company, BrightTag, has acquired Signal, a digital marketing software company. The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed, but the Crain’s report stated that “Signal, a four-person [sic] company, will be absorbed into BrightTag, which has about 100 employees.” Since its founding in 2009, the… Read more »


Techstars Chicago Announces 10 Startups in Its Summer 2014 Class

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Techstars Chicago announced this morning in a blog post that it has selected ten startups to participate in the accelerator program’s summer 2014 class. Formerly Excelerate Labs, this will be the accelerator’s second season as Techstars Chicago, having launched their inaugural class last summer. Ten companies were selected in this year’s summer cohort: six from Chicago, two from… Read more »


DC-Based Ground Transportation Aggregator RideScout Expands to Chicago, Plans for NYC

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DC-based RideScout announced today that the company will be expanidng its service to the Chicago metro area. This is the fifth major city since RideScout was launched in November of last year, with the San Francisco and Boston regions having been its most recent expansions. RideScout provides a free mobile app that aggregates real-time data on all… Read more »


Creating IL Talent is a New Program Training Women and Minorities in Software Development

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Yesterday, Illinois state officials announced a joint public-private initiative aimed at training women and minorities in web and mobile application development. It’s an effort by the state to better position those in under-served communities for the increasing technological demands of the work economy. “Our technology companies have become a growth leader in the Illinois economy… Read more »


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

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Hey Chicago, the Mixer parade is coming your way!  On Wednesday, May 21st, we’ll be kicking off our Mixer & Startup Showcase event with inspiring talks from Cars.com with an all-star panel discussion about Technology and Product Development featuring panelists from BrightTag, Braintree, and Cars.com; served over cocktails, of course.  But until than, Tech Cocktail is excited to announce the… Read more »