Funding

Chicago’s Property Tax Appeals Startup TurboAppeal Raises $1.5M

By | May 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm

TurboAppeal, the Chicago, IL-based startup that’s providing people with a revolutionary way to deal with property tax appeals, announced today that it has raised a $1.5 million investment from @Properties, Hyde Park Angels, and Hyde Park Venture Partners (HPVP). Currently operating in Cook County,…

Hackathon

$18,000 Up for Grabs at This Weekend’s Chicago INTXHACK

By | Apr 29, 2015 at 9:00 pm

This weekend, the Internet & Television Expo will hold the very first INTXHACK, a 24-hour hackathon focused on rethinking the future of digital entertainment. At stake is a total of $18,000 available to winning ideas. “Thousands of industry leaders are coming to Chicago for…

Product Launch

Postmates Better Watch Out, Uber is Now Delivering Food Too

By | Apr 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Uber is adding food delivery to their list of services. UberEATS will deliver from local restaurants with a tap on your phone within minutes. The on-demand meal delivery service that piloted in LA and Barcelona is first launching in Chicago and New York City. “While we’re making delivery…

Ecosystems

5 Reasons Why More Women Should Go to Hackathons

By | Apr 22, 2015 at 9:00 am

Hackathons are great opportunities for entrepreneurs and developers to come together and work on a a project outside work. It’s also a gateway for people wanting to enter a new tech ecosystem, while finding solutions to issues they may be passionate about. But if you haven’t…

Reports & Rankings

Top 10 SaaS Startups in Chicago Tech

By | Apr 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm

In the past few years, the Chicago (and greater Chicagoland) tech scene has developed into one of the most robust startup ecosystems in the country. At the same time, we seen a rapid move towards the utilization of the Internet to provide services (specificaly…

Acquisition

AvantCredit Rebrands as ‘Avant’, Acquires ReadyForZero

By | Mar 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm

AvantCredit, the Chicago, IL-based financial tech startup that utilizes innovative strategies to disrupt the online consumer lending industry, announced earlier today that they have rebranded to simply “Avant”. The rebrand is a result of the company’s plans to further expand its set of financial…

News

MakeSpace Expands On-Demand Self-Storage to Chicago, D.C.

By | Mar 3, 2015 at 6:30 pm

MakeSpace, the New York, NY-based startup offering a self-storage solution, just announced its expansion of its on-demand, local self-storage services to Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C. While the company offers its storage services to people throughout the contiguous United States, prior to today, its local…

Ecommerce

Harper Reed Launches Modest to Revolutionize Mobile Commerce

By | Feb 24, 2015 at 9:50 am

The brilliant team that figured out how to engineer personalized, micro-targeted engagement for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign has officially announced the launch of a revolutionary mobile commerce platform called Modest. Harper Reed, CEO,  and Dylan Richard, CTO; both formerly of Threadless prior to running the tech for Obama for…

Mobile

This App Will Help You Stop Sending Embarrassing Texts

By | Feb 16, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Whether you were drunk or sober, sometime in the past each and every one of us has sent a text that we wish could’ve taken back. One of the paradoxes about our rapid development of technology and our attempts to make machines become more human…

Product Launch

Never Let Them Go: Grab an ‘Ex-Box’ for Valentine’s Day

By | Feb 11, 2015 at 11:00 pm

When it comes to romantic relationships, sometimes letting go just isn’t as relieving as people claim. No matter the amount of time that has elapsed or the situation through which these relationships end, a recurrence of memories and past emotions is inevitable, and we fall…

Funding

Where to Find Money If You Are a Startup

By | Feb 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Angel investor Jeff Carter knows a thing or two about turning concepts into profit. He is the co-founder of Hyde Park Angels, one of the most active angel groups in the United States. Currently, he is raising a small VC fund, West Loop Ventures for startups in…

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…

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