Entrepreneur

Eddie Lou of ShiftGig on Raising Capital, Gig Economy, and Taking Risks

By | Nov 26, 2016 at 12:45 pm

After being a venture capitalists at OCA Ventures for years, Eddie Lou, the CEO and cofounder of Shiftgig, decided to enter startup life and launch a mobile, two-sided labor marketplace connecting large venues in the service and hospitality industries with locally available and previously vetted hourly…

Data

Founder of Civis Analytics Talks About Solving Big Problems With Big Data

By | Nov 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Dan Wagner is the founder and CEO of Civis Analytics, a startup that helps companies, non-profits, and campaigns leverage their data to develop smarter strategy, make better decisions, and build stronger, big data-driven organizations. Before founding Civis Analytics, Dan Wagner was the chief analytics…

Culture

Jellyvision’s Amanda Lannert on Sharks, Massage Chairs, and Networking

By | Nov 5, 2016 at 12:45 pm

As the CEO of Jellyvision, the producer of ALEX, an interactive decision-support tool that talks you through traditionally boring and confusing human resource decisions like picking health insurance and makes them fun and engaging, Amanda Lannert has it all figured out. The Jellyvision of today has one of the more…

News

New $3.5M Tech Hub Will Give Midwest Startups a Boost

By | Nov 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm

A $3.5 million grant has been offered by the National Science Foundation to fund a new ‘I-Corps’ node among four midwest universities. Researchers at the universities involved — the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Purdue University, and the University of Toledo —…

Advertising

What If Harry Caray Could Have Called The Cubs World Series Win?

By | Nov 3, 2016 at 5:16 pm

If only Harry Caray could have seen it. Born March 1, 1914, Caray spent his career being the sportscaster for major league baseball and the last sixteen as the announcer for the Chicago Cubs. Caray was also known for his infamous seventh-inning stretch “Take…

Entrepreneur

Boots to Business Reboot Provides Free Entrepreneur Training for Military

By | Nov 3, 2016 at 9:15 am

Military members are always viewed as the heroes of our country. They’re saluted in grocery stores, they’re given first class seats on airplanes, and they enjoy a bevy of other perks. But beyond those perks is a hard life filled with few job opportunities…

Conferences

The New Techweek Is Inclusive, Effective, and Committed to Social Good

By | Oct 26, 2016 at 12:50 pm

Back in 2014, Techweek withstood widespread criticism for its perceived sexism, onstage rants, and a prevailing sense that the Chicago-founded technology conference was puzzling and disorganized. In light of these findings, many wouldn’t have placed their bets on the company’s future success. Faced with dwindling…

Funding

InContext Solutions Raises $15.2M to Expand VR for Retail

By | Oct 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Today, Chicago-based virtual reality software developer InContext Solutions has successfully closed their Series E round of $15.2 million. The round is led by Intel Capital and Beringea, and will be used in an effort to scale the company’s sales and marketing initiatives. Funding from…

Education

Reducing Student Debt Attracts Millennial Talent

By | Oct 21, 2016 at 11:20 am

Every second, $3,000 in student debt is being acquired, according to Debt.org. As graduates seek out quality positions to keep them off Ramen while paying down their debt, companies are also looking for new ways to draw in quality talent. Chicago-based startup Peanut Butter,…

Conferences

Big Data, Biased Algorithms, and America’s CTO at Chicago Ideas Week

By | Oct 20, 2016 at 11:20 am

On Monday, Chicago Ideas Week kicked off with a wide range of celebrity speakers, informed guests, and enthralled attendees. The event will take place over the course of the week, showcasing 150 total events with some of the most renowned minds in the tech industry…

technology

GE and Local Motors Light Up Innovation with Fuse

By | Oct 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Today, GE and Local Motors announced Fuse, a new co-creation digital community and open platform for that combines innovation with small batch manufacturing. Fuse convenes entrepreneurs, scientists, coders, engineers, and makers around the world to solve product development challenges ranging from non-invasive testing technologies to in-situ…

Funding

TurboAppeal Raises $4M Series A for 18 City Expansion

By | Oct 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Every year, homeowners receive the dreaded invoice telling them how much they owe in property taxes and the sticker shock often causes people’s head to spin. If property owners find they are overpaying their share, TurboAppeal, a leading technology firm that helps consumers and businesses appeal property…

Sports

How the Cubs Could Improve Their Jumbotrons’ User Experience

By | Oct 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm

The Chicago Cubs are in the middle of a historic run through the playoffs. Between having the best record in the regular season and mounting one of the biggest comebacks in playoff history agains the San Francisco Giants, the Cubs are poised to make…

Ecosystems

8 Entrepreneurs on What It’s Like to Be a Startup in Chicago

By | Oct 12, 2016 at 12:45 pm

With the Cubs advancing in the MLB playoffs, Chicago is abuzz with excitement. Even with winter looming in the coming months, there is a certain energy in the city that is palpable when you wander through The Loop, Lakeview, and Wrigleyville. Many people refer to…

Startups & Apps

Meet the 10 Chicago Startups in Techstars Class of 2016

By | Sep 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Accelerators are designed to foster growth in early stage companies. They provide founders and employees with funding, coworking spaces, and, perhaps most importantly, sage advice. At Techstars, the startups that come out of their program are primed and ready to take on the world….

Business

6 Things That Matter When It Comes to Building Your Business

By | Sep 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of attending the first Chase for Business Conference in my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by entrepreneur and entertainer Nick Cannon, the event had a solid cast of speakers sharing their insights to a crowd of about 500…

Marketing

The Days of Multiple Marketing Platforms Are Officially Over

By | Sep 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Marketing is hard. Yes, that’s a bit of an over-simplification. But if you’ve ever put in a 60 hour work week in hopes of attracting just a single visitor to your website and come up with nothing, you understand. The problem is that there…

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