Gear & Gadgets

Cubii Helps You Pedal Faster Towards Your Health Resolutions [Review]

By | Dec 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Everyone knows that exercise, and sleep are daily necessities. As entrepreneurs and professionals, it’s not always easy to find a healthy balance of work and life. We sit for hours at a time, wake up too early, over do it on the coffee, and…

Entrepreneur

Shaily Baranwal of Elevate K-12 & Classblox on The Future Of Education

By | Dec 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm

With a passion for k-12 education, Shaily Baranwal, CEO and founder of Elevate K-12 and Classblox, has helped provides digital instruction and online resources to millions of at-risk students across the US for a reasonable price. Since launching in 2008, Elevate K-12 has provided over 1 million…

Entrepreneur

Jeff Judge of Bright on Building the Future of Business Intelligence

By | Dec 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Everyone is looking for success in the startup world. But with out the proper metrics, it can be impossible to figure out what’s working and what’s not. Fortunately, there are people out there looking to give you all the insight you need to succeed….

Entrepreneur

Zach Kaplan of Inventables on 3D Carving and Empowering Makers

By | Dec 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm

The tech world is budding and new technologies are being invented every day. But what about inventions that power inventors? Zach Kaplan is the founder and CEO of Inventables, which makes software and hardware for 3D carving. Their flagship products, Easel, Carvey, and X-Carve…

Virtual Reality

InContext CTO Tracey Wiedmeyer on Virtual Reality, Series E & Talent

By | Nov 27, 2016 at 12:45 pm

After raising money from their family over Christmas, Tracey Wiedmeyer the CTO and cofounder of InContext Solutions, built their company to be a leader in scalable virtual reality shopping and retail solutions. InContext Solutions lets manufacturers and retailers simulate real in-store shopping situations to ideate, evaluate…

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 —…

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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…

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