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…

Innovate! and Celebrate

Shradha Agarwal on Entrepreneurialism, Health Tech, and Investing

By | Sep 21, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Many would argue that the health tech industry is not the most exciting. But with its consumerization it’s becoming an unavoidable topic. Today at Innovate! and Celebrate, Tech.Co cofounder and CEO Frank Gruber held a fireside chat with Shradha Agarwal to discuss how her…

Automotive

Chicago Aldermen Foolishly Want to Ban Self-Driving Cars

By | Sep 19, 2016 at 6:46 pm

There will always be nay-sayers when it comes to burgeoning technology. Computers were met with immediate discouragement. Rock n’ roll was dubbed a passing fad. Even, the invention of the wheel likely experienced some pushback from less-informed cavemen. And while you might be alarmed at…

Entrepreneur

How to Raise Money in a Down Market

By | Sep 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Aaron Dallek is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Opternative – the world’s first online eye exam. The exam can be taken from anywhere, at anytime, and a doctor issued prescription can be used to shop everywhere. The exam only takes 25 minutes and…

Startups & Apps

Chicago VC Firm Is Providing a Unique Means of Supporting Startups

By | Sep 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm

The road to startup success is paved with failed attempts and business blunders. Founders and entrepreneurs are always struggling to acquire the many factors necessary to get a company off the ground and into the limelight. And while typical avenues have provide some startups…

Entrepreneur

Why You Should Ask for Advice Instead of Money

By | Sep 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Rod Rakic is the founder of OpenAirplane, a plane sharing marketplace. OpenAirplane makes it easy for pilots to find, book, and pay for aircraft rentals online or on their phones. Renting an airplane is now as easy as renting a car. Listen on iTunes…

Startup

Here’s Why You Should Expand Your Startup to Chicago

By | Sep 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm

When launching a successful startup, funding is only part of the equation. Once you have the capital you need, positioning your company so it can deliver returns is the next step. And when your startup reaches this step, location is key. If you’re planning to…

Entrepreneur

Why Your Startup Should Join an Accelerator

By | Sep 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Constance Freedman is the founder and managing partner of Moderne Ventures, an early-stage venture fund and accelerator investing in technology companies in real estate, mortgage, finance, insurance, and home services – all multi-trillion dollar industries that make up well over 20 percent of the…

Entrepreneur

How One Chicago Startup Founder Went from Investment Banking to Startups

By | Aug 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Ryan Coon is the founder of Rentalutions and a former investment banker. Rentalutions provides all-in-one landlord management software. Whether you manage one unit or multiple buildings, Rentalutions gives you the ability to receive electronic rent payments, manage leases, find the right tenants, and deal…

Entrepreneur

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

By | Aug 26, 2016 at 1:20 pm

David Gardner is the founder and CEO of ColorJar, a Chicago-based creative tech agency. Before founding ColorJar, David was a professional basketball player and a founder of a social network in India. ColorJar specializes in branding and creating custom websites and mobile apps and…

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…

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