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MakeOffices Launches Expansion; Glenzer Appointed CMO

By | Jan 26, 2016 at 9:40 am

MakeOffices, formally UberOffices, announced today the expansion into two new states and the appointment of a new chief marketing officer (CMO). Their expansion will include Chicago and Philadelphia, with openings set for early February. As part of the effort to expand to new locations,…

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Chicago Startups Had Their Best Funding Year in 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]

By | Jan 25, 2016 at 11:00 am

2015 was a pretty good year for Chicago startups. According by the annual Chicago Startup Report released by Built in Chicago, Chicago startups raised 9 percent more funding than they did in 2014 and made 15 percent more money in exits than the previous year. The infographic below contains…

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Ritual Expands to Chicago, Bringing Delight to Office Eating Monotony

By | Jan 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Imagine for a moment that you run a small, but thriving startup in Chicago. One of the hundreds of tasks you have each day is to ensure your team is squeezing every minute, no, every second, of time into prioritized and productive work. However,…


Welcome to SPACE, One of Chicago’s Favorite Coworking Hot Spots

By | Dec 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm

As part of a distributed work force, I spend a lot of time working in and out of coffee shops around town. Now, it’s really no different than working in my own home office except that it’s inherently more social, I get some sunshine…


Chicago, Los Angeles Added to Google Fiber’s Expansion Plans

By | Dec 8, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Earlier today, Google Fiber announced plans to possibly expand its gigabit Internet service to Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA. In a blog post written by Google Fiber expansion director, Jill Szuchmacher, the company explains that they’ve started working with officials in both major…


Chicago Is a Top Startup Hub Thanks to 1871

By | Dec 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Although VC funding for startups in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. is down to 183 deals, from 309 last year, Illinois still maintains the highest rate of investment, due in large part to the Chicago metro area. In fact, Chicago has accounted…


Freight Tracking Startup FourKites Wins Patent Lawsuit

By | Nov 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm

In the tech industry, patent infringement lawsuits are not uncommon. Most of these are due to so-called patent trolls who buy patents and then sue other companies who try to patent similar innovations, hoping for a settlement. However, some of them are legitimate lawsuits that…


Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour is Stopping in Chicago

By | Nov 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

We are proud to partner with Microsoft Ventures to promote their Machine Learning Accelerator in Seattle. Read the full series of stories, as they are published, here. The Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour is visiting 11 US cities to spread the word about their accelerator…


Opternative is Bringing the Eye Exam to Your Living Room

By | Oct 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm

For the majority of my life I’ve had 20-20 vision. At least, I had 20-20 vision up until about two years ago: I’d be sitting at my desk and get splitting headaches, I’d see double, and I’d feel a general malaise. The hypochondriac in…


Getting Around Chicagoland: Transportation Startups Improving Logistics

By | Oct 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Chicago is one of the most beautiful cities in America – one glance at the blue sky on any given day proves this – but walking around or taking the train may not always be the option to go around the city. Thankfully, there…

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Meet the Chicago Startup of the Year Semi-Finalists

By | Oct 5, 2015 at 8:00 am

From the start of the 2015, has been on a journey to find the very best startups across the globe. From Chicago to Las Vegas and everything in between, we’ve identified more than 50 startups deserving of the title Startup of the Year….


Cubs Fan Launches Crowdfunding Campaign To Get Bartman To Playoffs

By | Oct 2, 2015 at 3:07 pm

There were only five more outs on that crisp evening in October. It was Game 6 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS), with the Chicago Cubs ahead 3–0 and holding a 3 games to 2 lead in the best of seven series as…

Startups & Apps

15 Enterprise Startups That Proudly Call Chicago Home

By | Sep 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Everybody has heard of enterprise startups before. However, when I ask people what the difference is between an enterprise and non-enterprise startup, a lot of them are at a loss for words. That’s totally cool though – after all, there’s enough acronyms, jargon, and lingo…


Chicago’s Code Platoon Turns Veterans into Developers

By | Sep 24, 2015 at 8:00 am

I have to admit, it warms my cold dead heart when I see startups who are making it their goal to help veterans. Veterans often get the short end of the stick when it comes to marketability in today’s world. No matter your political…

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Undercover Lyft with Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs

By | Sep 19, 2015 at 12:18 am

The Chicago Cubs are having a season to remember and it is getting fans excited for a possible playoff run. Much of their success is due to their roster filled with young talent. One of these talented youngsters is rookie phenom and Las Vegas-native…

Venture Capital

10 Chicago VC Firms You Need to Know About

By | Sep 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Chicago is usually towards the top of the list when it comes to startup hubs in the United States. It’s no surprise that Tech.Co had its first events in that city, (back when we were simply known as Tech Cocktail), providing demo space and networking opportunities for Chicago…

Startups & Apps

SelfMe: The Future of Communication is Here

By | Sep 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm

In the past decade or so, social media has taken over and has enabled people to reach unprecedented levels of popularity. It all began with MySpace, then came Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, Tinder, and Snapchat. From the start, self-disclosure has been at the core…

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