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…

Celebrate Startup Tour

Meet the Chicago Startup of the Year Semi-Finalists

By | Oct 5, 2015 at 8:00 am

From the start of the 2015, tech.co 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…

Social Media

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…


Workation: 10 Getaways Near Chicago

By | Sep 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm

While Chicago is a great place to live and work – especially if you’re looking to build a company – sometimes you just need to take a small break. But, alas, sometimes living the startup dream is actually far from it, and going away…

Product Launch

Chicago’s Public Good Launches Nationally

By | Sep 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Chicago based Public Good, an online donation platform and social network for discovering and contributing to non-profits, has just launched nationally. The company was founded in 2013 and until recently served local Chicago non-profits. They now have over 1 million charities on their site…


The Best Cities for Techies to Find Jobs

By | Aug 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm

In August we analyzed how students were bypassing traditional education and starting to use coding bootcamps to shift their careers, but where are the best cities for them to find jobs after? Between the drastic cost of living differences that are tied to Silicon…


The Greener Side of Chicago Startups

By | Aug 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Chicago is no stranger to being green and focusing on sustainability. As far back as 1909, city planner Daniel Hudson Burnham created a plan focusing on urban growth and greenbelt around the metro area. Now there is more than 5.5M square feet of green…

Celebrate Startup Tour

Vote Online for the Startup of the Year [Chicago]

By | Aug 26, 2015 at 2:20 am

Tech.Co’s Celebrate 2015 is just around the corner – a celebration of all things startup that will include mentor sessions, inspiring keynotes, workshops, and our Startup of the Year Competition. All year long, we’ve hit cities like Dallas, TX; Memphis, TN; and Baltimore, MD;…

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