Speaker Series

How GrubHub Obsesses Over Their Customers (in a Good Way) 

By | May 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Last year, GrubHub was weeks away from releasing a new product. But at the last minute, they decided to pull the plug. “I actually felt pretty good about it,” recalled Sandra Dainora, director of product, at our Chicago Sessions event last week. “An important…


Chicago-based Machinio.com raises $1M for a B2B search engine for the global used machinery industry

By | May 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Let’s face it, the startup boom of recent years has brought us a never-ending choice of options if we want to share just a few more pictures of cats, get a hold of a donut five minutes faster, or save 20 percent on our…


Online Marketing Technology Leader BrightTag Acquires Signal

By | May 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Crain’s Chicago Business has reported that the online marketing technology company, BrightTag, has acquired Signal, a digital marketing software company. The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed, but the Crain’s report stated that “Signal, a four-person [sic] company, will be absorbed into BrightTag,…


Techstars Chicago Announces 10 Startups in Its Summer 2014 Class

By | May 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Techstars Chicago announced this morning in a blog post that it has selected ten startups to participate in the accelerator program’s summer 2014 class. Formerly Excelerate Labs, this will be the accelerator’s second season as Techstars Chicago, having launched their inaugural class last summer. Ten companies were…


DC-Based Ground Transportation Aggregator RideScout Expands to Chicago, Plans for NYC

By | May 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm

DC-based RideScout announced today that the company will be expanidng its service to the Chicago metro area. This is the fifth major city since RideScout was launched in November of last year, with the San Francisco and Boston regions having been its most recent expansions….


Creating IL Talent is a New Program Training Women and Minorities in Software Development

By | May 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Yesterday, Illinois state officials announced a joint public-private initiative aimed at training women and minorities in web and mobile application development. It’s an effort by the state to better position those in under-served communities for the increasing technological demands of the work economy. “Our…


Who is Chicago’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

By | May 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

Hey Chicago, the Mixer parade is coming your way!  On Wednesday, May 21st, we’ll be kicking off our Mixer & Startup Showcase event with inspiring talks from Cars.com with an all-star panel discussion about Technology and Product Development featuring panelists from BrightTag, Braintree, and Cars.com; served over cocktails,…

Programming education

How Late is Too Late To Encourage Careers in STEM?

By | Apr 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Recently, there has been a significant push to encourage young people to join careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – or as it is colloquially referred to as, STEM. A recent report issued by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology…


Tech Cocktail’s Weekly Job Spotlight: Find Your Dream Job Today!

By | Apr 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Springtime is the best time to make big changes in your life, and if a new job is on your must-change list, Tech Cocktail’s Job Board is a must-see. Each Thursday, we’ll shine a spotlight on some of the best jobs in tech, so…


Take a Tour of Motorola Mobility’s New HQ in Downtown Chicago [PHOTOS]

By | Apr 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Yesterday, Motorola Mobility unveiled its new headquarters in the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. Occupying four floors of the Mart, the 600,000-square-foot Gensler-designed space will house the company’s 2,000 employees. Talking about Chicago as a hub for digital and cellular technology, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “Given…

Gear & Gadgets

Everpurse Launches a Beautiful Wallet That Charges Your Phone On the Go

By | Apr 23, 2014 at 9:08 am

Gotta love the collision between fashion and technology. Especially when it’s functional and it means that you will not have to worry about your phone running out of battery. Everpurse announced the launch of Mini, a wallet that charges smartphones seamlessly and without wires…


There Are 130 Million Professional Sports Fans, And TicketLab Wants Them All

By | Apr 9, 2014 at 2:37 pm

In an effort to deliver a customizable way to score the great tickets for millions of sports fans, TicketLab today announced that they will launch their public beta. “I’ve always wanted a site to help me find the cheapest courtside Chicago Bulls tickets. I…


Chicago Ventures Invests in Web Tracking Service TrackIf

By | Apr 3, 2014 at 4:34 pm

TrackIf, the Minnetonka-based web tracking company, today announced that they have raised $3M to grow their member base and launch new business and advertising solutions. The funding was led by Chicago Ventures, Wisconsin Investment Partners, New Capital Fund, and Confluence Capital. TrackIf helps users…

5 Ways Groupon is Trying to Own 2014

By | Apr 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm

The Internet was full of terrible jokes on April Fool’s Day, and Groupon wasn’t above the hype. They made a faux-announcement about an Elite Deal Series where people can pay premium-plus pricing for goods; the first deal they offered was $40 for $20 worth of Groupon Bucks. While…


Finding Parking for Motorcycles and Scooters Just Got Easier with CurbNinja

By | Apr 2, 2014 at 5:40 pm

If you drive a motorcycle or a scooter, then certainly you know of the pains associated with street parking. Not only do you first have to deal with actually finding a parking spot for your compact vehicle, but you also run the additional risk…


Startups, Mind Your IP or Face the Dreaded Cease and Desist: Legal Tips from Daliah Saper [Video]

By | Mar 26, 2014 at 6:47 pm

The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! Nine out of ten times, it’s just not worth pursuing legal action to help battle nasty comments…


Chicago’s Ms. Tech Is Helping Women Entrepreneurs Be More Successful

By | Mar 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm

The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support!  After doing all the work to get her health care startup going, Nicole Yeary set out to…