Co-working Spaces

Chicago’s Industrious Expands Co-working Space to Atlanta

By | Sep 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Chicago-based Industrious, a designer co-working space, announced plans to expand their space and services to Atlanta in Midtown’s “Silhouette” building, 1447 Peachtree St. The 11,000 square foot space will cater to entrepreneurs and small businesses seeking creative workspace to grow their business. The decision to expand into…


Cats and Company Culture at Cheezburger

By | Sep 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

At our Tech Cocktail Sessions event last week in Chicago, Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh joined us to talk about everything from why entrepreneurs are like cats to his favorite book and other interesting tidbits. Many of the questions from the audience centered on hiring and…

Work-life balance

Mom of 5 and Eved CEO Talia Mashiach On Work-Life Balance

By | Sep 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Talia Mashiach is the founder and CEO of Eved, an event commerce company in Chicago that has raised over $11 million and whose customers include Dell and Hyatt. She’s also on the board of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, which runs 1871. And she has…


5 Things You Probably Don’t Know about Ben Huh

By | Sep 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

How well do you know Ben Huh, the CEO of everyone’s favorite lolcat website (and many more)? Did you know that he was born in Korea and is allergic to cats? Good, here are a few more tidbits to amuse your friends with, which…


Online College Peer Networking Startup GetSet Raises $2.5M Seed Round

By | Sep 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Crain’s Chicago Business reported that GetSet raised $2.5 million in seed funding this week led by KGC Capital. Other participants in the round include Chicago Ventures, the Social+Capital Partnership, Howard Tullman’s G2T3V fund, as well as the founders of Braintree, Fieldglass, and Flutter. The news comes at…


Cheezburger’s Ben Huh Top Quotes for Entrepreneurs

By | Sep 2, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Ben Huh may be best known as the cat meme magnate who is actually allergic to cats.  The founder and CEO of the social humor network, Cheezburger Network, has raised over $30M in funding since it first launched in 2007. His 60 websites, including…


10 Startups Unveil at Techstars Chicago Demo Day

By | Aug 29, 2014 at 10:19 am

On Wednesday, Techstars Chicago held demo day for its Summer 2014 class of startups. Managing director Troy Henikoff and cofounder Sam Yagan referred to the ten presenting startups as the “best class ever,” according to a report by Built in Chicago. Announced in May,…


Mobile Makers Academy is Putting Coding on the Curriculum in These Chicago High Schools

By | Aug 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Back in 2012, Mobile Makers Academy launched in Chicago to offer people the opportunity to become iOS developers through its initial ten-week program offering. Since then, they’ve condensed their iOS Bootcamp to eight weeks, teach students to code in both Objective-C and Apple’s new…


Blaze’s LaserLight: Slick Device That Warns Drivers of Urban Cyclists On the Road

By | Aug 25, 2014 at 3:00 pm

If you’re a cyclist, either for your daily commute or weekend rides, you know the dangers you face when sharing the road with drivers. According to the statistics, in 2012, 726 cyclist lost their lives in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes in the United States. In that…


Rivet News Radio Raises $1.7M to Become the Pandora for News Radio

By | Aug 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm

The Chicago-based HearHere Radio – the company responsible for Rivet News Radio – announced earlier today that it has raised $1.7 million in Convertible Promissory Notes in an effort to become the the Pandora for news radio, reports Crain’s Chicago Business. Investors in this round…


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

By | Aug 14, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Chicago, let’s get ready to rumbleeee…well, you get the idea! Tech Cocktail is back in town and we’re very thrilled to host our 3rd 2014 Chicago Startup Showcase & Speaker Series event. We have a special event prepared for our local entrepreneurs, which includes a…


Find Motorcycle Parking Easily With CurbNinja: From Kawasaki Ninja Motorcycles to Vespa Scooters

By | Aug 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm

If you drive a gas consuming vehicle, you’ve definitely been feeling the rising prices of gas over the last couple of years. The average US regular gas price has risen more than 48% since late 2008, from below $1.70 in November 2008 to the…


Yelp Plans Move Into 50,000 Square-Ft. Space in Merchandise Mart

By | Aug 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Crain’s reported on Wednesday that the online review platform, Yelp, has signed the lease for a 50,000 square-foot space in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. The space is capable of holding up to 300 people – which is a huge increase from the company’s currently two employees…


Nordstrom to Buy Chicago-Based Trunk Club

By | Jul 31, 2014 at 10:18 am

Nordstrom announced today that it will acquire the Chicago-based men’s clothing service company, Trunk Club. The deal is expected to close in Nordstrom’s third quarter. No terms were disclosed. Trunk Club provides a personalized shopping experience for men. With 250 stylists, the company focuses…


Foxtrot Adds Another Dimension to On-Demand Food and Beverage Delivery

By | Jul 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Too many choices leads to analysis paralysis.  This is one reason why curation is king at the moment (move over, content). Consumers want to leave at least some of the decision making to those who know better and then choose from the best of the best….


Chicago’s AvantCredit Raises $75M Series C for Online Consumer Lending

By | Jul 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm

The Chicago-based financial tech startup AvantCredit announced the closing of a $75 million round of Series C financing led by Tiger Global Management. In addition, the company has announced a $200 million credit facility led by Victory Park Capital. AvantCredit has grown rapidly since its launch…


ParkWhiz Raises $10M Series B for Prepaid Parking Service

By | Jul 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

ParkWhiz announced this morning that it has closed a $10 million Series B round of funding for its prepaid parking service. The round was led by Jump Capital. Other participants include current investors Hyde Park Venture Partners, Alexis Ohanian, Amreesh Modi, Henry Feinberg, and…