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…


Get Tickets to Your Favorite Chicago Teams on Ticket Beagles

By | Jul 16, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Cubs, Bulls, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks – what’s your favorite sports team in Chicago? I’m not a big sports follower or a Chicagoan, but our CEO Frank Gruber is a diehard Cubs fanatic from Illinois. After being on the waitlist for years, he finally got…


Chicago’s Loop Meetings Makes Networking Less Intimidating and More Productive

By | Jul 9, 2014 at 7:39 pm

It took me a while to really grasp the necessity of networking. I am also not one who is naturally adept at it, so it does not come easily to me. I know some of you can commiserate. Thankfully, a Chicago-based start-up has devised a…


If You Want to Learn About Creating Great Company Culture, Come to Ethos 3.0

By | Jul 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm

When attempting to build a great company culture, it’s important to recognize that the work environment – the actual space in which people perform (or, at least, attempt to perform) their  jobs – can have a significant effect on the success or failure of creating…


Loyalty Rewards Company Belly Announces International Expansion into Canada

By | Jun 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

It was announced this morning that loyalty rewards company Belly has expanded internationally, launching 50 locations in the Vancouver market. This is the company’s first move beyond the United States. Since its founding in 2011, the Chicago-based company has gained more than 3 million members, who have redeemed more…

Co-working Spaces

Doejo’s Phil Tadros on Opening a New Chicago Coworking Space

By | Jun 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm

As an increasing number of Americans move into the freelance and entrepreneur economies, we’ve seen coworking spaces opening up in cities around the country. Looking at NYC as an example, it’s pretty much nearly impossible for you to not find at least one coworking space…


Review Trackers Hauls in $2 Million From Midwest Investors

By | Jun 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Yesterday Review Trackers Inc, the Chicago based startup in Wicker Park, announced the successful close of a $2 million funding round from a host of premier Midwest investors. It was led by Milwaukee’s CSA Parnters and included other investors American Family Ventures, Jeff Rusinow,…


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago’s 1871 Announce Major Expansion

By | Jun 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Since its launch in May 2012, Chicago’s 1871 has graduated close to three dozen startups, which altogether created nearly 400 jobs in Illinois and raised almost $40 million in venture capital (and these figures don’t even include all of 1871’s member companies). A little…


BrightTag Rebrands as Signal, Launches New Open Data Platform

By | Jun 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm

It was announced on Tuesday that Chicago-based BrightTag has changed its name to Signal. This news arrives just a few weeks after the company’s acquisition of the digital marketing software company bearing the same name. BrightTag is a cross-channel marketing technologies company, and has…


Questions About Product Roles? Our Chicago Sessions Panelists Have Answers

By | Jun 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm

At our recent Tech Cocktail Chicago Mixer & Startup Showcase we were happy to bring Jen Busenbark, Sandra Dainora, Aaron Rankin, and Barbara Mousigian on stage to field a host of questions about product facing roles. It all went off without a hitch thanks to…


Barbara Mousigian Tells Her Secrets For Success In A Product Role

By | Jun 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Barbara Mousigian, the VP of Product for, has been a product person since her early career. She worked through Bain and Company, PepsiCo Frito-Lay, Ocean Spray, Digitas, and CDW before landing in her current stint with Her experience throughout all of these…