LendSquare: Loans for Local Small Businesses, Thanks to the Community

By | Oct 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

The Ugly Mug Cafe is a coffee shop in Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood. The owner, Mikky, needed $25,000 to build a patio. Even though this would effectively double his seating capacity, he wasn’t able to get the money he needed! Banks wouldn’t lend and credit…


Chicago’s NuCurrent Raises $3.48M Series A for Wireless Charging Technology

By | Oct 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm

NuCurrent, the Chicago-based startup that has grown to become a leader in wireless charging antenna technology, announced this morning that it has raised $3.48 million in a Series A round of funding. “Wireless power is rapidly being engineered into a broader range of consumer…


Paper or Phone Tap? Apple Pay Is Here to Replace Your Wallet

By | Oct 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm

With Apple’s iOS 8.1 now available to download, what people are really looking forward to is the new Apple Pay service. Now users can easily start adding their credit card information to Passbook, and start paying using their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus…


Google’s Same-Day Delivery Service Google Express Launches in Boston, Chicago, DC

By | Oct 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm

On Monday, Google announced the launch of Google Express – its same-day delivery service – in Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Already available in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City, the expansion into three more major metropolitan areas gives access…

Gear & Gadgets

This Purse Charges Your Phone Wirelessly

By | Oct 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm

When I wrote about the launch of Everpurse in 2012, I lamented that we hadn’t fixed something so seemingly simple as short battery life on our smartphones. Today, two years later, it’s still a problem. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, launched in September,…


Talia Mashiach: Don’t Prioritize Raising Money When You Start a Company [VIDEO]

By | Oct 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Last month at our Tech Cocktail Chicago Sessions event, we had Talia Mashiach, the founder and CEO of event commerce company of Eved, join us to talk about how she’s ended up on this path towards building a billion-dollar Chicago company. On top of…


What is a Meme? Cheezburger’s Ben Huh Breaks It Down for Us [VIDEO]

By | Sep 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

Earlier this month, we held our Tech Cocktail Chicago Sessions event where Cheezeburger founder and CEO, Ben Huh, finally gave us an answer to one of the universe’s most asked questions: what exactly is a “meme”? “A meme actually isn’t what you think it is,” said Huh….


Ben Huh of Cheezburger: Entrepreneurs are Stubborn Assholes [VIDEO]

By | Sep 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm

At a Tech Cocktail Chicago Sessions event held earlier this month, Cheezburger founder and CEO Ben Huh joined us on stage to share some insight on what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. And apropos of the man responsible for making lolcats/I Can Has Cheezburger go viral, Huh…


For the Best in Chicago Tech, Look to the ITA’s CityLIGHTS Award Winners

By | Sep 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

From the likes of GrubHub and Groupon, to Braintree and Trunk Club, Chicago has launched some major companies that have grown to become recognizable on a global scale. Groupon essentially started the daily deals industry, becoming one of the leading influencers in Chicago’s tech scene during…

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…