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Adam Koopersmith

Pritzker Group Venture Capital

Partner

Pritzker Group Venture Capital works side-by-side with entrepreneurs to build market-leading information technology companies. Founded in 1996, our team brings over 100 years of venture capital and entrepreneurial experience, and has extensive expertise in helping high-growth companies navigate the challenges they face. Our multi-stage…

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Adam Robinson

Hireology

CEO

Adam co-founded Hireology with the mission to help growing companies make better hiring decisions through data and better technology. Previously, Adam was the co-founder and CEO of illuma, a leader in high-volume recruitment outsourcing solutions, and the creator of the Ionix Hiring System, a…

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Amanda Lannert

The Jellyvision Lab

CEO

Amanda Lannert is the CEO of The Jellyvision Lab and has been a key figure in driving the company’s direction since its founding in 2001. Her focus at Jellyvision is on furthering the company’s digital strategy, improving processes to better scale operations, and customer…

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Andrew Bokor

Truss

Andrew Bokor

Andrew Bokor, has co-founded a new tech startup, Truss. Truss is a listing platform that simplifies the commercial leasing process for landlords looking for tenants and businesses searching for new office space. This is the third company Bokor has co-founded in Chicago. His first…

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Andy Crestodina

Orbit Media Studios

Co-Founder / Strategic Director

It’s both art and science. This is why I love web design and web marketing. It’s a place to be both creative and technical, artistic and analytical. As soon as I realized this, I was hooked. So I quit my job in January, 2000…

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Chuck Templeton

Piece & Co.

Director

Chuck is passionate about early stage emerging companies focusing on using business to find solutions to today’s biggest social and environmental challenges. He is currently the managing director of Impact Engine (TheImpactEngine.com), a venture accelerator focused on helping for-profit companies that address environmental and/or…

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Daniel Sinker

Knight-Mozilla Project

Director

Daniel Sinker is the Director of Knight-Mozilla OpenNews, a joint program between the Knight Foundation and Mozilla to spread open web innovation and development within journalism. Prior to joining Mozilla, he was an Assistant Professor at Columbia College Chicago, where he had a focus…

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Daniela Anavitarte Bolzmann

WeDeliver

Co-founder/CMO

Passionate entrepreneur & Jill of all trades.Daniela Bolzmann is Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer marketing at WeDeliver. Born at a Chicago startup event, WeDeliver helps businesses deliver to their customers in the same day as the purchase is made. WeDeliver believes in helping neighborhood…

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Dave Hoover

Dev Bootcamp

Co-founder

Dave helps unleash latent human potential at Dev Bootcamp. He invests in early stage startups, with a preference for teams that are working on decentralizing education. Dave was a minority owner of Obtiva, Dev Bootcamp, and Mad Mimi. Each of these companies was acquired….

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David Kadavy

Kadavy, Inc.

President

David Kadavy is author of the #18 Amazon best-selling book, Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty. Prior to writing Design for Hackers, David founded the Design departments at two Silicon Valley startups, and freelanced for clients such as oDesk, PBworks, and UserVoice. David also launched…

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David Rush

Earsho

Co-Founder/CEO

David has over 20 years of operational experience with early-stage companies in digital media, software, and technology services. Previously in his career, David held senior management roles at companies such as Akamai (AKAM), Gartner Group (IT), PostX (acquired by Cisco), and Iconoculture (acquired by…

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Desiree Vargas Wrigley

GiveForward Inc.

CEO & Co-Founder

Desiree is the CEO and co-founder of GiveForward.com, the world’s first crowdfunding platform to help friends and family answer the question “What can I do to help?” when a loved one is in need. They’ve helped hundreds of thousands of families raise nearly $150…

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Eric Lefkofsky

Groupon

CEO

Eric Lefkofsky serves as Chief Executive Officer of Groupon and is a co-founder of the Company. He also served as the Company’s Executive Chairman until his appointment as CEO. Eric Lefkofsky is a co-founder of Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECHO) and served on…

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Eric Lunt

Signal

CTO

Prior to joining Signal, Eric was co-founder and CTO of FeedBurner, which Google acquired in 2007. After the acquisition, Eric remained at Google in a senior technology role. Prior to FeedBurner, Eric co-founded and served as CTO at Spyonit.com (acquired by 724 Solutions), served…

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Eric Olson

Origin Ventures

Director

Based in Chicago, Eric is a former operator/entrepreneur interested in financing and growing early stage technology companies in the areas of SaaS (analytics & insight), ad tech and ecommerce.

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Golnaz (Golli) Hashemian

Independent Consultant

UX Research and Design Strategist

I help businesses innovate and grow through a deeper understanding of their customers. RESEARCH-BACKED DESIGN STRATEGY From market research to usability testing, I transform behavior observation into actionable insights that will grow your business. USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN DIRECTION Whether conceptualizing on a new product…

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Guy Turner

Hyde Park Venture Partners

Managing Director

Guy invests in early stage technology enabled business, consumer service and healthcare IT companies as a Managing Director at Hyde Park Venture Partners. Prior, he was a Consultant with BCG. Guy is also a Member of Hyde Park Angels, a very active angel investing…

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Harper Reed

Modest, Inc.

CEO

Harper Reed is a hacker/engineer who builds paradigm-shifting tech and leads others to do the same. Harper loves using the enormity of the Internet to bring people together, whether as CTO of Obama for America, CTO at Threadless.com, or on his own projects. Harper…

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Howard Tullman

1871

CEO

Howard A. Tullman serves as the CEO of 1871 and the General Managing Partner for G2T3V, LLC and for the Chicago High Tech Investors, LLC; he is Executive Chairman and a Director of Music Dealers and a Director of SnapSheet, PackBack Books, VEHCON, and…

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Irv Shapiro

Dialogtech

CEO

As a senior executive with over 35 years of computer technology industry experience and deep technology and management expertise I am passionate about the delivery of technology solutions that improve peoples lives. Currently as the CEO/CTO at Ifbyphone I am working with a very…

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J Schwan

Solstice Mobile

Founder/CEO

J is the Founder and CEO of Solstice Mobile. His mission is to help transition enterprises into the era of contextual computing. J received his Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and began his career at Andersen Consulting. J’s career…

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J.B. Pritzker

Pritzker Group

Managing Partner

J.B. Pritzker is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Pritzker Group, a private investment firm that comprises three professional investment teams: middle-market acquisitions, technology venture capital and asset management. For nearly two decades, Mr. Pritzker has been focused…

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Jared McKiernan

ParkWhiz

SEO

I love helping businesses grow by building and executing successful Internet marketing strategies. Always learning, always testing – there’s so much exciting stuff going on with technology and Internet-driven businesses, I want to work on anything I can to continue developing my skills and…

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Jason Fried

Basecamp

Co-founder/CEO

Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of 37signals , a Chicago-based company that builds web-based productivity tools that, in their words, “do less than the competition — intentionally.” 37signals’ simple but powerful collaboration tools include Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Campfire, Ta-da List, and Writeboard….

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Jayna K. Cooke

EVENTup

CEO/Partner

Jayna Cooke, CEO and Partner at EVENTup, is distinguished as being one of the most successful sales and business development professionals in technology startups over the past decade. Growth hacking and “just getting it done” are her specialties. As the Vice President of Business…

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Jeff Judge

Signal Engage™

Co-founder/CEO

I’m fascinated with technology and long on human innovation. I’m interested in building products that help people improve their daily lives by removing complexity and leveraging data to make better decisions. I most recently co-founded and led Signal, an integrated platform for mobile, social…

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Jeffrey R. Carter

West Loop Ventures

Manager

Hyde Park Angels is the largest and most active angel group in the Midwest. With a membership of over 100 successful entrepreneurs, executives, and venture capitalists, the organization prides itself on providing critical strategic expertise to entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial community. By leveraging the…

Author

Josh Inglis

Propllr

Founder

Josh Inglis is the founder of Propllr, a PR and content marketing firm that helps innovative companies grow by building credibility and awareness. He is a 20-year public relations and corporate communications professional with a track record securing positive attention and building brands, with…

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