Interviews

Chicago

Kayne Grau of DRIVIN on Disrupting the Used Car Market With Data

By | Mar 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Kayne Grau is a cofounder and CEO of DRIVIN, a startup changing the way used car dealers source their used-car inventory. Before founding DRIVIN, Kayne was the CTO at Cars.com. Using proprietary technology and actionable local market data, DRIVIN sells, sources, acquires, and delivers…

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Chicago

Canh Tran of Rippleshot on Machine Learning, Fintech, and the Future of Payments

By | Mar 4, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Canh Tran is the CEO and cofounder of Rippleshot, a startup that detects payment card data breaches. They take a big-data machine learning approach, more common in search, genetics and advertising, and apply it in a novel way for the payment processing industry to help…

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James Eder Founder of Causr on Networking the World Together

By | Feb 26, 2017 at 10:30 am

Networking is an important skill of its ow. Knowing how to engage people, figure out what they want, and deciding whether or not it’s a good use of your time is incredibly challenging. Now imagine you’re traveling to a different city and don’t know…

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Capital One’s Jennifer Manry on Girls Finding Their Passion in Tech

By | Jan 19, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Nearly eight in ten middle-skill jobs in today’s workforce require digital skills. This represents 32 percent of all labor market demands in nation. In order to fill the talent gap, it’s critical to expose our youth to STEM education earlier in their life, build…

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Chicago

SpotHero’s Mark Lawrence on Building a Marketplace Business

By | Jan 2, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Whether you’re in a big city or a small town, parking is the worst. Fortunately, someone is trying to do something about it. Mark Lawrence is as the CEO and cofounder of SpotHero, an on-demand parking app and website that makes life easier for drivers by…

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Big Bang’s Mayim Bialik Debunks Notion of the Lonely Scientist

By | Dec 21, 2016 at 11:20 am

Growing up in the 80s, women pursuing higher education degrees in STEM fields were few and far between. Even today, women hold a disproportionately low share of STEM undergraduate degrees, particularly in engineering, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. One of the main…

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San Francisco

This Entrepreneur Went From F-16 Flight Instructor to Silicon Valley Insider

By | Dec 14, 2016 at 2:20 pm

The entrepreneurial journey is like a snowflake; no two are alike and they fall a lot more often than they rise. One of these entrepreneurs, Ilana Golan has recently made her mark as a go-to Silicon Valley insider for foreign-born startup founders. And her…

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Seattle

Why Seattle Media Startup “The Evergrey” Could Be the Future of Local Journalism

By | Oct 24, 2016 at 5:50 pm

The future of journalism and news media is up in the air. The industry’s perspective is so bleak that articles about the death of journalism are their own cottage industry — though sadly not one likely to save journalism. Here’s the local news problem in two numbers: In…

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Ontario

Bartesian Cofounder Ryan Close Toasts to Latest Investment

By | Oct 20, 2016 at 3:30 pm

It’s always 5:00 o’clock somewhere. And when you want to have a quick cocktail, 18 seconds is all you need to get your happy hour started thanks to one handy device. Bartesian, the world’s first capsule-based, single-serve cocktail machine is toasting to their latest…

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4 Devices That Will Help You Sleep Better Every Night

By | Sep 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm

As study after study has shown, your favorite screens are making it difficult to fall asleep. Whether it’s blue light emissions or mental overstimulation, your phones, computers, and tablets are keeping you up at night. While it’s true that some technology can make it…

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How Neuromarketing Can Boost Your Conversion Rates

By | Jun 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Neuromarketing is a relatively new phenomenon in the world of digital marketing. Sure, savvy advertisers and researchers alike have started studying our cognitive patterns in response to marketing stimuli back in the late 90s, yet the science of analyzing our online behavior has just…

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Austin

Gretchen Rubin On the Relationship Between Habits and Happiness

By | Mar 15, 2016 at 11:57 am

Gretchen Rubin has made a very important realization since her best-selling book The Happiness Project. She learned that, more than anything else, its habits that drive happiness and that the two are very much connected. That realization has led to her most recent book…

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All Things Analytics and Excel: An Interview With Wayne Winston

By | Dec 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Wayne Winston has consulted for several Fortune 500 clients, developed the statistics tracking and rating system used by the Dallas Mavericks, is a two-time Jeopardy champion, has a PhD in Operations Research from Yale University, and holds numerous teaching awards. He’s also written several books,…

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Ellusionist: The Team Behind the Viral Pyro Mini [VIDEO]

By | Dec 3, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Late in November a new gadget went viral. First starting with reddit, then to Twitter and on across the web. The reason? With this particular device you can shoot fireballs from your wrist. Yes, just like Mario have dabbling in a fire flower, with…

Entrepreneur

How to Get Funded: A Chat with Kaz Shimizu, Investor at KDDI

By | Oct 5, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Kaz Shimizu is an investor in San Francisco at KDDI Open Innovation Fund. Prior to that, he was based in Japan at KDDI where he was in charge of mobile content business with Google. KDDI is Japan’s second largest mobile carrier with 43 million smartphones…

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Berlin

Interview with Doodle CEO Michael Brecht

By | Sep 29, 2015 at 11:00 am

Michael Brecht is the CEO of Doodle, the world’s leading online group scheduling application. His mission is to grow Doodle to a worldwide standard for online scheduling, today the service is used by more than 25 million people monthly and available in 20 languages. The…

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How Mentorship Boosts Your Startup Culture

By | Apr 30, 2015 at 11:00 am

The term mentor comes from Homer’s classic The Odyssey. During the ten years that Odysseus struggled to return home from the Trojan wars, Mentor served as a surrogate father to Odysseus’s son Telemachus. Most entrepreneurs understand the value mentors have in their careers. Mentorship can come…