Interviews

Austin

Bishop Paul Tighe Talks About the Vatican’s Relationship with Digital Culture – Interview

By | Mar 16, 2017 at 4:30 pm

A lot of people might be surprised to hear about the Vatican taking a vested interested in technology, especially social media. In fact, this cultural crossover became headline news when it was announced the Vatican would be participating in SXSW 2017. Bishop Paul Tighe, the…

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Austin

Kira Blackwell of NASA iTech Talks Space, Girls in Tech and Startups – Interview

By | Mar 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Upon the discovery of seven Earth-size planets and the goal to travel to Mars in 2030, NASA is seeking out new solutions to help them reach new moonshots. NASA iTech is a collaborative initiative designed to help address gaps in future technologies needed for…

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Austin

Warren G & Karam Gill Talk G-FUNK Film, Hip-Hop and Technology – Interview

By | Mar 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Because musical artists are revered as celebrities, it can be easy to forget that they’re some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. Not only are they selling themselves to millions of people, they’re also dealing with constant criticism on all sides, from…

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Austin

Cory Doctorow on Education and the Importance of Mentors – Interview

By | Mar 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Helping others is a common thread you’ll find with Cory Doctorow. As a son of teachers, and a professor himself, finding ways to provide educational tools for the classroom led him to hold policy positions at Creative Commons. Cory also works to defend civil…

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Chicago

Philip Tadros of Doejo and Bow Truss on How To Deal With Bad Press

By | Mar 13, 2017 at 10:30 am

Philip Tadros is a true serial entrepreneur and restauranteur. He is the founder of Doejo, a digital agency, Dollop Coffee, a cafe and bakery, Bow Truss Coffee, a coffee roastery and cafe, The Budlong, a hot chicken restaurant chain, SPACE, a coworking space, and Aquanaut Brewing, a craft…

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Entrepreneur

Austin

Gina Rodriguez, Star of Jane the Virgin, Exemplifies the Celebrity Entrepreneur

By | Mar 12, 2017 at 3:05 pm

Celebrities sometimes make the best entrepreneurs. Not only do they have the influence and the capital to get the startup ball rolling, they’re also willing to take the risks necessary to turn a good idea into a great idea. And no one exemplifies the…

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Chicago

Neal Rothschild of Rooster on Why Critical Feedback Is the Best

By | Mar 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Neal Rothschild is the founder of Rooster, a 6-minute daily podcast that updates you on all the news you need to know. Neal just launched Rooster at the beginning of 2016. It was great to interview a founder just getting started on a really promising…

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Chicago

Nick Moran of The Full Ratchet on What An Ideal Startup Looks Like

By | Mar 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Nick Moran is the cofounder and managing director of New Stack Ventures and Moran Capital Partners. He also started the very popular The Full Ratchet podcast, where he interviews venture capital and angel investing experts on successful startup fundraising and investing strategy. Nick asked me to…

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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…