One For The Book: Innovating the Photo Booth and Producing the Sexiest Guestbook Ever

By | Jun 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

When you think photo booth, it may conjure up images of the mall, or maybe an amusement park. Venturing into that type contraption results in a strip of four photos you usually don’t quite know what to do with afterwards. One for the Book…


Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain: “The Internet’s in Its Toddler Years” [INTERVIEW]

By | Jun 21, 2012 at 9:24 am

Sometimes, Tiffany Shlain loves technology: after all, she’s the founder of the Webby Awards and cofounder of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, whose goal is to help drive the progress of the Internet. But sometimes, she’s not so fond of it:…



Gabrielle Palermo Of ASU Student Led Startup G3Box Aims To Save Lives

By | Jun 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

In Malawi, Africa, for every 100,000 live babies born, 1,200 women will die. This is a pretty sad statistic, and a group of four Arizona State University engineering students, led by the team of Gabrielle Palmermo, James Tyler, John Walters and Susanna Young, set out to…



Jessica Kim Of BabbaCo On Building A Content And Commerce Parenting Brand

By | Jun 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm

When Jessica Kim was becoming a parent she looked around and saw an opportunity in the parenting market.  She jumped at the chance to create a lifestyle and parenting brand in BabbaCo, combining content and commerce. BabbaCo was part of the second class of…


Malcolm Gladwell: ‘The Greatest Entrepreneurs Are Amoral’

By | Jun 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Malcolm Gladwell, best selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, was recently interviewed at Toronto Public Library’s Appel Salon.  The more than hour-long conversation touched upon a range of topics, including entrepreneurship. When asked to explain his views on morality in entrepreneurship,…

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Jeff Janer of Springpad Shares Advice From His 5 Startup Experiences

By | Jun 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Thinking about where you want to end up is not something founders always do when they come up with a new startup or business idea. But that is exactly the advice Jeff Janer of Springpad shared when I recently interviewed him about the 5…



Take a Tour of 1871, a New 50,000 sq-ft Coworking Space in Chicago

By | May 21, 2012 at 9:56 am

Take the CTA downtown and hop off at Merchandise Mart to visit Chicago’s newest tech hub: 1871, a coworking space – and more – that’s a collaboration among some of the city’s biggest startup supporters. Ride the elevator to the 12th floor of Merchandise…



Timothy Chi of WeddingWire Aims To Make Wedding Planning Less Frustrating

By | May 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Getting married and planning a wedding can be a time consuming and frustrating process (that’s what they tell me anyway).  Some bride-and-groom-zillas live for planning each detail of the big day, while others look for great resources to help ease the stress of the occasion. Timothy…



Marc Kiven of BrightTag On The Importance Of “Data As The Fuel” For Online Marketing

By | May 15, 2012 at 9:53 am

After spending much of his career on the road while living in Chicago, serial entrepreneur Marc Kiven was excited to finally create a company, BrightTag, based in the Windy City. Leveraging his fifteen years of online marketing and advertising experience, BrightTag aims to help publishers of…



Brian Spaly, CEO Of Trunk Club, Is On A Mission To Get Men To Dress Better

By | May 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Do you like to go to mall and shop for clothing so you look good? If you are like most men, you probably do not enjoy shopping and might think it is kind of a drag. That said, looking good can help you feel…


What Mom Taught Me: Advice From 8 Entrepreneurs

By | May 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

It is often said that “Mom knows best.” The sage advice that follows – shared with us by some of our favorite startup founders – lends credibility to that oft-overused statement.  Follow the advice of the moms of successful entrepreneurs, and maybe you too…



A Peek Inside India’s Startup Scene, with Female Founder Shradha Sharma

By | May 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Something is brewing in India. “The joke about Bangalore is that if you knock at a door, you’ll meet either a startup or somebody planning to start up,” says Shradha Sharma, founder of Indian tech blog YourStory.in. YourStory.in is also organizing a series of…

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Kayne Grau Shares Insights On Cars.com’s Progressive Tech Approach

By | May 8, 2012 at 11:33 pm

After moving to Chicago from the West Coast, Kayne Grau took over as Chief Technology Officer at Cars.com and looked to raise the level of technology credibility at the company that started featuring automobile listings and media in 1997. Kayne did this by updating its overall technology…



Seyi Fabode Wants To Help You Switch Energy Providers & Save Money

By | May 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Did you know that due to deregulation you can change your energy provider? Not all that many people in America do according to Power2Switch founder Seyi Fabode. When he moved to the U.S. he noticed this right away and took it upon himself to…



Bill Swilsow Shares Advice Reflecting On Cars.com Startup Experiences

By | May 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Taking on a web business in 1997 was new frontier, especially in the Midwest. Based in Chicago, Cars.com was created to offer a rich online classified advertising experience around automobiles. Bill Swislow, the Senior Vice President of Product at Cars.com, was there from the…


13-Year-Old Entrepreneur Mallory Kievman: “Don’t Take No for an Answer” [Interview]

By | May 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Mallory Kievman, an eighth grader in Connecticut, is turning her science fair project into a business. Working with her father, Kievman has spent her free time in the kitchen concocting Hiccupops, lollipops with apple cider vinegar that aim to cure hiccups. As the New…


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The Brains Behind the “Infinite Closet”, An Interview with Nikki Durkin of 99dresses

By | May 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

Anyone who has waited on a girlfriend to get ready for anything that involves being seen in public knows firsthand that no amount of clothes will ever solve the riddle that is leaving the house quickly.  There is no closet big enough.  That is, unless, there…