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Crunchbutton Aims to be the “Uber of Food Delivery”

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“Push a button. Get food delivered.”   That’s the motto for Crunchbutton, a food delivery app, seamlessly connecting a network of college kids to bring food to your door. You want quick and easy food? Crunchbutton remembers your previous order and allows for one-click ordering. Your favorite restaurant doesn’t deliver? No problem- Crunchbutton is a delivery… Read more »


How to Excel at a Startup Showcase

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A few weeks ago, my startup Alumnify won a spot at the Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference 2014. This was a huge honor for my team and me, and we quickly got together to plan how to make the most out of this opportunity. This spot involved attendance at the conference and a demo at the Startup… Read more »


How to Close Your Fundraising Round

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It is a lot of hard work to raise money from investors. The process can be grueling and require leaping through a variety of different hoops as part of “due diligence.” Waveborn Sunglasses spent the past three months working with accredited investors to raise $500,000. Here are some of the best strategies to leverage at the… Read more »


How to Find a Startup Job That Will Change Your Life

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Quick. Here’s how to find a startup worth working for. Life is too short to be in the wrong place. A friend texted me a couple days ago after reading one of my blog posts. Which felt nice, because I was certain my Mom was my only regular reader. But anyway, he’s super bummed out… Read more »



Don’t Raise Funding to Pay Yourself

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Nowadays, when you’ve got an idea for a product or a startup, but find yourself with zero dollars to your name, it’s not entirely impossible to get your venture off the ground. Nothing is impossible in the land of opportunity – go for the American Dream, #amirite? Outside of traditional venture funding and angel funding,… Read more »




How to Mobilize Your Network for a Successful Launch

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What if you could set up one 15-minute meeting and walk away with a $500,000 investment and a business connection in Silicon Valley? That’s exactly what Mark Zuckerberg did back in 2004 when his associate and temporary roommate, Sean Parker, set up a meeting with Peter Thiel, a hedge fund manager and the co-founder of… Read more »


Leveraging Digital Intelligence for Competitive Insight

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Digital intelligence often gets mentioned for how it’s used (and possibly abused) by advertisers or governmental agencies, but what you may not know is that it can be a valuable tool for keeping an online eye on your competition. How can you leverage the power of digital intelligence for your own benefit? Here are the… Read more »


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

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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 having raised over $11 million, the company client list includes major corporations, including the… Read more »


The Downsides of Completely Automating Your Marketing Department

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The Internet, and information technology in general, has completely redefined how marketing and customer relationships are built, maintained and grown. For the most part, these advancements make it easy and cost-effective for businesses to engage current and potential consumers and learn what is needed to keep them happy and returning. It has been said that… Read more »


Connect and Be Productive: 5 Ways to Improve Teamwork

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Did you know that on any given day of business it is estimated that you and your colleagues spend approximately 74 minutes attempting to contact each other? Or that you spend almost an hour looking over duplicated content and communications. These are just but a few examples of ways that we waste time and block… Read more »


Company Logo Design – Blunders and Slip-Ups that Impact

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“Boom! Abercrombie & Fitch Drops Its Logo” read Forbes magazine a few days back. Why – What – who? A lot of questions tangled this decision. Let us Revisit Some of the Basics of Logo Designing! Company logos are like brand ambassadors that incorporate images that influence people and develop associations. If you contemplate on… Read more »