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Poll: What’s The Hottest Chicago Early-Stage Startup?

Hottest Startup Chicago Poll

Coming off of one of our biggest Tech Cocktail mixer events in Chicago this past week, which showcased 14 early-stage start-ups, we thought it would be fun to do a quick poll. While Chicago has birthed a number of start-ups over the years from 37signals and Threadless and SitterCity to Feedburner and Groupon, we wanted to find out the hottest early-stage startup in the area. What do we define as an early-stage startup? One that is just getting started, is bootstrapping or hasn’t raised much funding and has just launched or only been around a few years.

Take the poll and select the startup that you think is the most likely to succeed. We may have forgotten some great startups so be sure to write them in if your favorite is missing. Also be sure to share the poll with a friend. If you aren’t familiar with some of these companies you might want to subscribe to our updates via email, Twitter or Facebook as you may enjoy our daily coverage. The polls close at 12:00 pm CDT on April 12th.

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Frank Gruber is the founder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech Cocktail. He is an entrepreneur and new media journalist focused on sharing his tech product expertise and analysis on emerging technologies. Previously he built products for millions of users while at AOL and Tribune Company. He is a startup advisor and investor. He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.


6 Responses to “Poll: What’s The Hottest Chicago Early-Stage Startup?”


      Jen Consalvo

      Hi Shannon, I can assure you we're not editing any of the numbers. It might just be the nature of the real-time polling tool, that the calculations are being done as people are simultaneously voting.

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