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Better with Age: Chicago’s Top Ten Startup Founders over 40

By | Aug 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm

The startup world is filled with stereotypes. Whether it’s the casual dress or the unique office perks, every founder knows that people expect them to run their company in a particular way. But what if the stereotype pertains to founders themselves? It’s no secret…

Venture Capital

Chicago

10 Chicago VC Firms You Need to Know About

By | Sep 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Chicago is usually towards the top of the list when it comes to startup hubs in the United States. It’s no surprise that Tech.Co had its first events in that city, (back when we were simply known as Tech Cocktail), providing demo space and networking opportunities for Chicago…

Product Launch

Chicago

Two Chicago Tech Giants Battle it Out for Dominance in Food Delivery

By | Jul 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm

The Chicago, IL-based, local commerce powerhouse Groupon announced today the official launch of its food delivery and takeout service Groupon To Go. Launched in beta this past March, the new platform will offer options from more than 500 restaurants across Chicagoland. With its official…

Ecosystems

Chicago

The Greatest Startups in Chicago History, and Their Proteges

By | Jul 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm

When you think about the many different, successful tech ecosystems spread across the US there are a few givens that just can’t be dethroned. You’ve got New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington DC for sure, but I’d also say that you have to include…

Ecosystems

Chicago

5 Damn Good Reasons to Startup in Chicago

By | Jun 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm

If you’re not from Chicago, the extent of your Chicago knowledge might boil down to deep-dish pizza and “My Kind of Town.” But look a little closer, and you’ll find a thriving technology scene – and some damn good reasons to startup in Chicago….

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Ecosystems

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12 Chicago Food Startups that Make You Go Yum

By | May 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

Sure Chicago is known for their deep-dish pizza, hot dogs and Italian beef. But the city’s culinary scene offers more than what is considered Chicago staples; it’s really a Foodie haven. Chicago is a city of many neighborhoods, all of which come with their own…

Startups & Apps

Chicago

Chicago’s Starchup is the GrubHub of Laundry Service

By | May 18, 2015 at 11:00 am

There are multiple startups in the laundry service/dry cleaning vertical. A lot of them make their business in pickup, cleaning, and delivery of clothes to customers. Some even offer same-day service. Sure, it’s a disruption of the market, and one that takes business away from brick…

Wearables

10 Apple Watch Apps: The Good and the Meh

By | Apr 27, 2015 at 8:00 am

The Apple Watch, which was released last Thursday, has for months endured its fair share speculation and skepticism. Obviously, since the screen is the size of an average watch face, it comes with some limitations as far as apps and capability. There’s only so much…

Sponsored

6 Questions to Answer Before Considering a Startup IPO

By | Feb 23, 2015 at 7:00 am

Every year we see dozens of companies going public, usually attempting to raise capital in the hopes of expanding. This process of getting an initial public offering (IPO) isn’t a walk in the park though; plenty of companies try to go public but are…

Entrepreneur

After $192M IPO, GrubHub’s Mike Evans Embarks on New Venture: Biking Across America

By | Jun 23, 2014 at 4:40 pm

“I’m quitting my job and riding my bike from Virginia to California!” And so goes the first line in a blog post written earlier this month by GrubHub cofounder Mike Evans. After working on GrubHub these last twelve years, and successfully raising a much higher than…

ChicagoSessions

Chicago

Questions About Product Roles? Our Chicago Sessions Panelists Have Answers

By | Jun 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm

At our recent Tech Cocktail Chicago Mixer & Startup Showcase we were happy to bring Jen Busenbark, Sandra Dainora, Aaron Rankin, and Barbara Mousigian on stage to field a host of questions about product facing roles. It all went off without a hitch thanks to…

Tech Cocktail Top Posts

The Top 10 Stories of the Week: Why to Use Ruby on Rails for App Development, DC’s Fundrise Raises $31 Million, Andrew Hyde Returns to Startup Weekend

By | Jun 1, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Did you miss out on one (or five) of Tech Cocktail’s posts from this week? It’s okay. We want to let you know that we forgive you; we totally get it. You’re a busy person, with a lot of things on your mind and…

Speaker Series

Chicago

4 Traits of a Kick-Ass Product Manager 

By | May 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Last week, we brought together a panel of experts in Chicago to talk about being a product manager – an often-unsung team player whose work spans business, design, and technology. “The buck starts and ends with the product manager. They’re the one person that…

Speaker Series

Chicago

How GrubHub Obsesses Over Their Customers (in a Good Way) 

By | May 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Last year, GrubHub was weeks away from releasing a new product. But at the last minute, they decided to pull the plug. “I actually felt pretty good about it,” recalled Sandra Dainora, director of product, at our Chicago Sessions event last week. “An important…

Chicago

Foursquare Integrates GrubHub & Seamless Into Their Mobile App

By | Jan 31, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Yesterday, Foursquare announced they’ve integrated GrubHub and Seamless directly into their mobile apps. Now when you’re looking for food in Foursquare, if either service is possible for that particular establishment, you’ll be presented with GrubHub or Seamless as an option. One click and you can…

Business

Chicago

GrubHub Seamless: Online Food Ordering Merger Finalized

By | Aug 12, 2013 at 5:18 pm

On August 9, Seamless and GrubHub, the online food ordering giants, announced the finalization of their merger to extend services to 25,000 restaurants across 500 cities, including London. They will be operating under the name GrubHub Seamless, but both brands will retain their respective websites….

Food

The Best Food Apps That Bring People Together

By | Sep 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Editor’s Note: This article about best food apps is a revised version of an article that appeared in a previous issue of The Social Media Monthly. If you like it, you might want to download The Social Media Monthly iPad app or iPhone app and subscribe, or order a print…