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Learning From Jean Case: How to be Fearless


Jean Case co-created the Case Foundation, where she currently sits as CEO, in 1997 with the desire to make the biggest impact on entrepreneurs that she could. To do so, she centered the driving philosophies of the Case Foundation on the same entrepreneurial approaches she cultivated throughout her own career. To that end, the Case… Read more »

GoldieBlox’s Lindsey Shepard Tells the Story of a $4 Million Super Bowl Commercial


This year, toys-for-girls startup GoldieBlox won a rather expensive prize: a $4 million commercial during the Super Bowl. Thanks to Intuit, their 30-second ad reached millions of viewers and helped raise GoldieBlox’s profile. The GoldieBlox line of toys can now be found in stores nationwide, including Toys ‘R’ Us. GoldieBlox VP of sales Lindsey Shepard… Read more »

Julien Smith Reveals the One Word That Made Breather So Successful


“Private.” When Breather launched a service for renting space by the hour, they didn’t call it “office” space. That would have attracted the same old crowd. Instead, they called it “private” space. Partly thanks to that tweak in marketing, Breather has flourished – raising $1.5 million in funding and launching in Montreal and New York…. Read more »

Steve Case: How to Get Funded by Revolution


Steve Case, the Chairman and CEO of Revolution, stopped by our Tech Cocktail Startup Celebration at this year’s SXSW to give entrepreneurs out there an idea of what draws his venture firm to invest. The firm consists of two arms, Revolution Ventures and Revolution Growth, to fulfill his personal mission of helping entrepreneurs succeed. While great entrepreneurs with great… Read more »

Science Inc’s Mike Macadaan: User Experience is Important From the Very Beginning [VIDEO]

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How integrated is the user experience into your product or service? According to Mike Macadaan, startups need to dedicate their time to user experience and establish a brand direction from the very beginning; otherwise, they run into a higher risk of criticism from their fans/users when changes are made later on. Macadaan is the CCO of Science Inc.,… Read more »

Jason Fried Shares His Hopes for Entrepreneurial Chicago [VIDEO]


In December, Tech Cocktail CEO and co-founder Frank Gruber sat down with 37signals founder Jason Fried for a fireside chat. These talks give us a chance to have an in-depth conversation with entrepreneurs who have amassed a considerable amount of knowledge and experience along their journeys. Jason Fried certainly qualifies as knowledgeable and experienced, as… Read more »

Jen McCabe’s Three Lessons for Entrepreneurs [Video]

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About five years ago, Jen McCabe moved from Washington D.C. to Silicon Valley with just a suitcase and ambition. She was leaving a nonprofit healthcare background in DC, where she volunteered for Matthew Holt who had just started The Healthcare Blog and Health 2.0. In her mind, McCabe was absolutely convinced that somebody should build… Read more »

Heidi Sieck is Using Technology to Transform Her World


Before serving as the COO at, Heidi Sieck spent her time leading the 311 Customer Service Center in San Francisco. It was, according to her, a truly impossible project that consisted of aggregating 2,500 listed telephone numbers, 70 agencies and organizations, and duplicative services. But she was determined to get it launched, and she… Read more »

Innovation is the Key, According to Michael Tchong

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Michael Tchong is famous for his entrepreneurial ventures with MacWEEK, Atelier Systems, CyberAtlas, and ICONOCAST. Through his experiences, Tchong has had a lot of time to consider what innovation truly is. He sees a lot of current companies appointing Chief Innovation Officers (CIO), but at the same time, he sees these CIOs with no viable… Read more »

Justyn Howard: Good Things Ahead for Chicago Startup Scene [VIDEO]


In the past year alone, the Chicago startup scene has gained a lot of attention for having increased its voice in the national tech discussion. With more successful acquisitions and IPOs, enthusiasm for startups has led to the creation of a more supportive community than was previously available. Justyn Howard thinks that there’s really nowhere to go but… Read more »