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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 »

Aziz Gilani: The Series A Crunch is a Sign of a Healthy Startup Ecosystem [VIDEO]


While certainly disconcerting for startups nearing the end of their seed funding, the Series A crunch is something that people shouldn’t be freaking out about. At least, that’s according to Aziz Gilani. Gilani is a director at the Mercury Fund, a seed- and early-stage VC based out of Houston. From his particular standpoint, he asserts that the point of… Read more »

Scott Case: The One Thing Founders Shouldn’t Forget

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Being an entrepreneur comes naturally to Scott Case; he’s been in the game since his days of cutting grass in high school. His entrepreneurial drive took him all the way to CTO for, and he’s even scaled businesses that help small nonprofits optimize their funding via the internet. Previously Case was splitting himself time… Read more »

Juan Diego Calle of .CO: Want to Control Your Brand Experience? Look to Top-Level Domains [VIDEO]

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With the gradual release of new top-level domains (TLDs), 2014 is going to be a big year for the Internet. It’s all very exciting for Juan Diego Calle, the CEO of .CO, who believes that access to new TLDs will bring about new business innovation and improve control of a business’ brand experience. Beginning in 2012, ICANN (Internet… Read more »

Amy Jo Martin: Behind Every Good Social Media Strategy is a Human Being


In 2011, one-time Academy Award nominee (not a fact) and former NBA player, Shaquille O’Neal, announced his retirement from professional basketball on Twitter. At the time, Shaq had a 3.8 million-people following; today, he has nearly 7.9 millon, making him one of the top 100 Twitter users with the most followers. Aside from having some genuinely funny tweets, Shaq’s massive… Read more »