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Techweek 100 Announced; The Top 100 Tech Visionaries in Chicago and Midwest

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This Friday marks the commencement of Techweek, a four day technology conference in Chicago.  In anticipation of the event, Techweek recently announced the Techweek100, a lineup of the top technology leaders and business visionaries in Chicago and Greater Midwest.  The 100 entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and executives were pulled together by a group of judges, based on the following characteristics: impact on their startup or corporation, reach and influence, and their continued contribution to the local tech community.

Tech Cocktail has partnered with Techweek to host our classic mixer style event on Sunday evening to preview some of the startups participating in the Techweek LAUNCH event on Monday. We will also be curarting a speaker session on Monday at 4pm, so be sure to check back to the schedule when it’s announced.

The full Techweek 100 list is as follows (in alphabetic order by last name):

  1. Godard Abel – CEO, BigMachines
  2. John Aiello – Co-founder & CEO, SAVO
  3. James Albaugh – President & CEO Boeing
  4. Michael Alter – CEO Surepayroll
  5. John Banta – CEO Illinois Ventures
  6. Zac Boca – Co-founder & CEO SingleHop
  7. Gregory Brown – Chairman & CEO Motorola
  8. David Budworth – Chief Architect Peak 6
  9. Michael Burke – Co-founder & President appssavvy
  10. David Calhoun  – CEO, Nielsen
  11. Leon Chism CTO Analyte Health
  12. Lon Chow – General Partner, Apex Venture Partners
  13. Brandon Cruz – Founder, President & CTO, GoHealth
  14. Mary Dillon – President & CEO, US Cellular
  15. Howard Draft – Exec Chairman, DraftFCB
  16. John Edwardson – Chairman & CEO, CDW
  17. Rahm Emmanuel – Mayor, City of Chicago
  18. Mike Evans – Co-founder, GrubHub
  19. Seyi Fabode – Chief Electricity Officer, Power2Switch
  20. Matt Ferguson – CEO, Careerbuilder
  21. Michael Ferro – Chairman & CEO, Merrick Ventures
  22. David Fisher – CEO, OptionsXpress
  23. Brian Fitzpatrick – Head Engineer, Google
  24. Paul Ford – CEO, Total Attorneys
  25. Ian Foster – Professor and Director, University of Chicago Computation Institute
  26. Amy Francetic – Executive Director, Clean Energy Trust
  27. Stuart Frankel – CEO, Narrative Science
  28. John Freeland – President & CEO, SymphonyIRI
  29. Jason Fried – Co-founder & CEO, 37Signals
  30. Gian Fulgoni – Co-founder & Executive Chairman, comScore
  31. Jim Gagnard – Chairman, Illinois Technology Association
  32. Phupinder Gill – President & CEO, CME Group
  33. Christopher Gladwin – President & CEO, Cleversafe
  34. Frank Gruber – Co-founder & CEO, Tech Cocktail
  35. Sam Guren – Managing Director, Hyde Park Angels
  36. Barney Harford – President & CEO, Orbitz
  37. Sean Harper – Co-founder & CEO, FeeFighters
  38. Troy Henikoff – CEO, Excelerate Labs
  39. Josh Hernandez – Founder & CEO, Tap.Me
  40. Dan Hess – CEO, Local Offer Network
  41. Fred Hoch – President, Illinois Technology Association
  42. Justyn Howard – Founder & CEO, SproutSocial
  43. Dan Jauernig – President & CEO, Classified Ventures
  44. Sanjay Jha – Chairman & CEO, Motorola Mobility
  45. Bryan Johnson – Founder & CEO, Braintree
  46. Clint Jones – Co-founder & CEO, GoHealth
  47. Jeff Judge – CEO, Signal
  48. Steve Kaplan – Professor, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  49. Zach Kaplan – Founder & CEO Inventables
  50. Megan Kashner – Founder & CEO, Benevolent.net
  51. Chris Kennedy – Former President Merchandise Mart Properties
  52. Brad Keywell – Managing Partner, Lightbank
  53. Ross Kimbarovsky – Co-founder, crowdSPRING
  54. Dag Kittlaus – Inventor Siri
  55. Seth Kravitz – Co-founder & CEO, Technori
  56. Logan LaHive – CEO, Belly
  57. Amanda Lannert – President, Jellyvision
  58. Paul Lee – Partner, Lightbank
  59. Eric Lefkofsky – Managing Partner, Lightbank
  60. Eric Lunt – CTO, BrightTag
  61. Dan Lyne – Director, Technology Development, World Business Chicago
  62. Matt Maloney – Co-founder & CEO GrubHub
  63. Talia Mashiach – CEO, Eved
  64. Andrew Mason – Founder & CEO, Groupon
  65. Matt McCall – Partner, New World Ventures
  66. Carole McCluskey – Corporate Shared Services, Redbox
  67. Ben Milne – Founder & CEO, Dwolla
  68. Matt Moog – Founder, Viewpoints & Built In Chicago
  69. David Nelms – Chairman & CEO, Discover Financial
  70. Maura OHara – Executive Director, IVCA
  71. Andrew Parkinson – Founder, Chairman, President & General Manager, Peapod
  72. Jack Philbin – Co-founder & President Vibes Media
  73. Michael Polsky – President & CEO, Invenergy LLC
  74. J.B. Pritzker – Managing Partner,Pritzker Group
  75. Robert Pullen – President & CEO, Tellabs
  76. Dhiraj Rajaram – CEO, Mu Sigma
  77. Harper Reed – CTO, 2012 Obama Presidential Campaign
  78. Shawn Riegsecker – Founder & President, Centro
  79. Nik Rokop – Managing Director, Knapp Entrepreneurship Center
  80. Nick Rosa – Co-founder & Managing Director, Sandbox Industries
  81. Tom Ryan – CEO, Threadless
  82. Neal Sales-Griffin – CEO, Code Academy
  83. Ed Scanlan – Founder & Chairman, Total Attorneys
  84. Irv Shapiro – CEO & CTO, IfByPhone
  85. Jai Shekhawat – CEO, Fieldglass
  86. Andrew Sieja – President & CEO, kCura
  87. Deepak Sindwani – Partner, Bain Capital Ventures
  88. Michael Small – CEO, Gogo, Inc.
  89. Tom Sosnoff – Founder, Tasty Trade
  90. Brian Spaly – CEO, TrunkClub
  91. Emerson Spartz – CEO, Spartz Media
  92. David Speer – Chairman & CEO, Illinois Tool Works
  93. Rishad Tobaccowala – Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Vivaki
  94. Josh Tsui – Co-owner, Robomodo
  95. Glen Tullman – CEO, Allscripts
  96. Howard Tullman – CEO, Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy
  97. Kevin Willler – CEO, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center
  98. Wolcott – Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation Network
  99. Desiree Vargas Wrigley – Co-founder & CEO, GiveForward
  100. Sam Yagan – Founder, OkCupid

Born and raised in Illinois, it is an honor to be listed on the Techweek100 with such a great group of people. We look forward to seeing you later this week.

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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.

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