Colin Keeley is the founder and host of Tech In Chicago, an independent podcast with interviews from Chicago’s top startup founders and venture capitalists.

 

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Chris Gladwin of Ocient on Revolutionize Big Data Analytics

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Chris Gladwin is the CEO and founder of Ocient, a startup building software that enables sophisticated users of data to handle massive amounts of information fast enough to make real-time decisions. Two years ago, Chris sold his data storage company Cleversafe to IBM for…

Rebecca Sholiton & Nate Cooper of Wise Apple on How a Porn Site Led to a Rebrand

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Rebecca Sholiton and Nate Cooper are the cofounders of Wise Apple (formally Pak’d), a startup that delivers pre-made, customizable school lunches directly to families’ homes. They just announced their $3.6 million seed round led by Pritzker Group Venture Capital and Levy Family Partners with Chicago…

Micheal Creating of Foxtrot on the Future of Retail

With Amazon’s latest acquisition of Whole Foods and is a threat to brick and mortar stores, what holds for the future of retail. Michael LaVitola is the CEO and Founder of Foxtrot, a startup that could be thought of as a curated cornerstore with…

Jason Kunesh of Public Good on How Bands Are Just Like Startups

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Jason Kunesh is a cofounder and CEO of Public Good Software, a startup aiming to make donating to non-profits as easy as ordering something on Amazon. Before starting PGS, Jason was the Director of UX for Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and part of the…

Craig Vodnik of Cleverbridge on Having Offices in 3 Continents

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Craig Vodnik is the cofounder of Cleverbridge, a global subscription billing provider. Founded in 2005, Cleverbridge has grown to 300+ employees with offices in Cologne (Germany), Chicago, San Francisco and Tokyo. They have done this all without raising any outside money. At the beginning of his…

Landon Shoop of Fizz on How To Decide If Your Idea Is Worth Pursuing

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Landon Shoop, along with his wife Jennifer Shoop, started Fizz, a team management tool that makes developing employees easy. At his old job, Landon became frustrated while preparing for another yearly performance review and he decided there must be something better. Together they developed a HR…

David Rabie, the Founder of Tovala, on the Future of Food Tech

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David Rabie is the founder and CEO of Tovala, the creator of a smart oven that cooks perfectly made meals by baking, boiling and steaming them in under 30 minutes. The meals can either be delivered prepackaged from Tovala or be made using a crowdsourced…

Gale Bowman of Irish Angels on How to Land a Job at a Startup

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Gale Bowman is the founding director of Irish Angels, an angel network dedicated to early stage investments in which a founder, board member, or active investor is a student, graduate, parent, or faculty member of the University of Notre Dame. After graduating from business school…

John Roa of Roa Ventures on What Chicago Tech Is Missing

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John Roa is a serial tech entrepreneur and long time Chicagoan. He got his entrepreneurial start by creating a computer repair business at 14 and hasn’t stopped since. Last year, he sold ÄKTA, his tech-consulting and design firm, to Salesforce.  Now John is planning to invest…

Jacob Babcock of NuCurrent on Stealing Business From Big Competitors

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Jacob Babcock is the founder and CEO of NuCurrent, a wireless power company that has designed the world’s fastest, smallest, and most efficient wireless power antennas. If you have ever wondered why we still have to deal with all these charging cables, this is…

Ezra Galston: From Poker Player To Chicago’s Fastest Rising VC

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Ezra Galston is a VC at Chicago Ventures. At CV, Ezra focuses on consumer facing investment and is actively involved with BloomNation, Kapow Events, Luxury Garage Sale, Shiftgig, SpotHero, Zipments, and Havenly. He writes one of my favorite VC blogs at BreakingVC.com and his…