Tim Jahn is the co-founder of Entrepreneurs Unpluggd, a unique event series featuring entrepreneurs sharing their stories in an intimate, “unpluggd” format. He has conducted over 150 interviews on BeyondThePedway.com, a website he founded for creative entrepreneurs to learn from the successes, failures, and journeys of fellow creators.

He is the author of “Use Interviews To Increase Your Blog Traffic”, an e-book teaching the art of interviewing and how it can help increase blog traffic, and the co-organizer of Ignite Chicago. Tim is a regular contributor to Tech Cocktail and Crain’s Chicago Business, and a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council.

 

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Funding Your Idea: From Grandpa To Waiting Tables To Funded

We’ve been watching GiveForward, for quite sometime, as they participated in one of our Chicago events, went through the Excelerate Labs Chicago accelerator and most recently raised $500,000 in funding. Desiree Vargas Wrigley is the co-founder of GiveForward a website that allows people to…

The Art Of Customer Support With Sarah Hatter of CoSupport

Sarah Hatter is the founder of CoSupport, a company that helps web and mobile app companies with their customer support. Sarah used to work in customer support at 37signals. CoSupport provides a personal support team, providing customer support for your apps. The product draws…

How PerkSpot Went From Dinner Table To Doubling Revenue

Christopher Hill is the founder of PerkSpot, a Chicago-based company that manages discount benefit programs for employers. PerkSpot’s clients include Fortune 500 corporations, state and local governments, school districts, and other affinity groups. Chris started Perkspot out of his condo four and a half…

Why Your Idea And Execution Aren’t As Important As You

Over the past 10 years, Tomer Yogev has worked with several startups, owned his own small business consultancy, and spent time in venture capital. Recently, he launched TandemSpring, another small business consultancy. In this video interview, Tomer explains how the individual can be more…

From Startup to $116 Million In Revenue in 10 Years at Centro

Shawn Riegsecker is the founder of Centro, a company that makes the buying and selling of online media easy and has participated in Tech Cocktail Chicago events in the past. Last year, Shawn’s company pulled in $116 million in revenue. But things were not…

How FeeFighters Built A Business Around A Problem

When Sean Harper needed a credit card processor for his first company, he signed up for the first one he saw. He ended up being swindled into tens of thousands of dollars of charges and paid almost twice the amount they expected to the…

Hiring Rockstar Employees With Braintree CEO Bryan Johnson

Editor’s Note: Bryan Johnson recently contributed this article to Tech Cocktail: Sometimes Boring Problems Present Great Opportunities. Chicago based credit card processing company Braintree has an impressive roster of customers – 37signals, Airbnb, github, OpenTable, and more. And that’s with a team of under 20…

Where I’ve Been – My Best Mistake With Founder Craig Ulliott

Craig Ulliott started the Facebook app Where I’ve Been as a side project while he was working as a freelance web developer. Within a few days, usage of Where I’ve Been exploded, and within a month, Craig had to figure out how to support his…

Hiring People Before You Have A Job For Them With Phil Tadros

We’ve known Phil Tadros for a long time. He’s had products like TextHog and MetroProper featured at Tech Cocktail Chicago mixers and most recently spoke at our Startup Mixology Conference. Aside from his startups, Phil Tadros also owns 13 coffee shops in Chicago and…

Creating A Real-Time Advertising Offering With Brad Flora

Chicago-based news aggregator, WindyCitizen.com, offers a way to see what’s happening around Chicago. It’s like a Chicago focused Digg. In browsing the site it appears to be running on the traditional advertising model. But a closer look reveals the ads aren’t just regular banner…

Online Cupcake Delivery Startup Takes on Chicago

Foiled Cupcakes is a gourmet delivery-only cupcake bakery serving Chicago and its west suburbs. They bake and deliver fresh cupcakes by the dozen. Since starting Foiled Cupcakes a little over a year ago, founder Mari Luangrath’s online cupcake delivery company has been growing, increasing revenue…

How Foodie Registry Dove Into $20 Billion Wedding Industry

When Ben Reid and his wife got married, they knew they didn’t need another blender or toaster. And they knew they loved to go out to eat. So Ben and his wife thought, why not just register for a food registry? There had to…

Send Your Stuff To Storage With StorageByTheBox.com

Phil Murphy owns several traditional public storage facilities in Illinois.  After having dinner with a friend and hearing horror stories about how his friend spent $60 in cab fare to get to a traditional public storage facility, Phil knew something had to change. So…

GrubWith.Us Social Dine and Meet People with Founder Eddy Lu

When Eddy Lu and his business partner moved to Chicago to open a restaurant, they realized they didn’t know anybody in town. Rather than hit the loud, crowded bars every week, Eddy and his friend decided to do what any good creative entrepreneur would…

How enGreet Disrupted The Greeting Card Industry

Adam Weinstein used to travel a lot and never remember to send family members cards for their birthdays and such.  He thought it’d be a great idea to create a place online for people to go to write greeting cards and schedule them to…

How To Create A Daily Deals Startup From Your Kitchen Counter

Kris Peterson was simultaneously training for the Chicago marathon and buying tons of daily deals on Groupon. It was like he was addicted to the deals but he could not use all the Groupon deals he was buying and ended up losing the money…