Ecommerce

Chicago

Harper Reed Launches Modest to Revolutionize Mobile Commerce

By | Feb 24, 2015 at 9:50 am

The brilliant team that figured out how to engineer personalized, micro-targeted engagement for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign has officially announced the launch of a revolutionary mobile commerce platform called Modest. Harper Reed, CEO,  and Dylan Richard, CTO; both formerly of Threadless prior to running the tech for Obama for…

Product Launch

Chicago

Never Let Them Go: Grab an ‘Ex-Box’ for Valentine’s Day

By | Feb 11, 2015 at 11:00 pm

When it comes to romantic relationships, sometimes letting go just isn’t as relieving as people claim. No matter the amount of time that has elapsed or the situation through which these relationships end, a recurrence of memories and past emotions is inevitable, and we fall…

Funding

Chicago

Where to Find Money If You Are a Startup

By | Feb 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Angel investor Jeff Carter knows a thing or two about turning concepts into profit. He is the co-founder of Hyde Park Angels, one of the most active angel groups in the United States. Currently, he is raising a small VC fund, West Loop Ventures for startups in…

Startups & Apps

Chicago

How to Use TurboAppeal to Save on Property Taxes

By | Feb 6, 2015 at 8:00 am

Most people are paying too much in property taxes. For homeowners, mortgages and property taxes often make up a large portion of annual expenses. Before making the decision to buy real estate, it’s important that prospective buyers take both things into consideration before going…

Funding

Chicago

Marketplace Lending Platform Bolstr Raises $1.7M

By | Jan 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm

The Chicago, IL-based Bolstr– the marketplace lending platform for emerging consumer, retail, and manufacturing businesses – has raised $1.65 million in seed funding. This amount was upsized from the originally anticipated $1.5 million target. Those that contributed to the this round include Montage Ventures,…

Ecosystems

Chicago

Knight Foundation Funds 8 Tech Innovations for Libraries

By | Jan 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm

This morning, the Knight Foundation announced the winners of the Knight News Challenge on Libraries, which challenged people from around the U.S. to reinvent and innovate the ways through which people experience our country’s libraries. Focused on adapting libraries to the digital age, Knight…

Ecosystems

Chicago

Pivotal Opens Office in Chicago’s Merch Mart

By | Jan 30, 2015 at 8:00 am

The San Francisco, CA-based Pivotal – the company that provides businesses with PaaS-based solutions utilizing Big Data, agile development, and the Cloud – has announced the opening of its new office in Chicago, IL. The new Chicago office is part of the company’s plan to expand…

Accelerator

Chicago

Microsoft Ventures Asks: What Makes Your City Special?

By | Jan 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm

We are proud to partner with Microsoft Ventures to promote their Digital Work Accelerator in Seattle. Read the full content series here! The team from the Digital Work Accelerator has been traveling across the country to conduct pitch events and information sessions to help startups apply to…

Entrepreneur

DC

Investors Told Her: We Don’t Fund Female Concepts

By | Dec 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

Last year, Brideside was in talks with a large angel network, hoping to raise funding from them. After sharing information about their business over email and by phone during the due diligence process, they got the bad news: the angels weren’t going to invest. Co-CEO…

FinTech

Chicago

AvantCredit Raises $225M Series D for Online Consumer Lending

By | Dec 4, 2014 at 12:24 am

AvantCredit, the Chicago,IL-based financial tech startup in the online lending industry, announced the closing of a $225 million round of Series D financing. Contributors to this round include existing investors Tiger Global Management and August Capital, as well as new investments from Peter Thiel, DFJ Ventres,…

Business

Chicago

Uber, Fooda, Drizy, Others Team Up to Select One Great Chicago Company for the Ultimate Office Happy Hour

By | Dec 3, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Five Chicago startups are teaming up for Happy Hour Delivered, a promotion aimed at giving one Chicago business the ultimate happy hour experience. Drizly, Instacart, Fooda, Uber and Handy will be providing food, drink, transportation, and cleanup altogether worth up to $2,330 for one Chicago…

Announcements

Chicago

Congrats to the Winners of the General Assembly & Tech Cocktail Chicago All-Star 2014 Awards!

By | Dec 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm

There’s no better way to end the year than with a great holiday party, and that’s precisely what we did this evening at the General Assembly & Tech Cocktail Holiday Party! Not only did we get the chance to hang out with all our friends…

Announcements

Chicago

Send Us Your Nominations for the General Assembly & Tech Cocktail Chicago All-Star Award Ceremony

By | Nov 20, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Guess what? Thanksgiving is next week. And then there’s that whole period between Thanksgiving and Christmas when all you can think about is, well, um, Christmas. More importantly, though, the holiday season signals the inevitable end to the year; hence, the period after Thanksgiving often…

Dev & Design

Chicago

Enroll in a Design Bootcamp So You Don’t End Up Like Airbnb

By | Nov 19, 2014 at 9:12 am

When Airbnb unveiled their new logo in July, they proudly announced the creation of the Bélo, a symbol that miraculously combines a heart, the letter A, a location pin, and someone reaching out to hug you. The universal symbol of belonging. The Internet did…