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Fitsby: Go to the Gym, and Compete with Your Friends

By | Nov 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

One week after overindulging at Thanksgiving dinner – and then again on the leftovers – the gym has been calling us, but how many of us are answering? If you’re finding it particularly hard to get to the gym this holiday season, Fitsby may…

Startups & Apps


Starting Up in Champaign-Urbana; IntelliWheels’ Co-Founder Marissa Siebel Shares Insights

By | May 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I can  remember my first bicycle quite vividly.  It was a hand-me-down, cherry red and clunky (a bike is only as good as it’s rider).  Because it was a single-speed, any route that involved hills, specifically the kind that slope upward, translated loosely to terror. …



Gift Caddie Aims To Make Online Wish Lists Easier

By | Apr 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

What is the Internet?  Ask a nerd, and you’ll likely get some elaborate answer about networks, protocols, and Al Gore.  I believe the explanation can be boiled down to one word: information.  The Internet is information.  It’s everything you ever needed to know …



5 Early Stage Startup Founders Share Valuable Advice on Starting Up

By | Apr 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm

At Tuesday night’s Tech Cocktail Champaign Mixer event, we had the unique opportunity to showcase 5 startups that are so early stage they are still in either conceptual or research mode.  Thanks to the University of Illinois’s focus on engineering and science at their…

Social Good


Reduce Food Waste at Restaurants with Zero Percent

By | Apr 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Urbana, IL’s Zero Percent is tackling a problem that’s already been accepted as the norm: food waste. “As standard business practice, U.S. restaurants waste over $10 billion a year —Literally. When faced with the chore of trying to find use of excess fresh-food …


Gear & Gadgets


Scientists Develop Cyborgian Tattoos

By | Aug 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm

For many people, getting a tattoo is a way of expressing culture, membership or rebellion. In the near future, tattoos may be used to communicate, entertain and help us heal. Scientists at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, along with colleagues at other institutions …

Startups & Apps


Poll: What’s The Hottest Chicago Early-Stage Startup?

By | Apr 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

Coming off of one of our biggest Tech Cocktail mixer events in Chicago this past week, which showcased 14 early-stage start-ups, we thought it would be fun to do a quick poll. While Chicago has birthed a number of start-ups over the years from…

Social Media

Champaign Reflects Your Social Connections and Interests

By | Apr 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Everyday, people are posting social media messages, photos and videos, loading the Internet with their own personal “social breadcrumbs”. With all this data out there floating around, there’s a lot of interest in how it can be utilized. Products like …



JunoWallet: Gift Cards Go Mobile

By | Jun 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm

We’ve seen the future, and it’s green – and mobile. Which means plastic gift cards will soon be a thing of the past and sites like JunoWallet, one of the first mobile gift card applications launched in the iTunes Store, will be well positioned. According to…

Startups & Apps


Interview with Scott Belsky, founder of Behance

By | Jun 11, 2010 at 1:05 pm

In this episode, I’m chatting with Scott Belsky, founder of Behance, a New York based company that provides products and services seeking to organize the creative world and help make ideas happen. If you can’t see the video, please click here.

Startups & Apps


Interview with Grasshopper’s David Hauser

By | May 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm

In this episode, I’m chatting with David Hauser, co-founder of Grasshopper, a Boston based company that provides a virtual phone system for entrepreneurs. If you can’t see the video, please click here. A special edition episode from Big Omaha I caught up with Dennis…



Excelerate Chicago Incubator Reveals 2010 Startups

By | May 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm

With summer right around the corner, the Excelerate, Chicago startup incubator, has announced its first class of startup companies to receive funding. This year they supported ten startups which mostly consist of web and mobile based businesses. There is one outlier in the …

Startups & Apps


Chattertree: Social Networking for Families

By | May 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Family dinners, weekend visits with relatives and regular family gatherings and holidays have traditionally been how families have stayed connected, sharing stories and updates about life. But as more and more of us have large distances between us, the occasional holiday visit …

Startups & Apps


River: Streamlined Business Communication Tool

By | May 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm

River is a business communication web application to help internal employees know what is going on with projects across a company. River also helps people manage their tasks so that users will always be up-to-date with their current to-do list. Their goal?  To keep…