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Interviews

Jeff Carter of Hyde Park Angels on the Importance of Being Coachable in Entrepreneurship

By | May 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Jeff Carter is a co-founder of Hyde Park Angels, one of the most active angel groups in the United States, and he is currently raising a VC fund, named West Loop Ventures. Before becoming an angel he was a trader for over 25 years and…

Interviews

Stu Grubbs of Infiniscene on Livestreaming, Esports, and Hiring Your Biggest Critic

By | Apr 29, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Stu Grubbs is a coounder and CEO of Infiniscene, a startup building the easiest way to livestream video. They enable gamers, and now Facebook and Youtube streamers, to easily create beautiful live broadcasts in their web browser without any experience or expensive hardware. As Stu mentions…

Co-working Spaces

3 Startups on the Value of Setting Up in a Coworking Space

By | Apr 26, 2017 at 11:20 am

With the remote work revolution in full swing, companies around the world are debating the value of setting up their business in a coworking space. With much lower costs, a bevy of networking opportunities, and enough free coffee to make your head spin, getting…

Interviews

Craig Vodnik of Cleverbridge on Having Offices in 3 Continents

By | Apr 23, 2017 at 12:45 pm

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…

Interviews

Katlin Smith of Simple Mills on the Value of Clean Eating in Life and Business

By | Apr 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Katlin Smith is the founder of Simple Mills, a food startup that only uses simple, whole food ingredients. While working as a consultant, Katlin discovered she had a gluten-sensitivity and started experimenting with her almond-flour baking mixes on the weekends.  Shortly after launching her…

Interviews

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

By | Apr 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm

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…

Interviews

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

By | Apr 15, 2017 at 12:45 pm

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…

Interviews

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

By | Apr 9, 2017 at 12:45 pm

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…

Interviews

John Roa of Roa Ventures on What Chicago Tech Is Missing

By | Apr 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm

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…

Funding

PhenixP2P Closes $3.5 Million Series A Funding to Improve Video

By | Apr 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm

The world is going video. Whether you’re a marketing director or a budding journalist, every study on the books is pointing to high quality streaming capabilities as a necessity for future success. However, for most companies, getting on the video bandwagon has been decidedly more…

Interviews

Jacob Babcock of NuCurrent on Stealing Business From Big Competitors

By | Apr 2, 2017 at 12:45 pm

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…

Interviews

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

By | Apr 1, 2017 at 12:45 pm

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…

Diversity

Star Cunningham of 4DHealthware on Healthcare, AI, Wearables, and Diversity

By | Mar 26, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Star Cunningham is the founder and CEO of 4DHealthware, a startup that provides artificially intelligent “nudges”, SMS and email messages, to patients with chronic conditions based on data collected via 250 wearable devices like Bluetooth glucometers and activity trackers. Medicare now reimburses healthcare providers $40…

Entrepreneur

Jeff Kahn of Rise Science on Helping Pro Athletes Sleep More and Play Better

By | Mar 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Jeff Kahn is a cofounder and CEO of Rise Science, a sleep behavior change startup that provides sleep coaching for elite athletes. They harness the science behind sleep, and give elite athletes the power to perform at their best with the help of continuous,…