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Gear & Gadgets

Oomi Is Set to Truly Connect Your Smart Home [Review]

By | Jul 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Alexa, Google Home, Siri, Samsung Bixby, Watson, these are among the first widely accepted consumer driven artificial intelligence platforms and they each have something in common: Internet of Things (IoT). Over the past five years the world around us has become more connected by…

Food

The Hatchery to Open $30M Food and Beverage Incubator

By | Jul 11, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Starting a food business is one of the riskiest industries, but a new incubator in Chicago is aimed at easing founders into the industry. The Hatchery, a premier non-profit food and beverage business incubator, will be breaking ground on a new $30 million facility…

HR and Recruiting

8 Tips to Building the Best Advisory Board for Your Company

By | Jul 10, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Having an advisory board with people who have been there, done that, can help you avoid a lot of mistakes and steer your company in the right direction. When it comes time to put together an advisory board it needs to be a thoughtful…

Celebration

Celebrating 11 Years of Entrepreneurial Advice

By | Jul 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm

On this day eleven years ago, we gathered a couple hundred startup founders, developers, creators, investors, tech enthusiasts and executives into a bar in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago to host the first TECH cocktail event ever. We pulled it together with a…

Tips & How To’s

How to Expand Your Social Network and Grow Your Startup

By | Jun 29, 2017 at 8:30 am

There are so many obstacles in business. You need a superb product. You must market this product to your potential customers. You need to meet the demands of the evolving society and your growing customers. And the list is endless. Coupled with these, you…

Startup

Grubhub Cofounder Mike Evans Launches Fixer To Find You A Handyman

By | Jun 27, 2017 at 7:20 pm

Just over ten years ago, Mike Evans and Matt Maloney were trying to get their idea for a new startup off the ground to enable you to order food from your computer. That idea was GrubHub which took off with the launch of mobile…

Security

Software M&A Has a Cybersecurity Problem That’s Only Getting Worse

By | Jun 20, 2017 at 10:50 am

Yesterday, news broke of likely the biggest government data breach in the history of the universe. Today, we bring you the latest cybersecurity study, which reveals that although the majority of software mergers and acquisitions are plagued by security concerns, most corporations still plan to…

Productivity

Founder Tony Vlastelica: You Can’t Be Everything to Everyone

By | Jun 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm

It’s easy for early-stage founders to get distracted and try to do everything, but mentors will tell you it’s better to focus your energy on where it matters to build your business. We asked Tony Vlastelica, founder and principal of Contemporary Energy Solutions, about what…

HR and Recruiting

Matthew Abeles of BuiltWorlds Media on Hiring Slow

By | Jun 6, 2017 at 7:15 am

Formulating the right mixture of talent and skill set to create the right team might take time. We talked with Matthew Abeles  cofounder and managing director of BuiltWorlds Media, on how he approaches hiring and firing. Name some people who have inspired you. My first mentor, Michael…

Tips & How To’s

Solomon Thimothy, CEO of OneIMS, on Networking Strategies

By | Jun 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Networking needs to be a part of any founder’s regular routine to build their connections and meet investors and mentors. We spoke with the founder and CEO of  OneIMS and Clickx, Solomon Thimothy about his experiences networking strategies and offered advice to others aspiring to improve their own experience. Get…

Funding

Outcome Health Raised the Second Largest Funding Round in Chicago History

By | May 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The world of entrepreneurship is one of patience. You have to wait to get funding, wait to launch your product, and you have to wait to make it big. But as any successful entrepreneur can tell you, good things come to those who wait….

Startups & Apps

Julie Novack of PartySlate on the $112 Billion Party Planning Industry

By | May 27, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Julie Novack is the CEO and a cofounder of PartySlate, a startup building a two-sided platform that allows event professionals to share their work and party hosts to gain inspiration from it. Because everybody has to party every once in a while. PartySlate has…

Startup

Chicago Startup TurboAppeal Acquired by Paradigm Tax Group

By | May 11, 2017 at 10:30 am

In 2015, TurboAppeal, a Chicago-based, leading technology firm that utilizes big data analytics and proprietary software solutions to help both commercial and residential real estate owners gain insight into their property values and automate the tax appeal process, was one of the five finalists in…

Interviews

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

By | May 7, 2017 at 12:45 pm

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…