Accelerator

Chicago

10 Startups on Display at Techstars Chicago Demo Day

By | Oct 17, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Techstars is easily one of the most esteemed startup accelerators in the world. With programs in dozens of international cities and partnerships with hugely influential corporations, Techstars has shown startup founders and entrepreneurs that there is no better place to grow and …

Healthy Entrepreneur

Chicago

Productive on Six Hours of Sleep? No You’re Not, You Liar

By | Oct 9, 2017 at 10:50 am

Do you regularly sleep for just six hours a night? And you think you’re more productive as a result? You should sit your sleep-deprived butt down before you hear the news I have to share with you today. Not only does it make you…

Productivity

Chicago

12 Apps That Help You Stay Connected to Remote Teams

By | Sep 27, 2017 at 7:15 am

As more companies build remote teams, finding the right software to keep your team in sync is critical to production and growth. We asked 12 founders what they use to check in with their teams around the world. Slack We switched over from Skype…

Diversity

Chicago

Timmy Awards to Honor Companies Making Strides in Diversity

By | Sep 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Amid advances, innovations and cutting-edge developments, the technology spotlight continually swings back to display a lack of diversity in the field. With large companies such as Facebook falling behind on their diverse hiring goals, mastering how to promote inclusion in the …

Healthy Entrepreneur

Chicago

A Happier Mindset Can Help You Succeed in Business

By | Sep 19, 2017 at 7:15 am

While founders are typically high energy individuals with tons of self-motivation, entrepreneurship is a battle that not many can endure. Maintaining that entrepreneurial spirit is something every CEO struggles with throughout the lifetime of their business. As the founder of an …

Interviews

Chicago

Rebecca Sholiton & Nate Cooper of Wise Apple on How a Porn Site Led to a Rebrand

By | Sep 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Rebecca Sholiton and Nate Cooper are the cofounders of Wise Apple (formally Pak’d), a startup that delivers pre-made, customizable school lunches directly to families’ homes. They just announced their $3.6 million seed round led by Pritzker Group Venture Capital and …

Culture

Chicago

4 Lessons Founders Learned from Their Employees

By | Sep 13, 2017 at 7:15 am

Building a team is one thing, learning from them is another. If you take the time to listen to your employees, you’ll grow as a person and it’ll help grow your business. We asked founders what they’ve been taught by their employees. My Employees…

Marketing

Chicago

Just 19 Percent of Small Business Owners Market With Google AdWords

By | Aug 29, 2017 at 11:30 am

The internet — whether desktop or mobile — is eating everything. Ad dollars everywhere from the news to Even the long-established power of TV ads is deminishing, as internet ad spend is set to pass up TV ad spend this year, according to the…

Interviews

Chicago

Brian Barnes of M1 FinanceStanford on Reinventing Millennial Investing

By | Sep 10, 2017 at 10:30 am

Brian Barnes is the CEO and Founder of M1 Finance, a startup making an automated investment tool that lets users put their money to work in a balanced portfolio without the hassle of actually managing it. Just a few years after graduating from Stanford,…

Tips & How To’s

Chicago

4 Rules for Exploring the Psychology Behind UX Design

By | Aug 29, 2017 at 9:20 am

User experience design is about the user, as the name might indicate. But figuring out how to create an interface that users will love is far harder to do than to say: After all, most users can’t even articulate what makes them pick one…

Entrepreneur

Chicago

15 Bold Leadership Moves That Paid Off

By | Aug 14, 2017 at 7:15 am

Taking a chance is part of business. Staying static in how your company operates means, at best, your firm starts to slip behind others in your industry or, at worst, boredom and lack of creativity ends up costing you talented staff members. But not…

Gear & Gadgets

Chicago

Does Your Work Need An Office Beer Fridge?

By | Aug 6, 2017 at 7:47 pm

After a long day of hustling at your startup or employer, many people hit their local watering hole to relax, have some fun conversation, and even blow off some steam before heading home. Grabbing a drink and some downtime with coworkers has been a…

Healthy Entrepreneur

Chicago

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

By | Aug 18, 2017 at 8:30 am

Each person has a hobby. Maybe you write poems, grow flowers, design infographics, or build drones. But have you ever thought of turning your hobby into a profitable startup? Think of Rosanna Pansino, whose baking brings her $2.5 million per year. Or Nick Palmisciano, whose…

Interviews

Chicago

Micheal Creating of Foxtrot on the Future of Retail

By | Aug 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm

With Amazon’s latest acquisition of Whole Foods and is a threat to brick and mortar stores, what holds for the future of retail. Michael LaVitola is the CEO and Founder of Foxtrot, a startup that could be thought of as a curated cornerstore with…

Data

Chicago

15 Ways Founders Use Big Data to Take Advantage of Artificial Intelligence

By | Aug 10, 2017 at 8:30 am

Data analysis options are constantly growing. Companies, especially those with strong e-commerce components, are developing dizzying amounts of raw data on user preferences, habits and locations. This information, paired with the growing field of artificial intelligence …

Interviews

Chicago

Interview: CEO Ed Szofer on the Soft Skills Crisis Facing IT Today

By | Aug 3, 2017 at 11:30 am

According to a new study, 46 percent of organizations surveyed believe the skills gap within their organization has grown in scope or depth within the past two years. It’s a worse problem at larger organizations, the study explains: “IT businesses or organizations …

HR and Recruiting

Chicago

13 Traits Startup Sales Executives Need to Be Successful

By | Jul 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm

When it’s time to build a sales team, there are traits you need to look for in your employees. Selling a product isn’t just about closing the deal, it’s about building relationships for your startup along the way. We asked 13 entrepreneurs what they…