Marketing

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…

Tips & How To’s

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…

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Healthy Entrepreneur

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…

Entrepreneur

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…

Interviews

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

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 applications, means that companies can get very granular…

Gear & Gadgets

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…

Interviews

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 with 15…

HR and Recruiting

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…

Startups & Apps

Meet the 10 Startups Joining Techstars Chicago

By | Jul 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Cofounder and former CEO of Belly, Logan LaHive has some secrets when it comes to building a business. The first one being having an amazing team as your foundation. When he took over as director of Techstars Chicago, he made it his mission to…

Reports & Rankings

10 Best Cities for Startup Funding, Ranked

By | Jul 13, 2017 at 1:30 pm

In the startup world, sometimes it can feel like the coasts get everything. Whether it’s the media attention, the business resources, or the innovative minds, New York and San Francisco are the tech hubs that make everyone else feel small. However, according to a…

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…