Entrepreneur

Troy Henikoff of Techstars Chicago on Great Pitches and Transforming Startups

By | Jan 29, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Troy Henikoff is the managing director at Techstars Chicago, a managing director at MATH Venture Partners, and a professor of Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. If you haven’t heard of Troy yet, he is one of the biggest figures in the…

Automotive

CarAdvise Founder Greg Tepas on Building A Marketplace

By | Jan 21, 2017 at 2:30 pm

The check engine light starts to blink and your heart sinks. A trip to the mechanic is in your future. What else do I have to fix in this car and how much will it cost? Finding a trustworthy mechanic that charges a fair…

Startups & Apps

Rob Royer, Founder of Interior Define, On Building Trust With Customers

By | Jan 15, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Buying furniture for a home comes with it’s own sticker shock. Add in a custom-made couch and the price alone could make your heart stop. Well, one founder decided that he was done with the outrageous cost of nice furniture and cut out the middlemen. Rob…

Entrepreneur

Oars + Alps Founders On Building The Warby Parker of Men’s Skincare

By | Jan 14, 2017 at 2:30 pm

The beauty and cosmetic industry was expected to exceed $62 billion for 2016 and skincare was the largest chunk in the global market, according to a report by MarketResearch.com. Men and women around the world are looking for that ultimate facial cream that will smooth out…

Opinion/Analysis

A Surprisingly Apt Comparison Between Entrepreneurship and Comedy

By | Jan 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm

While being the senior writer at Tech.Co is a dream come true, my passion for stand up comedy has been years in the making. In 2009, I stepped in front of a crowd of approximately 250 people and fumbled through a set that I…

Gear & Gadgets

Tanvas Lets You Feel Guitar Strings on Your Device

By | Jan 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Whether it be an Apple Watch alerting you with a pulse about an upcoming meeting or a smartphone vibrating to inform you of an incoming message, technology is often used to create the virtual sense of touch. While this sensation happens primarily through a smooth piece of…

Interviews

SpotHero’s Mark Lawrence on Building a Marketplace Business

By | Jan 2, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Whether you’re in a big city or a small town, parking is the worst. Fortunately, someone is trying to do something about it. Mark Lawrence is as the CEO and cofounder of SpotHero, an on-demand parking app and website that makes life easier for drivers by…

Gear & Gadgets

Cubii Helps You Pedal Faster Towards Your Health Resolutions [Review]

By | Dec 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Everyone knows that exercise, and sleep are daily necessities. As entrepreneurs and professionals, it’s not always easy to find a healthy balance of work and life. We sit for hours at a time, wake up too early, over do it on the coffee, and…

Entrepreneur

Shaily Baranwal of Elevate K-12 & Classblox on The Future Of Education

By | Dec 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm

With a passion for k-12 education, Shaily Baranwal, CEO and founder of Elevate K-12 and Classblox, has helped provides digital instruction and online resources to millions of at-risk students across the US for a reasonable price. Since launching in 2008, Elevate K-12 has provided over 1 million…

Entrepreneur

Jeff Judge of Bright on Building the Future of Business Intelligence

By | Dec 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Everyone is looking for success in the startup world. But with out the proper metrics, it can be impossible to figure out what’s working and what’s not. Fortunately, there are people out there looking to give you all the insight you need to succeed….

Entrepreneur

Zach Kaplan of Inventables on 3D Carving and Empowering Makers

By | Dec 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm

The tech world is budding and new technologies are being invented every day. But what about inventions that power inventors? Zach Kaplan is the founder and CEO of Inventables, which makes software and hardware for 3D carving. Their flagship products, Easel, Carvey, and X-Carve…

Virtual Reality

InContext CTO Tracey Wiedmeyer on Virtual Reality, Series E & Talent

By | Nov 27, 2016 at 12:45 pm

After raising money from their family over Christmas, Tracey Wiedmeyer the CTO and cofounder of InContext Solutions, built their company to be a leader in scalable virtual reality shopping and retail solutions. InContext Solutions lets manufacturers and retailers simulate real in-store shopping situations to ideate, evaluate…

Entrepreneur

Eddie Lou of ShiftGig on Raising Capital, Gig Economy, and Taking Risks

By | Nov 26, 2016 at 12:45 pm

After being a venture capitalists at OCA Ventures for years, Eddie Lou, the CEO and cofounder of Shiftgig, decided to enter startup life and launch a mobile, two-sided labor marketplace connecting large venues in the service and hospitality industries with locally available and previously vetted hourly…

Data

Founder of Civis Analytics Talks About Solving Big Problems With Big Data

By | Nov 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Dan Wagner is the founder and CEO of Civis Analytics, a startup that helps companies, non-profits, and campaigns leverage their data to develop smarter strategy, make better decisions, and build stronger, big data-driven organizations. Before founding Civis Analytics, Dan Wagner was the chief analytics…

Culture

Jellyvision’s Amanda Lannert on Sharks, Massage Chairs, and Networking

By | Nov 5, 2016 at 12:45 pm

As the CEO of Jellyvision, the producer of ALEX, an interactive decision-support tool that talks you through traditionally boring and confusing human resource decisions like picking health insurance and makes them fun and engaging, Amanda Lannert has it all figured out. The Jellyvision of today has one of the more…

News

New $3.5M Tech Hub Will Give Midwest Startups a Boost

By | Nov 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm

A $3.5 million grant has been offered by the National Science Foundation to fund a new ‘I-Corps’ node among four midwest universities. Researchers at the universities involved — the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Purdue University, and the University of Toledo —…

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What If Harry Caray Could Have Called The Cubs World Series Win?

By | Nov 3, 2016 at 5:16 pm

If only Harry Caray could have seen it. Born March 1, 1914, Caray spent his career being the sportscaster for major league baseball and the last sixteen as the announcer for the Chicago Cubs. Caray was also known for his infamous seventh-inning stretch “Take…

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