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…

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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…

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…

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