Interviews

John Roa of Roa Ventures on What Chicago Tech Is Missing

By | Apr 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm

John Roa is a serial tech entrepreneur and long time Chicagoan. He got his entrepreneurial start by creating a computer repair business at 14 and hasn’t stopped since. Last year, he sold ÄKTA, his tech-consulting and design firm, to Salesforce.  Now John is planning to invest…

Funding

PhenixP2P Closes $3.5 Million Series A Funding to Improve Video

By | Apr 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm

The world is going video. Whether you’re a marketing director or a budding journalist, every study on the books is pointing to high quality streaming capabilities as a necessity for future success. However, for most companies, getting on the video bandwagon has been decidedly more…

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Jacob Babcock of NuCurrent on Stealing Business From Big Competitors

By | Apr 2, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Jacob Babcock is the founder and CEO of NuCurrent, a wireless power company that has designed the world’s fastest, smallest, and most efficient wireless power antennas. If you have ever wondered why we still have to deal with all these charging cables, this is…

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Ezra Galston: From Poker Player To Chicago’s Fastest Rising VC

By | Apr 1, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Ezra Galston is a VC at Chicago Ventures. At CV, Ezra focuses on consumer facing investment and is actively involved with BloomNation, Kapow Events, Luxury Garage Sale, Shiftgig, SpotHero, Zipments, and Havenly. He writes one of my favorite VC blogs at BreakingVC.com and his…

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Star Cunningham of 4DHealthware on Healthcare, AI, Wearables, and Diversity

By | Mar 26, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Star Cunningham is the founder and CEO of 4DHealthware, a startup that provides artificially intelligent “nudges”, SMS and email messages, to patients with chronic conditions based on data collected via 250 wearable devices like Bluetooth glucometers and activity trackers. Medicare now reimburses healthcare providers $40…

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Jeff Kahn of Rise Science on Helping Pro Athletes Sleep More and Play Better

By | Mar 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Jeff Kahn is a cofounder and CEO of Rise Science, a sleep behavior change startup that provides sleep coaching for elite athletes. They harness the science behind sleep, and give elite athletes the power to perform at their best with the help of continuous,…

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Dima Elissa of VisMed3D on Personalized Medicine, 3D Printing, and Networking

By | Mar 18, 2017 at 10:30 am

Dima Elissa is the founder and CEO of VisMed3D, a startup providing 3D surgical patient replicas for state-of-the-art treatment and training of doctors. Based in Matter, the startup is on the cutting edge of personalized medicine. In addition to her startup, Dima devotes considerable…

Interviews

Philip Tadros of Doejo and Bow Truss on How To Deal With Bad Press

By | Mar 13, 2017 at 10:30 am

Philip Tadros is a true serial entrepreneur and restauranteur. He is the founder of Doejo, a digital agency, Dollop Coffee, a cafe and bakery, Bow Truss Coffee, a coffee roastery and cafe, The Budlong, a hot chicken restaurant chain, SPACE, a coworking space, and Aquanaut Brewing, a craft…

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Neal Rothschild of Rooster on Why Critical Feedback Is the Best

By | Mar 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Neal Rothschild is the founder of Rooster, a 6-minute daily podcast that updates you on all the news you need to know. Neal just launched Rooster at the beginning of 2016. It was great to interview a founder just getting started on a really promising…

Interviews

Nick Moran of The Full Ratchet on What An Ideal Startup Looks Like

By | Mar 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Nick Moran is the cofounder and managing director of New Stack Ventures and Moran Capital Partners. He also started the very popular The Full Ratchet podcast, where he interviews venture capital and angel investing experts on successful startup fundraising and investing strategy. Nick asked me to…

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Kayne Grau of DRIVIN on Disrupting the Used Car Market With Data

By | Mar 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Kayne Grau is a cofounder and CEO of DRIVIN, a startup changing the way used car dealers source their used-car inventory. Before founding DRIVIN, Kayne was the CTO at Cars.com. Using proprietary technology and actionable local market data, DRIVIN sells, sources, acquires, and delivers…

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Canh Tran of Rippleshot on Machine Learning, Fintech, and the Future of Payments

By | Mar 4, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Canh Tran is the CEO and cofounder of Rippleshot, a startup that detects payment card data breaches. They take a big-data machine learning approach, more common in search, genetics and advertising, and apply it in a novel way for the payment processing industry to help…

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Data-Driven Small Business Lending with George Souri of LQD Finance

By | Feb 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm

George Souri is the founder and CEO of LQD Business Finance, a startup providing quick, convenient, and affordable financing to small and medium-sized businesses that are traditionally underbanked. LQD is leveraging data to offer business loans in the $250,000 to $3 million range to help…

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Sparking Conversations One Shoe at a Time with Raaja Nemani of Bucketfeet

By | Feb 25, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Raaja Nemani is the cofounder and CEO of Bucketfeet, a footwear startup that collaborates with a global community of artists to design limited-edition shoes. The idea began in Argentina when Aaron Firestein gave Raaja a pair of hand-designed canvas shoe inspired by the city blocks…

Coworking spaces

5 Relationships You’ll Form at a Coworking Space

By | Feb 23, 2017 at 12:50 pm

While many entrepreneurs are lone wolves, the value of making connections in the business world cannot be understated. Whether it’s at networking events or at the office, forming relationships is the best way to set yourself up for success. Fortunately, when you’re working in…

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Secrets to Building A Startup with Logan LaHive of Techstars Chicago

By | Feb 17, 2017 at 11:20 am

Being obsessed with startups is something Logan LaHive, the new managing director at Techstars Chicago, is willing to admit. “I’ve always been involved in a startup and sort of obsessed with startups and technology. My heroes, and the people I’ve looked up to, have…

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6 Benefits to Setting Up Your Startup in a Coworking Space

By | Jan 31, 2017 at 5:50 pm

With technology exploding and skill sets broadening, the remote work revolution is in full swing. Not only are millennial employees reveling in the flexibility of working from home, they’re also enjoying the chance to showcase their skills without moving to larger cities. And while…