Startups Need to Focus More Energy on Their PR Strategy

By | Apr 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Once upon a time the tech unicorns of today were struggling small companies battling competitors for customers and fighting for the attention of venture capitalists. The secret behind the rapid growth of startups like Airbnb, Uber and Snapchat involves a special formula that includes strategic…


Food Waste Reduction Startup Wins Clean Energy Trust Challenge

By | Apr 13, 2016 at 5:01 pm

The clean energy industry is no longer a niche market. Companies and countries alike are beginning to see the need for alternative means of power. And while some continue to cling to the old way of doing things, Clean Energy Trust is looking to…

Virtual Reality

Incontext Solutions Brings Business to Virtual Reality

By | Apr 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Virtual reality (VR) is growing to be one of the hottest topics this year, yet most of the applications we hear about are related to consumers or entertainment. Oculus began shipping units in the past week; HTC Vive is starting to ship this week;…

Coworking spaces

MakeOffices Opens New Coworking Spaces Throughout Chicago

By | Mar 15, 2016 at 9:57 am

Early last month MakeOffices officially opened the doors on two of their three planned coworking spaces in Chicago. At their One North State location, they will eventually offer a three-floor, 75,000-square-foot coworking space. This will place MakeOffices as one of the largest coworking offerings in…


Startups: You Need to Make Sales a Priority

By | Mar 7, 2016 at 11:00 am

I have spent the last 25+ years starting, running, mentoring, and investing in digital technology companies. Just the other day, an entrepreneur asked me a simple question: “What is the most costly mistake you see first time founders make?” It took me a minute…


150 N Riverside: Chicago’s Most Innovative Commercial Building

By | Mar 1, 2016 at 10:00 am

Location isn’t just important for brick & mortar stores – it can play a role in the success of digital companies as well. And when I’m talking about location, I’m not just talking about the city. The very building in which a company is located can also be a factor….

Startups & Apps

3 Social Media Startups to Watch In Chicago

By | Feb 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm

According to the Pew Research Center as of July 2015, 76 percent of adults and 90 percecnt of young adults online use social networking websites and applications. Over the past decade, social media has continued to grow and evolve, along with the amount of…


Insurance Tips for Tech Startups

By | Jan 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Tech startups aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, there are over 1.35 million high tech startups with more cropping up each year. Unfortunately, tech startups can be an easy target for lawsuits. Decades ago, a substantial amount of money was needed to start…

Product Launch

MakeOffices Launches Expansion; Glenzer Appointed CMO

By | Jan 26, 2016 at 9:40 am

MakeOffices, formally UberOffices, announced today the expansion into two new states and the appointment of a new chief marketing officer (CMO). Their expansion will include Chicago and Philadelphia, with openings set for early February. As part of the effort to expand to new locations,…

Infographics / Images

Chicago Startups Had Their Best Funding Year in 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]

By | Jan 25, 2016 at 11:00 am

2015 was a pretty good year for Chicago startups. According by the annual Chicago Startup Report released by Built in Chicago, Chicago startups raised 9 percent more funding than they did in 2014 and made 15 percent more money in exits than the previous year. The infographic below contains…

Product Launch

Ritual Expands to Chicago, Bringing Delight to Office Eating Monotony

By | Jan 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Imagine for a moment that you run a small, but thriving startup in Chicago. One of the hundreds of tasks you have each day is to ensure your team is squeezing every minute, no, every second, of time into prioritized and productive work. However,…


Welcome to SPACE, One of Chicago’s Favorite Coworking Hot Spots

By | Dec 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm

As part of a distributed work force, I spend a lot of time working in and out of coffee shops around town. Now, it’s really no different than working in my own home office except that it’s inherently more social, I get some sunshine…


Chicago, Los Angeles Added to Google Fiber’s Expansion Plans

By | Dec 8, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Earlier today, Google Fiber announced plans to possibly expand its gigabit Internet service to Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA. In a blog post written by Google Fiber expansion director, Jill Szuchmacher, the company explains that they’ve started working with officials in both major…


Chicago Is a Top Startup Hub Thanks to 1871

By | Dec 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Although VC funding for startups in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. is down to 183 deals, from 309 last year, Illinois still maintains the highest rate of investment, due in large part to the Chicago metro area. In fact, Chicago has accounted…


Freight Tracking Startup FourKites Wins Patent Lawsuit

By | Nov 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm

In the tech industry, patent infringement lawsuits are not uncommon. Most of these are due to so-called patent trolls who buy patents and then sue other companies who try to patent similar innovations, hoping for a settlement. However, some of them are legitimate lawsuits that…


Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour is Stopping in Chicago

By | Nov 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

We are proud to partner with Microsoft Ventures to promote their Machine Learning Accelerator in Seattle. Read the full series of stories, as they are published, here. The Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour is visiting 11 US cities to spread the word about their accelerator…


Opternative is Bringing the Eye Exam to Your Living Room

By | Oct 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm

For the majority of my life I’ve had 20-20 vision. At least, I had 20-20 vision up until about two years ago: I’d be sitting at my desk and get splitting headaches, I’d see double, and I’d feel a general malaise. The hypochondriac in…