Startups & Apps

Meet the 10 Chicago Startups in Techstars Class of 2016

By | Sep 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Accelerators are designed to foster growth in early stage companies. They provide founders and employees with funding, coworking spaces, and, perhaps most importantly, sage advice. At Techstars, the startups that come out of their program are primed and ready to take on the world….

Business

6 Things That Matter When It Comes to Building Your Business

By | Sep 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of attending the first Chase for Business Conference in my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by entrepreneur and entertainer Nick Cannon, the event had a solid cast of speakers sharing their insights to a crowd of about 500…

Marketing

The Days of Multiple Marketing Platforms Are Officially Over

By | Sep 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Marketing is hard. Yes, that’s a bit of an over-simplification. But if you’ve ever put in a 60 hour work week in hopes of attracting just a single visitor to your website and come up with nothing, you understand. The problem is that there…

Innovate Celebrate

Shradha Agarwal on Entrepreneurialism, Health Tech, and Investing

By | Sep 21, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Many would argue that the health tech industry is not the most exciting. But with its consumerization it’s becoming an unavoidable topic. Today at Innovate! and Celebrate, Tech.Co cofounder and CEO Frank Gruber held a fireside chat with Shradha Agarwal to discuss how her…

Automotive

Chicago Aldermen Foolishly Want to Ban Self-Driving Cars

By | Sep 19, 2016 at 6:46 pm

There will always be nay-sayers when it comes to burgeoning technology. Computers were met with immediate discouragement. Rock n’ roll was dubbed a passing fad. Even, the invention of the wheel likely experienced some pushback from less-informed cavemen. And while you might be alarmed at…

Startups & Apps

Chicago VC Firm Is Providing a Unique Means of Supporting Startups

By | Sep 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm

The road to startup success is paved with failed attempts and business blunders. Founders and entrepreneurs are always struggling to acquire the many factors necessary to get a company off the ground and into the limelight. And while typical avenues have provide some startups…

Entrepreneur

Why You Should Ask for Advice Instead of Money

By | Sep 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Rod Rakic is the founder of OpenAirplane, a plane sharing marketplace. OpenAirplane makes it easy for pilots to find, book, and pay for aircraft rentals online or on their phones. Renting an airplane is now as easy as renting a car. Listen on iTunes…

Startup

Here’s Why You Should Expand Your Startup to Chicago

By | Sep 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm

When launching a successful startup, funding is only part of the equation. Once you have the capital you need, positioning your company so it can deliver returns is the next step. And when your startup reaches this step, location is key. If you’re planning to…

Entrepreneur

Why Your Startup Should Join an Accelerator

By | Sep 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Constance Freedman is the founder and managing partner of Moderne Ventures, an early-stage venture fund and accelerator investing in technology companies in real estate, mortgage, finance, insurance, and home services – all multi-trillion dollar industries that make up well over 20 percent of the…

Entrepreneur

How One Chicago Startup Founder Went from Investment Banking to Startups

By | Aug 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Ryan Coon is the founder of Rentalutions and a former investment banker. Rentalutions provides all-in-one landlord management software. Whether you manage one unit or multiple buildings, Rentalutions gives you the ability to receive electronic rent payments, manage leases, find the right tenants, and deal…

Entrepreneur

What Makes a Great Brand and How to Cut Through the Noise

By | Aug 26, 2016 at 1:20 pm

David Gardner is the founder and CEO of ColorJar, a Chicago-based creative tech agency. Before founding ColorJar, David was a professional basketball player and a founder of a social network in India. ColorJar specializes in branding and creating custom websites and mobile apps and…

Reports & Rankings

Better with Age: Chicago’s Top Ten Startup Founders over 40

By | Aug 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm

The startup world is filled with stereotypes. Whether it’s the casual dress or the unique office perks, every founder knows that people expect them to run their company in a particular way. But what if the stereotype pertains to founders themselves? It’s no secret…

Events

International Garage Band to Headline Chicago Tech Rocks

By | Aug 1, 2016 at 2:04 pm

With Derrick Rose leaving Chicago, the Windy City is reminded of a similar issue that plagues their startup and tech communities: talent leaving for greener pastures. Tech companies and budding startups alike have experienced an unusual number of qualified people leaving for bigger tech…

Gear & Gadgets

Motorized Luggage For People Too Ashamed to Buy Rascal Scooters

By | Jul 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Traveling can be an arduous task. You’re expected to endure security lines, stale bagels, and smelly aisle mates without raising a fuss for fear of ending up in a TSA holding cell. And, in addition to all that, you are also expected to carry…

Announcements

Nominate Your Boss for Tech.Co’s Top Founders Over 40 in Chicago

By | Jul 20, 2016 at 5:11 pm

When you think of startup founders, a certain image comes to mind: a 20-something year old creative type in a hoodie and flip flops. The young gun image of these leaders of business has been prevalent in recent years because of a few outliers that…

Announcements

Tech.Co Heads to Chicago for Startups, Stays for the Comedy

By | Jul 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Chicago has been hailed as the comedy capital of the world on more than one occasion. Whether it be Bill Murray lighting up the silver screen or Tina Fey cracking jokes at Second City, there is no shortage of talent when it comes to…

Announcements

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…