Interviews

Chicago

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…

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Chicago

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…

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Seamless Integration Can Bridge the Gap Between Cable and Streaming Services

By | Apr 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Just a few short years ago, entertainment was dominated by cable services. If you wanted to watch your favorite shows, movies, and infomercials, you needed a box, a satellite dish, or an old school pair of bunny ears. But in 2007, Netflix made on-demand streaming…

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Chicago

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…

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Chicago

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…

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Interviews

Chicago

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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Chicago

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…

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Will Hench of My Thread Lab on Making Shopping Easy

By | Apr 8, 2017 at 10:30 am

Imagine you have a date coming up and you, like most guys, just want to look good without having to worry about it. You want style made easy without the hassle of malls combined with a personalized experience. That is exactly what Will Hench,…

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Ankur Jain and Alex Fiance of Kairos Society on Moonshots for Social Good

By | Apr 3, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning right or opportune moment, and a word used to describe the Kairos Society, a global foundation dedicated to solving the world’s problems through business, technology and innovation. Kairos was founded in 2008 by Ankur Jain and joined later by Alex…

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Chicago

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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Chicago

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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Denver

Isaac Saldana of SendGrid on Hiring the Right Team

By | Mar 24, 2017 at 9:15 am

A cloud-based email service, SendGrid, recently closed a $33 million Series D funding round and now boasts more than 350 employees and a brand new, state-of-the-art office in downtown Denver. SendGrid’s humble origins stem from three passionate founders, Isaac Saldana, Tim Jenkins, and Jose Lopez,…

Interviews

Austin

Startups: Disrupt Yourself To Disrupt The Industry – Interview With Brian Solis

By | Mar 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm

While startups may think that Silicon Valley is the only place they should build a business and find funding, they’re wrong. Startup hotspots such as Los Angeles, New York, Denver, Phoenix, Austin, and more, are bubbling up all over the country and the money…

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Austin

Felecia Hatcher on How Diversity Impacts the Bottom Line – Interview

By | Mar 20, 2017 at 7:45 pm

In a research study by McKinsey and Company, companies that have an ethnically diverse work culture are “35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.” While there are hundreds of programs designed to help minorities get established in burgeoning…

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Austin

Amy Webb: A Curved Path to Becoming A Futurist – Interview

By | Mar 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Most people associate predicting the future with superheroes, but there are people in the tech industry who have the ability to predict trends and emerging technology way in advance of what consumers will see on the market. Futurist and founder of the Future Today Institute, Amy Webb…

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Austin

Anne Ward: How to Win on the SEO Battlefield

By | Mar 20, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Startups constantly wonder how they can get their company noticed by customers online. Sure, buying ads on social media, creating content, and amplifying their message via Hootsuite is a start, but it’s hard to move the needle if you don’t understand the full scope of…

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Tony Robbins Explains 4 Things You Should Look for in a Mentor

By | Mar 20, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Launching a new business can be daunting, especially for those who are new to entrepreneurship. Often one of the best ways to survive those early experiences is to listen to the wisdom of professionals who have been around the block a few times. Even…