Jason Fried Shares His Hopes for Entrepreneurial Chicago [VIDEO]

January 31, 2014

10:47 am

In December, Tech Cocktail CEO and co-founder Frank Gruber sat down with 37signals founder Jason Fried for a fireside chat. These talks give us a chance to have an in-depth conversation with entrepreneurs who have amassed a considerable amount of knowledge and experience along their journeys.

Jason Fried certainly qualifies as knowledgeable and experienced, as he has built a successful software company and managed to write a few books – and numerous articles – along the way. Even though it’s been a while since he was a struggling startup founder, he remembers the struggle, and he’s retained the lessons he’s learned.

He shares his insight on Chicago companies that have impressed him over the years, what he’s observed lately in Chicago’s startup ecosystem, and what he hopes for the city as it continues to develop its entrepreneurial community. As Fried puts it:

“I don’t want to see Chicago try to be San Francisco … There’s no reason to try to be something you’re not … I think Chicago could be a great place for building bootstrapped companies, long-term companies, companies that are focused on selling stuff … I think that represents the City of Big Shoulders, it represents the hardworking Midwest.”

Watch Jason Fried share this and more in this video:

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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