The Rapidly Growing Chicago and LA Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

Matt and I were on the FeedBurner board together and he’s got a powerful connection between LA and Chicago – another city with an incredibly thriving startup community. Troy reminded me about the Chicago Venture Summit , which is coming up on 10/14 and 10/15.

TechStars Chicago Applications Are Now Open

Feld Thoughts

TechStars Chicago applications are now open. You didn’t know there was a TechStars Chicago? Last night I was in Chicago at 1871 , the amazing 50,000 square foot co-working space in the Chicago Merchandise Mart that has become the convening spot for the digital economy in Chicago and the home of Excelerate Labs. He spent a bunch of time with me and David and suggested we start a TechStars Chicago. Excelerate Labs is now TechStars Chicago.

Take Action Chicago: Chicago Fair Trade

The Startup Magazine

Click here to sign-up for future Take Action Chicago updates! Meet our friends at Chicago Fair Trade. Chicago Fair Trade believes that consumers in the Chicagoland area play a huge role in the global economy. Chicago Fair Trade | Pop-Up Shop. Take Action Chicago

The Upcoming Weekend With My Dad In Chicago

Feld Thoughts

This year we are going to Chicago – I’m heading out in about an hour. I think Chicago will be perfect for us. The post The Upcoming Weekend With My Dad In Chicago appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Personal Chicago cubs father jeff hyman son stan feld troy henikoff

Intrapreneurship Chicago 2016

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

So, you may be surprised when I bend over backwards to promote Intrapreneurship Chicago 2016. Chicago area innovators and intrapreneurs, take note. If you’re in the Chicago area you wouldn’t even need a hotel room.

12 Terrific Coworking Spaces in Chicago

crowdSPRING Blog

If the number of coworking spaces in a city is is any indication of its entrepreneurial health, Chicago is firing on all cylinders. With these positives in mind, we’ve gathered together some of the most interesting coworking spaces in Chicago. MakeOffices has three locations in Chicago.

12 Terrific Coworking Spaces in Chicago

crowdSPRING Blog

If the number of coworking spaces in a city is is any indication of its entrepreneurial health, Chicago is firing on all cylinders. Resources Start ups chicago community coworking creative entrepreneur inspiration leadership startups

Book #29: On to Chicago

Jeff Hilimire

Each book is ranked on a 5-star scale (5 is best). ** On to Chicago: Rediscovering Robert F. Amazon’s description: “So my thanks to all of you, and now it’s on to Chicago—and let’s win there.”. The post Book #29: On to Chicago appeared first on Begin the Begin.

Italian-American Restaurant Serving Uniquely Made Food in Chicago


Franco Francese the owner of Mattone Restaurant and Bar , an Italian-American restaurant, located in the Chicago suburbs knows that too well. Besides a great taste, quality of food served matters a lot. The restaurant was once owned by his father where Franco has been in the business his entire life. We had a chance to interview Franco Francese and asked about his story, how he started his business and the future of Mattone Restaurant and Bar. Tell us your story.

Top 3 Startup Winner: Happenstance

The Startup Magazine

At this year’s FUND Conference in Chicago, Illinois, over 100 startups presented their early-stage companies in front of hundreds of investors and industry leaders. The Happenstance app shares geolocated and little-known mini-podcasts about Chicago! HQ Location : Chicago, Illinois.

NYC and Chicago Information + Q&A Sessions

Bryce Dot VC

So, I’ve lined up dates in NYC and Chicago. Chicago will be a brown bag lunch session next Friday @ Basecamp HQ. I’m heading back east next week and thought it might make sense to host a couple informal sessions where I could give a bit more of the backstory on and where those who’re interested in participating could ask questions. NYC will be next Wed evening @ Kickstarter HQ. RSVP here. RSVP here. These will be very informal and free form sessions.

Campus as Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: the University of Chicago

Campus Entrepreneurship

Even though the University of Chicago does not have a school of engineering, it has become a leading startup university. Groupon, GrubHub, Braintree Financial and other high growth, student created firms have come of of the University of Chicago in recent years and the end is nowhere in site.

Early Growth Financial Services (EGFS) Opens Operations in Chicago

Early Growth Financial Services

Outsourced financial services firm launches in Chicago to support local startups, small, and mid-sized businesses. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 Chicago-based small businesses can now access a full suite of outsourced financial services from small business financial experts, Early Growth Financial Services (EGFS). As EGFS increases the reach of their nationwide expansion, they are pleased to announce the addition of Chicago as one of their hubs.

Startup Winner – Yip Yap

The Startup Magazine

The Austin conference was the inaugural Texas event after several successful Chicago FUND Conference events. Earlier this year at the FUND Conference in Austin, Texas, over 100 startups presented their early-stage companies in front of hundreds of investors and industry leaders.

Groupon Co-Founders to Teach at U of Chicago’s Booth School

Campus Entrepreneurship

From Chicago’s Booth School of Business : The only two serial entrepreneurs in Chicago who can answer those questions have agreed to share what they know with students at Chicago Booth.

Innovate Where You Are — and With Who You Have

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Existing incubators like 1871 in Chicago , or the Idea Center at Notre Dame are examples where you can rent space for a short term period. For a day or two off-site consider spaces like Catalyst Ranch (Chicago). Off-Site Innovation can indeed spur creativity.

Thoughts on being a startup in Chicago: 3 tips for entrepreneurs

crowdSPRING Blog

When we first conceived of the idea that would ultimately become crowdSPRING, we never even discussed the possibility of starting the company anywhere but Chicago – it never occurred to us that we might have an easier go of it elsewhere, or that we might be able to tap into resources not available to us here. We live in the Chicago area. Our families live in the Chicago area. Our friends live in the Chicago area.

GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Thursday, September 13, 2018, The Keith House, Chicago. The Instructor: Gregg Fraley is a master trainer and facilitator who has worked with: Sanofi, Abbvie, Coca-Cola, P&G, US Cellular, YUM, Georgia Pacific, and the University of Chicago, to name a few. Innovation Intensive .

Business School Is For Entrepreneurs | Chicago Booth Edition

Campus Entrepreneurship

From the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business: When Scott Freedman came to Chicago Booth as a student in the Full-Time MBA Program two years ago, he set out to create a start-up medical company using his background as the designer of orthopedic medical devices. via Chicago Booth News – Just How Responsible Does a Company Have to Be?

Intro to Blockchain: Why You Can’t Miss Out

The Startup Magazine

Fintank , the Chicago-based Fintech facilitator, recently hosted the Fintank Blockchain Summit in Chicago. Blockchain is a financial technology platform that is truly a “phenom”, but one with the lasting potential to affect every aspect of our society.

Interview with Motoko Hunt about Search around the World & SES Chicago 2008

Eric Friedman

I recently interviewed Motoko Hunt of AJPR for Search Engine Strategies Chicago where she will be speaking in the Search Around the World: Europe, Asia/Pacific & Latin America panel. I speak at SES Chicago and other conferences in US, Europe and Asia including SES, SMX and AdTech.

How to Disrupt a Target Market Through Innovation

The Startup Magazine

Founded this year, the company organically grew to 200 photographers and more than 1,000 users in Chicago within a few months. Marketing People Startups Technology chicago Fautus Innovation Lawyer market disrupter market research Minimum Viable Product MVP photography

Attention: Female Founders on the Rise

The Startup Magazine

We see a larger percentage of women using the services of ConVerge (The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at North Central College) in the Chicago suburb Naperville and increasingly some in non-traditional fields including construction, warehousing, manufacturing healthcare and technology.

Mentor vs. Entrepreneur Coach

The Startup Magazine

Contributed by Martha Carney, Executive Director of the Chicago area North Central College, Converge Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Community Incubators and Accelerators Seed and Angel Investors Startups accelerator chicago ConVerge Mentorship

The Best Places Worldwide to Start Your High-Growth Startup

Up and Running

Chicago, Illinois, USA. While Chicago ranks seventh overall according to Compass, it has also been ranked number two on the Inc. In fact, since 2012, Chicago jumped up in the rankings all the way from the number 10 spot to number seven. AngelList Chicago.

5 Ways To Start A Business Without Capital


John Cerasani, a Chicago area native and Northwestern University alum, is an entrepreneurial success through a number of business endeavors. Advice For The Young At Heart Chicago Funding John Cerasani Paid Training startup startup tips

Developing a Leadership Philosophy

The Startup Magazine

Community People Academy Leadership Aurora University bachelors degree brian neese chicago Deb Calvert Dennis C Parker Ed Ruggero Education John Spence leadership MBA nonprofit personal leadership philosophy vision

How the Five Types of Marketing Can Work For You

The Startup Magazine

Marketing Adroll AdWords chicago JJR Marketing Kickstarter Social media marketingAfter 11 years as head of JJR Marketing, a Chicagoland marketing firm serving start-ups to Fortune 500s, I still delight in helping companies find the “right recipe” for their marketing.

U. of Chicago Students Try To Disrupt Course Materials Market and Save Students Money

Campus Entrepreneurship

University of Chicago students take a hack at the textbook and course materials market. Abraham, a graduate student at the University of Chicago, was standing in line at the campus bookstore last fall when he realized he was about to pay for something he’d already bought: the readings in his course pack. The team participated in the University of Chicago Booth School of Business’ New Venture Challenge, came in second place, and walked away with $18,000.

Keynote Speech at the Global Security Challenge, Chicago, September 22

Pascal's View

I will be the keynote speaker at the America Midwest Regional Final competition of the Global Security Challenge (GSC) on September 22nd in Chicago. This event is part of a global competition to deliver innovative solutions to pressing cybersecurity problems. The GSC Security Summit 2009, which will be held November 13 in London, will see the culmination of the six regional finals held around the world in September and October.

Startup Mixology / Techcocktail in Chicago Brad Feld and David Cohen

Fred Destin

Brad and David , with typical Rockies cool, are here to talk about their new book, “Do More Faster” (buy it more this startup ). Brad and David embody early stage investing as it should be and it’s great to hear such an inspirational set of speakers. For me, in venture for about 10 years now, guys like Brad are the reason why I joined the business and thought “investing can be done differently”. Embracing ignorance , avoiding arrogance.

Research Sample: Case Study Campus, University of Chicago | Bump’s David Lieb On 60 Million Downloads | Video

Campus Entrepreneurship

One of the cases that I am completing is of the University of Chicago. Perhaps the most prominent venture out of the University of Chicago in recent years is Groupon. Another great success out of the Booth School of Business is Bump Technologies. Two of the founders, David Lieb and Jake Mintz, conceived of the initial idea while in a first year accounting class and eventually won the school’s 2009 New Venture Challenge. Below is an interview with Lieb via Tech Crunch. Aims To Revolutionize Learning Through Crowdsourcing


But Chicago-based startup MentorMob ( ) wants to change that – the free, community-based collaborative service aims to aggregate and organize the best online educational content on any topic, so it’s easier to find.

Innovation Facilitation — Death is Easy, Magic Takes Training

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

KILN USA is, by an amazing coincidence, conducting a public Innovation Facilitation course in October, at the historic Keith House , in Chicago. Three Essentials for Magical Innovation Facilitation. An essential ingredient to successful innovation projects is good facilitation.

Gregg Fraley on CANTV Tonight (Jan. 24, 2013)

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

An “out of the blue” telephone call has me appearing on cable tv in Chicago tonight at 7 PM CST. Campbell is the Chicago chapter NSA President (technically it’s NSA Illinois).

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: NuCrepes

crowdSPRING Blog

Imagine my delight when crepe shops began popping up around the city of Chicago. And now, to further my delight, a Chicago creperie has posted a project on crowdSPRING. The original thought was, “how come there isn’t a place like this near Chicago?”

Colorado Innovation Training

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Ask the folks at Hershey, YUM, Johnsonville Sausage, University of Chicago, and Sanofi Pharma — they’ve all taken the course. A brief post to make sure you know about the upcoming Denver, CO public course in Advanced Innovation Facilitation. This is a high value training. It’s partially sponsored so the price is much lower than usual. Here’s a page with details. It’s next week Starting Wednesday February 1, continuing on Feb 2, finishing at noon on Feb.

Oracle MCX: We're not in Kansas anymore

deal architect

I did not get much notice for the Oracle MCX event in Chicago this week, so could only spend a day there, but even in that short timeframe I got the vibe over and over that things are finally humming.

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Simply Smart Tech

crowdSPRING Blog

Well, if you happen to be a company in Chicago, search no more! There are a good number of IT companies in Chicago that service small to medium sized businesses who range widely in quality of service. It was during this time that the “snowpocalypse” hit Chicago.

UPshow Founder Adam Hirsen Shares Flight Plan For Success

YFS Magazine

Adam Hirsen, CEO and co-founder of Chicago-based startup UPshow, suggests entrepreneurs can learn a lot from hobbies. Do our hobbies impact our businesses? Lifestyle aviation leadership lifestyle success

White Tigers in the Chains of Fear

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I just finished reading a wonderful novel, The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga. It’s a brisk story told in first person by a young Indian entrepreneur. I won’t say much more about the story, but it’s a good one, and deserving of the accolades and prizes its received. Perfect airplane reading, and, it has me [.].

Hope Springs Eternal in Start-Ups

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

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SXSW – Third Coast: How to be a Startup Outside of Silicon Valley

crowdSPRING Blog

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