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Kevin is an entrepreneur living in Chicago and the founder of SpringCoin & Own the Night.

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These 5 FinTech Companies Are Changing the Way We Invest

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 4:43 PM

In the past five years, there's been an explosive growth in startup tech companies trying to disrupt one of the largest markets: the financial market. According to VentureBeat, private FinTech companies have raised nearly $3 billion in the past year, triple of what was raised in 2008 ($930M).

FinTech...

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2013 in Recap: The Best EDM Events in Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 6:50 PM

When you think of the top nightlife destinations in the U.S., what comes to mind? Most people would probably say New York, Miami and Las Vegas. Chicago is perhaps one of the most underrated cities when it comes to nightlife.

2013 was a huge year for Chicago. We've seen...

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The Pioneers of Chicago's Nightlife Industry

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 2:47 PM

Over the past year, it seems as if there's a new nightclub opening every other month. Some of the newest additions this year include: Parliament, Underground (renovation), Castle (renovation), American Junkie, Concord Music Hall, and the reopening of Green Dolphin. Whether you're looking for an opulent lounge to sip on...

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DJMag Top 100 (Marketable) DJs

(3) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 5:03 PM

For those who are unfamiliar with the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs list, it's an online poll that asks users to submit their favorite DJs every year. Over the past few years, DJ Mag has been criticized that the list is not a true representation of their skills, but instead...

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Pro Poker Player Embraces #GivingTuesday

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 6:05 PM

I still vividly remember the days sitting across Faraz Jaka playing a friendly game of poker. It was about 10 years ago and he typically wore a Chicago Bulls jersey usually accompanied with a stone cold poker face. He took poker seriously and it paid off.

Who could've known...

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How Charitable Giving Can Improve Your Finances

(3) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 6:00 AM

It's about that time of the year again. One of the biggest shopping days is just a few weeks ahead of us: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As the holiday season comes around the corner, it's easy to lose track of your finances when we see bright red sale signs...

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Life After Debt: The Other Half of the Battle

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 3:53 PM

There's a reason why consumers fresh out of bankruptcy begin to receive credit card offers in the mail after they're discharged. Credit card companies have a deep understanding of consumer spending behavior, and they realize that it takes a drastic lifestyle change to reduce your spending habits.

It's a...

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5 Credit Cards Facts You Didn't Know About

(4) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 4:43 PM

The credit card industry can be tricky and the lack of financial literacy can create a financial nightmare. There's tons of great information out there that you can research, but there's always the "fine print" details that most consumers overlook. How many of these were you aware of?

1) We...

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Buying and Selling on Craigslist Like a Pro

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 10:59 AM

I'm a sucker when it comes to new technology geared towards helping consumers save money (especially free ones). When we're browsing around the web for tips to save money, you'll frequently come across personal finance bloggers telling you to look at Craigslist.

I've been using Craigslist since 2007 ever...

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New Poll Reveals Consumer's Top Financial Regrets -- But Is It Accurate?

(16) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 1:54 PM

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling recently polled approximately 2,220 respondents to figure out what their greatest financial regrets were. Fifty-three percent of the respondents indicated that overspending was their greatest regrets. The other choices were: inadequate savings (18%), haven't bought a house (10%), bought a house( 5%),...

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5 Early Warning Signs of Financial Disaster

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Whether you realize it or not, noticing early warning signs of financial distress can make or break your future. I've been in your shoes, and I know what it feels like.

It's daunting to face the truth: the fact that you're on the brink of financial disaster. You've worked...

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5 Tricks Car Dealers Don't Want You to Know

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 1:42 PM

Everyone's looking to save money in this economy, and the purchase of a used car or truck is one of the single biggest expense consumers will face this year. Cars would be one of the items on my list never to buy new. So how do you know if you're...

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Dealing With Debt Collectors: Be Their Friends

(4) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 3:08 PM

It's frustrating when you're receiving multiple phone calls a day from debt collection agencies. It doesn't have to be that way. Debt collection agencies are used to being yelled and cursed at, so why not take the opposite approach and try to be their friends?

Most people...

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Are Attorney Backed Debt Settlement Programs Safe?

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 1:29 PM

The other day I had a quick chat with a client who was contemplating enrolling in a debt settlement program. The debt settlement industry has a bad reputation due to unscrupulous companies who were not delivering on their services, overpromising, and charging outrageous fees. This was one of the main...

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The Importance of a Savings Account

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 11:00 PM

In a recent report from Assets and Opportunity, studies show that 27 percent of all households don't have enough savings to cover basic living expenses for just three months if they suffer a financial setback. Industry experts recommend having a six month cushion, so I can only imagine...

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