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Go Against the Flow: Claire Lew, CEO of Know Your Company

Charu Sharma | Posted 11.28.2016 | Business
Charu Sharma

Claire Lew is the CEO of Know Your Company, a software tool that helps companies with 25 to 75 employees overcome growing pains. Her mission in life i...

Going Against the Flow: Jessica Tenuta, Cofounder of Packback

Charu Sharma | Posted 06.16.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

Jessica is the cofounder and head of design of Packback. Packback is the first company to offer on-demand one-day eTextbook rentals for $5 or less per day, allowing college students to rent and pay for their books only when they actually need to read.

Going Against the Flow: Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871

Charu Sharma | Posted 01.23.2015 | Chicago
Charu Sharma

Howard. Tullman is the CEO of 1871, Chicago's largest tech innovation hub. Howard has over 45 years of start-up, management, IPO and turn-around exper...

Chicago Couple Wants To Take Their Minty Fresh Oral Sex Lube National

Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago

Not quite for teeth and not really for cleaning, a recently-debuted personal paste is bringing a whole new meaning to freshening up on the job. Bl...

Reptile on Main Street

Chris Johnson | Posted 12.24.2012 | Small Business
Chris Johnson

Seeking a way to bridge a highly technical product -- OK Labs provides "open source defense-grade, virtualization software" for the mobile and automotive information systems -- with an accessible brand, they landed on the iguana.

How Effective is Excelerate for Chicago Startups?

Richard Komaiko | Posted 07.18.2012 | Chicago
Richard Komaiko

Excelerate has been very successful in finding, funding and supporting young Chicago companies. With the announcement its third class, I'm applying data-driven comparison to the largest startup incubator in the second city.

How Chicago Is Becoming More Viable for Startups

Richard Komaiko | Posted 06.23.2012 | Chicago
Richard Komaiko

What brought our startup back to Chicago? Talent. That's right -- we had to leave Silicon Valley and come to Chicago to find talent. Popular wisdom says that the talent is all out in the Valley, but my experience suggests otherwise.

What Would Rahm Teach?

Keith Ecker | Posted 12.20.2011 | Chicago
Keith Ecker

What would you want Mayor Emanuel to teach? Here are some of my top-of-mind suggestions.

Chicago Tech Startup: ProOnGo

Kathryn Born | Posted 12.17.2011 | Chicago
Kathryn Born

In a new editorial angle, TINC Magazine is excited to provide coverage of Chicago innovation by letting the innovators speak for themselves! Kicking o...

Mustache Day and Floor Crawls: Chicago Entrepreneurs Discuss Quirky Cultures

Keith Ecker | Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago
Keith Ecker

Entrepreneurs Unpluggd is a relatively new speaking series that currently takes place each quarter. Each event features several entrepreneurs discussing a particular facet of corporate and start-up life.

Is Chicago the Silicon Cornfield?

Keith Ecker | Posted 12.03.2011 | Chicago
Keith Ecker

Now that we have established ourselves as a technology hotspot and not just a place with a pretty lame baseball rivalry and some really big pizza, I think we deserve a nickname.

U. Chicago Students Hope To Make Bug Eating Mainstream

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 11.30.2011 | Chicago

On the top floor of a Hyde Park apartment building, four University of Chicago students sat together on a couch, unfazed by the snacks that lay before...

Is Tech Dead In Chicago?

Brad Spirrison and Howard Wolinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brad Spirrison and Howard Wolinsky

Chicago will never and should never try to compare itself to Silicon Valley, Seattle or any of the other alleged "tech centers" throughout North America. The city's diversified economy is comprised of a completely different kind of DNA.