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Chicago and the Nation's Best and Brightest

Rahm Emanuel | Posted 10.02.2013 | Chicago
Rahm Emanuel

The founders of PayPal, YouTube, Netscape and Yelp, who were trained in Illinois, left to start their companies in Silicon Valley. But a new generation of tech talent is staying here, starting new companies and helping to send a signal that Chicago has made a definitive cultural shift.

Chicago's Exploding Tech Startup Scene: Second to None

Rebekah Iliff | Posted 03.30.2013 | Technology
Rebekah Iliff

Chicago enjoys a unique quality that neither of the coasts will ever master: it's perfectly satisfied being perceived as un-tech-sexy, un-cool, and downright value-driven. Bonus: it's also relatively affordable as far as big cities go.

Siri Founder on Why Chicago Is His Kind of Town

Brad Spirrison | Posted 06.09.2012 | Chicago
Brad Spirrison

With Groupon in SEC purgatory, it may be time to anoint a new poster child for Chicago's growing but still somewhat fledgling tech community. Who's the best candidate? You might find the answer by speaking into your iPhone.

Siri Co-Founder Among Chicago's Most Influential Mobile Media Innovators

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago
Brad Spirrison

One of the world's most accomplished mobile media innovators just left Apple. Why? Among other reasons, he wants to explore some "entrepreneurial ideas" in Chicago.

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.

Groupon's Google Deal Could Transform Chicago's Tech Start-Ups

Chicago News Cooperative | JIM KIRK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago has been home to far bigger transactions than the one being discussed between Google and Groupon. But few, if any, have had as much riding on ...

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.