• Social Media Week Chicago shares how to quiet trolls and other advice
    Posted by Cheryl Jackson on November 20, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    The talk was all about connecting — via hashtags and tweets and Instagram and other methods marketers use to engage an increasingly mobile public — during Social Media Week Chicago. About 3,000 marketing and media professionals hit the Merchandise Mart base and other downtown venues for workshops,... […]

  • Chicago Toy & Game Fair plugs in to technology
    Posted by Cheryl V. Jackson on November 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    IBM Watson and robot toymaker Sphero have figured out that technology is essential to making toys kids love. But Chicago Toy & Game Fair executives say plenty of developers don’t think of ways to apply their technology to toys and games — and they want to change that. Edwin, a Bluetooth-connected... […]

  • U. of C. spotlights lab alliances as part of 125th anniversary
    Posted by John Carpenter on November 13, 2015 at 11:30 am

    The University of Chicago has been receiving attention on the startup scene lately for helping spawn new ventures including GrubHub. But as the venerable Hyde Park school celebrates its 125th birthday this year, school officials are flexing some scientific innovation muscle that goes back a lot... […]

  • MCA unveils new website: Love it or loathe it?
    Posted by Amina Elahi on November 11, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    The Museum of Contemporary Art unveiled a new website Wednesday with stark black-and-white design and aggressively whimsical lettering, provoking the type of strong reaction modern art intends. Basecamp CEO Jason Fried tweeted that he found the new site a likable, "organized mess,” while other... […]

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar tries to stir things up with new food venture
    Posted by Cheryl V. Jackson on November 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Sarah Michelle Gellar wants to help us slay in the kitchen, and connect to family while at it. The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress is one of the latest celebs to turn entrepreneur with last month’s launch of Foodstirs, a baking kit and lifestyle e-commerce startup focusing on natural ingredients.... […]

  • Internet of Things Summit expands as web of connections grows
    Posted by John Carpenter on November 6, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Two years ago the Illinois Technology Association thought it might be a good idea to get some experts together so its members could learn more about the so-called Internet of Things. It rented a law-firm conference room, and about 100 people signed up to attend. Attendance has doubled each year... […]

  • Diana Nyad's recipe for success: protective gear and a genius navigator
    Posted on November 5, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    At a Blue Sky Live event at Chicago's Music Box Theatre on Wednesday night, famed swimmer Diana Nyad talks with Blue Sky reporter Amina Elahi about how innovative gear and a talented, multi-faceted team helped her become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. About... […]

  • Matter opens simulation studio for healthtech entrepreneurs
    Posted by Meg Graham on November 4, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    When trying to start patient-referral startup Fibroblast, Scott Vold says he and his co-founder had to “barge in” to clinics to ask doctors and staff for feedback on the platform. Merchandise Mart-based healthtech incubator Matter says Vold and his company aren’t alone. For healthcare startups,... […]

  • 'Shark Tank': Rent Like A Champion scores an investment
    Posted by John Carpenter on October 31, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Drew Mitchell had some rental units in South Bend that he was struggling to find student tenants for, so he threw a few ads up online to see if anyone would pay for a place to crash on Notre Dame football weekends. So began Rent Like A Champion, a Chicago-based game-weekend rental platform that... […]

  • Chicago's innovators celebrate some of the best, brightest
    Posted on October 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    The Chicago Innovation Awards, founded by Tom Kuczmarski ⇒ and Dan Miller ⇒, honored winners selected from 535 nominated organizations. Twelve judges determined winners from a final list of 100. Click through to see the winners. […]

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