Jayna Cooke is CEO of EventUp, a platform that connects consumers with venue owners.
“I think Chicago is doing phenomenally well in the tech scene and I think that we’re on the right path in terms of putting a lot of resources behind it,” she told Blue Sky. “I think there’s a huge difference between hiring for innovation and hiring for execution…I think that there’s a million ideas out there — everybody has a good one — it’s how fast and how well you can execute at the end of the day.”
Prior to EventUp, a Lightbank portfolio company, Cooke served as Groupon’s vice president of business development. She also managed the largest book of business at Echo Global Logistics.
Cooke founded Closet Angels, a designer clothing reseller whose proceeds are donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She lives in Chicago with her dog, Coco.