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- Alpana Singh finds hiring at-risk youth for restaurants is a complex dish
Restaurateur Alpana Singh believes she has a solution for some of Chicago's violence problems in her kitchens: Hire folks from Chicago's most economically underserved areas, including ex-offenders and youth who have fewer employment opportunities. Singh runs The Boarding House, opened in 2012 in... […]
- Grubhub cofounder Mike Evans wants to make ordering a handyman as easy as ordering dinner
Grubhub co-founder Mike Evans, who stepped down after the company went public in 2014 and has stayed out of the spotlight since, made an announcement Monday: He's started a new company. Fixer, which is in private beta, provides an on-demand platform for skilled handymen and women who perform small... […]
- She helps people pick better software and lets her Harry Potter tattoo fly at G2 Crowd
What's it really like to work at Chicago startups and tech companies? Blue Sky's Inside Job lets people on the ground tell us in their own words. Jasmine Lee, 27, Research Specialist at G2 Crowd We crowdsource reviews for tech software products in all different kinds of categories. The easiest... […]
- The high-tech jobs that created India's gilded generation are disappearing
They were going to be India's gilded generation. When P.R. Sujoy became a software engineer, he thought his life was made. It was a job his father, a former government employee who prized stability above all, could brag about to nosy relatives. It came with a highflying salary, enough for a mortgage... […]
- Google to stop reading your Gmail to help sell ads
Google is going to stop reading your Gmail in search of opportunities to sell ads. The change announced Friday will end a practice that Google has embraced since the company introduced Gmail in 2004. The practice has raised concerns among privacy watchdogs and creeped out some users. To help finance... […]
- Who did Uber's Travis Kalanick meet in Chicago?
We know Chicago was the backdrop for the dramatic ouster of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick this week, but a big question remains: Who was Kalanick meeting with the day he was forced to step down by Uber's board of directors? Reports indicate Kalanick was interviewing candidates to fill Uber’s empty chief... […]
- Facebook's Communities Summit brings together the internet's unifiers in Chicago
When Lola Omolola launched a Facebook Group for women in 2015, she didn’t expect it to grow to more than a million members — and definitely not so rapidly. At the time, the hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria was being used on social media to share the daily sexism and discrimination happened to Nigerian... […]
- Facebook has a new mission: Bring the world closer together, Zuckerberg says in Chicago
Facebook is changing its mission from simply connecting people to encouraging a sense of community among groups that connect on the platform, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday in Chicago. “Today, when we look around, our society is still very divided,” Zuckerberg said. “I believe we have a responsibility... […]
- Can resume-reading software help companies make better hires?
While some fear artificial intelligence may take jobs from humans, technology company SAP sees it as a way to potentially make better hires and increase diversity. The German technology company, which employs more than 1,500 people in the Chicago area, is introducing a tool that will allow recruiters... […]
- As Uber CEO Travis Kalanick forced out, Chicagoans ponder company's future
Chicago tech personalities toasted Uber and its CEO Travis Kalanick when it expanded here in 2011. Now, Kalanick has stepped down under board and public pressure, which some locals agree was the right move for a company trying to save its image. Kalanick was in Chicago Tuesday night when he received... […]