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  • Meet the Kellogg MBA students whose RompHim broke the Internet

    It's been a crazy week for ACED Design, the team of Northwestern MBA students behind the RompHim romper for guys. If you haven't heard of the RompHim ... well, let's face it. You have. Launched May 15 with a goal of $10,000, the group's Kickstarter campaign for its pastel-colored, one-piece shorts... […]

  • Booth alum donates $20M to University of Chicago social innovation center

    Indonesian entrepreneur Tandean Rustandy, who earned an MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business in 2007, has donated $20 million to the school's social innovation center. The university said it will use the infusion to further innovation in socially conscious entrepreneurship... […]

  • How he found his calling: delivering beer, kombucha and happiness

    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. James Demetrius (JD) Brabeck, 27, Happiness Specialist, aka delivery driver, at Crafty We build and deliver kegerators, and we deliver all different... […]

  • JLL brings tech-world touches to its own very grownup company

    Employees at Jones Lang LaSalle make their living helping companies choose new office space. Recently, the world’s second-largest commercial real estate brokerage experienced the process from the other side of the table: This time, they were the tenant. JLL executives including Dan Ryan, president,... […]

  • Jimmy Odom joins ChicagoNext after leaving state government post

    Jimmy Odom, the tech entrepreneur who resigned from a state government position earlier this month, has taken a new job touching the public sector. He's now director of inclusive entrepreneurship at ChicagoNext, the tech-focused arm of World Business Chicago, a public-private partnership that promotes... […]

  • Why being humble will get you nowhere

    My client spearheaded a major technology change initiative. He came in under budget and met all deliverables. A winning formula for success, you say? Well here’s what happened. He applied for three internal executive positions and was turned down for all three. He was bewildered. The project he... […]

  • How rap music, Headspace and GIFs spur ideas at Onion

    Humor and sarcasm are proven to boost creativity. But better creativity with or without the laughs starts with material people can relate to, says Hassan S. Ali, creative marketing director for Chicago-based digital media and satire company Onion. He leads a team of five that builds digital advertising... […]

  • Amazon refreshes lineup of low-cost tablets, new kids model

    Amazon is offering a thinner and lighter version of its cheapest, 7-inch tablet, while shaving $10 off the price of an 8-inch model. Amazon's bare-bones Fire tablet is now called the Fire 7. It also promises about an extra hour of battery, or eight hours total, and a display with higher contrast... […]

  • Grubhub pairs with Oracle Hospitality to streamline orders

    Grubhub is teaming up with Oracle Hospitality to give restaurants a more streamlined way to manage in-house and delivery orders, the companies announced Wednesday. Restaurants using Oracle Hospitality tools will be able to manage orders from all customers on a single device. Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB)... […]

  • Clean tech gets frosty reception from venture capitalists; Chicago ranks 10th

    Venture capital investment in clean tech is dropping nationally, and Chicago ranks 10th among metropolitan areas for its share of the dwindling pool, a Brookings analysis has found. Between 2011 and 2016, venture capital investment in U.S. clean tech declined from $7.5 billion to $5.2 billion,... […]

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