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Achieving Supply Chain Hyper Growth

From meal kits to custom furniture, creating delightful products requires a well oiled supply chain. When a company starts to grow, that supply chain has to be able to keep up with demand, and that’s exactly what our panelists discuss during this session at Chicago’s Growth Summit 2017, presented by Guild Capital. The panel featured: Smriti Jayaraman (moderator), VP, Guild Capital Jordan Diab, CFO and COO, Interior Define Jett McCandless, CEO and Co-Founder, project44 Arvind Movva, CEO and Founder, divvyDOSE Patrick Vihtelic, CEO and Founder, Home Chef Watch the full video below!

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Survival Guide: Navigating Legal Minefields and Regulatory Challenges

Legal and regulatory hurdles are among the most common challenges that companies face as they scale, especially if they’re bringing disruptive new solutions to markets with historically entrenched processes.  Our panel on navigating legal minefields at Chicago’s Growth Summit aimed to shed light on these issues, featuring: Esther Barron (moderator), Clinical Professor & Director of the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Hani Elias, CEO, Procured Health Valentin Saportas, CEO, MortgageHippo Michael Serbinis, CEO and Founder, League From the health sector to the mortgage industry, these leaders have successfully…

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Elite Engineering Talent: How to Hire, And Get Hired!

When it comes to building a robust tech company, one of the most fundamental steps is hiring elite engineering talent. We had a panel on just this at Chicago’s Growth Summit this year, featuring: Chris Resto (moderator), Talent Partner, Jump Capital Rishi Arora, VP of Engineering, Strike Social Sean Chou, CEO and Co-Founder, Catalytic Stu Grubbs, CEO and Co-Founder, Lightstream John Higginson, Chief Technology Officer, Enova David Kalt, CEO and Founder, Reverb Check out their insights on how to attract, hire, and retain top engineering talent, and some of the…

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B2B Customer Acquisition at Growth Summit Chicago – Round Two!

Our second B2B customer acquisition panel at Techweek Chicago featured: Brad Serot, Executive Vice President, CBRE Jeff Ellman, Co-Founder, UrbanBound & Hireology Kevin Kent, COO, ReviewTrackers Erik Severinghaus, CSO, SpringCM Kristi Zuhlke, CEO and Co-Founder, KnowledgeHound Check out their thoughts on identifying target markets, creating case studies and references, building successful sales teams and more.  

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B2B Customer Acquisition at Growth Summit Chicago – Round One!

In case you weren’t able to make Chicago’s Growth Summit, we’ve got the entire B2B customer acquisition panel right here! Featuring: Jamie Cosgrove, Chicago Area VP, Salesforce (moderator) Justyn Howard, CEO and Founder, Sprout Social Amanda Lannert, CEO, Jellyvision Eddie Lou, CEO and Co-Founder, Shiftgig CJ Przybyl, President, Snapsheet Check out their insights on selling to enterprise, building out a great sales team, dealing with regulatory issues, and much more:    

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An Interview with Capital One Chicago’s VP of Tech

We had a brief conversation with Sairam Rangachari, Capital One Chicago’s VP of Tech, on where and why Capital One is investing resources into technology and his personal mission. Sai talks about adding “humanity” to technology, allowing people to interact with their banking products in a natural way. He says he’s personally excited about creating “transformation” at a large company like Capital One, acting in an agile, startup like fashion but working on big problems. Watch the quick interview to learn more!

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Three Reasons Why Enterprises Fail at Data Science, and How to Make Sure You Don’t

During Chicago’s Growth Summit, we brought together a veritable cast of experts to discuss data science (aka data intelligence), one of the buzziest of business buzzwords this year. Panelists included: Sailesh Mohapatra (moderator): MD, Atidiv –  a “full stack” data science solutions provider, helping clients across a number of industries understand the meaning and value of their data and turn it into actionable insights. George Souri: CEO & CO-Founder, LQD Business Finance– a tech enabled commercial lender, using intelligent decision systems to make the  underwriting process faster and more accurate. Sean Brown: CEO,…

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Techweek100 Toronto is Live!

We’re proud to announce that Toronto’s Techweek 100 is now live! Every year, we celebrate the 100 best and brightest leaders in each Techweek city. The Techweek100 are the movers and shakers, the builders of Hero Companies or future Hero Companies in their local ecosystems. We did things a little differently this year by breaking the list into 4 categories: Rising Startups: Founders of up-and-coming startups growing into Hero Companies Established Leaders: CEOs that generate sustainable wealth creation, and cultivate spinoffs Investors: Venture capital professionals investing in Hero Companies Talent Cultivators: Organization leaders cultivating future…

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Sales Teams: Competition or Collaboration?

Techweek’s inaugural Growth Summit in Chicago was a huge success, featuring panels on critical topics from growth financing to customer acquisition, an appearance by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and tons of knowledge being dished out by some of the most notable founders and CEOs in the Windy City. One memorable moment was this exchange between Jellyvision CEO, Amanda Lannert, and Shiftgig CEO and Founder, Eddie Lou, on what it takes to make a great sales team. Amanda and Eddie exchange views on what makes a good sales person, and the relative importance…

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Capital One’s Commitment to Tech

Techweek and Capital One are partnering tonight, June 20th, for a very special event – Chicago meets FinTech: A Peek Inside Capital One. The event showcases the cutting-edge innovation at Capital One alongside a lot of fun; expect virtual reality demos, a makers space, robot wars, amazing food and drinks, DJs, live music and more. We caught up with Sairam Rangachari, VP of Technology at Capital One, to learn more about him, Capital One, and the company’s commitment to tech. Read on! 1. Sai, how did you become interested in Tech and why was Capital…

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