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NEVER WEAR ILL-FITTING JEANS AGAIN | CHICAGO

Buying clothes is difficult for a lot of reasons. Questions abound: what’s in style this season, what color brings out your eyes, and most importantly, what fits best. Fit is the bane of every avid shoppers’ existence – a Small in one brand is a Large in another, and even when you find the perfect item, you can never be sure if the local store has your size in stock. No item presents more frustration than jeans. There seem to be an endless supply of cuts, styles (are bell bottoms…

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Change Lives By Shopping | Chicago

In 2017, over $91 billion will be spent on online holiday shopping. What if a small portion of each of those dollars went to a worthy cause? Shopping.Gives makes that happen. Here’s how it works: non-profits or other organizations, like local sports teams, create fundraising campaigns using Shopping.Gives. People can purchase items from all their favorite stores through the campaign, and every purchase gets the organizers up to 40% cash-back: cash they can put to good use. It’s a win-win for everyone – good causes raise funds, and shopaholics get…

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ALL NON-PROFITS HAVE THIS ONE, MAJOR PROBLEM

Millennials get a hard time in the media. They’re scolded for being ‘The most coddled generation’. The most narcissistic. Self-centered. Selfish. The term ‘slacktivism’ was coined as a way to capture the new feel-good and self-congratulatory new world of online petitions, and social groups on social media – low effort, low commitment activism. Millennials, as planet Earth’s first digitally native generation, were prominently tarred with that same brush – it certainly fit the stereotype. The reality, of course is a bit nuanced. 70% of Millennials did 1 hour or more…

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WANT FREE BEER & LACROIX?

It occurred to us recently – Crafty is a company whose game plan is providing an in-office happy-hour experience for companies. They’re in the business of building great culture. So what is Crafty’s own culture like? And how does anyone get any work done in a place that manufactures and delivers good times? Step into co-founder Chris Ritter’s shoes as he walks Techweek through the hoppy-flavored tour of the Crafty psyche. Techweek: Okay Chris, help set the stage a bit for people late to the Crafty party – what are…

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IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER, YOU’RE BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

Consumer packaged good (CPG) companies have massive marketing budgets we know this – think of every Olympics P&G commercial that aired. But did you know that on average 47% of their marketing budgets are spent on marketing research and yet today there are very few tools to search, categorize, and sift through all those reports? Think how frustrating it would be to spend six figures on a report and then not be able to recall it? In steps Kristi Zuhlke, Founder of KnowledgeHound, a young Chicago startup building software for…

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GUESS WHO STILL USES CD-ROMS?

The age of the dinosaurs is over. Here’s the problem: applying for a commercial loan is complicated. Banks are traditionalists and slow to embrace new technology. Commercial loan software, therefore, is often a complete dinosaur. This industry may just have slept through the past 20 years of customer service and software revolutions. McMillan is the technology wizard and CTO behind Techstars Akouba which wants to propel the industry multiple technology generations. Akouba has developed a radically modern cloud-based platform for commercial loan applications and processing. This is an enormous industry,…

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THE OFFICE HAPPY HOUR IS THE NEW AFTER-PARTY

People like parties. It’s a fundamental axiom that might not make its way into an investor deck, but nevertheless keeps bars open all over the world. Moreover, parties at the office allow employees to connect on a personal level and expand their networks, facilitating the kind of cross-functional knowledge sharing and affiliation that make great businesses successful. The only problem: it can be an operational nightmare to make sure the alcohol flows at every event. If only that could be outsourced! Enter Crafty: they’ll put a keg in your office…

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DO YOU KNOW WHO’S SPYING ON YOUR INBOX?

We’ve all seen the explicit phishing emails – no I will not open your so called “attachment” – but what about the more innocuous emails that are actually spymails? 270 billion emails are sent every day – can you spot the ones that are spying on you? Maybe, but did you know 15% of business email today are spymails, containing hidden tracking, and 1% of all spymails are individually targeted? According to Paul Everton, Founder of Mail Control, he blocked nearly 100,000 tracking attempts over a 10-day period for one…

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Growth Financing, or How To Get Funded!

Financing is the lifeblood of every business. From finding investors, to knowing how to structure favorable deal terms, to keeping investors happy and strategically raising subsequent rounds, our panelists offer up critical guidance during Techweek Chicago’s Growth Summit. Speakers include: Andy Kass (moderator), Co-Founder, Managing Director & CEO, BlackWatch Advisors LLC Adam Hughes, President, Avant Joe McCann, CEO and Founder, NodeSource Kristi Ross, Co-CEO and President, tastytrade Michael Rothman, Chairman & Founder, SMS Assist Check out the full recorded panel below!    

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