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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Billion Dollar Companies On Successfully Executing M&A

During Chicago’s Growth Summit, Andrew Kass, Co-Founder, Managing Director, and CEO of Blackwatch Advisors moderated a special panel on Successfully Executing M&A, featuring: George Bousis, CEO and Founder, Raise David Lyon, CEO, Oranj Matt Moog, CEO, PowerReviews Brad Purdy, COO, Outcome Health This is a powerful panel as it features some of Chicago’s most well known tech companies, including two unicorns, Raise and Outcome Health. Each of these companies have made powerful acquisitions in their space that helped bolster their growth. Check out their wisdom on how to do M&A right, and why it’s…

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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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The Holy Grail: Customer Acquisition for B2C

Our Chicago Growth Summit panel on B2C Customer Acquisition featured well known consumer focused companies including: Jeff Cantalupo (moderator): Founder and Managing Partner, Listen Ventures Ross Gordon: CEO and Founder, CatchCo Sonali Lamba: Co-Founder, Brideside Michael LaVitola: CEO and Co-Founder, Foxtrot Mark Lawrence: CEO and Founder, SpotHero Over the course of the 45 minute panel, they discussed early customer acquisition hacks, the importance of content, delighting the customer, and understanding data and attribution across sales & marketing channels. Check out the full video below!    

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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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A Night at The Nerdery

The Nerdery is a stalwart in the Chicago tech community, full of “innovative and pragmatic Nerds” who “craft experiences and software” that align with companies’ digital strategies. Their event at Techweek was a fascinating and fun look at some of their latest creations, including a holographic dog, Televort, and more. Check out this video to see all the fun that was had!      

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Chicago Meets FinTech: A Peek Inside Capital One

Capital One‘s in-office event during Chicago Techweek 2017 was nothing short of epic. They opened up three floors featuring an assortment of tech, entertainment, and music, including VR/AR, robot wars, a jazz band and much more. It’s hard to put such a great event into words, so we just made a video to capture the awesomeness. Check it out!

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