Three Reasons Why Enterprises Fail at Data Science

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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Techweek Throws Away Old Script, Doubles Down on Mission

Republished from article on Chicago Tonight by Maya Miller. Chicago Techweek returns for a sixth year next week, and CEO Amanda Signorelli says the five-day technology festival is making “a big and radical shift from the past.” Rather than offering the same events from past years, they’re revamping the format to highlight a special set of local companies—and to talk about diversity. “The biggest goal is really to support growth-stage companies that are beginning to make a difference in the city,” Signorelli said. Growth-stage companies are those valued at more than $10…

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Techweek Gives Raises $1.6M For Chicago Nonprofits

In March 2017, Techweek sought to help local, high-growth companies acquire new talent by launching a $1 million giving campaign called Techweek Gives. Joining forces with uBack, Walker Sands Communications, DLA Piper, and others, Techweek launched this first-of-its-kind, 90-day campaign to raise $1 million and 10,000 volunteer hours for S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) efforts and other nonprofits in the months leading up to Techweek Chicago. With companies such as KCura, Synap, 1871, Raise and many others donating money and goods throughout the campaign, as well as volunteering their…

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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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Mayor Rahm Emanuel Talks Chicago Tech

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel graced the stage at Techweek Chicago’s 2017 Growth Summit to talk with Techweek CEO, Amanda Signorelli, about the importance of tech in Chicago. “I rank it an 11/10,” he said. He then shared 5 amazing facts about why Chicago is a perfect hotbed for startup and tech growth: Chicago is the most diversified economy in the US and one of the most in the world: no sector drives more than 13-14% of employment in the city It’s the second most competitive economy in the US, 7th worldwide Chicago has…

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Top 4 Ways to Hack Customer Acquisition

The Growth Summit panel on B2C Customer Acquisition during Techweek Chicago 2017 yielded some very useful insights for anyone trying to grow a company. In his first question to the panel, moderator Jeff Cantalupo, CEO & Founder of Listen Ventures, threw out this fun and actionable question: “how did you get your first 100 customers?” Here are some responses from the panel: Mark Lawrence, CEO & Founder of SpotHero, used printed flyers to advertise his parking business. “When Techstars asked us how we were going to scale customer acquisition, I said,…

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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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Speaker Feature: Michael Rothman, CEO, SMS Assist (Chicago)

In 2016, Mike Rothman received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and his company, SMS Assist, received a valuation of $1B. The award celebrated his almost fourteen years as chairman and CEO of SMS Assist and over 25 years of experience in industrial service. During his tenure, he has transformed SMS Assist from a traditional brick and mortar service into an advanced technology company with mobile and cloud-based facilities maintenance platforms. As a result, SMS Assist has become one of the most innovative technology players in the multisite…

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