Startup Showcase full show with True Gault and Messy Mutt

Today on the show Scott Kitun is joined by Will Koffel from Google to talk to Chris Pyter the inventor of the “Messy Mutt Bowl” and Sandra Gault the Founder and CEO of True Gault, revolutionizing the shoe industry.
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Can you use bitcoin without understanding it?

Don Wyper is the director of Digital Mint a network of bitcoin kiosks. The hype machine for digital currency is running at full strength. But the market is volatile. But Wyper has years of investment experience and can demystify the marketplace for you and offer a sobering response to the current popularity swing.

Listen to the entire interview on WGN Radio.

For companies looking to grow, Theron sees the path forward

After the success of SMS assist, Alex Rothman started fielding questions about how he did it. That’s where Theron Technology Solutions was founded alongside his father, Mike Rothman. The Co-Founders teach other startups how to scale. The Theron story shows how one business can be flipped into an entirely new one. Every company has distinct needs, why isn’t the market meeting them?

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Investment for the time-crunched person

YCharts is helping investors make smarter decisions on a SAS platform. Sean Brown is CEO and started his career by accidentally accepting a software development job out of college. 25 years later, he’s still doing it, using modern tools to organize and display your data. While other investment platforms are lagging behind, YCharts is repping Chicago by updating the game.

For anyone interested in using YCharts, get 10% off by mentioning you heard Sean on the Technori podcast!

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How to get access to capital quickly and safely

***Note: this blog ties in an interview with a guest from our Technori LIVE podcast on WGN Radio in with a bigger business issue. Enjoy your read! This edition is based on an interview with Kabbage Head of Customer and Partner Marketing.

Taking out a loan is often unavoidable. I myself have to get used to staring down a six-figure number of debt. Attending grad school was worth it, right?

I won’t be buried in a dismal hole, owing loans until i exhale my final breath, will I?

Startups make a living, and often fail, to relieve our daily woes. Kabbage, on the other hand, has found a successful niche. Kabbage has extended $4 billion in loans to hundreds of small businesses over recent years. The service is meant to help those smaller, young companies meet short term cash needs. For those times when you are afraid to spend, Kabbage can help carry the load. 

The reason there’s been so much continued business for Kabbage is through flexibility. No hardline agreements here, folks. The process is made simple too. The first step is linking your data channels to check your business performance. It is then up to the user to decide how much money to use and when to spend it. They’ve helped some notable startups like Dude Wipes who recently appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank.

Side note, everytime I do yoga, I really appreciate the flexibility in my body that comes with it. Don’t you want the same experience when it comes to your loans!?

That’s how Kabbage sees it, and that’s why they’ve held so many long-term relationships with clients who often take up to 25 loans over time. 

The other demon that I’m going to address in this blog is interest. We know interest as the ugly accumulation that comes along when it comes time to pay off your loans. Such a fair burden that is! Kabbage also takes a sensitive approach to interest. Instead of accumulating interest, Kabbage tacks a fee on to the principal. Here’s the sweet part, if you pay back your loans early, that fee is then wiped away. Ta da!

Let Kabbage be an example that loans don’t need to be a scary experience. Another takeaway if you’re a startup looking for pain points, look at the loans industry. Kabbage found a successful niche.

Startup Showcase: 2017 Tech Year in Review

On the final show of 2017 Scott Kitun is joined by his producers Sean Froelich and Sam Fiske! The group covers all of the tech bases of the year including crypto-currency, the Outcome Health scandal and equity crowdfunding.

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Need answers on your child’s behavior? Go here

Pediasource is offering parents access and information about childhood behavior. Founder Hema Trukenbrod has been a pediatric sensory integration therapist for over 20 years. The Pediasource platform allows users to connect, communicate and create next steps with specialists at your convenience. Trukenbrod fielded endless questions on childhood behavior, so she built it into a company.

Listen to the entire interview on WGN Radio.

This Dentist became a techie to provide better dental care

Dr. Rajan Sharma emigrated to the United States 30 years ago to become a dentist. He later entered the startup business to create state-of-the-art dental care clinics. Eon Clinics specialize in dental implants. Sharma has adopted new tech that has made for huge advancements. Next time you need a root canal, consider Eon Clinics.

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Can this app heal your chronic pain?

50 million American adults suffer from severe, chronic pain according to the NIH. Meanwhile, the US is caught in an opioid epidemic. Startups are finding healthier solutions to chronic pain. Curable CEO John Gribbin also suffered from years of lower-back pain. He found success in cognitive behavioral therapy. The solution to chronic pain may not be physical, but perception based.

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What does local food actually mean? This startup had to find out

FarmLogix CEO Linda Mallers is on a mission to make food commerce more transparent. Mallers is following the consumer-driven change in the food industry and helping distributors meet it. It was challenging to find interest in her startup at the get go, but Mallers found a way to break through.

Listen on WGN Radio.