Why we focus on diversity?

We focus on diversity because while talent is evenly distributed, opportunity is not.
Technori welcomes all entrepreneurs, but we especially encourage founders with diverse teams and backgrounds to apply to present because providing more talent with the chance to build companies creates a stronger economy.
How we affect this is important; female, minority and first-time founders are notoriously underserved by the investor community – we equalize the fundraising landscape by providing founders of all backgrounds with access to startup capital, via equity crowdfunding, media exposure and strategic advisory.

How does Technori work?

Technori disrupts how startups are launched and funded by combining the power of equity crowdfunding with the support of a traditional fund by providing early stage companies with access to capital, media exposure, and tech support; while also enabling community members to invest in startups featured on Technori’s Startup Showcase.
For founders looking to raise startup funds or gain valuable feedback from would-be customers, employees and investors; we provide a platform to equity crowdfund directly from thousands of listeners live on WGN Radio.
However, not all startups are made equal – which is why we launched Technori Services to help support the unique operational challenges tech companies face as they grow by providing strategic advisory and managed offshore technology resources. To learn more, apply here.

What is the Startup Showcase?

The Startup Showcase is Chicago’s top tech show, where Technori CEO Scott Kitun sits down with entrepreneurs from around the world to talk shop and invest in startups live on WGN Radio! It’s also the first ever to allow audience members to invest directly in the presenting startups, via Title III equity crowdfunding.
Investors call it “unicorn hunting” … but, showcase events are more about helping early stage founders raise go-to-market funds by giving them the opportunity to pitch their startup in front of thousands of would-be investors.
To fundraise simply apply here

 

Who are we?

We’re a team of entrepreneurs, investors, tech builders, creators and operators whose expertise has contributed to more than $3,000,000,000 in shareholder value.

Scott Kitun
Scott Kitun

CEO

I like to write on stuff; mostly walls and napkins. entrepreneur CurbYourEnthusiast, Technori CEO, @WGNRadio host and @NorthwesternU grad.

Mike Rothman
Mike Rothman

Investor

SMS Assist founder and Chairman, Venture Capitalist, Chicago Innovation Awardee, Board member and EY Entrepreneur of the year.

Alex Rothman
Alex Rothman

CTO

Former Chief Product Officer of SMS Assist, TheronTS founder, and an investor with a passion for changing the way big business operates.

Sam Fiske

Chief of Staff

Master operator-in-training, Technori Executive Producer; startups and media junky, occasional @AP_Sports contributor, Medill alum, and an Outdoor cat.

Rachel Rowlands

Marketing Manager

Michigander living in Chicago, social media & digital strategist, college sports nut, pro books on boats, and a seriously impressive Netflix binger.

Davis Marklin

Resident Entrepreneur

Finding and executing on new value streams for the Technori ecosystem; blockchain + AI, corporate innovation, self-proclaimed biggest Star Wars fan. On Twitter and Linkedin @davismarklin.

Sean Froelich
Sean Froelich

Video Producer

Host of technori Feed, Medillian and multimedia juggernaut, sometimes WGNRadio host; people compliment my voice a lot.

seth_kravitz
Seth Kravitz

Co-Founder

CEO at Phlearn – Sometimes feel lost, sometimes found. Varies daily. Collector of interesting people. 3x founder with 2 exits to public cos. Introvert Writer.    

Val Chulamorkodt
Val Chulamorkodt

Co-Founder

Recovering lawyer, writer, mother 2x, female tech founder, and supporter of all things inclusive.    

Victor Pascucci III-tean
Vic Pascucci

Advisor

VC Managing Partner lightbank, Family, cooking, fitness, venture capital, fintech, insurtech, disruptive innovation, combat sports, leadership & music.

Anne Hoffer

Advisor

For the love of learning, entreprenuer. Started espnW, the chicago office of Apple and the Chicago office of Snapchat. Passionate about media and technology.

Emile Cambry

Advisor

Polymath: Founder of @BLUE1647 & CISCFF; Partner longjumpfund, married to @misskelleyohh, @Ebonymag Power 100, TheRoot Power 100

Ken Nguyen-team
Ken Nguyen

Advisor

Republic founder, founding advisor of @CoinList, former General Counsel at @AngelList, @StanfordLaw Fellow and democratizer of investing.

Matt Luzadder

Advisor

Partner @KelleyDrye, legal strategist, fintech, crypto and payments aficionado, IU grad 2x, explorer of all things new, and generally pretty radio-friendly.

Nate Lyman

Advisor

VP of Engineering @Fanatics. Formerly Head of Retail Innovation Tech @eBay. I love building teams that solve hard business problems with technology. 

Michael Laser

Advisor

Lifelong entrepreneur, co-founder of Second Avenue Realty and former investment manager at SF based Coatue.

Turiya Simic

Advisor

Director @MillerCoors, evolving marketing strategy through human insights illuminated by empathy and storytelling.