A Brief History

Since launching nearly a decade ago, our mission has been to build the largest and most inclusive tech community in the world!
And, what began as a startup blog and meet-updesigned to connect founders with investors and early adopters has now grown into one of the nation’s largest media platforms for entrepreneurs – with millions of podcast plays and the first-ever live radio show and event series where startups can fundraise directly from the audience – resulting in more than $50 million invested via crowdfunding, and over a billion dollars of venture capital!

How We’re Different

Technori disrupts how startups are launched and funded by combining the power of equity crowdfunding with that of a passionate network of entrepreneurs connected via highly curated events, podcast interviews, blogs, and 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!
Our community of investors call it “unicorn hunting” … but, the Startup Showcase is 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

Why We’re Doing This

Over the next ten years more than half of current S&P 500 companies will be replaced with technology driven, high-growth companies that haven’t even been formed yet. But, those startups will need money to grow and many of the founders of the future are not going to come from the top 1%, which means they’ll need your help to get funded.
Silicon Valley is an amazing place that has funded startups for decades, but its monoculture has become increasingly apparent in recent years. And, with tech hubs like Chicago, Austin, Boston and others growing at a rapid pace due to access to lower costs and more diverse economies — the time for change is now!
Fortunately, Title III opened the door for those previously excluded from startup investing to fund the companies they believe in. This makes room for more entrepreneurs — because in a world where anyone can fund anyone, more ideas get off the ground.

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 and media exposure.

Who We Are

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


Media entrepreneur, investor, sports fanatic, Curb Your Enthusiast, Medillian, host of Startup Showcase on WGN Radio and 2x Northwestern grad.

Mike Rothman
Mike Rothman


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

Sam Fiske

Executive Producer

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.

Sam Fiske
John Rosin

Video Producer

I’m responsible for anything you see on Technori that makes you laugh; gamer, creator, videophile, and a shameless promoter of Baltimore sports.

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


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


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

Victor Pascucci III-tean
Vic Pascucci


VC, former Lightbank Managing Partner, family-first, cooking, fitness-buff (sometimes); fintech, insurtech, blockchain, combat sports, leadership & beats.

Anne Hoffer


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


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

Ken Nguyen-team
Ken Nguyen


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

Matt Luzadder


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

Nate Lyman


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

Michael Laser


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

Turiya Simic


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