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

Funding Your Startup Has Never Been Easier

As MicroVentures brings fee-free investing to the equity crowdfunding community, other platforms will either evolve or become dinosaurs. Once other crowdfunding platforms follow suit, it will make the small-business investment community a more welcoming place.   MicroVentures, an online venture capital platform, has lit a fire under the equity crowdfunding community — and it might…

Codeverse is Teaching One Billion Kids How to Code, Program, and Have Fun While They Learn

Katy Lynch, the co-founder and CMO of Codeverse, has a straightforward but audacious mission: teach one billion kids to code.   “No big deal. And once we get to a billion, maybe two billion,” she laughs.   Just two years on from its launch, Codeverse is well on its way. If anyone can do it,…

Aegis AI’s Camera Tech Can Identify a Firearm the Second it’s Pulled

 Chicago-based startup Aegis AI is using technology to create a workaround that allows people to protect themselves regardless of what the government or anyone else does about gun control.   Essentially, the company’s AI software hooks into a building’s existing security camera infrastructure and automatically detects a firearm the moment it’s visible on screen.…

Attest is Going To Help You Digitize Your Personal Identity Using Blockchain

Without getting into the cryptocurrency stuff, my natural instincts tell me that blockchain technology is about identity.   We work, spend, invest, and socialize digitally, but when it comes to some of the most important stuff of life –– birth certificates, passports, driver’s licenses, titles, deeds, college transcripts –– we revert to analog. The ways…

Zero Funding & 20,000 Fliers Ascended Sittercity to the Top of Chicago’s Business Ecosystem

“There were a million babies born to Millennials last year, and that number’s growing,” says Elizabeth Harz, CEO of Sittercity. (I happen to know this firsthand). “Digital natives are used to running everything from their phones and expect a data-centric, efficient, beautiful user experience to manage their whole lives.   “There’s also a sense of…

Startup Peanut Butter Helps Employers Offer Student Loan Repayment As a Benefit

  “We literally had somebody tell us that after she paid off her loans, she was going to Walt Disney World,” says Peanut Butter founder and CEO David Aronson. “That’s how excited people get.”   It’s understandable: American college grads, and Millennials in particular, are up to their eyeballs in student debt –– on average,…

From DevMynd to Tandem: Three Ways Founder JC Grubbs Made His Rebrand Look Easy

“The pitch is ‘reinvent yourself or die’,” says JC Grubbs, founder and CEO of digital product studio Tandem, formerly known as DevMynd. “When we first started, we were really focused on startups –– how they can be very nimble, quickly identifying a new market and pivoting without the weight of a large organization.”   With…