Ultra Hot: How a New Blockchain-Based Platform Could Democratize Gaming

Gaming is about to get a lot more interesting.   Ultra, a blockchain-based gaming platform, is set for its public launch by mid-2019.   Through its publishing platform and marketplace, the company is hoping to put “an end to the current distribution monopoly by providing new opportunities to game developers, players, and influencers,” according to…

PediaSource: On-call, vetted childcare experts from neuropsychologists to potty trainers

It Takes a (Trusted) Village: PediaSource Leverages Experts to Offer On-Demand Parenting Support “With families scattered all around the world or the country, it takes a village,” says Hema Raj Trukenbrod, founder and CEO of PediaSource, a child and teen behavioral and developmental platform that offers support by phone from highly vetted experts. “My goal…

Holistic Uses Data to Give Companies an “Employee Happiness” Credit Score

Taking a data-driven approach to changing culture “One of the best things to happen for diversity in the workplace was that everybody realized that diverse and inclusive teams are more successful teams,” says Tom Alexander, whose Chicago-based startup consultancy Holistic uses data to help companies improve their workplace cultures. “And one of the best things…

Big Data in the City of Big Shoulders: Ocient’s Chris Gladwin on Problem-Solving, Perseverance and Plans for Chicago

  “We’ve got to find our own story, leverage our own strengths, and be Chicago about this.”   “What I’ve really specialized in is working on big, enterprise, core information technology problems and solving them. And what I’ve found is that there are inherent advantages to doing that here in Chicago,” says Chris Gladwin, founder…