2ndKitchen Serves Food to Your Home or Bar From Nearby Restaurants

  Tap that.   Nick Anastasiades, Jonathan Elron, and Arik Gaisler’s company 2ndKitchen is also the second business they’ve started together.   Their previous venture, SF-based “quintessential startup” RedPie, billed itself as the “Uber for pizza,” using a supply optimization model called “spread sourcing” to deliver pies in record time. It was a “quintessential startup,”…

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…