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…

Chicago Bear Prince Amukamara invests in alma mater startup

Nebraska Startup opendorse raised $3.5 million in a Series A financing round led by Serra Ventures, Flyover Capital and a pack of Nebraska football stars including Chicago Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara. opendorse is an athlete branded-content platform that connects athletes to major brands.  opendorse, founded by two college athletes Adi Kunalic and Blake Lawrence, streamlines…