Rate.com Founder

White Sox fans have an especially close connection to Guaranteed Rate — the company that purchased the naming rights to the team’s stadium in 2016. The company’s founder, Victor Ciardelli, is happy to keep it that way. Victor grew up in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook. Back then, classmates wouldn’t have predicted Victor would…

This App Will Give You Real-Time Access to a Live Translator When You Travel

“Uber for ‘x’” is the most overused, maddening phrase in startup land. It’s hype-marketing shorthand for just about every business idea that leverages the sharing economy.   That’s why co-founders Keithan and Quiante Hedrick were initially wary of framing their live-translator-on-demand app, Instaspeakers, as “Uber for translation” to potential investors. But the VCs they spoke…

This Company Has Your Next Favorite Superfood

The way to the heart may indeed be through the stomach (metaphorically speaking), but a food entrepreneur’s path to success is less easily discernible.  As previous guests like the JiMMYBAR! Guys have shown, trying to convince retailers and consumers to make shelf space for a new food product is a hard sell.  Emily Griffith has…