Person-Level Data is the Best Thing to Happen to Marketing Since Advertising Campaigns

  To borrow a phrase from Ferris Bueller, life moves pretty fast.   If you’re a business that doesn’t value data and analytics, you’re flying without instruments.   That’s the core idea behind Civis Analytics, the six-year-old Chicago-based startup that’s using a data-driven approach to helping organizations optimize their outreach and engagement.   It’s never…

No More Social Media FOMO: The Best App to Anonymously Share Your Opinion

  TruePublic Offers an Alternative That Won’t Make You Feel Bad   There’s no shortage of controversy around social media companies. From damning revelations about online privacy on Facebook to rampant harassment on Twitter, user skepticism has increased. There’s growing recognition that these platforms — supposedly designed to bring us closer together — actually make…

This 91-Year-Old Insurance Giant Stays Young With Smart Acquisitions and Ambitious Investments

  Financial services companies are interesting. At scale, success or failure depends on how willing you are to push the boundaries. That can be through technology or hiring better people or building a culture –– or all three.   American Family Insurance does that. It’s one of the coolest insurance companies. That sounds weird, I…

From Parents’ Kitchens to Sold Out Across Chicago – The Story of Quevos’ Healthy Egg White Chips

[Invest NOW on Kickstarter!]   Nick Hamburger is a good egg. At just 21, he’s whip smart ready to scale his healthy-snack startup into the next big food brand.   Quevos is a snack chip made from egg whites. “It’s a combination of the words quick and huevo,” Nick says. “Spanglish for ‘quick huevos.’ Eggs…