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…

You’ll Never Guess What Lou Malnati’s Grandson Is up to (Hint: It’s NOT Pizza, But Starts With a ‘P’)

Utter the name “Malnati” and every Chicagoan in earshot will immediately sit up a little taller.  And Will Malnati is, indeed, from that Malnati family. His great-grandfather Adolpho ‘Rudy’ Malnati, Sr. was a deep dish pioneer at Pizzeria Uno, and his grandfather Lou opened his eponymous restaurant in 1971 — the first in a chain…

How To Harness Data for Business Growth

Data collection used to be the kind of thing you’d only hear specialists discuss in a technical meeting. These days, it’s so mainstream — even your parents know a little about it.  The question facing businesses is what to do with all of that information once it is collected.   That’s where Solstice comes in.  One…