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…

Facebook’s Scandals Seem Never-Ending. Don’t Cut Them From Your Marketing.

  Cambridge Analytica, privacy concerns, housing discrimination, misinformation, the list goes on for Facebook’s problems over the past few years. These issues have scared off users and even some marketers, and have limited the platform’s data capabilities. But $5 billion in possible fines or being dragged in front of Congress doesn’t mean Facebook should be…