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Marketing for Founders: 5 Ways Startups Can Acquire Customers

Posted by: 1871 on 11/17/17 11:50 AM

Many entrepreneurs skip the basics of marketing and struggle to find product market fit. 1871 member Solomon Thimothy is the co-founder of marketing intelligence platform Clickx and has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and clients implement effective marketing strategies. There is no cookie cutter way to success, but Thimothy shares certain themes that have emerged from his experiences.

Videos: 1871 Dialogues

Insights, Community
Posted by: 1871 on 11/13/17 12:50 PM

Jeanne Reidy, VP of Events and Content Development at 1871, chats with the brightest founders, executives, educators, and wave-makers in the technology, business, and entrepeneurial landscape. See below for the full list of interviews or watch the playlist on YouTube. 


Six Core Values of Empowered Leaders

Posted by: 1871 on 11/13/17 10:30 AM

Success is not a plaque or a dollar sign. It can’t be bought or ascribed. Success is a personal reward borne out of a subscription to one’s core values. 1871 mentor Susan Kuczmarski of Kuczmarski Innovation discusses how the empowered leader of the future will have to embrace six unique qualities that are unknown to many leaders today.

Four Equity Management Trends that are Changing Startups

Posted by: 1871 on 11/10/17 12:25 PM

Founders know that equity is a powerful commodity for a startup; used effectively, it allows you to attract top talent and save on cash. But, simply giving employees equity isn’t enough. Your equity compensation needs to be a part of a broader strategy that fits with your company culture and goals. 1871 workshop leader Iman Malik of Carta gives us the low-down on equity trends. 

1871 to Commence Three-Month Partnership with Global Apparel and Lifestyle Brand UNIQLO

Posted by: 1871 on 11/8/17 9:58 AM

The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and 1871 are thrilled to announce that 1871 will be one of three Chicago institutions to partner with global apparel retailer UNIQLO, with visual displays from five innovative and design-forward 1871 member companies to launch inside the brand’s three-story, 60,000 square-foot flagship store on Michigan Avenue.

Coffee, Oats and Two of Everything: 1871 Talks “What Was Breakfast”

Posted by: 1871 on 10/27/17 12:58 PM

What did you have for breakfast? Photographer and creator behind Instagram account “What Was Breakfast” Alan Epstein bets that he can get to know you through your first meal of the day. He sat down with Social Media Associate Lewis McKinney to talk inspiration, improv and what he learned by taking over our Instagram account.

Lupe Fiasco to Receive Chicagoness Award at 10th Annual Merrick Momentum Awards

News, Events, Community
Posted by: 1871 on 10/26/17 12:05 PM

The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and 1871 will present the third annual Chicagoness Award to Lupe Fiasco at the 10th Annual Merrick Momentum Awards Dinner, to be held November 2 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago. The award honors individuals and businesses that exemplify the values and unique traits of the Chicago entrepreneur, which include hard work, commitment to community, inclusion and a vision that fosters collective opportunity.

Hacking IRL: What Mr. Robot Teaches Us About the Dark Web

Posted by: 1871 on 10/24/17 11:16 PM

In Part 2 of the Hacking IRL series, Jim Holcomb - Associate Security Consultant at Evolve Security Academy - clears up terms we've all heard but may not have completely understand, such as the Deep Web, Dark Web, and even The Internet. Minor Mr. Robot spoilers ahead!

McDonald's to be Named Corporate Champion at 2017 Momentum Awards Dinner

Posted by: 1871 on 10/23/17 12:20 PM

1871 is proud to name McDonald’s as the 2017 Corporate Champion due to the company's outstanding community impact in Chicago. This award celebrates McDonald's decision to open their state-of-the-art headquarters in downtown Chicago, bringing more than 2,000 jobs and the iconic brand to the city. 

The First Steps to Creating Social Buzz About Your Startup

Posted by: 1871 on 10/16/17 11:24 AM

Marketing your startup in social media is something you should begin on day one —but there’s a right and wrong way to go about it. 1871 member and social media pro Carol Fowler, CEO and Co-Founder of TheSocReports, provides a checklist of steps to lay the foundation for growing your social audience.

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