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The Great Game: For Angel Investors, Attitude is Everything

Posted by: Yun Tai on 6/13/18 9:00 AM

Welcome to part two of ‘The Great Game,’ our monthly series where we share practical tips and advice from seasoned investors on startup fundin. In the first part of our series, we spoke with Troy Henikoff of MATH Venture Partners about how founders can raise venture capital. In this interview, Tony Wilkins, a mentor at the Junto Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, provides insight on why attitude is everything when you’re raising money from angel investors.

1871 Commemorates Initial AMP Cohort with Robust Showcase

Posted by: Yun Tai on 6/11/18 5:00 PM

Last week, local investors, corporations, and industry leaders came together at Cushman & Wakefield's Chicago office to celebrate 1871's inaugural Advanced Member Program (AMP) cohort. During the showcase, 11 seasoned entrepreneurs brought together six months of extensive training and mentorship to pitch their business ideas. In case you missed it, we've captured all of the highlights right here.  

Work Got You Down? Let Nicole Wood’s Ama La Vida Transform Your Career -- and Your Life

Posted by: Yun Tai on 6/6/18 2:50 PM

“I want to spend my life doing something I’m not passionate about,” said nobody ever. That’s why Nicole Wood, CEO and Co-founder of Ama La Vida, has created a service to help professionals find careers that align with their goals and, at the same time, offer a deep sense of personal fulfillment. In this interview, she talks about why we need to get back in touch with the one thing that many of us have lost sight of -- ourselves.

True Grit: Immigrant Founders Share Stories of Courage, Terror, and Strength

Posted by: Yun Tai on 6/5/18 9:49 AM

June is Immigrant Heritage Month and we're celebrating by sharing the stories of immigrant entrepreneurs from our community. There’s no doubt that entrepreneurship is a journey, but for many who came to the United States from abroad, it’s been nothing short of an adventure. Here are their stories.  

Lisa Souter’s Sparkl Brings the Car Wash to Your Front Door

Posted by: Yun Tai on 6/4/18 9:00 AM

It’s summertime and that means a car wash is in order; unfortunately, that also means long hours in the summer heat cleaning dirt off your door or waiting in line at the car wash. But for those of us who are protective of our time, Lisa Souter has found a solution with her company, Sparkl -- an on-demand service that brings the car wash to you.

SpotHero's Mark Lawrence on Strategy, Vision, and Building Successful Businesses

Posted by: Yun Tai on 6/1/18 12:18 PM

For the live taping of Chicago Founders' Stories, SpotHero Co-Founder and CEO Mark Lawrence took the stage at 1871 in front of a packed room to share his story as an entrepreneur and founder. SpotHero, which is an 1871 alumni company, is a leading parking reservation service and is currently available in over 50 cities in the United States and Canada. 

Looking for the Perfect Sofa? Find it at Cora

Posted by: Yun Tai on 5/30/18 9:00 AM

Nicknamed the ‘Kayak of Furniture,’ Sara Taylor-Demos and Chris Vuletich’s Cora is making it easier than ever for customers to decorate their homes with furniture that’s automagically tailor-presented to their tastes. In this interview, Co-Founder Taylor-Demos talks about the importance of perseverance, following your own path, and positive reinforcement.

Peanut Butter is Helping Employers Attract Talent with Student Loan Assistance

Posted by: Yun Tai on 5/25/18 9:11 AM

Today’s work culture is dominated by lavish perks like kegerators and yoga classes, but Peanut Butter, is providing employers with a new offering that may be the best benefit yet -- the ability to pay off their employees’ student loans.

Courtney Shuster Brings a Human Touch to the Workforce with IRL Trivia

Posted by: Yun Tai on 5/23/18 9:00 AM

Technology may be king but Courtney Shuster, CEO and Co-founder of IRL Trivia, is bringing back the one thing that many workplaces have lost over the years - human connection. In this interview, Shuster shares her insights on employee engagement, female founders, and following her passion.

The Great Game: How to Raise Venture Capital

Posted by: Yun Tai on 5/15/18 11:21 PM

Movies, television, and myths -- these are three things that have shaped our definition of what happens in Silicon Valley and venture capital. But if you think investors really sign million dollar checks over a cup of coffee, then you’d better grab one yourself and get comfortable. Troy Henikoff, the Managing Director of MATH Venture Partners, an early to growth-stage fund managed by a seasoned team of hands-on investors and operators, explains how the great game really works.

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