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Entrepreneurs Do Everything: When Building Businesses, Sergio Suarez Jr. Goes All-in

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Posted by: Yun Tai on 11/1/18 9:26 AM

As the old Kenny Rogers tune goes, ‘you got to know when to hold’em and you got to know when to fold’em.’ Nobody understands that sentiment better than Sergio Suarez Jr., the former Co-founder and CTO of the popular ticket reservation platform dibit and the Co-founder of Tackle Ai, which uses artificial intelligence to extract key data points from any unstructured document. Along with his entrepreneurial endeavors, Suarez Jr. is also an accomplished poker player. In this post, Suarez Jr. shares his story along with his tips on to how to successfully play the hand your dealt.

Profiles in Innovation: An Interview with Shima Rayej of Safe Rate

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Posted by: Yun Tai on 10/29/18 9:00 AM

1871 and BMO Harris Bank are proud to hold their second joint innovation program. The program provides participants with BMO mentors with various expertise, mission-essential resources across the bank, a working space at 1871 and the potential opportunity to pilot their technology with BMO Harris. To offer insight on what entrepreneurs can expect from the program, we spoke with some of its current members. This week, we talk to we talk to Shima Rayej, Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at Safe Rate, about the importance of perspective and how the Chicago Bulls helped her connect with one of the nation’s most prestigious banks.

Montana Butsch is Changing the Way Youth Access After-School Activities

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Posted by: Yun Tai on 10/25/18 9:07 AM

From soccer to tutoring to dance class to mentorship, many of today’s youth spend their after-school hours partaking in activities that will help them learn and develop new skills and build new relationships. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to after-school activities nor knows how to find specific programs of interest -- it’s an issue that Montana Butsch, Founder and CEO of Spotivity, frequently saw on the West and South sides of Chicago when running the Chicago Training Center ‘CTC’ – a non-profit he founded to bring rowing to inner city kids. Today, Montana is using his past experiences with CTC to help youth from all corners of the city find the activities that empower and inspire them. In this post, he talks about the need for greater education, the importance of community, and the significance of engagement.

1871 Jobs Roundup: Week of 10/23/18

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Posted by: 1871 on 10/23/18 8:51 AM

JOBS! Every week, we highlight a number of open jobs for our member companies. If you're looking for an exciting career in the tech industry or an opportunity to work alongside Chicago's best and brightest, then you've come to the right place. Here are the job openings for the week of October 23, 2018.

Rapunzl Helps Young Adults Untangle the Stock Market

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Posted by: Yun Tai on 10/17/18 5:06 PM

With Halloween just around the corner, we thought we’d share a scary thought with you -- more than half of all Americans are not currently investing in the stock market. That’s why Brian Curcio and Myles Gage developed Rapunzl, an app that teaches young adults how to invest in the stock market through simulated competitions. In this post, Curcio and Gage talk about the need for financial education, what it’s like to be a young entrepreneur, and why you always get what you give.

1871 Jobs Roundup: Week of 10/16/18

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Posted by: 1871 on 10/16/18 12:35 PM

JOBS! Every week, we highlight a number of open jobs for our member companies. If you're looking for an exciting career in the tech industry or an opportunity to work alongside Chicago's best and brightest, then you've come to the right place. Here are the job openings for the week of October 16, 2018.

Our 1871 | Joel Pollick of Percent Pledge

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Posted by: 1871 on 10/10/18 1:41 PM

For this week's Our 1871, we chat with Joel Pollick, Founder of Percent Pledge, a platform that helps  companies engage with-and retain-millennial talent through personalized giving that's simple, trusted, and transparent.

1871 Jobs Roundup: Week of 10/9/18

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Posted by: 1871 on 10/9/18 9:00 AM

JOBS! Every week, we highlight a number of open jobs for our member companies. If you're looking for an exciting career in the tech industry or an opportunity to work alongside Chicago's best and brightest, then you've come to the right place. Here are the job openings for the week of October 9, 2018.

Rent the Great Outdoors with Erik Johnson's PrivateAcre

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Posted by: Yun Tai on 10/9/18 9:00 AM

Hunting, off-roading, camping -- these are just three of the many outdoor activities that you can’t do in a big city. What’s more, outdoor enthusiasts must enter long-term leases with exorbitant prices even if they’re just taking a weekend trip. Thankfully, Erik Johnson, Co-founder and President of PrivateAcre, is making it easier than ever for all of us to spend quality time in the great outdoors.

Our 1871 | Kellee Johnson of The Ballast Group

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Posted by: 1871 on 10/5/18 8:36 AM

For this week's Our 1871, we chat with Kellee Johnson, Founder and Principal at the Ballast Group. The Ballast Group is an integrated communications strategy firm.

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