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The Great Game: For Angel Investors, Attitude is Everything

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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.

How to Preserve Your Culture as You Scale Your Startup

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Posted by: 1871 on 5/29/18 9:00 AM

Raj Jana is the founder of JavaPresse Coffee Company, a specialty coffee delivery service that sends premium, freshly-roasted coffee to your door once or twice a month. He started this company because of his desire to use coffee to promote a culture of gratitude. In this article, he offers his tips on how companies can preserve their culture even as they continue to grow.

In a World of Data, Communication Skills are Key

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Posted by: 1871 on 5/25/18 9:00 AM

The digital economy is simplifying the way businesses run. At the same time, it’s giving companies access to more information than ever before. Data is what runs businesses today but as Rocky Subramanian, SVP and Managing Director of the Midwest at SAP, will discuss, if companies can’t communicate to the decision makers what that information means so that they can act on it, all that data is worthless.

Why Your Selfie Won’t Cut it as a Headshot

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Posted by: 1871 on 5/21/18 9:00 AM

Today’s guest post comes from Michelle Kaffko. She's been running Organic Headshots since 2005, taking corporate headshots, entrepreneur headshots, and executive portraits for thousands of Chicago area professionals. 

Great Startup Advice That Actually Sucks

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Posted by: Connor Nolan on 5/17/18 5:10 PM

You’ve heard it all before. “Just be yourself.” “If It’s not broken, don’t fix it.” “Everything happens for a reason.” If you haven’t thrown up yet, give it a second -- it’ll come. We’re just as sick of hearing silly, counterintuitive advice as you are. But given the fast-pace of business, it can be hard to distinguish useful advice from harmful ‘help.’ Fortunately, we’ve got Victor Abundis, Co-founder and COO of Interpreter Tap, and Garry Cooper, CEO and Co-founder of Rheaply, to help us weed out a number of terrible tips.

The Great Game: How to Raise Venture Capital

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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.

Augmented Reality is the Next Mega-Trend: Chicago Startups Weigh In

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Posted by: 1871 on 5/10/18 10:02 PM

Social media, GPS, smartphones, IoT. These are all the biggest tech trends that have come about in the last 10 or 20 years. With all of these offerings and products at the touch of a fingertip, it might seem like we’ve reached the apex of innovation; however, augmented reality, which uses technology to transform the way we view our environment, is poised to become the next big thing in tech and business -- here’s why.

3 Opportunities for Building a Breakthrough Brand

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Posted by: 1871 on 5/10/18 9:00 AM

Megan Wholey, Vice President of Brand Marketing at Edelman and 1871 mentor, shares her advice on how you can turn your brand into a key business driver -- especially if you’re scaling on a lean budget.

From Startup to Shark Tank: What it Takes to Swim in the Tank

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Posted by: Connor Nolan on 5/2/18 9:00 AM

They can smell blood from up to a quarter of a mile away and it's hard not to tremble when they gawk at you and flash their seven rows of 45 teeth. They are the Sharks (cue Jaws music here), and they're tenacious, self-made millionaires and billionaires that don't have time for lousy ideas. But while the sharks are scary, the treasure is often worth the trip; that's why we asked Dan Stelmach, a recent Shark Tank guest and Co-Founder of ChangEd, to share some tips on how entrepreneurs can dive -- and thrive -- in the tank.

6 Tips to Mentoring Entrepreneurs and Building Long Lasting Relationships

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Posted by: Kat Rokhlin on 4/30/18 9:00 AM

You’ve spent the last 10 years killin’ it in your field, and now you’re ready to pay it forward and mentor the next generation of lean, mean entrepreneur machines. But even with all of your experience, it’s not quite a simple as doing a brain dump while holding a founder in a headlock. Here are 6 tips that will help you become Yoda for business leaders and founders.

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