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Founding Moments: Keith Gordon of We Love Code & 1871’s Black Founder Directory

Community, 1871, Members
Posted by: 1871 on 2/18/21 10:00 AM


Guest Podcast: Brewed

Posted by: 1871 on 10/7/20 12:06 PM

Guest Podcaster: Brooke Bechtold

Have you ever thought something so simple as buying a coffee would significantly change a person’s life? Sound implausible? Think again.

HummbleBragg, a new Chicago-based podcast, is proud to tell the story of Curt’s Cafe in Evanston, IL. A small, but warm and inviting café, it’s a magnet and mortar to the community it serves. But more than the coffee it brews, the real mission of Curt’s Café is cultivating promise.

Guest Blog: Building a Creative Culture

Posted by: 1871 on 9/16/20 1:09 PM

Guest Author: Brendan Neuman

Creative enterprises start with ideas, and those ideas – initially – are brought into the world through founders and entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, one person’s ideas don’t make for growing, sustainable, and agile businesses. Instead, creativity, and the value it brings to organizations, is a team effort. While every individual holds creative potential, that potential depends on an environment and culture built for creative risk taking.

Intellectual Property: A Top Priority During Uncertain Times

Posted by: 1871 on 9/14/20 10:10 AM

Guest Author: Lewis Lee, CEO, Aon’s IP Solutions

Guest Blog: Blockchain for Startups – Two Paths to Adoption

Posted by: 1871 on 9/9/20 10:47 AM

Guest Author: Gehrig Kunz

Blockchain is a paradox. The technology made famous by bitcoin has simultaneously boundless disruptive potential and boisterous skeptics. Like most things, the truth is likely somewhere in the middle. As a startup founder, the question that really matters to you is often left unanswered what can you really do with blockchain today?

Boldly Growing the Good: Women in Fintech

Members, Women, BMO Harris Bank
Posted by: 1871 on 5/6/20 4:47 PM

Guest Author: Ben Schack, Head of Digital Partnerships at BMO Harris Bank

On April 27th, we announced the launch of WMNFINtech: A Women in FINtech Initiative by 1871 and BMO Harris Bank. This is the fourth collaboration for BMO Harris and 1871, and the first time we have focused exclusively on US-based companies with a woman founder or cofounder.

Guest Blog: Find Your Obsession, The World Needs It

Posted by: 1871 on 4/22/20 11:34 AM

Guest Author: Travis Claytor, President & Owner, TC Strategic Communications

It’s safe to say that although we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the way that we operate and how we accomplish even the simplest of tasks has been forever changed. Our lives are changing, business is evolving, and the way we connect with people across the globe will never be the same. Most people are working from home, balancing a crazy schedule as personal and professional lines blur.

Advice from Founders: How to Handle Extended Remote Work

Posted by: Nisha Katti on 4/2/20 10:01 AM


Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, your company may have mandated that you work from home for the time being. Though you’re probably not new to remote work, this situation is a bit different: we have no idea when we will be back in the office and, in the meantime, we can’t work anywhere but from within our homes.

Entrepreneurship Beyond the Loop

Community, Members
Posted by: Nisha Katti on 3/9/20 3:32 PM

We’re invested in Chicago, beyond the walls of 1871. It’s in our community’s best interest and our own to keep seeking out ways to support and enable innovation from the outskirts to the epicenter and back, so that our impact is decentralized and, therefore, more inclusive to Chicagoland as a whole.


Community, Members, PYROS
Posted by: J Blaszczykiewicz on 11/20/19 8:55 AM

1871’s latest initiative - entitled “PYROS” - provides member companies and founders with multi-stage, tailored resources, tools, mentors, workshops, curriculum, and peer groups based on their startups’ business development needs.

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