Where Einstein Meets Edison

Bridging Beauty and Science: Inspiring an Unconventional Path

Bridging Beauty and Science: Inspiring an Unconventional Path

Apr 19, 2013

Career choices classically result in anything but a clear, direct trajectory. Yet, an inherent stigma is many times associated with changing fields or exploring diverse work experiences. If startups are encouraged to pivot during their development process, why is the opposite not true for individuals? There is something to be said about the person who follows an...

A Conversation with Hemi Weingarten, Founder & CEO, Fooducate

A Conversation with Hemi Weingarten, Founder & CEO, Fooducate

Mar 25, 2013

Over the past 5-10 years, numerous web and mobile businesses have been established with the goal of promoting nutrition and fitness in America.  Consider companies such as FitBit and MyFitnessPal that have seen great success by creating more ways for individuals to manage their health.  Earlier this month, we sat down with Hemi Weingarten, Founder and CEO of...

How Do Startups Hire?

How Do Startups Hire?

Mar 12, 2013

Once a startup begins formally hiring employees, it’s a reflection of success on many levels.  Full time employees are expensive, so a startup can only make such hires if they are profitable, if they have secured backers with deep pockets, or if they are plain crazy. For the early startup making their first hires, the process feels less like a badge of...

Netflix as a Parable for the Difference Between Discovery and Invention

Netflix as a Parable for the Difference Between Discovery and Invention

Mar 7, 2013

Many claim that Netflix is a disruption agent – Hollywood’s version of a startup. In a way, it is: Netflix has one of the most successful business models for capitalizing on existing trends. The company not only recommends films to users based on their past behavior, but also uses data to determine which shows to produce. The company launched its first...

Can Chicago be the Next Silicon Valley?

Can Chicago be the Next Silicon Valley?

Jan 17, 2013

Chicago startup stars, such as Groupon, Orbitz, The Onion, GrubHub and 37signals, have helped make the city a new breeding ground for entrepreneurship.  These successful companies are charting the way for a new economy and an environment where high-growth entrepreneurship and innovation can thrive. Already, the city has over a thousand digital tech companies,...

Starting a Company: It’s Fun

Starting a Company: It’s Fun

Nov 26, 2012

Fun. For many of us, fun does not typically come to mind when we think about our jobs. These two worlds are for many of us separated as distinctly as oil and water. However, for few, such as BC Krishna, CEO of MineralTree, work and play go hand in hand. A true pioneer in the field of innovative software solutions, Krishna has been involved in startups for the...