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  • Here are the best startup cities in the Midwest Crunch Network

    Here are the best startup cities in the Midwest

    The American Midwest, to some, is just the “flyover states.” Its tropes — rusted-out factories, cornfields and calorically dense fried foods at state fairs — are well-known. However, it’s also increasingly home to more technology startups. Looking through the lens of startup and VC funding activity, we’ll be looking out how the Midwest and its metros stack… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Chelsea Manning to Be Freed in May

    Chelsea Manning is going to be freed this May, Zoom video conferencing raises $100 million, Vine is shutting down — today is the last day to grab your videos, Google Drive has been experiencing intermittent outages and Juicero lowers the price of its juicer. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Let’s meet in Chicago for a mini-meetup

    Let’s meet in Chicago for a mini-meetup

    I’ll be in Chicago this week and I’d love to meet some startups. I’m thinking about holding a micro-mini-meetup on Tuesday, July 26 at a location to be determined. Here’s what I need from you all: Email or tweet me with recommendations where we can meet. I like to just hang out in bars but I could do a co-working space. I know there are a few in town but I’ve… Read More

  • 5K people turn up to catch Pokémon in Chicago

    5K people turn up to catch Pokémon in Chicago

    About 5,000 people showed up at Millennium Park on Sunday for probably one of the first massive Pokémon Go player gatherings since the game was released in the US a couple of weeks ago. Teenagers, artists, cosplayers, young adults and families with children spent a couple of hours or more chasing Pokémon near Cloud Gate, the silver sculpture — nicknamed “The Bean” —… Read More

  • Chicago And Los Angeles Are Next Up For Google Fiber

    Chicago And Los Angeles Are Next Up For Google Fiber

    You know the drill. Once a city has spoken with Google about bringing Fiber into their hood, there’s a process for the city to go through. A lengthy one. Checklists. The whole nine yards. Two new cities are exploring Fiber with Google and they are Chicago and Los Angeles. Yes, San Francisco has been skipped again and I’m going to go cry into my slow internet from… Read More

  • You’re Not In The Valley Anymore Crunch Network

    You’re Not In The Valley Anymore

    My friend and fellow investor Jon Lehr of Work-Bench recently wrote a piece entitled “7 Lessons Learned in My First 2 Years as a VC.” Jon and I have known each other since before either of us were VCs, and I’ve tried to carry a bit of his legacy to Chicago in launching the Chicago Enterprise Tech Meetup (Jon launched the NY version several years back and it has become a… Read More

  • Tastebud Acquires SocialCrunch In All-Stock Deal To Further Its Mobile Push Into Physical Retail

    Tastebud Acquires SocialCrunch In All-Stock Deal To Further Its Mobile Push Into Physical Retail

    Tastebud, a company that builds mobile loyalty applications for retailers, has acquired SocialCrunch. Both firms hail from Chicago. SocialCrunch was a graduate of TechStars in 2013, raising $785,000 in its lifetime. The deal was an all-stock transaction. SocialCrunch, for those unfamiliar, collected data on consumer sentiment through quizzes, allowing the firm to track trends. One report on… Read More

  • Chicago Meetup: Kumbuya

    An Interview With Publisher Josh Karp On His Media Funding Solution, Kumbuya [TCTV]

    Josh Karp is an idealist. His last venture, the Printed Blog, is a charming, sometimes beautiful example of what can happen when you connect the immediacy of the web with the permanence of print. Now, however, he’s trying to make the bloggers he works with a little money. Read More

  • Uber Spins Its Latest Variation On Car Rides: DJs On Party Buses In Chicago

    Uber Spins Its Latest Variation On Car Rides: DJs On Party Buses In Chicago

    Uber is still growing its business as a disruptive (sometimes controversial) car service app, but in the meantime it continues to push the envelope on what else it might eventually do with the logistics infrastructure it is also creating. The latest development comes by way of Chicago, where Uber is now laying on busses with DJs and drinks. Yes, it’s bus bumping from Uber. Uberpalooza… Read More

  • Chicago-Based Bidmyway Launches Hyperlocal Mobile Deals App

    Chicago-Based Bidmyway Launches Hyperlocal Mobile Deals App

    Bidmyway is a newly launched local deals app operating in the Chicago market. As opposed to being a deals aggregator for more popular brands like Groupon or Living Social, the app offers exclusive deals made with local merchants. What’s unique about Bidmyway is its interface and how the deals are presented to end users. Consumers “dial up” local deals using a click wheel… Read More

  • Chicago No Longer Getting Citywide WiFi Network

    Though Chicago may be home to great things like deep dish pizza and DA BEARS, it won’t have a citywide WiFi network come 2008. Chicago officials have officially killed the plan that would have given 228 sq. miles of Chicago wireless Internet access. Unfortunately, not enough financing was available for the project to go through, despite companies like EarthLink showing interest. I guess… Read More

  • Motorola Vending Machines

    Motorola is creating what they call “robotic stores,” called Instantmoto, to sell Motorola phones and accessories. While these amazing store will probably be completely indistinguishable from stores staffed with actual human employees – both the robot and the humans would probably fail the Turing test, given enough time – these vending machines will sell the RAZR and the… Read More