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Andrew Geant on WyzAnt’s recent $21.5M Accel funding round

After raising $21.5 million from Accel Partners in its Series A round, WyzAnt is shaking up the tutoring industry. Here’s why. In July we were proud to host Andrew Geant, co-founder of WyzAnt, at our taping of Chicago Founders’ Stories® @1871. WyzAnt is an online marketplace for private tutoring and lessons that’s making waves in
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Sittercity Founder Genevieve Thiers at Chicago Founders’ Stories® @ 1871 (VIDEO)

In June we were proud to host Genevieve Thiers, founder of Sittercity, at our taping of Chicago Founders’ Stories® @1871. A trained singer and actress, Genevieve calls herself the “first opera-singing entrepreneur.” She started Sittercity while studying at Boston College after watching a very pregnant mom try to post her own flyers around town. Genevieve had no prior business
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FeedBurner Co-Founder Eric Lunt at Chicago Founders’ Stories @ 1871 (VIDEO)

In May we were proud to host Eric Lunt, co-founder of FeedBurner and CTO of BrightTag, at our taping of Chicago Founders’ Stories® @1871. Eric has enjoyed a fascinating career. He walked us through the various iterations of his determined web consulting organization, Burning Door Network Media, citing past Founders’ guest Jason Fried as one
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OkCupid and SparkNotes Co-Founder Sam Yagan at Chicago Founders’ Stories @ 1871 (VIDEO)

This month’s taping of Chicago Founders’ Stories® saw our biggest registration numbers to date. Not only did we run out of tickets, but we had nearly 200 people on our waiting list. It goes to show just how much people are interested in hearing Sam Yagan share his experiences founding SparkNotes, eDonkey, OkCupid, Tech Stars Chicago,
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Cleversafe Founder Chris Gladwin at Chicago Founders’ Stories® @ 1871 (VIDEO)

Cleversafe founder Chris Gladwin summed up why he started the company with this profound vision: “to store the world’s data”. And he’s not afraid of the size of its proposition. As the world’s data use has grown, so has Chris’ proposition. Check out some of the highlights Chris shared during our February Chicago Founders’ Stories
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37 Signals/Basecamp Founder Jason Fried at Chicago Founders’ Stories® @ 1871 (VIDEO)

Chicago Founders’ Stories with Jason Fried was one of the most riveting sessions yet.  Here are a few highlights (full video below): How He Got Started Jason first become interested in design at a young age after looking at the glossy annual reports shipped to his father, a stock trader. Interestingly the first payment he
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Godard Abel of Big Machines at Chicago Founders' Stories by Pat Ryan of Incisent Labs at 1871

BigMachines Founder Godard Abel at Chicago Founders’ Stories® @ 1871 (VIDEO)

How do you build a $500 million business? With BigMachines’ recent sale to Oracle for nearly that much, we knew we’d have a lot of fun sitting down with founder Godard Abel. Having built the company from the ground up, Godard gave us great insight about his company’s exponential growth during the dotcom era, the
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Howard Tullman of 1871 at Chicago Founders' Stories with Pat Ryan

1871 CEO Howard Tullman at Chicago Founders’ Stories® @ 1871 (VIDEO)

We had a great time sitting down with Howard Tullman, the new CEO of 1871 and an accomplished entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He’s held the title of CEO of a number of companies, including Tunes.com, CCC Information Services, and Cobalt Group — and that’s just the beginning of the list. And believe it or not,
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