Andrew Geant with Pat Ryan at Chicago Founders' Stories at 1871

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 system. 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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Eric Heneghan of Elicit Search at Chicago Founders' Stories @1871 with Pat Ryan of Incisent Labs

“Opening Acts” featuring Elicit Search founder Eric Heneghan (VIDEO)

We had a great time chatting with Eric as our “Opening Acts” guest to introduce his new company, Elicit Search. On select evenings, we interview exciting new startups during Opening Acts while people are grabbing beer and pizza before Chicago Founders’ Stories® @1871. In full disclosure, I’m an investor in Elicit Search through Chicago Ventures.
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Genevieve Thiers at Chicago Founders' Stories with Pat Ryan at 1871

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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Justin Delay with Pat Ryan of INCISENT Labs at Chicago Founders' Stories at 1871

“Opening Acts” featuring TempoIQ co-founder Justin DeLay (VIDEO)

We had a great time chatting with Justin as our “Opening Acts” guest to introduce his new company, TempoIQ. On select evenings, we interview exciting new startups during Opening Acts while people are grabbing beer and pizza before Chicago Founders’ Stories® @1871. TempoIQ is undergoing a transition. It first started as TempoDB, where it worked
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Eric Lunt at Chicago Founders' Stories at 1871 with Pat Ryan Jr. of Incisent Labs

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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Zipments CEO Garrick Pohl with Pat Ryan Jr. of Incisent Labs at Chicago Founders' Stories

“Opening Acts” Featuring Zipments Founder Garrick Pohl (VIDEO)

We had a great time chatting with Garrick Pohl as our “Opening Acts” guest to introduce his new company, Zipments. On select evenings, we interview exciting new startups during Opening Acts while people are grabbing beer and pizza before Chicago Founders’ Stories® @1871. Zipments is a software and service platform that connects businesses and consumers
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Ross Petersen of Blitsy, an opening act at Chicago Founders' Stories at 1871 with Pat Ryan of Incisent Labs

“Opening Acts” featuring Blitsy Co-Founder Ross Petersen (VIDEO)

We had a great time having Ross Peterson join us as the “Opening Act” guest to introduce his new company, Blitsy. On select evenings, we introduce exciting new startups during Opening Acts while people are grabbing beer and pizza before Chicago Founders’ Stories @1871. Blitsy is an online retail store for arts and crafts supplies
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Sam Yagan of Spark Notes, eDonkey, OkCupid and CEO of Match.com at Chicago Founders' Stories at 1871 with Pat Ryan of Incisent Labs

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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Chris Gladwin of Cleversafe at Chicago Founders' Stories at 1871 with Pat Ryan of Incisent Labs

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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