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Weekly interviews with tech entrepreneurs and startup owners. Focusing on technology, business and where they intersect.

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Weekly interviews with tech entrepreneurs and startup owners. Focusing on technology, business and where they intersect.

    Uber for Private Events - Host Founder talks about getting started in the on demand bartender business

    Uber for Private Events - Host Founder talks about getting started in the on demand bartender business

    Michelle Carazas comes on to talk about starting Host, a mobile app that connects local vetted bartenders with event hosts. Hear her journey from growing up traveling the world, to starting Host and getting into the incubator that accelerated the business.


    You can find their app in the app store by searching "Host" or by clicking here.

    Find out more about Host by going to the following links:



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    Special Guest: Michelle Carazas.

    • 54 min
    A Coding Bootcamp for Veterans, Rod Levy talks about starting this exciting venture

    A Coding Bootcamp for Veterans, Rod Levy talks about starting this exciting venture

    A Chicago coding bootcamp teaching veterans to code. Rod Levy comes on to talk about his journey starting up this non-profit, how they get funding and placing these veterans in jobs after they graduate.


    Learn how Rod went from engineering, to working in finance as a trader to going to a coding bootcamp himself to learn about software engineering. This ultimately led him to start Code Platoon, the non-profit coding bootcamp exclusivley for veterans and their spouses.


    If you are a verteran or a veteran's spouse, you can start your application by visiting the website. The next round of applications end September 30.



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    Special Guest: Rod Levy.

    • 33 min
    Jimmy Huber, Infotech CEO & IT Rockstar talks about security, growth and the rise of the mobile worker

    Jimmy Huber, Infotech CEO & IT Rockstar talks about security, growth and the rise of the mobile worker

    Central Illinois IT Solutions Firm Infotech has been in an explosive growth mode over the last several years and We've been lucky enough to talk to Jimmy Huber, the founder and CEO many times on the show. Today we learn whats been happening over the last year and a half - what they are looking into and providing clients - and as always a bunch of wisdom about starting and running a business.


    You can find more about Infotech by visiting the links below



    Website
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    Twitter
    Special Guest: Jimmy Huber.

    • 49 min
    Inspiring Students with Technology at eSpark Learning

    Inspiring Students with Technology at eSpark Learning

    Luke Shepard, CTO & Blake Thomas, Director of Engineering of eSpark Learning

    We open show by talking to Luke and Blake why they are passionate about the edtech industry and what has them excited to come to work everyday. We also get into what their sales team is like, which they call partnerships, and what they do to get feedback from their students and teachers. eSpark provides two separate products to address a wide range of students k-8, and they are always interested in talking to talented people who are looking for a job in education technology.




    Special Guests: Blake Thomas and Luke Shepard.

    • 44 min
    Becoming The Best Team in Chicago with Derek Nelson

    Becoming The Best Team in Chicago with Derek Nelson

    Derek Nelson, CoFounder / Partner of Clique Studios

    Derek runs Clique Studios with partner, Ted Novak. Together with their team has strived to become the best team of designers, developers and marketers in Chicago. They have, and were awarded one of the Best and Brightest Companies to work for in Chicago. Derek is also a talented musician and writer producing some music with his band, Martin Van Ruin as well as putting out a weekly newsletter called re:act, focusing on action items you can do to help your community and country during this presidency.






    In this episode we dive into how he and Ted started Clique, the challenges they faced and how they have never had a single month in the red. We also spend some time on how they hire, and what they look for in candidates. Which, they are looking to add several more people to their team, so check out their openings.




    Special Guest: Derek Nelson.

    • 57 min
    Running an Unconventional Branding Agency

    Running an Unconventional Branding Agency

    Ava St. Claire, Founder / Principal Strategist of The MoonRose Agency, Inc.

    Ava is an ultra talented founder working on a somewhat unconventional digital agency called The Moonrose Agency, complete with a psychic on staff. Situated in Chicago's south side, she is also super involved with getting kids involved with community projects and teaching valuable lessons.






    In this episode we talk about the challenges she has faced being a minority tech leader and how she overcomes by making it a part of the company culture. We also talk about the programs she is working on, like a logo project to collect every logo of businesses in Chicago, and what she is offering for that project.




    Special Guest: Ava St. Claire.

    • 46 min

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