At 28, Gurbaksh Chahal is already leading his third start-up, RadiumOne. Like the two companies that preceded it, RadiumOne is pioneering new ways for Web users to be connected with the brands, ideas and products that interest them.
Through its proprietary and patent-pending "Social Retargeting" technology, RadiumOne allows companies to take advantage of the ever-increasing amount of "social" data on the Internet to zero in on the consumers most likely to be receptive to their messages. This helps not only companies, since they can make efficient use of limited Web advertising budgets, but also…
Mike is responsible for RadiumOne's sales and messaging to agencies and brand advertisers. In addition, he is charged with growing the company's sales force throughout the United States and equipping it with the tools necessary to meet the company's aggressive growth plans.
Prior to RadiumOne, Mike served as the VP of Sales and co-founder at BlueLithium, a second generation ad network. Mike built the BlueLithium sales team and was responsible for bringing in several large advertisers to help launch the company. Prior to BlueLithium, Mike was the Director of Sales at ClickAgents where he was suc…
In 2007, Ross left a successful 13 year career as a trial lawyer to pursue his dream of founding a technology company (it's only partially true that he did so in order to wear shorts and sandals to work) by co-founding crowdSPRING - the world's #1 marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design, industrial design and copywriting services. Buyers who need a logo, website, custom graphic design, industrial design or written content post what they need, when they need it and how much they’ll pay. Once posted, creatives from around the world (100,000 from 200 countries) submit actual work. Buyers sele…Read more
After falling in love with the Chicago entrepreneur community Seth started volunteering as a business mentor at the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University and the Knapp Center at IIT and speaking atmidVenturesLaunch in September. Seth started a web design company out of his dorm room at Ohio State when he was 19. In 2004, he merged his company with InsuranceAgents.com to start building insurance marketing websites. Since then the company has grown into a 55 person operation in two cities and was honored to make the 2009 & 2010 Inc 500 List.… Read more
Stephanie Precourt is a freelance writer and editor for the online magazines Real Moms Guide and NWIparent Magazine. She recently added Director and Producer to her title with her debut and recent success "Listen To Your Mother" show in Valparaiso, IN. Most often, though, Stephanie can be found journaling her life with four children at her personal blog adventuresinbabywearing.com.
Mr.Sosnoff founded thinkorswim in 1999. Leveraging over 20 years of experience as an index market maker on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and as one of the original traders in the S&P 100 Index pit, he sought to educate retail investors in options trading and to build a brokerage-based software platform that specialized in options. His efforts ultimately changed the way these instruments traded by pioneering single-click trading functionality for complex spreads and integrating investor education for advanced option strategies.
Godard founded BigMachines in 2000 and has led the company's efforts to deliver customer success, innovation, and profitable growth. Prior to BigMachines, Godard was General Manager of the iNiku.com application service for Niku, a developer of online PSA software that successfully went public in 2000 prior to being acquired by CA. Previously Godard consulted for McKinsey and advised leading corporations on strategy and business process improvement. Godard earned an MBA from Stanford and both a BS and MS from MIT. Godard has been frequently quoted in the media on entrepreneurship and B2B sellin…Read more
I'm the VP of Digital Stuff for the Chicago Tribune Media Group, overseeing chicagotribune.com and chicagoshopping.com, among other sites.
Michael Alter is president of SurePayroll, the online alternative in payroll services. Under his leadership, SurePayroll appeared twice on the Inc. 500 “Fastest Growing Companies” list and was named one of “Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Places to Work” by the National Association for Business Resources. The company was named “Most Innovative Infrastructure for Small Business” by Software CEO and won the American Business Award’s 2011’s “National Sales Team of the Year.” Recently, Michael led the sale of SurePayroll to Paychex, Inc for nearly 5 times the company’s revenues. He contin…Read more
Sam Altman is co-founder and CEO of Loopt, a company that builds mobile applications to help people enjoy the friends, places, and events around you right now. Sam sees mobile location as helping to make serendipity happen, completely transforming how people can and will communicate on their mobile devices. Since starting the company in 2005 while studying at Stanford University, Sam has consistently been recognized for his entrepreneurship. He was featured in Inc. Magazine’s Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 and BusinessWeek’s Tech’s Best Entrepreneurs. As an early innovator in mobile loc…Read more
Michael Arndt is managing editor of Crain's Chicago Business. Previously, he was a senior editor at BusinessWeek, specializing in innovation and design coverage. He also was a Chicago-based senior correspondent for BusinessWeek; editor of a monthly magazine, BW Chicago; business editor and chief economics correspondent at Chicago Tribune. He also is a judge and adviser for the Chicago Innovation Awards.
Subbu is a first-time entrepreneur and co-founder of SugarSnap. He’s passionate about helping the burgeoning tech community in Chicago hack healthcare. He spends most of his time fighting to get his startup to profitability so it can survive to change the world of medical education.
Ethan is the Co-founder, COO (and current intra-office burrito eating champion) at GiveForward.com, a crowfunding website that empowers people to raise money for their loved one's out-of-pocket medical expenses. Having lost several family members to cancer, he is deeply passionate about helping people and more than anything, enjoys making people smile. Ethan graduated from Emory University in 2004 with a B.A. in political science and holds a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law where he was member of the Law Review.
I am a father first to my 4 years old little girl Hannah Marie. After that, I currently run Lumen Nightclub in the meat packing district of Chicago, Illinois and act as the General Manager and Director of Operations. We use social media as the meat-on-the-bones of the operations based skeleton that is our business. I have been in the service industry for 16+ years and have worked in companies as large as The Cheesecake Factory to as small as independently owned bars. From fine dining to late-night nightclubs, I have been able to study PEOPLE. Social media was a natural progression AND expressi…Read more