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Chicago saw more big VC deals in 2017
Chicago startups had more $10 million-plus investments in 2017 than in any of the past five years. There were 39 local deals of $10 million or more, topping the previous best showing, 34 in 2015, according to data from Seattle-based researcher Pitchbook. 2016 had 31 deals of $10 million or more. Read more here....
Auto dealer complaints, unusual investment seeds USAA’s $330 million venture capital fund
About a decade ago, complaints escalated at USAA from customers who believed they were being taken advantage by auto dealers. USAA’s top brass pondered whether the San Antonio insurance and financial services giant should build its own dealership network or partner with a company that could help...
Pitch perfect: How 4 Chicago tech companies help their sales teams grow
As much about listening as it is about perfecting your pitch, software sales is a hard craft to master. But many tech companies invest heavily in their business development teams through programs that foster continued professional growth. We spoke with four companies to learn more about their approach...
How Working with Snapsheet Kickstarted My Career
“How about we do this one in Swift?” My cortisol levels rose. This was the second week of my first job, working as a mobile engineer at Snapsheet on a team of two with my manager. I had just moved halfway across the country from California to Chicago, where I knew a handful of people. I knew much less than a handful of Swift. Backtrack 8 months. I was a col...
Using tech to take the stress out of a car wreck
When two cars come together with a bump, for most drivers, there’s a sinking feeling as they consider the stress and paperwork that faces them. But for Brad Weisberg, Snapsheet’s founder and CEO, a car accident was the source of an idea that grew into a busines...