Monday, February 14, 2011
If you're interested, check it out at the Remodista/Bricks +Mobile website. http://tinyurl.com/4e9vcwz
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Several initiatives came out of the conference. Brendan Mulligan, founder of Artist Data, which was recently purchased by SonicBids, challenged 40 Chicago angel investors to sign up for Angelist by November 1st. Chicago currently has only 8 angels on the list compared to Silicon Valley's 201 angels.
Also, the members of the Keynote Panel entitled "The 3 Stages of Not Being Silicon Valley" started a blog to discuss the panel topic before the panel presented. They had over 12,000 participants from all over the world participate in the discussion.
I'm going to add a suggestion to the mix. Why not have a blog with a list of companies from Chicago/Midwest that get Angel/VC funding? Freshwater Venture was a good start, but it hasn't been updated. I'm thinking something simpler - just a list with Company/Angel/Fund names and amounts. Maybe Chicago Tech Scene or the ITA could add a page to their current sites? A comprehensive list really shows that Chicago firms are getting funded and highlights angels and funds that are active in the Midwest.
A page with listing exits would be great, too. According to Matt McCall in a Fast Company article about start ups in Chicago:
I don't want to misspeak here, but for the last five years, there were I think $23 billion worth of exits out of Chicago and in this region in general.Publishing a list or chart highlighting the successful exits could be a great boost to entrepreneurs here.
Off to Potbelly (oh yes, another successful Chicago start up) to grab a sandwich for lunch.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Hmmmmm, I wonder if Judge Bybee is sporting a tattoo or two himself?
Friday, March 5, 2010
The event, now in its fourth year, is designed to provide students using technology in innovative ways a means to excel by connecting them with business leaders early in their academic careers. The program is open to candidates enrolled in institutions of higher learning throughout Illinois.
Over 30 of the region’s top technology companies, supporting organizations, and institutions of higher learning have become involved in the competition, offering their C-level executives as judges.
Students who win the award will receive recognition at an April event attended by the competition’s judges and nominators, have access to prospective employers via round tables, web seminars and mentoring programs through the Illinois Technology Foundation, and will have preferred status for limited-capacity activities.
To find out more information or to nominate an outstanding technology student, visit www.50forthefuture.org.
Monday, February 8, 2010
I'm proud to be a guest blogger at Tim Cascio's Mobile Marketing, Monetization and Methods blog. Tim's blog is a great resource for mobile marketers. He also co-chairs the dynamic Mobile Visionary Roundtable at the Illinois Technology Association. Here's the link. Hope you enjoy it.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Last year, American Apparel used the First Amendment as a defense in Woody Allen's suit against the company for the unauthorized use of his image in an ad campaign. The case settled on the eve of the trial with Woody Allen receiving $5 million.
Now, PETA has publicly stated that the First Amendment protects its right to use Michelle Obama's image without the First Lady's permission in a recent ad advocating a "Fur Free" livestyle.
Finally, Weatherproof agreed to remove its ads containing a picture of President Obama from its billboards after speaking to White House representatives who voiced displeasure at the use of his image in an ad. WSJ's Law Blog comments that it would have made an interesting case if Weatherproof didn't relent and the Obama White House had decided to file a law suit.
I wonder what the FTC position on the ads given its new guidelines regarding endorsements and testimonials? Are the advertisers misleading consumers when they use celebrities images without permission? Are the ads deceptive?