Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) Newspapers http://www.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/suntimes.gif Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Hit Japan Web site ‘blown away’ by platform of Chicago’s Table XI ]]> Lead story image

A party night to let people tell their stories in 20 PowerPoint slides in 20 seconds — think of speed-dating combined with a bottom-up Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference — is going live online with the help of a Chicago software development company. The party night, named PechaKucha, or “chit chat” in Japanese, has become a worldwide sensation, with everyone from cake bakers to architectural designers showing off their work in six minutes and 40 seconds worth of PowerPoints in open-mike-night settings, complete with beer, food and an audience primed for fun. The PowerPoints are automatically forwarded, with no … ]]> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 06:03:47 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/18833335-452/hit-japan-web-site-blown-away-by-platform-of-chicagos-table-xi.html http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/18833335-452/hit-japan-web-site-blown-away-by-platform-of-chicagos-table-xi.html <![CDATA[ Building businesses from a quirky Chicago condo ]]> Lead story image

A south Logan Square product-development company, Polymathic, has quietly helped launch six startups in the past year by using an innovative business model that empowers founders, senior-level programmers and creative, multi-talented tech management. “I want to start honest conversations about what it’s like to build a company, to build a trustworthy team and to help everyone along,” said Marcy Capron, the 25-year-old CEO, founder and partner who started two of her passions — taking photos and writing computer code — at age 12. Capron this week launched a company blog, “The Art of the Internet,” at http://wearepolymathic.com to expose a … ]]> Sun, 03 Mar 2013 06:06:27 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/17907860-452/building-businesses-from-a-quirky-chicago-condo.html http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/17907860-452/building-businesses-from-a-quirky-chicago-condo.html <![CDATA[ Ravenswood women-founded startup helps independent retailers customize goods ]]> Lead story image

Who would have thought the Kardashians would be the impetus for a woman-owned Ravenswood tech firm winning a coveted Women 2.0 award and a year’s work opportunity with cosmetics company L’Oreal USA? The local startup, Citizen Made (Citizenmade.co), founded by Rachel Brooks and Bryn McCoy, provides Chicago’s locally owned and small-sized retailers an affordable platform from which to sell personalized products — not just so customers can pick a certain color, for example, but so they can fully design the product they want. This column, Sun-Times’ Digital Second City Scene, broke the news about Citizen Made and its business model … ]]> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 06:07:09 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/17620220-452/ravenswood-women-founded-startup-helps-independent-retailers-customize-goods.html http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/17620220-452/ravenswood-women-founded-startup-helps-independent-retailers-customize-goods.html <![CDATA[ Chicago entrepreneur helps struggling female artists abroad connect with retailers ]]> Lead story image

Chicago entrepreneur Kathleen Wright counts model-turned-activist Lauren Bush Lauren and fashion designer Rachel Roy among her clients for handbags, scarves, jewelry and other accessories that struggling female artists make in Guatemala, India and West Africa. The impressive client backing goes on: Upscale women’s fashion designer Trina Turk, supermodel and organic cosmetics creator Josie Maran and surf-inspired sandal and clothing company Reef Footwear, are proving Wright’s startup-company’s mission of convincing big for-profit companies that they can trust in social-good purchases as consistent, efficient and valuable. The startup, called Collaborative Group and located in the 1871 tech center at the Merchandise Mart, … ]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 06:06:18 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/16075399-452/chicago-entrepreneur-helps-struggling-female-artists-abroad-connect-with-retailers.html http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/16075399-452/chicago-entrepreneur-helps-struggling-female-artists-abroad-connect-with-retailers.html <![CDATA[ Sharing mobile wireless networks ]]> Lead story image

As wireless telephone companies and their suppliers meet in Chicago this week to talk about how to serve poor neighborhoods while competing with tech giants Google and Apple, a grass-roots model for high-speed access is popping up — a mobile wireless network shared among friends, teachers, the public and nonprofit groups. The models vary. Two examples in Chicago are MobileCitizen.org, a non-profit that uses Wimax 4G technology, sells customers — primarily schools and nonprofits — their own portable $99 “hot spot” and offers $120 yearly access, and Solavei, which pays a user $20 a month for every three people the … ]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 06:04:36 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/15948919-452/sharing-mobile-wireless-networks.html http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/15948919-452/sharing-mobile-wireless-networks.html <![CDATA[ By the book: How independent bookstores have survived the recession ]]> Lead story image

Close attention to what book buyers want and how they want it helps local bookstores build their clientele, and succeed where the “big boys” have failed. ]]> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:37:12 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/15626837-555/by-the-book-how-independent-bookstores-have-survived-the-recession.html http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/15626837-555/by-the-book-how-independent-bookstores-have-survived-the-recession.html <![CDATA[ Apps for truckers on a roll ]]> Lead story image

Technology is turning the old-school system of trucking goods from Point A to Point B into a sophisticated process that relies on interactive and real-time web capabilities. Chicago — the national transportation hub — has become the focal point of a battle among start-up and mainline truck brokers, known as third-party logistics companies, to ship freight at the lowest cost on the quickest routes. Technology lets truckers use mobile apps and geolocation devices to plan the quickest routes, and to find the nearest rest stops, lowest-price fuel stations and freight pickups on-the-go. The fierce competition is killing small, independent companies, … ]]> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 06:04:09 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/15399753-452/apps-for-truckers-on-a-roll.html http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/15399753-452/apps-for-truckers-on-a-roll.html <![CDATA[ TechWeek: Cloud technology in Volt demonstration could raise auto IQ ]]> Lead story image

Imagine this: A car so wired to the cloud that the backseat bickering goes silent, and all you hear is the click of a few controls. That miracle scenario could occur if your car had 4G networking and innovative cloud technology delivered to each passenger via their own screen and controls. (Maybe George Jetson’s car could fly, but could it reach through space to close the garage door and turn down the thermostat at home?) If you would like to do more than imagine, you can see a good example in the Chevrolet Volt demonstration vehicles that are part of … ]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:19:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/13329104-646/techweek-cloud-technology-in-volt-demonstration-could-raise-auto-iq.html http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/13329104-646/techweek-cloud-technology-in-volt-demonstration-could-raise-auto-iq.html <![CDATA[ Casting a wider net on careers ]]> Lead story image

A South Side high school student has ferreted out a niche business that gives aspiring musicians and music producers a way to get noticed against the odds. The idea would seem to fly in the face of technology’s role of upending traditional careers, as it has in law, advertising, journalism, movie-making and countless other professions. Stevie Bailey, an 18-year-old senior at International Charter School (CICS) Longwood at 1309 W. 95th St., learned by writing “beats” and jingles that established artists needed his skills and were willing to pay for them. His company, 10 Trey Records, offers an online sampling of … ]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 06:02:36 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/13127548-420/casting-a-wider-net-on-careers.html http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/13127548-420/casting-a-wider-net-on-careers.html <![CDATA[ Ravenswood firm’s software helps local retailers offer customized products ]]> Lead story image

Chicago tech entrepreneur Rachel A. Brooks honed her customization-software idea in a reality-TV-like setting: In a tech incubator challenge, she lived in a house in San Francisco for three months with six other would-be tech superstars, sharing ideas, networking and sizing each other up in close contact. Brooks seeks nothing less than upending the way customers buy and retailers sell customized, made-to-order products — from clothes to furniture to beer. Brooks, 25, and software engineer Bryn McCoy, 36, co-founded Citizen Made (Citizenmade.co) in the Ravenswood neighborhood last fall to provide Chicago’s locally owned and small-sized retailers an affordable platform from … ]]> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 09:26:53 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/12873999-460/ravenswood-firms-software-helps-local-retailers-offer-customized-products.html http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/12873999-460/ravenswood-firms-software-helps-local-retailers-offer-customized-products.html <![CDATA[ Weaving tech into fashion biz ]]> Lead story image

Northwestern University sophomore and fashion-design entrepreneur Zoe Damacela is combining old and new Chicago business cultures — garment sewers and social-media networking — as she expands her clothing lines from juniors and young women into mature women and children’s collections. ]]> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 16:10:58 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/12579200-452/weaving-tech-into-fashion-biz.html http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/12579200-452/weaving-tech-into-fashion-biz.html <![CDATA[ Endless possibilities at Geneca ]]> Lead story image

Mark Hattas sees his success developing a custom-software company as an opportunity to explore the kinds of touchy, feely stuff that many businesspeople try mightily to avoid, even in the midst of Easter and Passover — self-forgiveness, living in abundance and pursuing one’s purpose in life. He discovered his search for something greater when he felt he was riding a roller coaster of emotions as he ran his business, Geneca, based in Oakbrook Terrace. The company’s name, with the emphasis on the first syllable, is a variation on the name of the sister of CEO Joel Basgall, Jenica, who was … ]]> Tue, 08 May 2012 08:04:16 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/11721449-452/endless-possibilities-at-geneca.html http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/11721449-452/endless-possibilities-at-geneca.html <![CDATA[ Endless possibilities at Geneca ]]> Lead story image

Mark Hattas sees his success developing a custom-software company as an opportunity to explore the kinds of touchy, feely stuff that many businesspeople try mightily to avoid, even in the midst of Easter and Passover — self-forgiveness, living in abundance and pursuing one’s purpose in life. He discovered his search for something greater when he felt he was riding a roller coaster of emotions as he ran his business, Geneca, based in Oakbrook Terrace. The company’s name, with the emphasis on the first syllable, is a variation on the name of the sister of CEO Joel Basgall, Jenica, who was … ]]> Tue, 08 May 2012 08:04:16 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/11721449-452/endless-possibilities-at-geneca.html http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/11721449-452/endless-possibilities-at-geneca.html <![CDATA[ Don’t stop presses yet on Donnelley ]]> Lead story image

The written word isn’t dying. Just count your incoming emails and Facebook postings. The printed word, however, is going through a severe downsizing, so what are we to make of that Chicago-based company that lives off of it, R.R. Donnelley & Sons (RRD)? The commercial printer, biggest in the United States, for years was one of those blue-chip stocks meant to sustain widows and orphans. More recently, it has acted like it needs charity itself. At Friday’s close of 12.39, Donnelley has lost about a third of its value over the last year. So far in 2012, amid the upward … ]]> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 17:48:04 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/11603452-452/dont-stop-presses-yet-on-donnelley.html http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/11603452-452/dont-stop-presses-yet-on-donnelley.html <![CDATA[ Endless possibilities at Geneca ]]> Lead story image

Mark Hattas sees his success developing a custom-software company as an opportunity to explore the kinds of touchy, feely stuff that many businesspeople try mightily to avoid, even in the midst of Easter and Passover — self-forgiveness, living in abundance and pursuing one’s purpose in life. He discovered his search for something greater when he felt he was riding a roller coaster of emotions as he ran his business, Geneca, based in Oakbrook Terrace. The company’s name, with the emphasis on the first syllable, is a variation on the name of the sister of CEO Joel Basgall, Jenica, who was … ]]> Tue, 08 May 2012 08:04:16 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/11721449-452/endless-possibilities-at-geneca.html http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/11721449-452/endless-possibilities-at-geneca.html <![CDATA[ Local company playing key role in adding Internet domains ]]> Lead story image

A Chicago company, JAS Global Advisors, is playing a key behind-the-scenes role in an unprecedented expansion of Internet domain names — the web’s equivalent of real-estate addresses dominated by .com, .gov, .org and .edu. ]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 08:03:35 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/11452948-452/local-company-playing-key-role-in-adding-internet-domains.html http://www.suntimes.com/technology/innovation/business/11452948-452/local-company-playing-key-role-in-adding-internet-domains.html