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Hit Japan Web site ‘blown away’ by platform of Chicago’s Table XI

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 …

Building businesses from a quirky Chicago condo

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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 …

Ravenswood women-founded startup helps independent retailers customize goods

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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, …

Chicago entrepreneur helps struggling female artists abroad connect with retailers

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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 …

Sharing mobile wireless networks

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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, …

By the book: How independent bookstores have survived the recession

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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.

Apps for truckers on a roll

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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 …

TechWeek: Cloud technology in Volt demonstration could raise auto IQ

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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 …

Casting a wider net on careers

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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 …

Ravenswood firm’s software helps local retailers offer customized products

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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 …

Weaving tech into fashion biz

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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.

Endless possibilities at Geneca

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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 …

Endless possibilities at Geneca

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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 …

Don’t stop presses yet on Donnelley

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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 …

Endless possibilities at Geneca

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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 …

Local company playing key role in adding Internet domains

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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.