Chicago Ventures has a network of strong Midwest business and investment community leaders who are committed to contributing to the fund. We strive to make the region a lucrative area to start a business and close the Midwest capital gap.
Our advisors, partners, investment committee and friends strategically connect Chicago Ventures portfolio companies with their expansive and experienced networks, from local entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies.
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Five With: Tim Handorf, Co-Founder and President, G2 Crowd
Entrepreneurs make bets all the time. In Tim Handorf’s case, one of those bets involved his hair. When founding G2 Crowd, the leading source for business software ratings and reviews, in 2012, he vowed that he wouldn’t cut his hair until the team had revenue in the bank. Two years... Read More
Crushing a First Meeting
Anyone who’s ever done a fair amount of hiring recognizes that a resume is an introduction. Hiring off a resume is darn near impossible. [As an aside, I hate resumes. I don’t even have one. If you want to get hired at CV, find a novel approach.] You’re looking for... Read More
Five With: Andrew Cronk, Co-Founder and CEO, TempoIQ
From his time working as an engineer for Motorola and later with geothermal energy at Indie Energy, Andrew Cronk has had his hands in the engineering world for over a decade. Anticipating that the “Internet of Things” wasn’t just a passing fad, he founded a company in 2011 — then... Read More
Pluto TV Raises $13 Million in Series A Funding Led by U.S. Venture Partners
11/20/2014 — Company Adds Ross Levinsohn, Ken Parks and Stephane Kurgan as Company Advisors Los Angeles – Pluto TV, a video platform that allows viewers to watch the most entertaining online and traditional content in one place, today announced it has closed a $13 million Series A financing led by USVP... Read More
Overdog closes on $1.8mm fundraise, set to launch matchmaking app as first start-up on Xbox One
11/20/2014 — Nashville, TN — Overdog, Inc, today announced that it has closed a $1.8 million round of financing, which was co-led by Boston-based Atlas Venture and Chicago Ventures. The round also includes Zynga Founder, Mark Pincus, and Machinima Founder, Allen Debevoise, along with United Talent Agency, Mountain Group Capital and... Read More