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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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The Rise of Service as Software
Over the past decade, the paradigm shift from traditional on-premise software deployments to software delivered as a service has altered not only how companies pay for software but also how software is consumed. To date, the proliferation of business function or vertical-specific SaaS has been measured by metrics like business... Read More
Curbside Secures $25M in Series B Funding to Bring Same-Day Pickup to New Markets and Retailers
Backed by Sutter Hill Ventures, Index Ventures, Yahoo! Co-Founder Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures and Others, Mobile Shopping Startup Offers Consumers a Faster, Easier Way to Shop at Target, Best Buy and other Local Stores 6/25/15 — Palo Alto — Curbside, a Bay Area-based startup reinventing the local shopping experience, today... Read More
Greycroft Leads $3.6M Series A Funding Round in Blitsy
Funding to Drive Continuous Product Growth and Support of Blitsy’s Revolutionary Digital, Mobile and Social Community Offering in $30 Billion Crafting Industry 5/7/15 – Chicago – Blitsy, a leading arts and crafts e-Commerce company and community, today announced closing a $3.6 million Series A funding round led by Greycroft Partners with... Read More
Are We Already Rebundling Mobile?
Hard to believe that it was only a year ago that the clear trend, led by Facebook’s Messenger App, and Foursquare’s Swarm App, was towards unbundling experiences on mobile and building single purpose, highly focused applications. Is the tide turning? Uber recently began rolling out UberEats across multiple markets, which as... Read More
Five With: Steve Berneman, CEO, Overdog
As an attorney and startup and sports enthusiast, Overdog CEO Steve Berneman never thought he’d end up as a professional matchmaker. Initially built as a tool to match gamers with professional athletes, Steve’s Nashville-based startup, Overdog, matches gamers based on their interests across a variety of fields — anything from... Read More