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.
We believe that a strong community and a little good will enhances a company's chance for success. We make it a priority to create a network for our Chicago Ventures companies to share resources, best practices, and advice.
Five With: David Casem, CEO, Telnyx
David Casem has been starting and running his own businesses since high school. Along with a stint as a GE intern in college, David, now in his 20s, has spent nearly a decade working with startups and technology. As a member of a telecom consultancy focused on PBX installations in... Read More
XOR Data Exchange Closes $1.8 Million Investment Round
Adds Bluewater International CEO and Founder Norm Willox to board of directors 1/21/2015 — Austin — XOR Data Exchange, which facilitates cross-industry data sharing through permission-based controls and audits, today announced the close of a $1.8 million investment round led by Chicago Ventures and KGC Capital. XOR also announced the addition to... Read More
Five With: Mark Lawrence, Co-Founder and CEO, SpotHero
Chicago-based SpotHero is one of those businesses truly born out of necessity and inefficiency — a great “there’s gotta be a better way” story. In Chicago, a city known for skyrocketing parking prices, CEO and Founder Mark Lawrence felt the pain when he and his Co-Founder and roommate, Jeremy Smith,... Read More
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