Industry Showcase Session 1
Digital, Fintech, and Impact Tech
Founded in 2012, 1871 has become the hub for the city’s thriving technology and entrepreneurial community and is ranked as the #1 university-affiliated business incubator in the United States by UBI Global. Today, 1871 is the home to more than 500 early-stage, high-growth digital startups. During the 1871 visit, two resident partners will be showcased: Techstars Chicago and Impact Engine.
1:30 PM – 1:45 PM: Welcome by 1871 CEO Howard Tullman and Tour of 1871 by members of the 1871 team
MATTER is a community of healthcare innovators, an incubator of ideas, and a catalyst for change. They are boots-on-the-ground entrepreneurs pushing against the status quo and established institutions dedicated to improving patients’ lives. At MATTER they are hungry for change, and they’re working together to solve real and complex healthcare problems.
1:30 PM – 1:35 PM: Welcome by MATTER Leadership
Cleantech, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and Smart City
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation drives venture creation and technology commercialization within the University of Chicago and surrounding community. Through education, partnerships, and venture support, the Polsky Center advances the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship. Among its offerings is the top-ranked accelerator program, the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, which has helped launch more than 160 companies, including GrubHub and Braintree, that have gone on to achieve more than $4 billion in mergers and exits and raised over $575 million in funding. The Polsky Center helps students, faculty, staff, alumni, and local entrepreneurs navigate the complex process of creating and growing a startup. By leveraging the University’s distinctive strengths in research, the Polsky Center paves the way for more ideas to have a meaningful impact on society.
1:30 PM – 1:40 PM: Welcome by John Flavin, Associate Vice President, Head of Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Chicago
Industry Showcase Session 2
B2B, Heavy Industry, and IoT
TechNexus Venture Collaborative helps enterprises invest in, incubate and pilot with startups. Since 2007, they have advised and mentored 500+ enterprise-focused ventures.
3:30 PM – 3:35 PM: Welcome by TechNexus Leadership
Food & Beverage and Consumer
Cleveland Avenue’s mission is to foster growth for a new generation of remarkable restaurant concepts, food and beverage brands, and innovative technologies that support the food and beverage industry.
Cleveland Avenue will be giving an overview of its PE & VC fund, consulting accelerator, creative culinary space and retail restaurant as well as some of its recent portfolio companies. In addition, Cleveland Avenue will also be hosting several selected food/beverage, food-tech, and consumer companies (not affiliated with Cleveland Avenue) to present to attendees during this Showcase.
***This Showcase is closed to press and social media***
Address: 222 N Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606
3:30 PM – 3:40 PM: Welcome by Cleveland Avenue
Opening Reception @ Beatrix Fulton Market
Google’s Chicago Headquarters
Continental Breakfast & Registration
Mark Tebbe – Chair, ChicagoNEXT & Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Opening Keynote Conversation
Ben Horowitz – Co-Founder & Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Introduced by Laura Van Peenan – Managing Director, Chicago Coverage, William Blair
Startup Spotlight #1: Pearachute
Desiree Vargas Wrigley – Founder & CEO, Pearachute
Introduced by Kevin Willer – Partner, Chicago Ventures
Founder Story: Uptake
Interviewed by Jimmy Odom – Director, Inclusive Entrepreneurship, World Business Chicago
Startup Spotlight #2: PartySlate
Julie Novack – Co-Founder & CEO, PartySlate
Introduced by Ira Weiss – Founder & Partner, Hyde Park Venture Partners
Founder Story: Outcome Health
Interviewed by Adam Koopersmith – Partner, Pritzker Group Venture Capital
Startup Spotlight #3: NowPow
Stacy Lindau – Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, NowPow
Introduced by John Flavin – Associate Vice President, Head of Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Chicago
Startup Spotlight #4: ThinkCERCA
Abby Ross – Co-Founder, ThinkCERCA
Introduced by Troy Henikoff – Managing Director, MATH Venture Partners
Constance Freedman – Founder & Managing Partner, Moderne Ventures
Moderated by Jim Dallke – Associate Editor, ChicagoInno
Startup Spotlight #5: ExplORer Surgical
Jennifer Fried – Co-Founder & CEO, ExplORer Surgical
Introduced by Chris McGowan – General Partner, CJM Ventures and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Panel: Chicago’s Industries of the Future
Advanced Manufacturing | Karen Kerr – Managing Director, GE Ventures
Moderated by Laura Ferris Anderson – Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase
Startup Spotlight #6: OfficeLUV
Kathryn Madden – Co-Founder, OfficeLUV
Introduced by Paul Lee – Co-Founder & General Partner, Builders
Startup Spotlight #7: Cubii
Shivani Jain – Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Cubii
Introduced by Jai Shekhawat – Founder & Former CEO, SAP Fieldglass
J.B. Pritzker – Founder, Pritzker Group
Startup Spotlight #8: BallotReady
Alex Niemczewski – CEO, BallotReady
Introduced by Michael Slaby – Advisor, Higher Ground Labs
Panel: Best of B2B
Moderated by John Pletz – Senior Reporter, Crain’s Chicago Business
Startup Spotlight #9: Packback
Jessica Tenuta – Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Packback
Introduced by Howard Tullman – CEO, 1871
Matt Maloney – Co-Founder & CEO, GrubHub
Thanks & Final Wrap-Up
Mark Tebbe – Chair, ChicagoNEXT & Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Networking Reception @ Fulton Market Kitchen
Address: 311 N Sangamon St, Chicago, IL 60607
Rahm Emanuel is the 55th Mayor of the City of Chicago and has served since 2011. During that time he has made the tough choices necessary to secure Chicago’s future as a global capital. The Mayor lengthened the school day and added more than 200 hours to the school year, taking Chicago from having the least educational time of any large school district in the country to being on par with its peers. He implemented full-day kindergarten for every Chicago child, and fought for and won new accountability measures to ensure that every teacher and principal had the necessary resources to succeed. The Mayor’s comprehensive public safety strategy is focused on expanded prevention programs for at-risk youth, smarter policing strategies, and empowering parents and communities to reduce violence in their neighborhoods. He attracted numerous companies to Chicago and helped to build the next generation of start-ups, while investing in the infrastructure, public transportation, open space and cultural attractions that make Chicago a great place to live, work, and play. And he has worked to make our government more effective, to deliver better services at a more competitive price, and to open government to the public. Prior to becoming Mayor, Emanuel served as the White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama and served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Chicago’s 5th District. He previously served as a key member of the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1998, rising to serve as Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy. Mayor Emanuel graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1981 and received a Master's Degree in Speech and Communication from Northwestern University in 1985. He is married to Amy Rule, and they have three children.
ThinkCERCA is an edtech platform that teaches critical thinking skills through writing across subjects. With students and teachers using its platform in all 50 states and adopted across 200 districts, ThinkCERCA was recognized as the most innovative writing tool by Bill Gates, because of the produced student results. In a recent evaluation of 26 ed tech products, ThinkCERCA had the largest impact on student reading growth, which was four times higher than the next best company.
Adam joined Pritzker Group Venture Capital in 2004 and primarily focuses on companies dedicated to bringing novel SaaS applications, marketplace-driven solutions or interactive health applications to market. Prior to joining Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Adam held various senior operating and business development roles at Sportvision (the world’s leader in technology-based enhancements for live sports programming, and a Pritzker Group portfolio company), helping the company grow from the “business plan” stage to eight figures in annual revenue. Prior to Sportvision, Adam worked at Berkshire Partners, a leading private equity investment firm with $15 billion of capital under management. Before joining Berkshire, Adam worked as an investment banker for Alex Brown (now Deutsche Bank) and participated in a broad range of merger and acquisition and public equity transactions for mid-sized companies. Adam currently serves on the boards of Advantage Optics, Analyte Health, Apervita, Firm58, G2 Crowd, Kollective and SilverVue, and works closely with AiCure, Outcome Health, Shiftgig and SpotHero. Adam also serves on the Investment Committee for Chicago Ventures – a seed-stage investment fund. Adam graduated with a B.S. in economics with concentrations in finance and international management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received his M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with concentrations in organizational behavior and decision sciences.
BallotReady provides data and tools to drive downballot civic engagement - powered by the most comprehensive and complete dataset to every level of government. In 2016, BallotReady was live in 12 states, covering 15,000 candidates, and had over a million visits to the site. Our bipartisan board of advisors is led by presidential advisor David Axelrod (D) and campaign strategist Mike Murphy (R). By 2018, we will be nationwide, all the way down the ballot.
Amanda Lannert is the Chief Executive Officer of The Jellyvision Lab and has been a key figure in driving the company since its founding in 2001. Under Amanda’s leadership, Jellyvision has become one of Chicago’s fastest growing tech companies, adding about 100 employees a year while remaining cash flow positive. The company has grown to serve hundreds of mostly Fortune 1000 clients with interactive communication solutions for desktop, mobile, and emerging platforms via the company’s digital agency work and ALEX, the most helpful employee decision support platform on the planet (www.meetalex.com). In 2016, nearly 14 million employees and $91 billion dollars’ worth of premium decisions were entrusted to ALEX. Meanwhile, the company has been recognized as the Best Software Company and Best Culture by the Moxies, the 2015 Lighthouse winner by the ITA, a top 10 best place to work in Chicago by The Chicago Tribune and the #1 place for millennials to work in Chicago according to Crain’s. Prior to joining The Jellyvision Lab, Amanda managed global brands for Kellogg’s while at Leo Burnett, where she developed strategies and implemented campaigns for Pop-Tarts and Nutri-Grain bars, in addition to spending two years in a new business and new brand development think tank. She attended Haverford College and Edinburgh University. Amanda was named CEO of the Year at the Moxie Awards in 2014 and 2015, Woman in Tech in 2016, and was recognized as 2016’s Industry Champion by the Illinois Technology Association, and she has been profiled in the Chicago Tribune and Crain’s. She is also active in Chicago’s startup community, having served on the advisory boards of 1871 and Starter League, a board member of NowSecure and JB Training Solutions, and as a member of ChicagoNEXT, an organization dedicated to driving growth and opportunity in the Chicago business community. She also serves as “Super Mentor” for Chicago incubators Impact Engine and TechStars, where she was also named Mentor of the Year. Mrs. Lannert is quick to laugh and enjoys a good cupcake.
Ben Horowitz is a cofounder and general partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and The New York Times bestselling author of The Hard Thing About Hard Things, which is now available in over 16 languages. Prior to a16z, Ben was cofounder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2007 for $1.6 billion, and was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP. Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online’s E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw development of the company’s flagship Shop@AOL service. Previously, Ben ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications. He also served as vice president of Netscape’s widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line. Before joining Netscape in July 1995, he held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation. Ben has an MS in Computer Science from UCLA and a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University. Ben serves on the board of the following Andreessen Horowitz portfolio companies: 21, Capriza, Databricks, Foursquare, Genius, Lyft, Magnet Systems, Medium, NationBuilder, Okta, SignalFX, Tanium, TransferWise, and Usermind. He is also on the board of Columbia University and CODE2040.
Brad Keywell is the co-founder and CEO of Uptake, the Chicago-based predictive analytics platform delivering products that produce outcomes to make industry more reliable, productive, safe and secure. Uptake empowers companies and people to turn their data into action. Uptake integrates unparalleled data science, machine learning, and state-of-the-art security with deep industry knowledge to deliver results for customers in eight core industries: oil and gas, mining, smart cities, rail, retail, construction, aviation, and energy. In 2015, Uptake was named “Startup of the Year” by Forbes, and has since become the fastest U.S. startup to reach a $2 billion valuation, working with customers such as Caterpillar and Berkshire Hathaway Energy. In 2017, Uptake was ranked in the top five of CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list and was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, an honor bestowed annually on 30 of the world’s most innovative companies. A lifelong entrepreneur, Brad has co-founded 14 companies – all with a focus on disruption through technology – including Groupon, Echo Global Logistics, Mediaocean, and Lightbank. Brad founded Chicago Ideas in 2011, which has grown into one of the largest, most inclusive and most affordable innovation and ideas gatherings in the world, attracting 30,000+ attendees and 250+ speakers from across the globe to hundreds of events annually. Brad is also the host of the Upside Podcast, a collection of stimulating stories, inspiring guests and thought-provoking ideas that can transform business, the world, and the way we think. Brad earned his J.D. and undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan.
Brian Fitzpatrick is Founder and CTO of Tock. Brian started Google's Chicago engineering office in 2005 and led several of Google's global engineering efforts, including the Data Liberation Front, and Transparency Engineering. He also served as internal advisor for Google's open data efforts, having previously led the Google Code and Google Affiliate Network teams. Prior to joining Google, Brian worked as an engineer at CollabNet, Apple, and a local Chicago development shop. Brian first started contributing to open source software in 1998 and was a core Subversion developer from 2000 to 2005 as well as the lead developer of the cvs2svn utility. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and former VP of Public Relations for the ASF. Brian has written numerous articles and given dozens of presentations, including co-writing "Debugging Teams: Better Productivity Through Collaboration," "Team Geek: A Software Developer's Guide to Working Well with Others," "Version Control with Subversion" (now in its second edition), and chapters for "Unix in a Nutshell" and "Linux in a Nutshell." Brian has an A.B. in Classics from Loyola University Chicago with a major in Latin, a minor in Greek, and a concentration in Fine Arts and Ceramics. Brian resides in Chicago.
Chris Campbell is the CEO and Founder of ReviewTrackers, an award-winning customer feedback software platform for managing online reviews and harnessing the voice of the customer. A digital marketing strategist with over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience, Chris sold his first company (with over $1 million in revenue) at age 19. He has also successfully developed marketing and customer engagement campaigns for the United Nations, Dell, University of Chicago, PepBoys, Nissan, and Jamba Juice, among others. He graduated from DePaul University, where he won the 2009 Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year award. Connect with Chris via: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @chrisrcampbell / @reviewtrackers LinkedIn: Chris Campbell
Chris McGowan is the General Partner of CJM Ventures (“CJMV”), a Chicago private-equity investment firm. McGowan’s private equity career began 23 years ago with AEA Investors in New York City, after earning an undergraduate degree in theoretical mathematics from Columbia University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and following two years of mergers and acquisitions training at Morgan Stanley. After completing an MBA at Harvard Business School, he joined Madison Dearborn Partners (“MDP”), where he co-headed their basic industries practice for the last five years of his 12-year career there. At MDP, he oversaw more than $2 billion of equity investments focused on growth equity and buyouts globally in the industrial, consumer, and energy and power sectors. He continues to serves on the Board of prior MDP portfolio company Boise Cascade (Chairman of Audit Committee, NYSE: BCC) and formerly served on or advised the boards of Smurfit Kappa Group (LN: SKG), BWAY Holdings, FirstWind, US Power Generating, OPENLANE, The Illinois Venture Capital Association, and others. In 2011, with the help of MDP leadership and mentors, McGowan formed CJMV, a private equity firm focused on buyouts and growth equity investments in companies located near Chicago. CJMV's portfolio includes OPTO International, an Illinois-based manufacturer of retail shelving and display systems; Cedar Capital, a Chicago-based asset management firm; and Autism Home Support Services (“AHSS”), the largest provider in Illinois of home-based therapy for children on the autism spectrum. He is also a member of the Advisory Boards of BigStep Cloud, Rise Interactive, Spikeball, and is a Board observer for Simple Mills. Since Spring 2012, McGowan has taught at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business (“Booth”), and currently serves there as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, and as an Entrepreneur in Residence and Senior Advisor to Booth’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In Fall 2017, he begins his seventh year teaching Booth’s Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge, his fifth year co-teaching Booth’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Lab, and third year conducting the Oxford-Chicago Global Private Equity Challenge. McGowan is an active angel investor and currently serves as Chairman of the Limited Partner Advisory Committee for Hyde Park Venture Partners Fund I (and a member of Fund II’s Board), on the Board of Directors and Portfolio Advisory Board of Hyde Park Angels, and as Chairman of the Advisory Board for Valley Growth Ventures. His angel investments include Agent.ai, Brilliant, EVA Automation, ExplORer, FarmLogs, FourKites, GeoFeedia, Ingenica Solutions, Hologram, Kenna, LandscapeHub, Luxury Garage Sale, Markit, MAX Analytical, NuCurrent, Occasion, Packback, Pangea, ParkWhiz, Polyphotonix, Psycle London, ShipBob, SonarMed, StreamLink, Tiz, TransparentC, Truss, TurboAppeal and YCharts. McGowan married his high school sweetheart, Sandy, and they have three children: one attending Walter Payton College Prep, and two attending the University of Chicago’s Laboratory Schools (“Lab”). At Lab, McGowan has served for seven years on its Board of Directors including four years of leadership of Lab’s Development Committee (two as Chair, two as Co-Chair), including oversight for Lab+, the School’s recently completed $80 million capital campaign. McGowan is the current President of Friends of Walter Payton College Prep (former Chair, Annual Fund), and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Court Theatre at the University of Chicago, as well as the SHSAA Board of Trustees for Stuyvesant High School, where he attended with Sandy in New York City.
Constance Freedman is the Founder and Managing Partner of Moderne Ventures and the Moderne Passport Program, an early stage investment fund and industry immersion program focused on investing in technology companies in and around the multi-trillion dollar industries of real estate, mortgage, finance, insurance and home services. Constance has invested in more than 50 companies and helped bring them to market by partnering 300+ executives and corporations focused on using innovation to create a leading edge within their industry. She is active on company boards, past and present, including DocuSign, Updater, UrbanBound and TaskEasy. Prior to launching Moderne Ventures, Constance launched and managed the early stage investment fund, Second Century Ventures and founded its accelerator program, REach; she was an investor with Cue Ball and had previously spent 7 years in tech and 3 years in real estate. Constance is the recipient of several prestigious awards including Crain’s Business 40 under 40 and has appeared multiple times on Crain’s Chicago Top Tech 50, Swanopoel’s Power 200 and Inman’s Top 101 in Real Estate. Constance earned a BS from Boston University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dan Wagner is the Founder and CEO of Civis Analytics, a data science technology and advisory firm, working to democratize data science for all organizations. Before founding Civis Analytics, Dan served as the Chief Analytics Officer on the 2012 Obama campaign, overseeing a 54-person team that provided analytics and technologies for voter contact, digital, paid media, fundraising and communication. His department’s work was credited with “reinventing how national campaigns are done.” Prior to the campaign, Dan served as the Deputy Voter File Manager during the 2008 Iowa caucuses, and had several Targeting Director roles including the Great Lakes Targeting Desk, National Get Out the Vote (GOTV) and the Democratic National Committee. Dan was named to the Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship in 2016. He received his degree in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
Darren Guccione is the CEO and co-founder of Keeper Security, Inc. creator of Keeper, the world’s most popular password manager and secure digital vault. Keeper is the first and only password management application to be preloaded with mobile operators and device manufacturers including, AT&T, Orange, America Movil and HTC. Keeper has more than 11 million consumer customers and the business solution protects more than 4,000 organizations worldwide. He started the company with extensive experience in product design, engineering and development. At Keeper, Darren leads product vision, global strategy, customer experience and business development.
Pearachute is building the world's largest marketplace for family activities. From classes, to field trips, to camps, we make it easy and affordable for families to discover, book, and drop into the best activities in your city at the touch of a button.
Dhruv Saxena is the CEO of ShipBob, a technology company that streamlines shipping and fulfillment for e-commerce businesses. Saxena co-founded ShipBob in May 2014 with Divey Gulati, out of Y Combinator. Prior to ShipBoB, he spent two years as a software developer at InContext Solutions. Saxena holds both an MS and BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Don Thompson is the Founder and CEO of Cleveland Avenue and the former President and CEO of McDonald’s Corporation. Retiring in 2015 after a 25-year career with the Golden Arches, Don and his wife Liz formed Cleveland Avenue, LLC and the Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education (The CAFÉ). Bringing together global restaurant expertise, a passion for consumer innovation, and a deep respect for entrepreneurs, Don and the Cleveland Avenue team are investing in and accelerating the growth of forward-leaning food and beverage restaurant and retail concepts and brands. Constantly giving back, Don is a member of numerous civic and community organizations throughout the city of Chicago. He also serves as a Trustee on the board of the Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education. He is a Director of The Northern Trust Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, Beyond Meat and as an Advisory Board member of DocuSign, Inc. Don received a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an Honorary Doctorate degree in Science from Excelsior College.
Howard A. Tullman is the CEO of 1871 in Chicago – where digital startups get their start – and the General Managing Partner for the Chicago High Tech Investment Partners, LLC and for G2T3V, LLC – both Chicago-based venture capital funds. He most recently was the Chairman/CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint College which he co-founded in 2007. He is the former President of Kendall College in Chicago and the former Chairman/CEO of Experiencia, Inc. He is also the Chairman of the Endowment Committee of Anshe Emet Synagogue; a member of Mayor Emanuel's ChicagoNEXT and Cultural Affairs Councils; the Innovate Illinois and Illinois Arts Councils; a member of President Preckwinkle’s New Media Council, an Advisory Board member of HighTower Associates, Built in Chicago, and Imerman Angels, and an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern's Kellogg School, as well as a regular guest lecturer at the Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Tullman also serves as a Director of Vehcon, SnapSheet, and PackBack Books and served as a long-time Director and Board Chairman of The Cobalt Group, a Trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and of the New York Academy of Art and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, and as the lead Director (and briefly Chairman) of The Princeton Review. Over the last 48 years, he has successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies. @tullman @1871Chicago
Ira is a partner at Hyde Park Venture Partners and a professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he teaches entrepreneurship and tax strategy. Ira has been actively investing in private companies for the past 15 years and has made over 125 venture capital and angel investments. Prior to his role at Hyde Park Venture Partners, Ira was a managing director of RK Ventures, a NY based pledge fund. Ira’s primary investing interests are technology-enabled consumer and business services and healthcare IT. Ira currently serves on various boards as a director or observer, including FourKites, Parkwhiz, and ShipBob. Previously, Ira was on the board of Concerro (sold to API Healthcare) and also a board member or an observer at Ahalogy, G2Crowd, PartySlate and Streamlink Software. His most notable prior investments include Rackspace (NASD: RAX), Avid Radiopharmaceuticals (sold to Eli Lilly), Edusoft (sold to Houghton Mifflin), and Axioma. Ira started his career as an accountant at Coopers and Lybrand, and received both his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
J.B. Pritzker is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He is founder of Pritzker Group, a private investment firm with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. Pritzker Group has three principal investment teams: Private Capital, which acquires and operates leading North America-based companies; Venture Capital, which provides early-stage and growth venture funding to technology companies throughout the United States; and Asset Management, which partners with top-performing investment managers across global public markets. Pritzker Group Private Capital acquires North America-based middle-market companies with leading positions in the manufactured products, services and healthcare sectors. Pritzker Group brings significant resources, expertise and credibility in building businesses and is an ideal partner for entrepreneur- and family-owned companies. Pritzker Group Venture Capital, founded in 1996 as New World Ventures, is the largest technology venture investor based in the Midwest. The firm invests nationally in rapidly growing technology companies during their early and growth stages, with a principal focus on enterprise, consumer, digital health and emerging technologies. Pritzker Group Asset Management partners with leading investment managers across the global public markets. Mr. Pritzker has won numerous business awards, including EY’s Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award, ACG’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Tech Investor of the Year by the Moxie Awards, Entrepreneur Champion by the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, and numerous awards from Young Presidents Organization. Mr. Pritzker earned an A.B. in political science from Duke University and a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law. He lives in Chicago with his wife, M.K., and their two children.
Jai Shekhawat is the Founder and former CEO of Fieldglass, a cloud platform for the management of contingent labor and services. Under his leadership, Fieldglass grew globally with users in 100+ countries in 30 languages and emerged as the largest firm in the world in the fast growing vendor management software category. He was Ernst & Young's 2012 Midwest "Entrepreneur of the Year" as well as the 2012 recipient of the Peter Yessne Staffing Innovator Award, recognized for pioneering the Vendor Management Software (VMS) space. Fieldglass was also recognized as the Illinois Venture Capital Association's 2014 Private Equity Portfolio Company of the Year and has received many other awards. The company was acquired by SAP in 2014. Jai is a former strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company where he served clients in areas of corporate strategy, technology and cross-border alliances. He is also a former senior executive at Syntel, a software services firm in Michigan and the co-founder of Quinnox, an application outsourcing firm in Chicago, Illinois. Jai is a Trustee of the Field Museum of Chicago, serves on the Board of 1871 (Chicago's entrepreneurial hub for digital startups), on Governor Rauner’s Illinois Council for Innovation and is a member of the Commercial Club and the Commonwealth Club of Chicago. He is an adviser to Starvest Partners, a New York based venture capital firm and serves as an Advisory Board Chairman for Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago. He currently serves on the Boards of Signal, Semantify, Fleet Complete, Highground, Utopia, HealthEngine, Four Kites, Xaptum, SomruS, BlueCat Networks and OfficeLuv along with being an investor and adviser to many high growth firms. He is a founding member of the Firestarter Fund, which mentors and invests in Chicago startups. He has previously served on the Mayor’s Council of Technology Advisers, the Technology Membership Committee of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Board of Tie-Midwest and the Board of MetroSquash. He is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and strategy at the Kellogg and Booth Business Schools as well as at various industry events. Jai holds an MBA with specializations in finance and strategy from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and a bachelor's degree in management science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.
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Packback is a smart discussion platform that uses AI to teach college students how to ask better questions, and be self-led in their learning. Where most discussion solutions are clunky, manual and disengaging, Packback is automated and social. 30K students from 50 universities are currently using Packback, and they have created over 1 million posts to-date. Packback counts Mark Cuban, Howard Tullman, and Mark Tebbe among its investors, and has raised 3.5 Million in funding to date.
Jim Dallke is the Associate Editor at Chicago Inno, a digital media company that covers local innovation. As part of the team that launched Chicago Inno in 2014, Jim covers the ins and outs of Chicago's startup and tech scene. Prior to Chicago Inno, Jim was a reporter at the Northwest Herald, a daily newspaper in Chicago's Northwest suburbs. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a Master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Lecinski is the Vice President of U.S. Sales and Services at Google, working with major brand marketers and media agency partners in the Consumer Packaged Goods, Healthcare, Restaurant, B2B and Local Markets industry verticals. Prior to Google, he had held leadership positions at ad agencies DDB, marchFirst, Young & Rubicam, and EuroRSCG. Lecinski also holds the positions of Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern's Medill School and Visiting Executive Lecturer at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business. His book about the new marketing model, "Winning the Zero Moment of Truth" known as ZMOT (pronounced: "Zhee MAHT”) was published in 2011, and has been read by over 300,000 marketers worldwide and featured in the New York Times, Advertising Age and Forbes.
Born and raised on Chicago's South Side, Jimmy Odom was co-founder and Senior Vice President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of Intersect Illinois, the State’s public-private partnership driving business and economic opportunity. He is the immediate past Senior Advisor for Minority Business Development at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. In that role, Jimmy worked with communities across the state to help create, develop, and mature minority-owned businesses in the State of Illinois. Before joining the Department of Commerce, Jimmy founded WeDeliver, the largest hyper-local logistics service in Chicago. As CEO of WeDeliver, Jimmy was responsible for creating, communicating and implementing the vision, mission, and corporate direction. Prior to launching WeDeliver, Jimmy worked at Apple Inc. as the Head of Customer Experience for the Midwest region. Jimmy has been recognized by many business leaders within the Midwest entrepreneurial community. IBM awarded his team North America’s Most Innovative Company Award (2014). The Chicago Urban League presented him with the Chicago Urban League Innovator Award that same year (2014). He was featured on Crain’s Business Chicago’s 50 Most Influential People list (2014) and at the Moxie Awards, his peers voted him the Best Founder in Chicago (2014).
John Flavin leads the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which drives the creation of new businesses at the University of Chicago and on Chicago’s South Side. In this role, he helped the University of Chicago Medicine attract a $100 million gift from the Duchossois family to further research into how the bacteria in our bodies influence wellness and disease, and then commercialize the new treatments that emerge from laboratory discoveries. Prior to leading the Polsky Center, Flavin launched the Polsky Exchange, a 34,000-square-foot incubator, fabrication lab, and co-working space for university and community entrepreneurs. The Exchange, located on 53rd Street in Hyde Park, now has more than 3,500 members. Flavin helped launch and scale Chicago Innovation Mentors, a consortium of Illinois universities and national labs supporting faculty-led startups, and co-founded MATTER, Chicago health-tech startup hub. He has also co-founded and built several biotech companies, raised more than $250 million in private and public capital, and led two successful NASDAQ IPOs. Flavin holds a BS from Marquette University and a MBA from Lewis University. He is a board member at the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. He serves on Governor Bruce Rauner’s Illinois Innovation Council, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ChicagoNEXT technology council, and the City of Chicago’s Small Business Advisory Committee.
John Pletz covers technology, venture capital and startups for Crain’s Chicago Business. He joined Crain’s a decade ago from the American-Statesman in Austin, Texas, where he directed the paper’s technology coverage. He is a University of Illinois graduate.
PartySlate is a beautifully designed platform where leading event professionals share their work with the world, build their brand, collaborate with clients and drive leads. In turn, people planning larger scale parties can find new ideas by viewing and saving hundreds of thousands of beautiful event photos from weddings to corporate events, connect with top local event professionals and find stunning venues.
At GE Ventures, Karen Kerr leads a team focused on making investments and developing partnerships in the advanced manufacturing ecosystem. Karen came to GE with two decades of experience in developing technology based businesses and venture investing. Previously she served as Senior Director of New Ventures and Alliances at the University of Southern California (USC) Stevens Center for Innovation where she was responsible for accelerating the formation of startup companies out of university research. Highly acclaimed, Karen was named one of LA’s Top Innovators in 2012 by C Suite Quarterly, selected to C200 leading business women in 2004, and selected by Crain’s Chicago Business for its 40 under 40 list of leading business professionals in Chicago. Karen earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago and an AB in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College.
OfficeLuv creates happier and more productive workplaces by centralizing office services through one product. We combine on-site personnel with technology to help office management teams off load tasks, restock and order supplies and groceries, manage vendors, gather employee insights, and analyze office spend. Headquartered in Chicago, OfficeLuv works with over 250 customers helping them create a better office experience.
Kevin is a Co-Managing Partner at Chicago Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund where he is overseeing all aspects of Chicago Ventures including fund management, deal sourcing and investments, and working directly with portfolio companies. He joined the fund in June 2013. From 2011 to 2013, Kevin was the President & CEO of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC). The CEC manages, operates, and programs 1871, a leading co-working center serving hundreds of startups building their early-stage businesses located at Chicago’s famed Merchandise Mart. Since opening in May 2012, 1871 has welcomed thousands of visitors to events and curated hundreds of workshops and office hours with mentors for entrepreneurs. During Kevin’s time there, high-profile visitors included former British Prime Minister David Cameron, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, AOL Founder Steve Case, Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy, and YouTube co-founder Steve Chen - shining a spotlight on Chicago’s growing startup community nationally and globally. During this time, Kevin was also a Venture Partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital, overseeing their early-stage Seed Investments. Previously, Kevin co-founded the Google Chicago office in late 2000. In his over 10 years with Google, Kevin helped grow this office to more than 400 professionals and led relationships with some of Google’s largest marketing partners based in the Midwest. Before Google, Kevin held business development positions at CMGI, an early internet incubator, and USRobotics, the pioneer in modem technology. Kevin is actively involved in several civic and charitable organizations. He was named to Crain’s 2011 “40 Under 40” list as well as Crain’s 2012 Tech 50 list. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Institute of Technology and of Loyola University Chicago. He currently serves on the boards of NorthShore University HealthSystem, the BigShoulders Fund, ChooseChicago, mHub, World Sport Chicago, the Future Founders Foundation, the CEC, the Campaign Committee for The 606, and the inaugural Development Council for USA Soccer. In 2011, he served on the steering committee for Mayor Emanuel’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs and currently is a member of the Mayor’s technology council, ChicagoNEXT. Previously, he was a Director of The Economic Club of Chicago and was a Trustee of his alma mater, Loyola Academy. Kevin earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business (’10) where he previously served on the Executive Advisory Board for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College (’96) and studied at the London School of Economics. Kevin, his wife Victoria, and their children, Jacqueline, Max and Lizzie, reside in Winnetka.
Kristi Ross is the co-CEO and President of dough, Inc. dba tastytrade (“tastytrade”), the most-watched online financial network making finance fun and actionable. tastytrade recently launched a new brokerage firm, tastyworks. The collective offering focuses on empowering the do-it-yourself investor to engage more with their finances, through the unique combination of content, technology and fees. Ms. Ross also co-hosts the show Bootstrapping in America, where she interviews innovative entrepreneurs. Previously, Ms. Ross was the CFO of thinkorswim Group as a private company where she led numerous mergers, acquisitions and integration. thinkorswim sold to TD Ameritrade for $750M in 2009. Prior to thinkorswim, Ms. Ross was CFO of Automated Trading Desk Specialists, a stock specialist on the Chicago Stock Exchange. Ms. Ross started her career in public accounting, specializing in financial services industry clientele including individual traders, proprietary, market makers, specialists, discount brokerage and advisory firms and has been in and around the trading business for more than 25 years. As co-CEO and President of tastytrade, Ms. Ross has been honored as the Illinois Technology Association CityLights’ Prominent Tech Woman, the Moxie Awards’ Woman in Tech, Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, James Haugh Award and has been named to Innovate Finance Global Women in Fintech Powerlist, Crain’s Chicago’s Tech 50, the Techweek 100 list and Chicago Business Journal’s Women of Influence list. Ms. Ross has spoken at Techweek, WiSTEM, Ms. Tech and Woman 2.0 and Chicago Ideas Week and has been featured by prominent publications such as Fortune, Chicago Tribune, and Crain's Chicago. In addition, Ms. Ross is an active board member of companies in the technology as well as the trading industry, is an active member of the ChicagoNEXT Fintech Council of World Business Chicago, board member of CEC/1871 and an Economic Club of Chicago member. Philanthropic passions include Midtown Educational Foundation, Rock the Street Wall Street, Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy, EveryHandCounts.
Laura Ferris Anderson is a Managing Director and Head of Industry Strategy and Innovation for J.P. Morgan Merchant Services’ U.S. Division. Her team serves some of the world’s largest U.S. based digital and ecommerce companies. From 2010-2016, she served as the Chief of Staff in the JPMorgan Chase Midwest Chairman’s Office and has also served as a Senior Banker in J.P. Morgan's Private Bank. Earlier in her career at J.P. Morgan, Laura held roles in payment strategy and ecommerce, including leading a project to digitize check processing. An active civic leader, Anderson serves on the Executive Committees of the Board of Directors of 1871, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, MATTER and the Wood Family Foundation. She is a member of the Alumni Board of Governors of Georgetown University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Business Administration.
Laura Van Peenan is Managing Director and Head of Chicago Coverage for William Blair, where she has worked for 20 years, including many as a technology investment banker. She also Chairs William Blair’s Community Impact Steering Committee and is a founding and current member of its Global Inclusion Council. Laura’s non-profit boards include The University of Chicago Charter School, The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, The University of Chicago Women’s Board and HFS Chicago Scholars. Despite all of her University of Chicago involvement, she received her MBA from Kellogg and her undergraduate degree from Duke. And she is happy to be the mother of two teen-aged girls.
As President of the Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education, Liz Thompson is deeply engaged in the non-profit community and passionate about youth development and education. She began her formal role working with non-profits in 1993 when she was named founding Executive Director of City Year Chicago, a national service organization that was the template for the AmeriCorps Program. In 1995, Liz was named Executive Director of Family Star Early Head Start Montessori School in Denver, Colorado, where she led a $5 million expansion of the organization. In 1998, she became active with local boards in the San Diego area where she gained further insight and experience in education and expanded her interest in philanthropy. Prior to her work with non-profits, Liz had a ten-year career with Ameritech Corporation. As one of very few women in their Network Operations organization, she led various technical departments and was eventually named special assistant to the CEO of Ameritech Illinois and director of a three-state region for Field Operations. Liz serves as Vice Chairman of The Partnership for College Completion and is a Special Advisor to OneGoal. She is a director for The Museum of Science and Industry and serves as co-chair of Purdue University’s Minority Engineering Program Advisory Panel. She is an alumnus of the Non-Profit Leadership Program of Denver and of the Leadership Greater Chicago Program where she currently also serves as a Director. Liz is married to Donald Thompson, retired President and Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s Corporation. They live with their two children just outside Chicago, Illinois.
Mark Tebbe is a wealth of successful entrepreneurial experience including the founding of two NASDAQ-listed corporations as well as direct involvement in numerous start-up and high-growth companies over the past 30 years. As an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Chicago Booth School of Business, Mark instructs students in the creation and growth of entrepreneurial businesses; while In his Entrepreneur in Residence role at the University of Chicago, Mark aids students in their entrepreneurial roles as well as helping professors enhance the technical reality for their classes. Prior to his University of Chicago role, Mark was also a founder and the vice chairman of Answers Corporation (NASDAQ:ANSW), which created one of the first and most authoritative public websites. Mark was also the founder and chairman of Lante Corporation, which he grew from a two-person firm in 1984 to an 1300-employee NASDAQ-listed international corporation that was acquired by SBI Group in 2002. Over the years, Mark has been a consultant to executive management of many leading companies including American Express, Dell and Microsoft as well as non-profit organizations such as National Park Service, United Nations and World Economic Forum. Mark is a recognized and published industry expert on emerging technologies whose insights have appeared in leading national publications including BusinessWeek, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. Mark is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, focusing on fostering values-based leadership and open-minded dialogue. In light to his service to the University of Illinois, the alma mater of his B.S. in Computer Science/ Engineering degree, Mark was honored with the Chicago Illini of the Year Award as well as the national Alumni Honor Award for Distinguished Service. He also supports numerous children-oriented, educational and environmental causes.
Matt Maloney is founder and CEO of Grubhub, the nation's leading online and mobile food ordering company dedicated to connecting diners with local restaurants. Under Matt's leadership, Grubhub has grown its active diner network to more than 9 million users who can order directly from more than 55,000 takeout restaurants in over 1,200 cities. He led the company through five rounds of investment funding, a 2013 merger with Seamless, and a 2014 initial public offering. Matt currently serves as an advisory board member for The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and a member of ChicagoNEXT, an organization dedicated to driving growth and opportunity in the Chicago business community. He also serves on the board of directors of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Matt was named one of America's most powerful CEOs 40 and under in Forbes Magazine in 2016 and one of the top 50 business people of 2014 by Fortune Magazine. He holds a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and two master's degrees, including an MBA, from the University of Chicago.
Michael Slaby has spent his career at the intersection of politics and technology. He was the Chief Technology Officer for Obama '08 and the Chief Innovation Officer for Obama '12. He lives in Chicago.
Nandini Ramani is Chief Engineering Officer at Outcome Health, where she will lead the technology platform to transform the healthcare experience and enable physicians to better discuss diagnoses and treatments with patients. Ramani was previously at Twitter, where she led engineering effectiveness for the social media company’s 1,300+ person technical organization. Prior to this, Ramani led the $320M Java business unit for Oracle. Ramani has extensive experience leading both hardware and software engineering teams, which is expertise she will have the opportunity to combine at Outcome Health. In addition to her engineering and business leadership, Ramani has extensive international expansion experience.
Nizar Tarhuni leads the research and data analyst groups at PitchBook Data, a Seattle-based private markets research firm that was acquired by Morningstar in 2016. He is responsible for overseeing PitchBook’s analyst coverage across private equity, M&A and venture capital, as well as the firm’s emerging technology research. Tarhuni is also responsible for managing and driving the content strategy and distribution behind PitchBook’s written research offering. As the head of the data analyst group, Tarhuni is responsible for developing operating efficiencies across the team to better serve internal and external client research requests. Previously, he served as PitchBook’s lead private equity analyst and launched the firm’s emerging technology coverage in 2015. He has been regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg and the Financial Times, among other publications. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Linfield College.
Paul Lee is a founding member and GP at BuildersVC where he looks to work with teams leveraging technology to disrupt large, archaic industries. Paul also serves as Founder and CEO of Builders Studios (formerly known as RONIIN). Previously, Paul was a General Partner at Lightbank where he was a board member at Udemy, Sprout Social, Contently, Talentbin (acquired by Monster Worldwide), Benchprep, and BabbaCo (acquired by Barefoot Books, Inc). He also led the firm’s investment in DoubleDutch, ElaCarte, and Cleversense (acquired by Google). Prior to his role at Lightbank, Paul was a Founding Partner at the Peacock Equity Fund, a joint venture between NBC Universal and GE Ventures. Peacock Equity’s investments include Adify (acquired by Cox Communications), BigPoint GMbH (acquired by TA Associates and Summit), Rubicon Project (NASDAQ: RUBI), and Greystripe (acquired by ValueClick). In addition, he is also an independent board director for Lifeway Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: LWAY). Paul received a dual undergraduate degree in Mathematical Methods in Social Sciences (MMSS) and Economics from Northwestern University. In his spare time, Paul aspires to become a national champion in competitive BBQ where he relies on his Yoder Cheyenne Smoker.
Peter has successfully founded, built, and turned around companies in the education, healthcare, and technology industries. He has also leveraged his entrepreneurial experience to help build one of the top early-stage venture groups (angel investors) in the country. Currently, Peter leads Hyde Park Angels (HPA) as the managing director. Prior to HPA, he co-founded New Futuro, a socially innovative education company. Before New Futuro, Peter worked with KKR Capstone (KKR’s operations group) as President of PRIMEDIA Healthcare, where he turned around the company from record losses to record profits and built one of the premier online physician education communities. Prior to PRIMEDIA, Peter successfully served in senior sales and marketing roles for two technology startups that collectively sold for more than $2.8 billion. Peter holds a degree in business from Indiana University and graduated from the University of Chicago Booth Executive Institute. Peter serves on a number of boards, is an active advisor to many entrepreneurs, and frequently speaks about entrepreneurship and venture capital. He also works with founders, CEOs and company boards to develop strategic solutions to address their growth and capital needs with the Omaxen Group. Throughout his career, Peter has been passionate about developing startup leaders. He believes when entrepreneurs lead with purpose, optimize their performance, and take a people-first approach they improve their lives, their companies, and the world in incredible ways.
Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Xaptum, Inc. - an industry trailblazer who runs technology businesses through the life cycle of start-up to exit with an incisive understanding of value drivers for technology products in the marketplace. Pasam had previously founded successful technology businesses in technology services and outsourced product development. In 2013, AT&T named him one of AT&T’s innovators in Internet of Things. Pasam is the co-founder & CEO of Xaptum, the company that built the Internet for Things – a IP network optimized for IoT that exchanges IoT data between the world of Things and the world of Cloud Applications and Big Data securely, reliably at massive scale.
Cubii designs and manufacturers connected fitness products that help integrate exercise in our daily lives. This results in better health outcomes for individuals and lower costs for their employers. Cubii’s first product is a compact elliptical trainer that lets you keep moving while you sit– at your desk or couch. Cubii’s mobile app keeps track of your progress and syncs with Fitbit & Apple HealthKit.
Shradha Agarwal has a lifelong passion for building organizations to connect people and information, and to align profit and purpose. She co-founded Outcome Health in 2006, the leading health decision platform, with a vision to activate the best health outcome possible for every person in the world. As President, Shradha has lead product innovation, scaling operations and talent development. OH has doubled its revenue, profitability and distribution year-over-year while being consistently recognized for its people operations, customer service and technology leadership. Shradha co-founded JumpStart Ventures in 2011 to fund other passionate entrepreneurs who are executing ambitious solutions in healthcare, education and media communications, and has since backed more than 40 companies with over $10 million in venture investments. She mentors entrepreneurs at Techstars, Impact Engine & Blueprint Health, but is equally invested in the venture philanthropy model for scaling nonprofit solutions through SVP Chicago and The Chicago Public Education Fund. She serves on the boards of OneGoal and Chicago Children’s Choir and spiritedly supports youth education, women leadership and civic engagement. The CEC recently honored the two Outcome Health co-founders with the “2015 Chicagoness Award” for their deep commitment to developing the city’s ecosystem. Shradha was also recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House and was named to Fortune's 40 under 40 in 2017. She enjoys sharing stories, traveling internationally and exploring new cultures, food and music.
Sonny Garg leads Uptake’s Energy vertical. With the transition from a centralized grid to an increasingly intelligent and distributed energy grid, advanced analytics are essential to ensuring a safe, reliable, affordable, and clean future. Prior to Uptake, Sonny spent 13 years at Exelon Corporation in a variety of senior executive positions, including chief information and innovation officer and president of Exelon Power. Sonny began his career in the public and nonprofit sectors. He served as an assistant to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and was appointed a White House Fellow by President Bill Clinton. Sonny holds a master’s degree and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an M.P.P. from Harvard University.
NowPow is a women-owned and led company that has developed a community resource network management technology. NowPow empowers care professionals to make highly matched, data-driven social referrals, communicate with patients and social service providers about those referrals, and ultimately track referral status and outcomes. The multi-sided platform improves care transitions across the care continuum and helps people with chronic health and social conditions get and stay well.
Tim has spent more than 15 years developing and delivering software in a variety of roles including professional services and product management. Prior to G2 Crowd, Tim was responsible for Product Management at BigMachines and led efforts to deliver the top-rated quoting tool on Salesforce.com‘s AppExchange for three years in a row. Tim loves making life better by solving problems using software technology and is passionate about working in an entrepreneurial environment, where each day is unique and learning is constant. When not at work, he helps coach his kids’ wrestling team and serves at his local church. Tim grew up in rural Iowa on his family farm, so building software was a natural transition. He also appreciates good sarcasm (except when directed at him from his children), and has the worst penmanship in the company.
Troy Henikoff is Managing Director of MATH Venture Partners. Additionally, Troy is also an active mentor with Techstars. Troy was a Co-founder of Excelerate Labs, which became Techstars Chicago in 2013. He also helps manage the FireStarter Fund, teaches Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business, is on the board of the Chicago-land Entrepreneurial Center. Prior to Techstars Chicago, Troy was the CEO of OneWed.com, President of Amacai, and co-founder and CEO of SurePayroll.com. Troy built the technology for Jellyvision (creators of “You Don’t Know Jack!”), was the President of Systemetrics, and his first company was Specialized Systems and Software. Troy has an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Brown University and a Masters Degree in Project Management from Northwestern.
Vic is Managing Partner of lightbank. Founded in 2010, lightbank is top performing $300+ million seed and series a venture capital firm headquartered in Chicago. Lightbank is best known for its entrepreneurial DNA, propriety investment opportunities and track record for producing outsized returns. Over 70% of lightbank’s investments are in Chicago / Midwest. Vic is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and began his professional career in Chicago in 1995. He has over 20 years of experience in venture capital, fintech investing and financial services. He has been a part of over $650M in venture capital and M&A transactions. Vic has taken multiple companies public and through successful acquisitions. He currently services on the boards of Clearcover, CarLease.com, Snapsheet, Fooda, Sprout Social, Hireology, Ionic, BillTrim, BenchPrep, Udemy and Hatch Loyalty. Vic is also an advisor to the Chicago Blockchain Center, Currency and Fintech 71. He is an active supporter of financial services innovation efforts. Prior to lightbank, Vic built and led USAA’s $330 million corporate venture capital program where he led investments in fintech (insurtech, banking, investment management), consumer internet, enterprise technologies and digital capabilities. He also held responsibility for the company’s M&A, joint ventures and intellectual property transactions. More recently, Vic was a Partner with Munich Re| HSB Ventures where he led their investment activities in insurtech including trov, super, slice labs and Next Insurance. Investments Vic has led and boards he has served on include: Narrative Science, TRUECar (NASDAQ: TRUE), Care.com (NYSE: CRCM), ID.me, Automatic Labs (acquired by Sirius XM), Prosper Marketplace, Personal Capital, Coinbase, MX, Roost, Cartera Commerce (acquired by EBates), Roostify, RepairPal, Saffron Technologies (acquired by Intel Corp), CafeX, MindMeld (acquired by Cisco) and VAST. Preceding financial services, Vic’s background includes Chicago start-ups and leadership positions in law. Vic has consulted to numerous financial services companies and venture capital firms on their fintech/insurtech investments as well as broader strategic initiatives. He has served as chairman of the National Venture Capital Association’s (NVCA) Education Committee for the Corporate Venture Group and served on the Board of Advisor’s for the NVCA. Vic has been featured in Andrew Roman’s best-selling book, The Masters of Corporate Venture Capital. He is also a TedX speaker and regular participant on insurtech and fintech discussion panels.
Paul Bauerschmidt is the product lead for Coinbase Markets, the centralized pool of liquidity that underpins all Coinbase products. He is also a director of the company’s institutional businesses, which include Coinbase Prime, Coinbase Markets, Coinbase Custody and the Coinbase Institutional Coverage Group. Prior to joining Coinbase, Paul spent 13 years at CME Group, most recently as the head of its swap execution facility. His previous work at CME included the development of its exchange matching engine and trading screen. Most recently, Paul was the Managing Director and Head of Product at Eris Exchanges where he focused on interest rate swap futures. He is active in the Chicago financial community through the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Economic Club of Chicago. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business.
Rumi Morales is a pioneer in identifying, investing and cultivating the emerging technologies that will define our economy’s next generation. An early specialist in digital currency, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, Rumi is also a leading early investor in artificial intelligence and next generation data computing as they will affect traditional industries. Institutional Investor magazine noted her as one the “most powerful dealmakers in financial technology” two years in a row, and Crain’s recognized her in their esteemed “40 Under 40” list. Rumi is currently Partner at Outlier Ventures, a trans-Atlantic investment platform focused on the convergence of advanced technologies, and Managing Partner of its venture fund, OV+. She also is Founding Partner of Chicago Surge, an innovative program that helps startups scale in the Midwest region. She previously led the venture arm of the CME Group, as well as serving as a long-time executive at Goldman Sachs where she established its Global Markets Institute. She began her career in venture capital in London, Kuala Lumpur and New York, and has invested across three continents and lived in seven countries. Rumi is a member of the Boards of the Negaunee Music Institute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the BitGive Foundation, and is an Advisory Board member of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. She received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received her MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. She is a proud daughter, sister, wife, and mother of two young children.
Jennifer O'Rourke is the Co-Founder and President of Attest, a blockchain-enabled digital identity company and also serves as the Director of Public Engagement at the Chicago Blockchain Center. Prior to Attest, Jennifer served as the Illinois Blockchain Business Liaison, where she supported distributed ledger technology development throughout the state of Illinois and also served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology at the Illinois Department of Commerce where she led projects supporting economic development throughout the state. Prior to this, O’Rourke held a number of strategic and market development positions in the financial services industry. Most recently, O’Rourke was with CME Group, serving as a Manager of Global Business Development where she was responsible for expanding CME Group’s presence in the developing and frontier markets. Previous to this, O’Rourke worked for Royal Bank of Scotland and Deutsche Bank in London. O’Rourke attended the University of London where she received a Masters of Arts and the University of Illinois where she received a Bachelor of Arts. O’Rourke serves as a member of the board of directors in the FinTech Incubator: Currency and volunteers as a mentor to the Chicago Innovation Women’s Coop Group.
Karen is vice president of sales at Google and serves as site lead for the company’s Chicago office. She joined Google in 2011 to launch the company’s Chicago-based consumer goods division to cultivate advertising clients in the food, beverage and restaurant businesses across the U.S. Prior to her role as vice president, Karen led Google’s largest global integrated marketing teams, consulting with agencies and customers on how to grow their businesses in a rapidly changing consumer landscape and working with key customers like Apple and Microsoft. She brings a wealth of experience advising C-suite executives and boards of directors on consumer marketing, go-to-market strategy, product innovation and data strategy. Karen has spearheaded several global marketing initiatives, including developing partnerships with third party brand measurement and improving brand safety policy and practices. Karen joined Google from FCB, a division of the Interpublic Group of Companies where she was the executive vice president and managing director. Karen was responsible for blue chip clients including SC Johnson, MillerCoors, Boeing, Dow, United States Postal Service, Motorola and Kraft among others. For four years, she led the team of 1200 to achieve record double digit growth and profit each year, becoming the largest single agency office of any network in the country. Prior to FCB, Karen was president at Zipatoni, a boutique creative agency also owned by IPG. She began her career at Anheuser-Busch and Frito-Lay where she led teams in marketing, sales, wholesaler development and key accounts. Karen is passionate about community involvement and serves on multiple boards, including the World Business Chicago Board of Directors, the medical board of Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, where she is chairwoman of the marketing committee, and the board of Off The Street Club. She is a member of The Chicago Network. Karen has also been recognized for her professional contributions as Chicago Advertising Federation's Woman of the Year (2009) and Ad Age's "Women to Watch" (2010). Karen earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Missouri and is a graduate of the Executive Education programs at both Harvard Business School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. A married mother of two teen boys, she is an avid athlete who can often be found on the soccer field, the golf course or in a pair of waders casting a fly.
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