Jake Trussell's Blog
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and World Business Chicago announced a new fellowship program [this week]. It's designed to have some of Chicago's "best and brightest" younger professionals in the private sector lend their talents to the city for a few months.
The Brookings Institution and the National Endowment for the Arts recently hosted an event dealving deeply into data around the affects of the Creative Class on Economic Development.
We built our Site Selector web-based mapping tool using open-source technology allowing us to easily add geo-data, and end-users to intuitivly toggle layers on a map. For example, universities, industrial districts, and commercial real estate can be added so the user can get a feel for which areas of the city have a convergence those things. In this blog post I discuss a bit about the process of building the tool.
The company that created the most jobs on the Inc. 5,000 this year is in Chicago, and overall Chicago is the #3 top job creating metro.
Last week World Business Chicago hosted a delegation of visiting journalists from the United Nations Press Corps. The global contingent of reporters came from Chinese newspapers, Japanese magazines, Swedish public radio and more. We took them on a behind-the-scenes tour into the exciting world of Chicago’s innovation ecosystem, including Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, 600 West Chicago (home of Groupon & Lightbank) and the startup incubator, Excelerate Labs.
Built in Chicago (BiC) is a connector for, and promoter of Chicago’s fast-growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in the digital technology sector. The grass roots, social website has been very popular and works well as a connector, but in order to take it to the next level and begin ramp up the promotion side, BiC was in need of a stronger identity. As a member of the committee to develop a BiC logo, I’d like to share some insights into the process.
Chicago-based Groupon is number 5 on Fast Company's The Worlds 50 Most Innovative Companies list. CEO, Andrew Mason's take on what makes Chicago's startup scene different than that of Silicon Valley raises interesting questions about Chicago's tech talent pool.
I recently returned from what may be the largest geek-fest in the world, the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) new media conference in Austin, TX. My brain sufficiently crammed with new information, I got to thinking about the growing number of such fests here in Chicago. 2011 in particular looks to be shaping up as an exciting year for these events in Chicago.
Over the past year I’ve had the privilege of dipping a toe into the torrent of energy that is Chicago’s innovation ecosystem. This fast-growing and quickly evolving amalgamation of entrepreneurs, inventors, academics, designers, startup companies, business incubators, events, publications, and investors are collaborating across disciplines to make Chicago an epicenter of the technology world.