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Company Sassy CEO, LLC
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Company TechWeek
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Gurbaksh Chahal

At 28, Gurbaksh Chahal is already leading his third start-up, RadiumOne. Like the two companies that preceded it, RadiumOne is pioneering new ways for Web users to be connected with the brands, ideas and products that interest them.

Through its proprietary and patent-pending "Social Retargeting" technology, RadiumOne allows companies to take advantage of the ever-increasing amount of "social" data on the Internet to zero in on the consumers most likely to be receptive to their messages. This helps not only companies, since they can make efficient use of limited Web advertising budgets, but also…

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Mike Werner

Mike is responsible for RadiumOne's sales and messaging to agencies and brand advertisers. In addition, he is charged with growing the company's sales force throughout the United States and equipping it with the tools necessary to meet the company's aggressive growth plans.

Prior to RadiumOne, Mike served as the VP of Sales and co-founder at BlueLithium, a second generation ad network. Mike built the BlueLithium sales team and was responsible for bringing in several large advertisers to help launch the company. Prior to BlueLithium, Mike was the Director of Sales at ClickAgents where he was suc…

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I help entrepreneurs grow their business through compelling user experience and visual design. Though I wear many hats, I currently focus on designing web interfaces and applications.

I believe work and business can be about more than making a living. It can help us create meaning and promote human flourishing.

On a personal note, I'm fascinated by the intersection of tech and culture with entrepreneurship. I love the outdoors and think the best place on earth is the top of a mountain.
Company robmodz.com
Position Design Wizard, Techy Dude, Maker of Cool Stuff
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Ross Kimbarovsky

In 2007, Ross left a successful 13 year career as a trial lawyer to pursue his dream of founding a technology company (it's only partially true that he did so in order to wear shorts and sandals to work) by co-founding crowdSPRING - the world's #1 marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design, industrial design and copywriting services. Buyers who need a logo, website, custom graphic design, industrial design or written content post what they need, when they need it and how much they’ll pay. Once posted, creatives from around the world (100,000 from 200 countries) submit actual work. Buyers sele…

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Seth Kravitz

After falling in love with the Chicago entrepreneur community Seth started volunteering as a business mentor at the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University and the Knapp Center at IIT and speaking atmidVenturesLaunch in September. Seth started a web design company out of his dorm room at Ohio State when he was 19. In 2004, he merged his company with InsuranceAgents.com to start building insurance marketing websites. Since then the company has grown into a 55 person operation in two cities and was honored to make the 2009 & 2010 Inc 500 List.

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Stephanie Precourt

Stephanie Precourt is a freelance writer and editor for the online magazines Real Moms Guide and NWIparent Magazine. She recently added Director and Producer to her title with her debut and recent success "Listen To Your Mother" show in Valparaiso, IN. Most often, though, Stephanie can be found journaling her life with four children at her personal blog adventuresinbabywearing.com.


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Tom Sosnoff

Mr.Sosnoff founded thinkorswim in 1999. Leveraging over 20 years of experience as an index market maker on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and as one of the original traders in the S&P 100 Index pit, he sought to educate retail investors in options trading and to build a brokerage-based software platform that specialized in options. His efforts ultimately changed the way these instruments traded by pioneering single-click trading functionality for complex spreads and integrating investor education for advanced option strategies.






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Godard Abel

Godard founded BigMachines in 2000 and has led the company's efforts to deliver customer success, innovation, and profitable growth. Prior to BigMachines, Godard was General Manager of the iNiku.com application service for Niku, a developer of online PSA software that successfully went public in 2000 prior to being acquired by CA. Previously Godard consulted for McKinsey and advised leading corporations on strategy and business process improvement. Godard earned an MBA from Stanford and both a BS and MS from MIT. Godard has been frequently quoted in the media on entrepreneurship and B2B sellin…

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Mark Achler

SVP, New Business Strategy & Innovation
As senior vice president of new business, strategy and innovation at Redbox, Mark Achler manages the Company’s long-term planning and expansion into new business opportunities. Achler was recently featured as a mentor to a tech startup on Bloomberg TV’s “The Mentor.”




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Bill Adee

I'm the VP of Digital Stuff for the Chicago Tribune Media Group, overseeing chicagotribune.com and chicagoshopping.com, among other sites.




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Jeff Allen

Twenty-three years of leadership experience building teams and developing award winning products and services; the past fourteen years focused exclusively on interactive digital entertainment for games, music, video, casinos, and web. Passionate about connected entertainment, emergent technologies, digital/social media, gamification, and the social power of the wire to bring people together to compete, collaborate, share their experiences, and tell their stories.


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Michael Alter

Michael Alter is president of SurePayroll, the online alternative in payroll services. Under his leadership, SurePayroll appeared twice on the Inc. 500 “Fastest Growing Companies” list and was named one of “Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Places to Work” by the National Association for Business Resources. The company was named “Most Innovative Infrastructure for Small Business” by Software CEO and won the American Business Award’s 2011’s “National Sales Team of the Year.” Recently, Michael led the sale of SurePayroll to Paychex, Inc for nearly 5 times the company’s revenues. He contin…

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Sam Altman

Sam Altman is co-founder and CEO of Loopt, a company that builds mobile applications to help people enjoy the friends, places, and events around you right now. Sam sees mobile location as helping to make serendipity happen, completely transforming how people can and will communicate on their mobile devices. Since starting the company in 2005 while studying at Stanford University, Sam has consistently been recognized for his entrepreneurship. He was featured in Inc. Magazine’s Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 and BusinessWeek’s Tech’s Best Entrepreneurs. As an early innovator in mobile loc…

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Jay Aniceto

Location Chicago, Illinois






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Michael Ardnt

Michael Arndt is managing editor of Crain's Chicago Business. Previously, he was a senior editor at BusinessWeek, specializing in innovation and design coverage. He also was a Chicago-based senior correspondent for BusinessWeek; editor of a monthly magazine, BW Chicago; business editor and chief economics correspondent at Chicago Tribune. He also is a judge and adviser for the Chicago Innovation Awards.


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Subbu Arumugam

Subbu is a first-time entrepreneur and co-founder of SugarSnap. He’s passionate about helping the burgeoning tech community in Chicago hack healthcare. He spends most of his time fighting to get his startup to profitability so it can survive to change the world of medical education.


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Ethan Austin

Ethan is the Co-founder, COO (and current intra-office burrito eating champion) at GiveForward.com, a crowfunding website that empowers people to raise money for their loved one's out-of-pocket medical expenses. Having lost several family members to cancer, he is deeply passionate about helping people and more than anything, enjoys making people smile. Ethan graduated from Emory University in 2004 with a B.A. in political science and holds a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law where he was member of the Law Review.




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Nicole Balch

Designer Nicole Balch is transforming her so-so house into a lovely home. She invites readers to follow along, offer advice, and gain inspiration from her creative process.

Making it Lovely was named one of the 50 World's Best Design Blogs by the London Times Online. Nicole's work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune Magazine, Time Out Chicago, ReadyMade, Everyday with Rachael Ray, CS Interiors, and other publications.

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