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10 years after 9/11, security still top of mind

10 years after 9/11, security still top of mind

By Ann Meyer — Chicago photographer Jimmy Fishbein hasn’t forgotten the terrorist attacks that struck New York 10 years ago, where his photography studio was located at the time. Fishbein lost just about everything, including his portfolio, when his studio next to the World Trade Center got caught in the disaster of Sept. 11. “I […]

MBX’s employee focus leads to satisfied customers, new sales

By Ann Meyer Zach Mitchell didn’t know how lucky he was to work at MBX Systems in Wauconda until he took a job at another company. After just a few weeks, he was having breakfast with MBX’s chief operating officer Jill Bellak to ask for his old job back, which he received. Mitchell is just […]

Tech firm Ahead forges way with private clouds

Large technology companies often beget small ones, as employees become entrepreneurs. When Dan Adamany worked for IBM and EMC, he recalls colleagues leaving the giants to start their own businesses. Now, he’s one of them. In 2007, Adamany left his sales position at EMC to start his own IT business, Ahead. While the Chicago-based company […]

Collaborative selling accelerates software firm’s sales, users

Andrew Sieja is president and chief executive of Chicago-based kCura, which is doubling its headcount as software sales accelerate. Photo courtesy of kCura By Ann Meyer — With an eye toward innovation, Chicago technology company kCura relies on partners to sell its software so it can spend more time on service and add-ons. “We’re continuously innovating the […]

Illinois leads in tech employment, while business development lags

The Illinois General Assembly’s passage of SB 107, which creates a Technology Development Account II  using money from the state Treasurer’s investment pool to support technology companies, might be a step in the right direction. But Illinois has a lot of catching up to do, experts said. While Illinois is one of the nation’s 10 […]

Templeton launches OhSoWe to help neighbors help themselves

By Ann Meyer Serial entrepreneur Chuck Templeton is out to counter conspicuous consumption and build community with the launch of OhSoWe.com, a website designed to match neighbors’ needs with nearby resources. Templeton recently used the site to borrow a neighbor’s cooler and camp stove for the weekend.  The site also could be used to find […]

Experts offer advice on iPhone tracking file

New research indicating iPads and iPhones routinely collect and store data on users’ whereabouts has some people concerned about how the information could be misused, the Sun-Times reported.  “It’s on any machine you’ve synched with your device. It can also be easily accessed on the device itself if it falls into the wrong hands,” wrote researchers […]

Groupon adds female Google exec as COO

Groupon adds female Google exec as COO

Groupon has hired Margo Georgiadis, vice president of global sales planning and technology at Google, as its new chief operating officer, Crain’s Chicago Business reported. Georgiadis will take the place of Rob Solomon, a former Yahoo marketing executive who last month announced plans to leave Groupon to return to Silicon Valley. Georgiadis, who currently oversees […]

Chicago-based singles business seeks to bring e-dating community offline

By Roger Riddell — Medill News Service — By taking its events-oriented approach to the Internet with a new website launched this month, Chicago-based Social One hopes to deliver a winning formula that’s different from existing online dating sites. Joining an already crowded online dating marketplace, the site (www.SocialOne.com) plans to differentiate itself by matching members […]

Accessibility complaint against universities points to larger business issue

By Ann Meyer — As a sculptor who has been blind since birth, Chicagoan Stephen Handschu can weld steel and cast bronze. But using common software applications is often another matter. “The more the world switches to interactive technology, the less accessible the world is to me,” said Handschu. He surmises it’s an even greater […]

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