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Sittercity matching consumers, vendors

Sittercity.com executives Genevieve Thiers and Dan Ratner have launched Contact Karma, a new technology company designed to match consumers with recommended vendors to make purchases. The website, www.contactkarma.com, will generate revenue through commissions, but won’t charge consumers or vendors to be listed on the site. “Everyday, we’ll bet you get asked a question like `Do […]

SBA powers up Illinois Smart Grid Cluster

More reliable electricity, better energy efficiency and new jobs could be coming to the Chicago area, thanks to a collaborative effort to develop a Smart Grid Regional Innovation Cluster that has received new funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration. With a $600,000 contract from the SBA announced Sept. 20, the Illinois Smart Grid Cluster […]

In a tough job market, students launch startups

Law school might not fetch an immediate job in a law firm these days, but for IIT-Kent College of Law student Richard Komaiko, it has yielded a technology business. Komaiko and his three business partners recognized the soft legal market was hurting not only recent law school graduates who can’t find jobs, but also solo […]

Electric bike start-up cruises on sustainable energy

John LeStarge says his two-wheelers can beat public buses on crowded city streets. Sporting batteries that propel them at speeds up to 20 mph, the electric bikes also surpass other forms of transportation on cost-efficiency, traveling 15 miles on just a nickel of electricity, said LeStarge, owner of Chicago Electric Bicycles LLC. The company began […]

Benderoff on Tech: Local developers shine light on apps

Information gathering continues to evolve into a mobile endeavor, as innovative software developers create apps for almost any purpose you can think of, from locating the nearest coffee shop to killing time with a mini arcade-style game.