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Microsoft CTO: Artificial Intelligence frees executives to innovate

Microsoft chief technology officer Kevin Scott, upper right, spoke Wednesday in a virtual fireside chat moderated by Mike Gamson of Relativity...

Beverage entrepreneurs jump on functional bandwagon

 By Ann Meyer After tiring of wasting time trying to fall asleep, Chuck Hamman created his own liquid solution, a new functional beverage called Sleepyhead. The...

Former Pepsico exec bootstraps national launch of innovative beverage

By Ann Meyer Scott Lerner is proving you don't need big bucks to muscle a new beverage onto the crowded natural-foods shelves. Lerner, a former new...

After years in the making, Payment Pathways’ Greenlist prepares for production

By Ann Meyer As merchants rely on transactions from mobile apps, entrepreneur Richard O'Brien expects demand to grow for Payment Pathways' Greenlist registry of secure...

Test prep apps target growing student market

Ashish Rangnekar and Ujjwal Gupta, founders of technology company Watermelon Express, said they weren't trying to make money when they launched their first test-prep app – at least not at first.

Local green water company welcomes competition from PepsiCo

While some entrepreneurs fear competition, Glencoe entrepreneur Brad Schulman prefers to look at the big picture. Schulman, who founded Green Planet Bottling in 2008 to...

Deal site drawbacks spawn new startups

By Ann Meyer Count Chicago entrepreneur Kris Petersen among those who have lost money on Groupon and LivingSocial vouchers by not redeeming them before they expired. The...

Artists add creative twist to entrepreneurship

By Hallie Busta Robin Monique Rios has been an artist since childhood, but only in recent years has her penchant for art become the basis of several profitable ventures. From an 11,000-square-foot space at the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport, Rios runs 4Art Inc., a gallery featuring her work and that of nine other artists. But the location is also home to Rios' other business ventures, including website and graphic design services and art framing. "I know this is where I'm supposed to be," she said. "I know that with every fiber of my being."

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Masked merchants re-open Friday at Woodfield Mall after two-month hiatus

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My view: Bring in the $600 weekly checks

If the federal government’s pledge to give unemployed workers an extra $600 a week has you scratching your heads,...

Women founders share war stories to inspire persistence

Delna Straus, co-founder of KEYO, participated in the fourth annual Women Tech Founders' Conference held online...

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