November 13, 2016
Brad Keywell's Big Data startup, Uptake, definitely has the "big" part figured out. Headcount has more than doubled in the past year to some 650 at its River North HQ and a satellite office in Naperville, making it one of Chicago's fastest-growing tech companies.
October 18, 2016
There is a lot of regions aspiring to be “the next Silicon Valley.” But the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) strongly believes that Chicago and the Midwest don’t need to be “the next” anything.
September 26, 2016
City of Chicago has an obligation to establish a pro-technology economy to fuel growth and jobs
September 16, 2016
ITA turned the spotlight on Chicago's tech community with its 17th annual City Lights awards. Winners at the Illinois Technology Association's gala tonight included some of the city's hottest companies and entrepreneurs.
September 06, 2016
Crain's latest annual guide brings you 561 leaders in banking, health care, culture, government and more
September 02, 2016
On Aug. 31, Crain's Chicago Business celebrated its Tech 50 feature, Chicago's guide to the city's sweeping technology ecosystem
August 17, 2016
At Tempus, Ocient and Catalytic, Chicago's most prominent entrepreneurs are moving on to their next big thing.
July 29, 2016
Will Flanagan sits down with Fred Hoch, CEO of the Illinois Technology Association, to talk why Hoch believes Chicago's startup ecosystem should be called the "Chicago School of Technology."
January 01, 2020
Though all emerging tech ecosystems around the country have unique strengths and weaknesses, they all have one thing in common: a nickname based off Silicon Valley.
January 29, 2016
Even if you've never heard of Braintree, odds are you've used its mobile payments technology--and probably within the last 24 hours.
June 01, 2016
Chicago-based Vibes got a shot in the arm Wednesday, with Florida-based Syniverse taking a $45 million minority stake in the mobile marketing tech provider.
May 31, 2016
"Chicago tech rocks! And it is important that we recognize and amplify the success and innovation happening here," said ITA CEO Fred Hoch. "As Midwesterners we are often the last to toot our own horn. This year's awards are all about shining a spotlight on and allowing Chicago tech to be center stage."
April 23, 2016
The road to self-driving cars winds through Here The road to self-driving cars is laid out in 2-kilometer squares. And Here, parent of the digital mapping company formerly known as Navteq, plans to lead the way.
April 14, 2016
A newly released inventory of Midwest companies leading the charge in “Internet of Things” technology offers a helpful roadmap for anyone looking to ramp up their IoT game.
March 29, 2016
As the ranking of emerging entrepreneurship communities goes, Chicago makes a good case that the game is rigged.
March 29, 2016
A social media marketing firm analyzed the top Twitters users in the Chicago tech community ...
March 01, 2016
Chicago's tech community isn't just Groupon anymore.
January 29, 2016
Chicago-based TechNexus said Thursday it will open an office near the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
January 05, 2016
I'm detecting a chill in the air, and not just because it's January.
November 05, 2018
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September 18, 2015
The Illinois Technology Association amped up its annual CityLights Awards last night with a surprise appearance by Jim Cornelison, who normally revs up the Chicago Blackhawks' home crowds with the national anthem.
September 02, 2015
kta, a hot tech-consulting and design firm, has been bought by Salesforce.
September 18, 2015
The Internet of Things emerged as a focus Thursday night at the Illinois Technology Association’s 16th annual CityLights Awards.
May 03, 2015
We discuss some of the week’s biggest tech stories with the Illinois Technology Association’s Fred Hoch and Katy Exline from Girl Develop It Chicago. They discuss Google’s new plan to detect slow connection speeds on Google devices and the different ways that technology is changing money.
April 24, 2015
Well, that was awesome.
February 25, 2015
Proud to be named to Chicago Tribune’s Blue Network - a list of the top 100 innovators in Chicago. Much more work to come though!
January 29, 2015
The Illinois Technology Association is joining a new coalition of national tech organizations, part of a stepped-up advocacy role for the Chicago-based group
July 27, 2014
We talk with Jill Salzman Founder of The Founding Moms and Fred Hoch,Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Technology Association about Amazon's new Fire phone, diversity in tech, and more tech headlines.
June 09, 2014
After a little breakdown Gangnam Style, and shock that nearly half of us have been hacked, we are joined by special guest Fred Hoch, CEO of the Illinois Technology Association! Fred tells us what’s wrong – and right – with the technology business economy in Illinois, and what he and other Chicago-based organizations are doing to make it even better!
March 17, 2014
Bill Moller talks to Fred Hoch, president and CEO of the Illinois Technology Association, about why computer science should be part of a school’s core curriculum.
March 17, 2014
Fred Hoch, CEO of the Illinois Technology Association, explains what the organization and its member companies are doing to entice university computer-science graduates to stay in Illinois.
February 03, 2014
Recent reports show that Chicago’s tech community got about $1 billion in venture capital investment last year - a huge jump from the $312 million in 2012. But is it enough?
January 28, 2014
I recently had the opportunity to do a segment on Chicago’s NBC5 to discuss the Mayor’s decision to make coding part of the CPS curriculum
December 02, 2013
When Jon Najarian walks into a room, you can tell where he's been in his life. His handshake testifies to a brief stint as a linebacker for the Bears in 1981.
October 15, 2013
In the electric hum of hopeful energy that surges through the world of Chicago business startups, where every other person you meet has an idea for a game-changing industry disrupter, it’s easy to remember that talk is cheap.
June 20, 2013
More than 100 executives from the technology sector and leading innovation advocacy organizations today called on the U.S. Senate to approve comprehensive immigration reform legislation (Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013/S. 744).
May 21, 2013
Deal will create an online food ordering company with more than $100 million in revenue and a network of more than 20,000 U.S. restaurants
April 23, 2013
Fred Hoch is taking the advice he's long offered to entrepreneurs: He's pivoting the Illinois Technology Association.
April 09, 2013
Fred Hoch Interview on TastyTrade about Technology Industry A look at Chicago's Technology Industry ...
June 07, 2012
When you’re young, it’s natural to think of grown ups as party-spoiling bores. But wait a few years until you’re a fellow adult and that uncool elder brother or once sedate seeming older cousin suddenly becomes fascinating and fun loving. Adults generally aren’t stodgy to other adults.
June 08, 2012
Forbes has recognized TechNexus as one of the Top 10 incubators in America, based solely on the success of the companies that have grown here.
May 03, 2012
TechNexus isn't an incubator in the vein of Y Combinator or TechStars, three-month programs that swap seed capital and work space for equity.
November 09, 2011
I had the fortunate opportunity last week to sit down with Jim Treleaven, a great local technology executive and a friend, to talk about the chicago technology scene and some of the things we see going on.
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