TechWeek Chicago 2017 will run from June 19-23, across several locations in downtown Chicago. According to the Techweek website, Techweek is a purpose-built conference and media company in 8 cities, with week-long conferences throughout the year. Techweek partners with tech leaders, corporations, and the community to build a unique experience for investors, entrepreneurs, and Hero Companies. Techweek’s mission is to spread wealth creation to diverse places and people by supporting the emergence of local Hero Companies.
TechWeek Chicago 2017 Must-See Speakers
CEO, Jellyvision Lab
Amanda Lannert is the Chief Executive Officer of The Jellyvision Lab and has been a key figure in driving the company since its founding in 2001. Her focus at Jellyvision is on the company’s strategy, improving processes to better scale operations, partnership development, and customer acquisition to continue fueling the company’s growth. Amanda was named CEO of the Year at the Moxie Awards in 2014 and 2015 and has been profiled in the Chicago Tribune and Crain’s.
CEO & Co-Founder, Shiftgig
Eddie is the CEO and one of the founders of Shiftgig, the mobile marketplace that connects people with business shifts. An experienced organizational leader with exceptional talent for meshing the right ideas with the right people, Lou is poised for another success story in Shiftgig. Lou is also co-founder and board director of One Goal, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit that improves college acceptance and persistence by empowering urban high school students through a teacher-led 3 year fellowship.
CEO & Founder, Raise Marketplace Inc.
George is the Founder and CEO of Raise Marketplace Inc, a peer-to-peer marketplace for buying and selling gift cards. George has been an entrepreneur since his youth as a professional online computer gamer and was one of the top players in the world in Valve’s Counter Strike Series. George is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an Executive Advisory Board member of Techweek, a recent honoree in Chicago Crain’s 20 in Their 20’s and an honoree of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2015 list.
CEO & Founder, NodeSource
Mr. Joe McCann is a Co-Founder of NodeSource, Inc. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. McCann is a hacker, tinkerer, builder and breaker with more than 13 years of web, mobile and software development experience. Joe’s experience in various industries is widespread: from music and live events, to fashion, to Wall Street and even real estate, the perspective he brings to the mobile, design and the software engineering industries is extremely rare and unique.
John joined Enova as Chief Technology Officer in 2014. He has also worked as the CTO of Wheels, Inc., and at FTD Companies, Inc., and Applied Systems, Inc. John holds a BA from Northern Illinois University and an MS in Information Technology and Privacy Law from the John Marshall Law School. Outside of work, he serves as an MBA Executive Advisory Board member at Lewis University. John lives in Chicago with his two labradors and his large collection of electronic gadgets that “were so cool he just had to have them.”
CEO & Founder, Sprout Social
Justyn Howard is CEO and founder of Sprout Social, a social media management and engagement platform for business. A technologist at heart, Justyn is extremely passionate and fully dedicated to helping businesses do more with less and maximize social media engagement opportunities. A leader in Chicago’s tech space, he has been honored by numerous organizations, including four years running on Techweek’s Tech100 list, Illinois Technology Association’s 2013 CityLights “Technologist of the Year,” and most recently as one of Crain’s Chicago Business’s 40 Under 40 honorees.
Co-CEO & President, Tastytrade
As co-CEO and President of Tastytrade, Inc., Ms. Ross has been honored as the Illinois Technology Association CityLights’ Prominent Tech Woman, the Moxie Awards’ Woman in Tech, Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and has been named to Crain’s Chicago’s Tech 50 and the Techweek 100 list. Ms. Ross has spoken at Chicago Ideas Week, Techweek, Ms. Tech and Woman 2.0, and has been featured by prominent publications such as Fortune, Chicago Tribune, and Crain’s Chicago.
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Matt Moog is the Founder & CEO of PowerReviews, a leading provider of consumer product reviews and the founder and chairman of BuiltInChicago.org an online community for digital technology entrepreneurs in Chicago. Matt was named to Crain’s Tech 25 in 2011, 12 and 13 and to Crain’s 40 under 40 in 2005. Matt has been cited as an industry expert in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Fortune Small Business, and a variety of other national and regional publications.
CEO & Co-Founder, Narrative Science
Mr. Stuart Frankel co-founded Narrative Science Inc. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Frankel served as of the Performics Chief Executive Officer and President division at DoubleClick and was a member of its senior management team. He serves as a Board Member at UpCity, LLC. Mr. Frankel is a Lawyer and Certified Public Accountant and holds a JD from Vanderbilt University and a BS in Accounting from Miami University.
CEO & Co-Founder, divvyDOSE
Dr. Arvind Movva, CEO and Founder of divvyDOSE, is a serial healthcare entrepreneur focused on leveraging innovation to improve healthcare outcomes and value. Today divvyDOSE’s adherence based pharmacy provides a human-centric solution to medication non-adherence in all 50 states. Arvind serves on the Board of Directors of Heartland Clinic, Regional Surgicenter, Valley View Anesthesia, Covenant Valley Management and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.
Co-Founder & President, Snapsheet
C. J. Przybyl is a Co-founder of Snapsheet, Inc., and serves as its President. Przybyl served as Chief Financial Officer of BodyShopBids, Inc. He began his career at Freescale Semiconductor as a Motorola account manager. He obtained his BS in Optical Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with minors in Electrical Engineering and Economics and a certificate in Semiconductor Materials and he holds his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
CEO & Founder, Civis Analytics
Dan is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Civis Analytics, a data science technology and advisory firm in Chicago, IL, managing company strategy and product development. Previously served as Chief Analytics Officer at Obama for America 2012. Dan oversaw a 54-person team of analysts, engineers and organizers that provided analytics and analytics technologies for voter contact, digital, paid media, fundraising, communications, and campaign strategy.
CEO & Founder, Reverb
David, an amateur electric guitar rockstar, took over the Chicago Music Exchange in 2010. After working with electronic trading systems for the last decade, he really digs being able to come to work surrounded by his true love, vintage guitars. David’s background is a blend between entrepreneurship, building technology firms, and a passion for music and gear. David Kalt is the founder and CEO of Reverb.com, an online marketplace for used, vintage and handmade guitars and gear. Kalt is also the owner of the Chicago Music Exchange, one of the world’s largest vintage guitar dealers.
Erik has been developing new products and bringing them to market for 20 years, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars of exits and revenue generated. Erik has won a variety of awards, including a Chicago Innovation Award, Moxie Award (Best Business to Business Startup), Direct Marketing Associations 40 under 40, Top 50 Northwestern Startup Alumni, and cover stories in Crain’s Chicago as well as Biztech Magazine. Erik resides in Chicago, and when he’s not working he enjoys training for Ironman triathlons, mountaineering, back country skiing, and cheering for the Cubs and Tar Heels.
CEO & Co-Founder, LQD Business Finance
Founder and CEO of both LQD Business Finance and The Atria Group, with over 15 years of entrepreneurial and private equity experience with a focus on finance, M&A, fast growth, exit positioning, and complex situations. LQD is a national business finance company that specializes in the needs small businesses. Through our unparalleled insights, we are able to offer unique and customized financing solutions that are designed to meet those specific needs.
Co-Founder, UrbanBound & Hireology
Since 1999, the companies that Jeff Ellman co-founded have assisted over 1,500 professionals in finding employment, 12,000 residents in finding housing, and over 2,500 businesses in developing structured hiring processes. Jeff has dedicated his 15-year career to helping people through life’s transitions. Originally from Michigan, Jeff now resides in Chicago with his wife Elyse, son Brody and dog Harvey. He enjoys reading business books, traveling, playing golf and basketball, and rooting for his beloved Spartans, Tigers, and Pistons.
CEO & Co-Founder, KnowledgeHound
Entrepreneur, idea generator and global consumer insights & strategy expert with 6 years of proven strategic leadership experience at Procter and Gamble and 3 years of being the CEO of a start-up. Specialties: Consumer Driven Innovation Consumer Driven Strategy Developing Markets Retailer Understanding Shopper Understanding Launching In White Space Opportunities Developing and Growing Brands Entrepreneurship.
CEO & Co-Founder, SpotHero
As Co-Founder and CEO of SpotHero, Mark Lawrence is responsible for the overall vision and strategic direction for the company. Mark was named to Crain’s Chicago Business #Tech50 ranking of the most influential people in the local technology community. He was also selected for the National Parking Association’s inaugural 40 Under 40 class in 2015. Mark has penned articles for parking industry publications Parking Today and Parking Magazine and regularly speaks at technology, entrepreneur and parking conferences across the country.
CEO & Founder, League
Currently the CEO of League, a serial entrepreneur and visionary with over $1B of exits, who has founded and/or helped build Kobo, Critical Path, DocSpace, Zip2 and now League, a disruptive new company in the Health Insurance industry. Once upon a time, a winner of the Nerd Olympics! Designed a high temperature superconductor propulsion system that won Gold at the Intel International Science Fair, awards & sponsorships from Nasa, Rockwell Aerospace, Intel.
CEO & Co-Founder, Catalytic
Sean Chou is currently the CEO of Catalytic. Prior to Catalytic, Chou was the Chief Technology Officer and EVP of Services at Fieldglass. Chou was responsible for the overall development and delivery of Fieldglass solution and services, oversaw the product development, hosting, professional services and marketing departments. He provided the strategy and vision for Fieldglass’ award-winning cloud solution since inception. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Sonali Lamba is a fashion blog junkie and launched Brideside in an effort to put her passion for weddings and style to good use. She graduated from Duke University and holds her MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, where she and co-founder Nicole Staple, developed the concept for Brideside. Sonali is a former investment consultant, current compulsive fashion blog checker, lover of the Duke Blue Devils and the New England Patriots.
CEO & Co-Founder, Lightstream
Grubbs believes that when you align the core values of your team with those of your customers, your culture and vision become clear. And when that happens, both the stories you tell and the products you build become natural, authentic, and powerful. The vision at Lightstream is to build creative software that empowers anyone to share their passion, talent, and creativity with the world. Lightstream is a small, but growing team of gaming, esports, and video industry veterans.
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