Best of 2016: data.world, Bazaarvoice, and Coremetrics founder Brett Hurt

–Founders’ Stories Best of 2016– How the six-time founder built an entrepreneurial career by solving problems he faced himself Brett Hurt is the legendary Austin entrepreneur best known for creating Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV) and Coremetrics, which sold to IBM. Brett’s newest venture, data.world, is one of the most exciting new startups of 2016. Last year,
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Best of 2016: Morningstar Founder Joe Mansueto

–Founders’ Stories Best of 2016– How the investment management firm grew to a national behemoth by launching the right product on the tailwind of an emerging market trend In this special Founders’ Stories episode, we sat down with Joe Mansueto, founder of Morningstar, the $3 billion investment research firm with over 4,300 employees nationwide. Have
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Reverb Founder David Kalt

–July 2016 Founders’ Stories— This anti-establishment founder launched a billion-dollar business – and has another on the way Our July 2016 guest was David Kalt, founder of Options Xpress, Chicago Music Exchange and, most recently, Reverb.com. Options Xpress is an online brokerage platform for individuals who want to manage their portfolios. The company went public in
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GoHealth Co-Founder Brandon Cruz

  –February 2016 Founders’ Stories— How this entrepreneur has found consistent growth in an ever-changing healthcare landscape Our February 2016 guest was Brandon Cruz of GoHealth, a software company that builds solutions for the future of healthcare. Over the past 15 years, GoHealth has evolved to help people find and manage their healthcare coverage. The
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Signal Co-Founder Mike Sands

–December 2015 Founders’ Stories— How this entrepreneur uses constant innovation to help brands reach their customers Our December 2015 guest was Mike Sands, co-founder and CEO of Signal, a leader in cross channel marketing technology. This year, Mike has been nominated for an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award, along with his co-founders. The
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dough, Inc. Co-Founder Kristi Ross

–November 2015 Founders’ Stories— How this entrepreneur is blazing pathways for a company that changes the way people invest their money Our November 2015 guest was Kristi Ross, co-founder and CEO of dough, Inc. dough’s mission is to empower the do-it-yourself investor by making finance fun. Under dough are two brands: TastyTrade, a financial network
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Avant Co-Founder and CEO Al Goldstein

–July 2015 Founders’ Stories— How the fast-growing company raised $1.4B to date by providing loans to consumers that need them most Our July 2015 guest was Al Goldstein, co-founder and CEO of Avant. Avant is an online marketplace lending platform that’s changing the way consumers obtain credit by lowering the costs and barriers of borrowing.
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Sam Yagan and Pat Ryan at Chicago Founders' Stories

3 Things Startup Unicorns do Differently

How 3 Chicago Startups Became Billion Dollar Companies What do founders of startup unicorns do differently? I couldn’t help but ask this question as I celebrated the recent $1 billion+ IPOs/acquisitions of three Chicago companies whose founders I’d recently interviewed in my role as host of Chicago Founders’ Stories @ 1871, Chicago’s digital startup hub.
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