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Crain’s Fast 50

Crain’s Chicago Business, June 24, 2018 — Chicago area’s 50 fastest-growing businesses. Read my contribution about the No. 4 company on the list, Hireology.

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The History of the Solo Cup, From the South Side to Star Wars

Chicago Magazine website, May 17, 2018 — The ubiquitous plastic vessel has come a long way: from South Side immigrant inventors to big business in Lake Forest, a Toby Keith hit to syndicated TV specials starring its inventor’s wife—and now a galaxy far, far away. Read the story.

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Profile of Hireology CEO Adam Robinson

Crain’s Chicago Business, January 11, 2018 — Working in the early 2000s for Click Commerce, Adam Robinson noticed something about the franchise businesses and dealerships using Click’s software. “Turnover rates were so high,” he recalls. “Turnover was really crippling our effort to train our users on how to use the software.” A decade later, he co-founded Hireology, selling software to solve that problem. …

Read my story at Crain’s Chicago Business.

Photo: Kendall Karmanian

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A smart oven even a dummy could master

Crain’s Chicago Business, November 16, 2017 — David Rabie was leading the busy life of an MBA student at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, but he still made time for cooking healthy meals. It was a chore.

Read my story at Crain’s Chicago Business.

Photo: Kendall Karmanian

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This U of C startup thinks it can end food allergies

Crain’s Chicago Business, October 12, 2017 — Experimenting in her University of Chicago laboratory, Cathryn Nagler says she’s on to a way to prevent allergic reactions to foods like peanuts by mimicking the behavior of certain bacteria that live inside us. But how does a professor of food allergies and pathology transform lab results into an actual drug that people can buy at pharmacies?

Read my story at Crain’s Chicago Business.

Photo: Kendall Karmanian

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‘The dirty little secret in health care is that everybody’s flying blind’

Crain’s Chicago Business, October 5, 2017 — As Dan Michelson sees it, few hospital executives know how much medical procedures actually cost. “The dirty little secret in health care is that everybody’s flying blind,” says Michelson, CEO of Strata Decision Technology. ​He has a tool that is giving more and more of them clearer vision—a cloud-based software platform called StrataJazz, which helps hospitals and health care systems keep track of how much everything costs—and which treatments are effective. …

Read my story at Crain’s Chicago Business.

Photo: Kendall Karmanian

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A startup’s helpful and nonpartisan voters guide

Crain’s Chicago Business, July 28, 2016 — Alex Niemczewski felt ready when she stepped into the voting booth in 2012. But when she looked over the ballot, which stretched from president down to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago board, she realized she wasn’t nearly as well-informed as she’d thought. Read the rest of the article at Crain’s Chicago Business. 

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New in Chicago: December 2015

New in Chicago columns from December 2015 at Crain’s Chicago Business:
Affordable helicopter rides, a new kind of scooter and more
Max Temkin’s latest: A game with a fascist focus
This self-cleaning fishbowl is perfect for lazy pet owners
Introducing GoBQ, the portable grill that fits inside your backpack

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Can this pepper-spray gun replace a lethal weapon?

Crain’s Chicago Business, December 3, 2015 — Two Humboldt Park men have created Salt, an air-powered gun that they call a ‘safe alternative’ to traditional weaponry. Read the story.

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New in Chicago: November 2015

New in Chicago columns from November 2015 at Crain’s Chicago Business:
Gypsy jazz?! A first look at the new project from the creator of EveryBlock
Electronic gift cards, Moto Shop in Block 37 and more that’s new
This architect aims to bridge the gap between startup and storefront