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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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Summer 2018 arts preview

Crain’s Chicago Business, May 4, 2018 — Read my recommendations for concerts, movies and outdoor events.

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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.

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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.

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2017 winter culture preview: The best concerts to see this winter

Crain’s Chicago Business, November 2, 2017 — Read my recommendations for the season’s  best concerts, plus my contributions to a preview of holiday shows.

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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.

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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.

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2017 fall culture preview

Crain’s Chicago Business, August 26, 2017 — Read my story on “How to navigate the season’s big cultural fests” and my recommendations for the season’s concerts.

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2017 summer culture preview

Crain’s Chicago Business, May 6, 2017 — Read my previews of Lollapalooza and Pitchfork; outdoor summer concerts; and recommended indoor concerts.

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In a divided Chicago, one thing we all agree on: A damn fine flag

Crain’s Chicago Business, April 4, 2017 — Can a flag improve your life? If your city just happens to have a municipal flag with a cool, eye-catching design that everyone seems to like, will that somehow make your city a better place to live? … Read the rest of my op-ed at Crain’s Chicago Business.