A 'Hitchhiker’s Guide' to the Chicago Tech Community

Paul Katsen

Hey BIC,


Just found this great introductory guide to the Boston tech community: http://robgo.org/2011/09/07/the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-boston-tech-community-sept-2011/. Why not shamelessly copy a good thing and make one for Chicago?


If anyone has something like this, share please! Otherwise, below are the main points. Let's crowdsource some inputs with a #chitechguide tag and put up a compiled list in a few days.


1) Large Tech Meetups:

2) Online Resources and Newsletters:

3) University Resources:

4) Smaller and High Quality Meetups:

5) Coworking Spaces and Accelerators:

6) Entrepreneurial Development Firms:

7) Places to Hang:

8) Journalists and News:

9) Scaling Companies to Watch (ie: probably hiring):

10) 20 to Follow:

a) Investors:

b) Entrepreneurs and Thought Leaders:

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Stephanie Burke

Great idea.  Please add this to the Hitchhikers Guide....:



Josh Saunders
Great idea, I think this would be extremely useful!
Dan Carmody

Great idea, Paul!


Maria Christopoulos Katris

Totally agree.  We've already started a few of these lists and will continue publishing the rest. We will also work on organizing more effectively;)


Networking and Information Resources: http://www.builtinchicago.org/forum/topics/networking-and-information


Chicago Tech News Resources: http://www.builtinchicago.org/forum/topics/chicago-tech-news-resources


Cool New Startups: Home Page and http://www.builtinchicago.org/page/cool-new-startups (If you are not on either list, send me a note!)


Investors/Incubators: Home Page text box in right rail


Spotlights on Scaling Companies To Watch, Investors and Academics: http://www.builtinchicago.org/page/spotlights


Recent Funding: http://www.builtinchicago.org/page/funding-stories-exits-and-more


Hope this helps-send more comments, notes my way if you we are missing anyone from these lists.



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