Our Team

Maria Christopoulos Katris, CEO

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Maria Christopoulos Katris was Employee No. 1 at Built In Chicago and is now the CEO of Built In, a rapidly growing network of cities dedicated to building digital communities through connecting, educating and promoting digital entrepreneurs and innovators. The company currently operates three sites in Chicago (Built In Chicago), Colorado (Built In Colorado) and Los Angeles (Built In L.A.) and is headquartered in Chicago.

Through online and offline activities, the Built In platform connects startups, large co's, universities, civics/non profits, local gov't, accelerators, incubators and investors. Activities include media content curation, an active job board, data aggregation and publication, and events--at a hyper-local city level-with one shared goal--to build digital communities.

Maria is an intrapreneur and entrepreneur who has 12 years' marketing, strategy and consulting experience and has worked in diverse industries including: healthcare, technology and in-home services. Immediately prior to joining Built In Chicago, Maria founded Nanny Boutique, a Chicago-based nanny placement agency, which she sold within 2 years.    

Maria has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Miami University and an MBA from Northwestern University‚Äôs Kellogg School of Management with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Marketing.  Maria serves on the advisory boards of Caregiverlist.com, Social Media Week Chicago, the Chicago Innovation Awards and TechWeek. 


Adam Calica, Head of Product

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Adam is a startup lover and all around tech geek. He was Employee No. 2 at Built In Chicago and does everything from product/dev management, site design, Infographics, data analysis, to customer support, and everything in between.







Rebecca Davidson, Head of Business Development

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Rebecca is a lifelong Chicagoan with a passion for the local startup community. As the Head of Business Development at Built In Chicago, Rebecca plays a hand in helping grow and promote young tech companies and veterans alike; from helping startup's recruit using BIC's job board to connecting large companies with the local tech community through sponsorship and events.






Emerson Dameron, Writer

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Emerson Dameron is a writer on startups, technology, and more. He is also an occasional comedian, radio host, and cat rescue volunteer, and is interested in pretty much whatever is going on.



Carlin Sack, Contributor

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Carlin Sack is a freelance writer and a student at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Carlin loves journalism because it allows her to be curious and to explore her many passions, which of course include the beautiful city of Chicago and its emerging startups.






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