Matt Moog is the Founder & CEO of Viewpoints.com, a leading provider of consumer product reviews and the founder and chairman of BuiltInChicago.org an online community for digital technology entrepreneurs in Chicago.
Since launching in 2007 Viewpoints has helped more 2 million consumers provide product reviews that in turn helped more than 100 million shoppers make better purchase decisions.
Prior to founding Viewpoints Matt spent ten years at CoolSavings. He joined CoolSavings as the fifth employees in 1996 as the VP of Sales.
In 1998 he was promoted to EVP of Sales and marketing and then in 2001 to President & CEO. In this capacity he led a turnaround that resulted in revenue growing from $21 million to $80 million over five years. In 2005 he led a transaction that took the company private at a valuation of $220 million. Under his leadership the share price grew more than 400% over five years. Prior to CoolSavings, Matt worked for Microsoft for five years in business development helping to launch MSN in 1995.
Currently Matt serves on the executive board of Chicago Public Media where he chairs the systems committee, on the board of YPO Chicago where he is the networking chair and on the board of Francis Parker School where he is the treasurer and chairs the finance committee.
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), Denver (Built In Denver) 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’s 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 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.
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.
Amina Elahi is a writer and editor whose interests range from food to literature to--of course--startups and innovation. She went to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, concentrating in magazine writing and editing, with a double major in psychology. Straight out of college, Amina worked in media and context planning at Draftfcb, where she got a whole new education in what advertisers want from publishers (something every journalist should know). At Built In Chicago, Amina fuses her passion for writing and reporting with her interest in the digital world.
Peek over Amina's shoulder at any given moment, and you'll probably see her reading--on her iPhone or laptop, or old school with a book or magazine. Her favorite stories have a human interest angle and if they have a Chicago twist, there's nothing better.