Who was Builtin Chicago?! Eight Bit Studios! Celebrating 5 years of helping build Chicago Tech!

by John W Ostler
December 3, 2013

It's with immense gratitude, I thank the Chicago tech and entrepreneurial community for 5 incredible years of allowing us to help build what has become Tech Startup City. Tonight, Eight Bit Studios marks it's 5th year in business, UX'ing, Designing, and Developing it's future mobile and web applications!!


We started from humble beginnings. 10 individuals from design, project management, marketing, backend development, frontend development, user experience, and mobile development backgrounds. All working from home offices, gathering in garages and dining rooms on the weekends, sending basecamp posts thru the night. 


We were there when ThePoint.com and Andrew Mason needed some help doing design and UX on their new WordPress site called "Groupon.com".  We made national headlines when we launched JoeBidensTeeth.com. We made headlines again when we launch the App Stores first Fart Lighter App. :)  From "New and Noteworthy" nods from Apple to all the writeups and press our work has received, we've had the pleasure of being able to carefully grow our company to find the right people and the right projects to make all our work rewarding and successful.

In order, all the startups and brands we've had the pleasure of working with over the past 5 years:

  • Skyline Furniture Mtg
  • ThePoint.com/Groupon.com
  • Ortanic
  • BadgerGroup
  • Insight Consulting Group
  • WisePatient
  • SusansMaps
  • ZineCube
  • Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
  • BradsDeals - BlackFriday App
  • SurveyWriter - SplashSurveys
  • DealsGoRound
  • Threadless
  • KoalaDeal
  • Weave The People
  • Finom
  • New Balance
  • Hasbro
  • Navta
  • The Field Museum
  • Mamma.com
  • The Hive Learning Network
  • Octane Rich Media
  • NeverMissGift
  • PixelDom - Quizixl
  • BetterWeekdays
  • Enova
  • BenchPrep
  • Fooda
  • HighGround
  • Douglas Foster
  • Dabble
  • MyCabbage.com
  • Sasser Family Holdings
  • Pasta Palazzo
  • Chicago Fire - Mobile App
  • SupplyVision
  • The Field Museum - Ornithology Dept
  • GlossRE
  • Yesterday's Zoo
  • RTC
  • Wowzers.com
  • Advenshares
  • MyCouponDoc
  • PicTricks
  • DavidsTea
  • RogueNotion
  • Synchology
  • The Cara Program
  • Guaranteed Rate
  • WellU
  • JellyVision
  • GiveForward
  • Plumwise
  • Blitsy


If that weren't enough, we also had the opportunity to bring 'Bytes Over Bagels' into the world. Just the other week, we launched our 40th consecutive episode. It's given us a chance to share interviews with the biggest movers and shakers in the Chicago Tech Community.

Needless to say, it's been an amazing ride and we could not have done it without your support. To the team at BuiltIn, Technori, TechCocktail, 1871, the meetups and the community: WE LOVE YOU GUYS! Thank you for bringing all the creativity and energy to your projects and making this the best damn tech community in the world!

Finally, a huge thanks to our extended family of those who worked with us and for us over the past 5 years. We're so blessed to have you in our lives and so excited to see what will come next!  Cheers to making what we create next in Chicago, world class!

Thanks, Chicago! You Rock! 

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