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iMediaSpot: Call Us Walter – Ad Agency Goes Pop-Up

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The world of big brand agencies and scrappy startups briefly collided when J Walter Thompson’s brilliant agency accelerator, known as ‘Walter’, made it’s appearance at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) last March.  Startups are often long on technology & product and come up short when it comes to getting their story told to the masses.  With Walter, a ... Read More »

SXSWi 2013: In Search of the Next Big Thing

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It’s that time of year…March Madness is upon us.  For most, it’s the season for NCAA championship ball accompanied by frothy green pints of Irish ale.  But for the techno-geeks, creative chics and other innovator-enthusiasts, the early part of March heralds a 5-day pilgrimage to Austin, TX for the annual South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) or ‘Southby’ experience as it’s ... Read More »

The Lean Startup: 10 Lessons for Us All

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Entrepreneurship.  Disruption.  The Next Big Thing.  Invention is alive and well.  Over the last decade, we’ve seen an explosion of startups – some like Twitter and Pinterest have left an indelible mark on our culture while others barely eeked out a puff of smoke as they faded into the distance.  Disruption is also raging inside corporate walls at places like ... Read More »

Pushing the Check-In Envelope: A Day Spent Hacking at Foursquare HQ

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Ah, the lure of the social media check-in…you may be asking, what’s all the hype about?  Is it the vain need to inform the world of where you are every moment? A serendipitous tool for finding a lunch partner or meeting up with a former colleague you didn’t know was in the same town or airport as you?  Perhaps it’s ... Read More »

Chicago Ideas Week 2012: Tech Talk Roundup – Change, Disruption, Oh My

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My inner tech geek got a chance to indulge itself with cartoons, StarTrek and V references and a sneak peek at one of the hottest 3-D printing products to hit the streets at a few of the CIW talks last week.  Both sessions I attended served up meaty insights and perspectives from heavily road-tested entrepreneurs and change agents along with ... Read More »

Chicago Ideas Week 2012: A Tale of 4 Labs and Your Creative Muse

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I spent much of my CIW 2012 Week right in the lab – no, these were not the terrible 4-hour chem labs that cloaked entire Tuesday afternoons over my first-year at UVa – instead, I spent 90-minute power brainstorm sessions sans white coat with a lot of markers, post-its, legos and play dough. Not a Bunsen burner in sight. Each ... Read More »

Chicago Ideas Week 2012: Living the iGeneration Today and Beyond

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For one week each October, Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) brings together some of the world’s most prolific speakers to share their entrepreneurial perspectives and inspire the innovations of tomorrow at more than 130 talks, lab sessions and tours across the city of Chicago. Through the melding of artists, engineers, technologists, inventors, scientists, musicians, economists, intrapreneurs and other passionate explorers, CIW aims ... Read More »