May 17th, 2013 in Doejo Stuff
Remember learning grammar in grade school? OK, so maybe you’re a little rusty. Mistakes like these are common:
Should have/ could have/ would have
Incorrect: I should of applied for Impact Engine’s next class.
Correct: I should’ve applied for Impact Engine’s next class.
Intents and purposes
Incorrect: For all intensive purposes, Sally ‘s business philosophy mirrored that of Apple.
Correct: For all intents and purposes, Sally’s business philosophy mirrored that of Apple.
Incorrect: Whom presented at Technori Pitch last month? The Moxie Award for best beard was presented to who?
Correct: Who presented at Technori Pitch last month? The Moxie Award for best beard was presented to whom?
Nip it in the bud
Incorrect: Jim nipped the software problem in the butt.
Correct: Jim nipped the software problem in the bud.
Incorrect: Max and me went to Built in Chicago Launch last month.
Correct: Max and I went to Built in Chicago Launch last month.
Could care less
Incorrect: I couldn’t care less about what color the logo is.
Correct: I could care less about what color the logo is.
Incorrect: I’m going to lay down for a nap between meetings.
Correct: I’m going to lie down for a nap between meetings.
If you’re still not sure why those sentences were incorrect, no need to fear – Mental Floss is here! Whether you can’t remember which weather to use, or when to use whom instead of who, watch this video for a crash course on grammar and spelling.
May 16th, 2013 in Friends of Doejo
Doejo’s very own Tif Harrison will be appearing as Miss I’m Not Gonna Cry in the Neo-Futurists’ critically acclaimed show, The Miss Neo Pageant.
The show, directed by Stephanie Shaw, was written by Megan Mercier as her response to growing up under the myth of “Grrrl Power.”
The play centers around a beauty pageant and common life competitions and experiences, such as having friends and transitioning out of girlhood or boyhood while living in an environment where girlish or boyish behavior is glorified.
The League of Chicago Theatres describes it as: “One part masquerade, two parts sixth-grade sleepover, and three parts walk-of-shame, four parts late blooming, and five parts trashing a best friend's yard with toilet paper at 2am, this unlikely group of uniquely equipped girl-women must negotiate internal rivalry, perceived expectations and, a need to be loved and supported by their audience.”
The Miss Neo Pageant opens at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., May 16, and will run through June 22 (Thursdays through Saturdays) at The Neo Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Tickets are $20, or $15 for students and seniors with an ID. To purchase tickets, call 773-878-4557 or visit neofuturists.org.
Doejo co-founder and CEO Phil Tadros was recently featured on Bytes Over Bagels, a Chicago tech podcast released today.
Tadros talked about Doejo and how he became an entrepreneur. He also shared the key to success in the food and beverage industry, hiring well, and his approach to raising capital.
Whether you're an entrepreneur, investor or supporter of local startups, these events are perfect for networking, learning and exploring Chicago's startup scene:
1.) Inspire Startups May Showcase
When: Wed., May 15 at 6 p.m.
Where: Inspire Business Center, 1016 W. Jackson Blvd.
Why you should go: Mingle and get a first look at Chicago startups including: Choopia, CurbNinja, Empeopled, Express Pigeon, Galppit, Luncheon, Saavo Digital, Sollywood TV, Spikeball and WindyCitySDR. Also, don't miss feature speaker Marina Dedes of Lightbank.
What's Inspire Startups?
Inspire Startups is a showcase event hosted by the Inspire Business Center. The business center is a co-working environment that provides businesses the technology and services they need to meet and exceed their expectations.
2.) SEO for Startups: Best Practices
When: Tues., May 21 at 6 p.m.
Where: Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division St.
Why you should go: Want to gain more Internet traffic on your startup's site? Learn how to make your page SEO optimized with help from Brent Payne (CEO of Loud Interactive), Dan Olson (CEO of UpCity) and Rod Holmes (Partner at Chicago Style SEO).
What's Entrepreneurs Unpluggd?
Entrepreneurs Unpluggd is an event series targeted to create an intimate environment where entrepreneurs can learn from experiences, as well as network with others.
3.) Technori Pitch
When: Tues., May 28 at 6 p.m.
Where: Chase Auditorium, 10 S. Dearborn St.
Why you should go: Each month entrepreneurs, developers, designers, tech companies, investors and those enthusiastic about Chicago’s tech scene gather to present and view pitches. Keynote speaker and pitches for this event have not been announced yet, but Technori Pitches always fill up quick!
Technori is an online hub for the entrepreneur community, providing curated content and monthly events aimed at bringing people together to spark fresh ideas.
4.) Built in Chicago Launch – May
When: Wed., May 29 at 6 p.m.
Where: Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard St.
Why you should go: See what recently launched startups are doing. This is also a great chance to network with other entrepreneurs. This month HugBoard, Social Crunch, RocketMiles, BTSocial and For Goods will be presenting.
What's Built in Chicago?
Built in Chicago is an online community for entrepreneurs to make posts, find tips, and lookup Chicago events.
5.) Startup Bootcamp: for the love of the gamification
When: Wed., May 29 at 7 p.m.
Where: Nextdoor, 659 W. Diversey Parkway
Why you should go: This session, hosted by Leroy Pinto and the SU Bootcamp Team, will focus on the push and pull conversations between you and the customer. The session is aimed to teach the concept of flow and gamification in order to connect startups with their clients.
What's Next Door Chicago?
Next Door Chicago is a community café created by State Farm. It was created with the idea of becoming a hangout spot where people can come for free finance and insurance advice. This colorful space also provides free classes.
(Top photo via conferences.io)
Industrious, our forthcoming co-working space in River North, is a cross between a private office and a community coffee shop. It's peaceful privacy meets stimulating productivity—a "hive office." Slated to open this summer, the 17,000-square-foot urban loft space has been receiving a lot of attention from the startup community and local press.
Here's what they're saying so far:
Modern design + hive office
"If co-working and executive office suites do not solve what you need, then maybe try a “hive” office. A key component to a “hive” environment is a balance between privacy and community. Whether you are in the start-up mode, trying to raise money, or a budding company that thrives on the inspiration that a community of entrepreneurs brings, then a hive environment might be just the thing. You might think, why not just rent or lease a typical office? You could, but many times those can be expensive, with long lease terms, and often without the community aspect available to you. Who knows? In a hive environment, that lawyer you need might be your neighbor down the hall. You might collaborate with a web designer and find that you can help each other out."
Investors to open 'hive' offices in River North
"The layout will be a hybrid of Luxembourg-based Regus PLC, which provides short-term space in more traditional office buildings, and Chicago startup hub 1871, which uses a wide-open loft setting in the Merchandise Mart.
"Industrious will cater to companies seeking a bustling, creative work environment as well as privacy when needed… River North has become a destination for young technology firms, anchored by the Merchandise Mart, which houses 1871 and soon will be home to Mountain View, Calif.-based Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility unit, which plans to move there this year."
Seeking industrious companies
"Some small but growing companies might feel like Goldilocks when looking for a home: Typical co-working spaces don't offer enough privacy, but traditional offices are too isolating, expensive or inflexible in their lease terms.
For those companies, Industrious wants to be just right."
Industrious, New Office & Coworking Space In Chicago, Puts Design First
"Glass walls give you that fortress, without the dark and confining feel of drywall, says Darah. It’s somewhere between corporate offices like Regus and coworking spaces like 1871.
"A big chunk of Industrious residents will be startups, as well as law firms, investors, and designers. There will also be classes and events in the space.
"Right now, Industrious is a blank canvas, but construction in the next few months will change that. Darah tell us to picture hardwood floors, black-and-white decor with pops of color, hanging lightbulbs for an “industrial feel,” and art by local artists."
Industrious to open July 2013 in River North as next stage shared office space
"Industrious is in one of River North’s most beautiful loft spaces, with high ceilings and exposed brick walls. Composed of brightly lit, glass-walled private offices and productive conference rooms and common areas, Industrious will offer members all the comforts of a modern office in an engaging, energizing community atmosphere. The space will cater to small businesses and firms of all types, and will offer a next step office solution for startups and companies exiting early stage incubator hubs and accelerators like 1871, Catapult Chicago, TechStars Chicago, Impact Engine and the like."