Last year we helped our friends from Detroit, the creators of STARTUP USA TV show to film this short interview with Julie Smolyansky, the CEO of Lifeway Foods. In this video Mrs. Smolyansky offers a few words of advice on how to run a successful business.

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So, last week Chicago played host to the annual Online News Association conference.  A yearly gathering of business executives, journalists, techies and executive techno-journalists, the ONA is the place to be for media types in the new digital millennium.

We always knew that technology is fast (that’s the point), and that newsgathering is tough work (the difference between blogging and actually being a professional, ya know?).  I mean, these journalists have always been the type to burn the candle at both ends, but who knew how hard they work every day to break stories and publish content on a non-stop basis?!

Turns out, they love coffee.  I mean LOVE love it.

How do I know?  Doejo had the unique pleasure of working a booth with our favorite technology partner, VIP who was sponsoring the event. powers many of our favorite websites, and works to make sure many of our favorite clients are stable, secure and scalable.  Businesses like WGN TV, Cox Media, Pandora and Tribune Broadcasting rely on VIP’s turnkey service and we rely on their solid infrastructure.

Doejo’s sister company BowTruss Coffee Roasters was on hand at the ONA to provide a pour over coffee booth all 3 days of the conference last week.  The response was overwhelming: people queued up—the line was super long—and enjoyed the finest hot brewed java in the Midwest courtesy of the BowTruss Baristas and WordPress engineers.  This was some high-test café that fueled the country’s finest digital newsmakers and kept them going through 72 hours of meetings, symposia, forums and exhibits in the Windy City.


Doejo is excited to share that we have an awesome new client, Whirlyball.

For the uninitiated, Whirlyball the game is a mashup of bumper-cars, lacrosse and basketball.  Whirlyball the place is a destination for fun times: combination sports bar, restaurant, arcade, and amusement park.  Chances are you’ve been there for parties or corporate events.

As they gear up to move into a shiny new location to franchise and expand the business, Whirlyball came to Doejo to revitalize the brand.  As a part of our R&D phase for this project, Team Doejo made the trek over to Lincoln Park to enjoy an evening of food, drink and games.

We were impressed by the delicious eats, awesome bar menu and friendly staff.  But it wouldn’t have been a party without some raucous Whirlyball action.  Doejo Video tagged along to document the fun that ensued and it can be seen below.

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It is with great gusto that Doejo gets to share with you the launch of our latest creation, a new and improved  We have been privileged to work with the fledgling online music publication for over 4 years and this new UX project has been in the works for over a year now.

For the uninitiated, Consequence of Sound is probably the best rock n roll website on the net—IMHO, better than RollingStone, cooler than Pitchfork.  CoS overflows with great content, news and opinion but spares you the snark, attitude and arrogance of their elder rivals.  Boasting millions of visitors each month, this project was deployed on VIP.

Consequence of Sound is now mobile responsive and will look just as great on your iPhone or Android phone as it does on the web,” CoS creator Alex Young wrote in a column announcing the re-launch. “The homepage is easier to navigate, our content is better presented, and Festival Outlook has been completely revamped.”

We’re still working with CoS to roll-out new features in the coming weeks, including the ability to personalize the homepage.  “In other words, if you no longer want to see stories about Kanye West, you no longer have to see stories about Kanye West.”

But go ahead and check it out for yourself.  This is one of Doejo’s biggest and stunning projects to date.  We’re proud of our team and the work put forth, and psyched to have gotten the chance to make waves with such a groovy music site.  Rock N Roll Never Dies.


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So much has been happening lately it has been really hard to keep up with maintaining the Doejo blog.  But a few items really merit mentioning… and we're really proud to share.

Did you know that in the last few months, Doejo clients have been acquired and bought out for billions upon billions of dollars?  If my math skills are correct, it's four billion smackeroos.

Things started heating up this summer, when Tribune Broadcasting acquired Local TV LLC for $2.75 Billion.  While the deal is subject to FCC approval, there is no doubt that in a few short months, one of Doejo's favorite clients will be operating under the banner of another client (we have also recently developed sites for WGN, ThisTV and AntennaTV—all divisions of Trib).  Not to toot our own horn (well, that's a lie—I'm being a shameless self promoter in this post) but the types of major website and mobile initiatives Local TV engaged us for probably helped enhance that valuation.  We keep our clients' online publishing operations on the bleeding edge and have launched several new themes and smartphone/tablet apps for their properties and even saved lives along the way.

Last month, eBay and PayPal acquired Chicago-based Braintree Payments for a whopping $800 Million cash.  Now you may recall that last year Doejo helped re-launch the “brochure site” for Braintree as well as re-design their whole customer on-boarding experience in preparation for Braintree's (then) new Instant product.  Needless to say, the payment space is hot, and there a lot of happy workers down on Canal Street these days.

And, just last week Oracle acquired another local client of ours, BigMachines, for a deal reported to be worth $400 Million!  We've had the privilege of working with BigMachines for a long time now, helping out with video production, motion graphics and event coverage.  Congrats to them all!

So, are you an entrepreneur, manager or business exec mulling over who to hire for your next digital project?  If so, just think about these three success stories.  While I can't guarantee that you'll get acquired for a billion bucks, I can guarantee we'll help accelerate your digital initiatives and launch state-of-the-art products that will make peers, competitors and customers take notice.