The future of innovation in Chicago is being created in one of the oldest buildings in the city. Up on the 12th floor of the Merchandise Mart an unusually high level of entrepreneurial energy is coming from a 50,000 sq. foot workspace called 1871.
Niala talks with CEO Kevin Willer about the anniversary of 1871 and how it has grown in the last year. Wailin Wong and Jimmy Prude weigh in on the tech community in Chicago. Then, Alison Cuddy and Natalie Moore ask the question: What inspires your fashion style?
Matthew Gee is a co-founder of Chicago startup Effortless Energy, where his business card reads “Chief Nerd.” They think they have an answer for the question that dogs every energy saver who sings the praises of efficiency: If it’s so good, why isn’t everyone doing it?
Trevor Gilbert is only 19, but he caused a stir when he published an article about Chicago's tech scene back in March. During a trip to Chicago, Gilbert observed what he described as the unique character of Midwesterners trying to make their way in the tech startup world.