Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Why A Traditional 4 Year Degree is A Terrible Investment

1871 CEO Howard Tullman Speaks on Impact Investing at Dimeo Schneider Conference



Calling all developers, designers, and big thinkers: come play with some shiny new tools from Cisco!

We're holding this hackathon in conjunction with another special event in Chicago: this year's Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF). They'll be cranking out some next level ideas centered around internet of things technology… and so will we.

Teams will have 24 hours to bring their most brilliant ideas to life using Cisco's developer tools, a group of brand new and beta stage technologies.

This isn't your average hackathon. We'll have 24 hours of delicious local food, yoga, and massages on site for you.
Most importantly, we'll have fabulous prizes:

$3,000 AND your idea will be presented at the exclusive, invite-only IoT World Forum.


Need a team? Questions? Just want to say hi?

We're super friendly and we'd love to help you out. Reach out to us via:

twitter: @MonkeyBars_Chi
email: info@monkeybars.io
Facebook: MonkeyBars


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

1871 Member Company Box Score Games Named “Most Unique” at 2014 CTIA Startup Lab

1871 Member Company Box Score Games Named “Most Unique” at 2014 CTIA Startup Lab
Box Score Games wins honorable mention in inaugural CTIA Startup Lab class at Super Mobility Week

CHICAGO (September 22, 2014)—1871 member company Box Score Games was named “Most Unique” during this year’s 2014 CTIA Startup Lab, a program for startups held at Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas. The company, which creates interactive mobile applications around live sporting events, won an honorable mention out of the forty finalists selected to attend Super Mobility Week.

“We are beyond thrilled to win the award for the Most Unique Business at the CTIA Startup Lab,” said Box Score Games Co-Founder Mike Lynch. “We were honored to be nominated by 1871 to apply for the competition and even more proud to be able to represent the Chicago tech community by coming home with an award.   We are excited to see some of our hard work paying off and can't wait to continue building out the best mobile gaming platform for all sports fans.”

The CTIA Startup Lab is an industry initiative to accelerate progress of seed and growth-stages companies. Participating companies were hand-selected by their local communities and investors based on their potential to fuel the next wave of growth in mobile. Finalists were chosen by the CTIA Investor Panel, which is comprised of venture and corporate capital investors. The selected finalists traveled to Las Vegas last week, where they showcased their products to a panel of industry experts and investors.

During the two-day event, Box Score Games showcased its real-time mobile gaming platform for sports fans to investors, brands, and mobile leaders from all over the world. Box Score Games competed against some of the top tech startups from eight different countries. At the conclusion of Super Mobility Week, the CTIA Startup Lab recognized three overall winners, three top investor picks and two honorable mentions, including Box Score Games.

“1871 is pleased to congratulate Box Score Games on its win at the CTIA Startup Lab,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “The primary goal of 1871 is to help its members succeed, and, with that in mind, we are constantly working to provide unparalleled access to the best mentors, educational resources, partners and investors for our members. Successful new companies like Box Score Games play a key role in fostering jobs and economic growth in the United States, and 1871 is proud to support these companies.“

Companies that participated in this year’s CTIA Startup Lab were nominated by CTIA and mobile community leaders from 1871, Apptual, Austin Technology Incubator, BootstrapLabs, Hackers and Founders, LaunchHub, MoDev, Mobile Monday, Momentum, Orange Labs, Rocketspace, Telecom Council and University College London - DECIDE.

About CTIA
CTIA-The Wireless Association® (www.ctia.org) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry’s leading wireless tradeshow. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C

About Box Score Games
Box Score Games reaches sports fans in every bar, stadium, and couch in America. Box Score Games is dedicated to creating the first ever real-time casual gaming platform that enhances the sports fans' experience while watching live sporting events. Fans socially compete against each other in real-time to win prizes that are redeemable on their phone. Box Score Games is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

About 1871
1871 is an entrepreneurial hub for digital startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, the 75,000-square-foot facility provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.

Semester 'abroad' at 1871 could keep tech talent in Illinois

Semester 'abroad' at 1871 could keep tech talent in Illinois

During an appearance with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday, 1871 Chief Executive Howard Tullman floated one of the best solutions I've heard in a long time for stemming the exodus of technology talent to the coasts.

Tullman wants to create a semester "abroad" program in Chicago for junior year engineering and computer science students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

"People down there don't get what's going on in Chicago right now," Tullman said.
And why is it so important that they do?

The University of Illinois has one of the finest computer science and computer engineering programs in the country.

Alumni from that school co-founded YouTube (Steve Chen), PayPal (Max Levchin), Netscape (Marc Andreessen) and Yelp (Jeremy Stoppelman).

Andreessen deserves special mention. With Eric Bina, he created the first easy-to-use web browser, called Mosaic, at the university.

Tullman proposes that Chicago recruit these innovators early by transferring their classes for a semester to 1871, the tech-focused co-working center in the Merchandise Mart. There, in addition to taking courses from U. of I. professors, they would be exposed to peers and funders, and receive additional mentoring.

"It's going to take a lot of work," Tullman said. "Dealing with faculty and changing the curriculum, it's roughly the same as moving a cemetery."

I called the dean of the engineering school.

"I'm aware that conversations have taken place, but I have not heard directly from 1871 about this idea," Andreas Cangellaris said. "But this is an exciting idea. Many of the students would be intrigued enough to consider it. ... And I think most of our faculty members would want to take advantage of this presence in Chicago to pursue their own interests.

Faculty such as Ranjitha Kumar, who has her Ph.D. from Stanford. She is the chief scientist of Apropose, a startup that recently announced nearly $1.9 million in funding from New Enterprise Associates and Andreessen Horowitz, co-founded by — you guessed it — Marc Andreessen.

They are two of the best venture capital firms in the country.

Kumar, 28, is new to U. of I., having arrived a month ago. She deferred her appointment for a year to launch Apropose with fellow Stanford Ph.D. student Arvind Satyanarayan, Stanford undergraduate Maxine Lim and Stanford Ph.D. Jerry Talton, Apropose's CEO.

Where did Talton get his undergraduate and master's degrees? U. of I.

And where is Apropose based? Mountain View, Calif.

Apropose's product is in development. Kumar says it will help people use data to design more-effective websites.

She had never heard of 1871. She Googled it while we were on the phone.

So what's it going to take to build connections between U. of I. and Chicago?

"What it takes is a commitment from all of the partners to accommodate the added costs," Cangellaris said. "As you know, we are a public institution. Our budget is constrained in ways that a private institution does not need to worry about. ... But I see no reason why we can't come together and figure out how to make this work out."

I noticed that U. of I.'s engineering school does not have a donor's name attached to it.
So for those with the means and will to make this program happen, please insert your name in the blank space:

The _____ College of Engineering. Now how does that sound?

1871 CEO Howard Tullman Speaks at Educelerate Conference

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

1871 CEO Howard Tullman named to Crain's Chicago Tech 50

1871 CEO Howard Tullman on Tasty Trade


Richard D. Heffner's 24-year-old grandson, Alexander Heffner. CreditVincent Verdi
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This summer, Alexander Heffner, a 24-year-old journalist just a couple of years out of Harvard, became the host of a talk show on public television. But a new media venture this is not.
Mr. Heffner has slipped comfortably into the role of the host of “The Open Mind,” a program that made its debut during the Eisenhower administration with a format that has endured — a simple black backdrop, a guest and a host at a table and a discussion of topics like “Why Liberal Education Matters” and “Race and the Fourth Estate.”
“A lot of people interrogate guests, but don’t interrogate ideas,” Mr. Heffner said.
He was born for the job, one might say — learning at the footsteps of his grandfather, Richard D. Heffner, a pioneer in broadcasting who hosted the show for 56 years, until his death in December. It has been broadcast for the last 34 years on the PBS station WNET (Channel 13) at noon on Saturday. It also is broadcast on CUNY-TV on Sundays and Mondays.
“My grandfather was my mentor,” Alexander Heffner said. “His conviction of the importance of public broadcasting and elevating our discourse into something substantive and meaningful were values that were instilled in me.”

Richard D. Heffner hosted the public affairs program “The Open Mind” for 56 years until his death in December at 88. CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times

The elder Mr. Heffner gave significant, uninterrupted airtime to people and topics that were controversial, including Malcolm X, Helen Gurley Brown, McCarthyism and homosexuality.
The younger Mr. Heffner, who first appeared on “The Open Mind” as a guest in 2012 to talk about the presidential election while still a college student, says his focus is on finding a new generation of guests who will stand up over time and often discuss public policy from an oblique angle — musicians, technologists, humorists, as well as writers and university presidents.
Fascinated since childhood by broadcasting and civil discourse, Mr. Heffner hosted a public affairs radio show in high school and as an undergraduate. During school and since graduating, he has reported on young people in politics for newspapers and the PBS program “Need to Know.”
Elaine Heffner, a psychotherapist and the widow of Richard Heffner, is the executive producer of “The Open Mind.” She said her grandson would help bring the show to a new audience. “Part of reaching a new demographic is to evolve in the way you reach them,” she said. “You continue the name, meaning and content, but the form will evolve.”
Even before he became the host, Alexander Heffner said, he advised his grandfather to use social media to build the program’s audience. “When I said to him that we should create a Facebook page and Twitter feed, he said that is for you to do,” Mr. Heffner said. “He saw the potential for perpetuating the values he believed in, but it was a hard sell, due to our different vintage and his being steeped in the written word and the value of books.”
Still, a final act by Richard Heffner was to digitize and upload to the Internet much of “The Open Mind” archive of more than 1,500 episodes, many of which can be streamed.
In one episode from 2003, Richard Heffner had Adam Bellow, a son of Saul Bellow, appear to discuss the son’s book “In Praise of Nepotism.” Mr. Heffner said he would replace the term nepotism with “family values,” that is “loving one’s children; loving one’s relatives; loving one’s friends and being helpful to them.”
His grandson said he was not “joining the family business,” but “more like the family vision — the vision of communications and media serving the public interest.”

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