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ITA Take Aways
Monday, August 7, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Building a Culture of Success »
At ITA, we have a small team of ten people. Our culture tends to evolve around the people we hire, being such a small team...
Friday, July 28, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA Exec Spin: A Call for Disruption »
Disruption. It seems to permeate life right now: in business, in politics, it’s all around. An age of change encompasses u...
Monday, June 19, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Exec Spin: We Hold These Truths… »
The Fourth of July is just around the corner and the holiday is a celebration of so many things that compose our national...
Thursday, May 25, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Five reasons why the Midwest will be the epicenter of IoT »
In 2015, the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) launched a first-of-its-kind cross-disciplinary effort to bring togethe...
Tuesday, May 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA Exec Spin: Antidotes for Bro-Culture »
Recently, The New York Times ran an opinion piece: “ Jerks and the Start-Ups They Ruin .” The article decried the tech ind...
Friday, April 28, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA Exec Spin: The Future of Work, More Than Just Robots »
So much is written ad nauseam in the trades and media about the automation and loss of human capital as a vital ingredient...
Monday, April 3, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
2017 CityLIGHTS Starter Pack »
In its 18th year, the CityLIGHTS Awards is now legally an adult, and we couldn’t be prouder of how it’s grown. It may not...
Friday, March 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA Exec Spin: Passing the Torch »
Dear Chicago Tech Community,   Having grown up in Boise, Idaho I often get asked how I ended up in Chicago. It’...
Wednesday, March 22, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Julia Kanouse is the CEO of the  Illinois Technology Association , the leading voice for Chicago’s tech community. We...
Monday, March 6, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Venture Funding Stem Futures »
    As you know, in the tech world fundraising and dollars are essential in getting deals done. Indeed, so...
Thursday, March 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA Exec Spin: Chi-Town Brings the ROI »
As we’ve written about here before,  collaboration is the basis of any healthy tech ecosystem  - organizations n...
Monday, February 13, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Mentorship, Diversity & Forward Chi-Tech »
Mentorships are essential in today’s fast-paced tech world. Both mentor and mentee form a mutually beneficial relationship...
Monday, February 6, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Some Good News for Chicago’s Tech Talent »
We’ve all  read it , repeated it and many of our members live it day to day – it’s hard to find and attract tech...
Thursday, January 26, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CEO Spin - Five 2017 Predictions for Chicago Tech »
Now that things have settled down across our nation…let’s get down to business in Chicago. The coming year will be a trans...
Monday, January 16, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Lifelong Learning: The Key to the Tech Economy »
My Dad and I have always had a close relationship. He was a successful small business owner in downstate Illinois for over...
Monday, January 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Chicago’s Changing Transportation Paradigm »
Here at ITA we have  often  stressed how Chicago should not seek to emulate other city’s ecosystems because this...
Friday, December 9, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CEO Spin - Let’s Go Horizontal »
  Chicago is a unique technology town, driven by the distinct vertical markets that have developed here over the p...
Friday, October 21, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Chicago - The City of Things »
As I have detailed before,  here , Chicago isn’t looking to become “the next Silicon Valley.” It’s a fundamental fall...
Monday, September 19, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
3 Things I learned About Running an Internship Program »
In the summer of 2015, Braintree spearheaded, along with several other local tech companies, a program called  Chi&nb...
Friday, September 9, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Intern Hiring Guide for Hiring Managers »
While meeting recently with an ITA member company, we were discussing internships and how ITA provides resources and counc...
Wednesday, August 31, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Lessons Learned…From My Dad »
Earlier this month my father and namesake retired at 77 years young after a 55-year career in science. That same day I was...
Friday, August 19, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
It’s time to start talking seriously about government and tech »
I’ve recently been asked a great deal about government and the tech industry. That’s new and surprising. Over the last dec...
Wednesday, July 20, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Tech Challenge Alumni Check-In: Benjamin Walters »
As ITA gears up for the  2016 Tech Challenge —kicking off this autumn—we’re looking back at last year’s challenge to...
Friday, July 15, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Goodbye Silicon Prairie, Hello Chicago School of Technology »
For years now, the term “Silicon Prairie” has been applied to the Illinois and Chicago tech communities, in a forced bit o...
Monday, July 11, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Get to know Tech Challenge partners HackerRank and Door Of Clubs »
The ITA’s annual  Tech Challenge  has continued to grow year after year, and 2016 is no exception: Not only have...
Thursday, June 30, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
3 quick ways to ensure your content comes out on top »
Some high-level takeaways from ITA’s educational programming “Creating content is not a content strategy.” That was...
Tuesday, June 28, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Why Tech Challenge? »
ITA’s  Tech Challenge  programming and coding skills competition is poised to be bigger and better than ever in...
Wednesday, June 15, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Chicago in the Fall: Bears perhaps, Internet of Things for sure! »
While many in Chicago and the greater Midwest have a strong (and often substantiated) belief that our Blackhawks are alway...
Tuesday, June 14, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CityLIGHTS by the numbers »
In its 17 years of existence, the CityLIGHTS awards have proven to be a reliable predictor of success in the local and nat...
Tuesday, June 14, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
The Internet of Things Ecosystems and Collaboration »
There is little doubt that the Internet of Things (IoT) is the next big technological advancement. Gartner predicts that b...
Friday, June 10, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Job-search horror stories (and what recruiters can learn from them) »
One of the hottest topics in the talent sphere right now is employment branding, or a company’s reputation among job-seeke...
Wednesday, June 8, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Inside Narrative Science’s “Parents Day” »
Is what you do everyday in the office still a mystery to your parents and relatives? With the rise of new technologies, it...
Monday, June 6, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
The changing nature of collaboration in Chicago »
Since the beginning of this year, a recurring question has been popping up in my conversations with Chicago tech professio...
Tuesday, May 31, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA Seeks Industry Rock Stars for 17th Annual ITA CityLIGHTS Awards »
Nominations in eight categories will be accepted through June 24th CHICAGO, IL – May 31, 2016 –  The Illinois Te...
Friday, May 27, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA Members dominate 2016 Moxie Awards and TechWeek 100 »
Here at ITA, we know our members are a big deal in Chicago tech, so it’s always gratifying to see that opinion mirrored in...

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