…he people, right? Luckily, Chicago has a blooming entrepreneurial community that I could plug into. I started with the 1871 community, attending a variety of their events including multiple Founder’s Forums, industry specific events, and pitch events (including the WiStem pitch day). I’ve benefitted from attending TechNori pitch nights, the FUND conference, and the Incubate Illinois Conference. I’ve also met some of Chicago’s most impressive investors and entrepreneurs through the TechStars events and demo days. Other great resources in Chicago include Techweek and the Illinois Technology Association.
…to educate myself. My first day on the job taught me that I needed to learn how to “talk the talk.” I subscribed to a variety of daily newsletters that provide venture capital, private equity, and startup news. And what’s more — I made myself read them on a daily basis. Some of my favorites include Fortune’s Term Sheet, Mattermark Daily (great pieces from both investors and operators), CB Insights (data with a side of quick wit), Pitchbook VC News, TechCrunch, and Crunchbase. Specific to Chicago, I also like the Chicago Inno Beat, Crain’s, and Built in Chicago.