Chicago's Tech Sector Fighting for Venture Action
June 18, 2012 | Chicago Tribune
The most objective measurement available for the strength of Chicago's technology sector shows this city's performance leaves something to be desired. It ranked eighth in 2011, behind San Diego and about on par with Austin, Texas, a city with less than a third of Chicago's population. Harry Weller's rankings look different. "It's Silicon Valley, Chicago and then the rest of the East Coast," says Weller,
Denver Leaders See the Chance to Build Tech Haven
June 17, 2012 | Denver Post
Overlooked in national tech circles, Denver business leaders and entrepreneurs are quietly working together to bolster the city's profile. The focus isn't to attract Fortune 500 stalwarts such as DaVita or Arrow Electronics, but to appeal to the innovators who might create the next Facebook or Google.
With Organized Angels on Their Side, Can Start-ups Effectively Start Up Anywhere?
June 13, 2012 | Huffington Post
Although Midwest early stage companies have attracted venture capital investments, the risk capital pumped into the region still isn't proportional to the amount of the angel groups' increasingly savvy investments. Because the Midwest still lags behind other regions in follow-on funding, it has also lagged in terms of high-profile exits and, as such, the reputational boost which comes with them.