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State schools prep homegrown engineering, computer science talent for startups

Article Source: Chicago Tribune, Business Section, by Wailin Wong, April 28, 2012 Promise of stronger pipeline reverses gripe that Illinois loses too many grads to Silicon Valley Chicago’s startup community wants to hire young people like Ravi Pilla. As a high school student at the Illinois Math and Science Academy, Pilla and a few friends Read more »

Gift Caddie Aims to Make Online Wish Lists Easier

Article Source: TECH cocktail, Zach Davis, April 28, 2012 What is the Internet?  Ask a nerd, and you’ll likely get some elaborate answer about networks, protocols, and Al Gore.  I believe the explanation can be boiled down to one word: information.  The Internet is information.  It’s everything you ever needed to know about anything, plus cat videos. Read more »

5 Early Stage Startup Founders Share Valuable Advice on Starting Up

Article Source: TECH cocktail, Monika Jansen, April 27, 2012 At Tuesday night’s Tech Cocktail Champaign Mixer event, we had the unique opportunity to showcase 5 startups that are so early stage they are still in either conceptual or research mode.  Thanks to the University of Illinois’s focus on engineering and science at their Urbana-Champaign campus, 4 Read more »

Is the Government Voting on Bills that Hurt Your Startup? Find out on TrakBill

Article Source: TECH cocktail, Kira Newman, April 26, 2012 “We’ll figure it out later.” That’s how some startups, who might be breaking laws or regulations, decide to deal with it. We’re so tiny that no one will care, right? If you want to err on the side of caution, take a few minutes to sign Read more »

Reduce Food Waste at Restaurants with Zero Percent

Article Source: TECH cocktail, Kira Newman, April 25, 2012 Urbana, IL’s Zero Percent is tackling a problem that’s already been accepted as the norm: food waste. “As standard business practice, U.S. restaurants waste over $10 billion a year —Literally. When faced with the chore of trying to find use of excess fresh-food inventory, the easiest thing for Read more »

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