Jerod Mollenhauer – Co-Founder of Venuefox

Jerod Mollenhauer - Co-Founder of Venuefox

[quote style=”boxed”]Be coachable and passionate. Take advice from people who have been there before and from people who have failed. [/quote] Jerod Mollenhauer built a successful career in the insurance industry, receiving early promotions and increases in responsibility. He attributes this early success to hard work and discipline. At 19,…

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Martina Welke and Britta Jacobs – Co-Founders of Zealyst

Martina Welke and Britta Jacobs - Co-Founders of Zealyst

[quote style=”boxed”]Treat everybody with decency and respect. Take meetings with people who seem like random connections. So many of our breaks and breakthroughs happened from seemingly unlikely situations.[/quote] It all began one magical day at SeaTac Airport. Britta Welke and Martina Jacobs were both waiting to fly to Los Angeles,…

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Saya Hillman – Creator of Mac ‘n Cheese Productions

Saya Hillman - Creator of Mac ‘n Cheese Productions

[quote style=”boxed”]I would build a client base while I still had a paycheck and health insurance, instead of having to find clients while also worrying about where I was going to get rent money.[/quote] Saya Hillman–a native of Evanston, Illinois, a Boston College graduate, and a Chicago resident–is an accidental…

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Alistair Croll – Author, Entrepreneur and Startup Accelerant

Alistair Croll - Author, Entrepreneur and Startup Accelerant

[quote style=”boxed”]Lately, that’s been how I’ve approached things: build something small, let it grow organically, and see if it catches on. If it doesn’t achieve an “escape velocity” and take on a life of its own, then you’re going to have to do a lot of heavy lifting to make…

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Scott Lazerson – Media Strategist

Scott Lazerson - Media Strategist

[quote style=”boxed”]It’s not who you know, but what you know about whom.[/quote] Scott Lazerson is a connector. As a strategic relationship consultant, Scott repeatedly demonstrates that he is a catalyst for innovation and breakthrough. Unrestrained by convention and driven by a desire to bring the best minds and talents together,…

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Andy Nulman – Co-Founder of Just For Laughs

Andy Nulman - Co-Founder of Just For Laughs

[quote style=”boxed”]My worst “almost-job” was as a brand manager at General Mills. I had one interview. It was an on-campus recruitment thing. It lasted 30 seconds, and consisted of the HR guy saying “No” about 20 times, at differing intervals. I guess my shoulder-length afro didn’t help.[/quote] Andy Nulman started…

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Tim Jahn – Co-founder of Entrepreneursunpluggd.com

Tim Jahn - Co-founder of Entrepreneursunpluggd.com

[quote style=”boxed”]Meet new people. Your network is your greatest asset and meeting new people on a regular basis is a fantastic way to keep your creative juices flowing. It’s also a great way to constantly refresh yourself with new ideas.[/quote] As a developer in the Chicago tech community, Tim Jahn…

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Bennett Resnik – Creator of The Hands We Shake

Bennett Resnik - Creator of The Hands We Shake

[quote style=”boxed”]Constant correspondence is vital.  I continually correspond with clients, potential clients, people I meet at events, referrals and everyone I can.  The one thing to focus on as an entrepreneur is to keep communication open and available.[/quote] Bennett Resnik is a social capital and networks consultant and creator of…

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