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Founders Share Advice at Entrepreneur Bash

Seven founders featured in How They Did It gave great advice at the Great Lakes Entrepreneur Bash on November 16th in Chicago. Take a look at these videos from the panel that included:

Bill DeVille, Health Personnel Options, Ohio
Jim Dolan, The Dolan Company, Minnesota
Tim Krauskopf, Spyglass, Illinois
Vince Pettinelli, PeopleServe, Ohio
Chris Moffitt, Rubicon Technology, Illinois
Michael Polsky, SkyGen, Illinois
Mark Tebbe, Lante Corporation, Illinois

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What’s Your Number?

The Great Lakes Entrepreneur Bash on November 16 had a great turnout. Photos of the event are now posted on Facebook and the HTDI website. Feel free to tag yourself and your friends/colleagues.

The panel provided us with great insights — Mark Tebbe, founder/chairman of Answers.com, spoke eloquently, advising everyone to “know your number,” while Jim Dolan, founder/CEO of The Dolan Company, said “I don’t have a number.” Do you have a number? What would be a successful exit for you? Share your thoughts and be a part of the ongoing conversation.

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Great Lakes Entrepreneur Bash Recap Video

November 16, 2010 marked the launch of  How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America and the first ever Great Lakes Entrepreneur Bash. The evening was a HUGE success — with almost 350 people joining us in Chicago to celebrate entrepreneurship. Here is a short video recapping the event.

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Liftoff!

Tuesday marked the launch of How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America and the first ever Great Lakes Entrepreneur Bash! The evening was a HUGE success – with almost 350 people joining us in celebration of entrepreneurship and for the panel discussion with seven of the HTDI founders: Bill DeVille, Jim Dolan, Tim Krauskopf, Mark Tebbe, Vince Pettinelli, Chris Moffitt and Michael Polsky.

We couldn’t have done this on our own. Kudos to all of our sponsors, presenting organizations and co-hosts for their support and for the amazing job they did helping us spread the word and pack the room.

Special thanks to our sponsors: IBM, Grant Thornton and SurePayroll. In particular, Dave Carlquist, Anthony Dudek, Michael Emerick, Kathy Watts, Mary Lyons, Laura Mumper, Jim Huisel and Ronnie Todd at IBM; Anthony Bonaguro, Steve Siemborksi, Mike Schamberger, Kristin Ehrhardt and David Heinke at Grant Thornton; and Michael Alter, Francesca Zelasko, Tracy Toth and Scott Brandt at SurePayroll.

To our presenters – TechAmerica, Illinois Technology Association and MIT Enterprise Forum – thank you for organizing the event and spreading the word! We surpassed our goal and you made that happen.  Many thanks to Fred Hoch and Sarah Habansky at ITA; Terry Flannagan, Nancy Munro and Ted Wallhaus at MIT Enterprise Forum; and Ed Longanecker at TechAmerica.

Thanks to our co-hosts:   Craig Miller at ACG; Dana Damyen at Chicago Booth Business Book Roundtable; John Roberson and Caity Moran at the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center; Raman Chadha and Stephanie Furlan at DePaul University’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center; Kelly Cutler at Entrepreneurs’ Organization; Kapil Chadhary at I2A; Maura O’Hara at the Illinios Venture Capital Association; Anne Gilberg at Global Entrepreneurship Week; Mary Paskell at Kellogg Alumni Club of Chicago; Brad Lehrman at MOJO Minnesota; Linda Darragh and Tracey Keller at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship; John Hanak at Purdue Technology Centers; Jim Jay at TechPoint; Maria Katris at TiE Midwest; Spencer Stern and David Guttman at Wharton Club of Chicago; and Gaye van den Hombergh at Winning Workplaces.

We got great video last night and will be sharing that with you soon – so stay tuned!

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TechExpo on October 6

The second annual Chicago TechExpo is coming up this Wednesday, October 6 at UIC Forum. The Chicago TechExpo was created in Chicago with the sole purpose of introducing and connecting small business owners to technology solutions to help grow their business. This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to meet one-on-one with experts from leading technology companies and attend workshops that will help them leverage digital opportunities to operate smarter businesses.

Howard Tullman, President and CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, and one of the 45 featured founders in How They Did It will be presenting a workshop on the importance of building social networks.

This is a great event for entrepreneurs that I highly recommend checking out if you’re in the Chicago area. Reserve your spot today.

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Now This is The Way to do a Book Tour

This past Friday, September 3rd, I had the opportunity to hear Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappo’s, speak at EO Chicago’s Learning Event. Tony has been traveling the country on a tour bus with a dozen Zappo’s acolytes in support of his first book Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose.

This is one smart dude. What most impressed me is that he appears to walk the talk. Zappo’s recruits employees not only for competence and skills but equally for fit with culture and personality. He said that either upfront or after a person’s on board, if their skills were superior but personality was difficult, they’d be given the boot. And this is the same company that has famously had a $2,000 cash offer for trainees to leave following their training.

Now if they would just add a tour of the bus, that would’ve been even better.

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