Accelerate your startup with the best insights from founders


If you're launching or growing a startup, you've come to the right place. Chicago Founders TV showcases conversations with some of the most interesting and accomplished founders in Chicago and around the world. Consider it your personal board of advisors.

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The Only Thing That Matters: Getting Your Startup to Product-Market Fit

Our newest series showcases clips from hall of fame-level entrepreneurs discussing the insights that allowed them to achieve product-market fit, coined "the only thing that matters" in a blog post by venture capitalist Marc Andreessen. On the go? Click here to listen to the podcast on SoundCloud.

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best of Founders' Stories

Our cornerstone project, Founders' Stories, features fireside-style conversations with some of the most interesting and accomplished startup founders. Episodes are filmed at 1871, Chicago's Digital Startup Hub.

Brett Hurt is the legendary Austin entrepreneur best known for creating Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV) and Coremetrics, which sold to IBM. Brett's newest venture,, is one of the most exciting new startups of 2016. 

In this special Founders' Stories episode, Pat sits down with Joe Mansueto, founder of Morningstar, the $3 billion investment research firm with over 4,300 employees nationwide.

In this episode of Chicago Founders' Stories, Pat sits down with David Kalt. Kalt is the founder of online broker optionsXpress, which he took public in 2005, as well as, which has raised over $30M in venture capital to date. 

Best of Opening Acts

Opening Acts are new and emerging startups that are catching the eye of tech enthusiasts across the web. Check out these short introductions to some of today's hottest startups and why they're important.