Founders' Stories

Founders' Stories is our cornerstone project, filmed at 1871, Chicago's Digital Startup Hub. Check out our full-length conversations with some of the most interesting and accomplished startup founders in the world.

Featured Episodes


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. Last year, we were lucky to have him join us to hear about his experiences, as well as his advice for other entrepreneurs.

joe mansueto of morningstar

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.

david kalt of

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.

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