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Financial firms seek startup solutions to trade better, faster

January 9, 2014

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CHICAGO (Chicago Tribune, Blue Sky Innovation) — Technology has already transformed financial trading, and emerging companies are still at work making options trading faster and more accessible than ever. With rising regulatory burdens, new technologies might make it safer to trade, too. Options, largely traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, help traders secure the […]

Landmark Chicago Board of Trade building attracts techies with $30 million revamp and new incubator

December 19, 2013

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CHICAGO (Built In) — When the Chicago Board of Trade was sold from CME Group to GlenStar Properties and USAA Real Estate in early 2012, it was still the “old boys club” it always had been. But a $30 million revamping portends futuristic plans for the 83-year-old building. “We love our traders,” said Christian Domin, managing director […]

Sensors Take a Big Step Closer to Human Touch

October 28, 2013

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NEW YORK (Techonomy) — A smartphone screen can detect where it’s being touched. But the SynTouch sensor works the other way around: It detects what it is touching. SynTouch LLC, a Los Angeles-based startup that began in a University of Southern California lab, has developed what it says is the first sensor that enables robots […]

Investing in America’s Startups: Steve Case Addresses Chicago Entrepreneurs

September 24, 2013

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CHICAGO (Techli) — Former America Online CEO Steve Case prepared startups for America’s entrepreneurial future on Monday in Chicago, the most American of cities, as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said. Almost 300 entrepreneurs gathered in startup incubator 1871. Entrepreneurs enjoyed Case’s advocacy for emerging industries such as healthcare and education. Edtech entrepreneur Joe Kotz said […]

Experts warn Senate of bank commodities control

July 23, 2013

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WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Allowing financial holding companies to have increasing control over physical commodities such as aluminum and oil could give them too much power over producers and manufacturers, several experts told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday. The Financial Institutions and Consumer Protections subcommittee hearing addressed a recent investigation by The New York Times regarding Goldman […]

First anniversary of 1871, Chicago start-ups celebrate

May 6, 2013

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1871 is Chicago’s start-up hub, and it turned one year old Thursday. Chicago entrepreneurs are not just celebrating the space, but all that it stands for: a year of growth for the Chicago start-up community, and – they hope – many more good years to come. We look at the numbers and meet the newest […]

The great American race

March 28, 2013

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Obstacle races such as Spartan Race and Tough Mudder have been growing exponentially in the US, with one Chicago obstacle racing company expanding their profits from $50 thousand to $50 million in just four years. See why this trend is only growing even more popular, and becoming preferred to even the traditional Marathon. The great […]