Holland & Knight
Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers and other professionals in 20 U.S. offices, as well as Bogotá and Mexico City. Among the nation's largest law firms, Holland & Knight provides representation in business, litigation, real estate and governmental law. Our Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Team advises a broad array of emerging companies on a local, national and global scale through each stage of their life cycles. Our clients are engaged in a variety of technology-related industries.

DESIGNATION
DESIGNATION is a design bootcamp that trains people of all experience levels to be UI/UX designers over 12 weeks in Chicago. The program is a fast paced, high intensity experience that immerses students in a creative, collaborate environment in order to produce extraordinary results in a highly concentrated timeframe.

Pasquesi Partners
Pasquesi Partners LLC is a boutique firm offering a modern approach to accounting and tax services for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Personal attention, responsiveness and quality are the cornerstones of our relationships. We simplify the lives of individuals and small business owners and take care of the accounting, taxes, bookkeeping, payroll, and billing so they can focus on what will grow their business. Pasquesi Partners use secure cloud based technologies so business owners know the financial status of their business.

Vet-Tech
Vet-Tech is America's Veteran-led Startup Accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley. With over 100 military veteran startups in our community, Vet-Tech's top 20 portfolio companies have raised over $10 Million in funding and have been accepted into world class programs like Tech Stars and Founder Institute.

Much Shelist

Much Shelist is a full-service law firm serving start-up, small and mid-market businesses, and venture capital investors, private equity funds and family offices that invest in them and support their growth.  The firm advises early-stage technology and growth enterprises in start-up matters and venture capital transactions.  Much Shelist continues to support those enterprises as they grow by providing advice on the full spectrum of legal and business matters a start-up or growth-stage company is likely to encounter, including issues related to employees and other service providers, intellectual property rights and licensing, and negotiations with vendors and strategic partners.  The firm also represents clients in litigation, mergers and acquisitions and other extraordinary matters.  Much Shelist is headquartered in Chicago and has a branch office in California.

Leavitt Siegal LLC is a boutique tax and accounting firm servicing entrepreneurs, funded start-ups and small and midsized businesses. The partners, Karen Leavitt and Sandra Siegal, have a combined 45 years of experience working with individuals and their businesses. Previous to working with us, many of our clients felt that over the years their accountants weren’t giving them the personal attention they deserved.  That they were viewed as a number, not as an individual.  At Leavitt Siegal LLC, we understand that feeling.  That is why we started our firm.  We handle every single one of our clients, big or small, with the personal touch they deserve.  We take pride in building a lifelong relationship with all our clients.  That’s why our motto “Proven Experience with a Personal Touch isn’t just a slogan, but a set of values we live by. 

 

Amata Office Centers focuses on Chicago based entrepreneurs, and satellite offices of larger companies helping them with office space, telephone services and administrative support. Entrepreneurs need phones, live receptionist and space to work and meet. We help with all of those in downtown Chicago and Naperville in our 6 high end office centers. We provide the tools to help them succeed, from infrastructure, virtual or real space, and prestigious addresses that allow them to stand out from their competition.

Cofounders, Hiring and Firing

Chicago Spring 2012 Semester

What talent do you need in the beginning to be successful? How do you recruit the first team members with extremely limited resources? How do you conduct a thorough interviewing process? How do you compensate? How do you set expectations, measure results and remove or fire under-performing resources? Do you need a cofounder? Do you need to have engineering in-house?

Goal:
Recruit your first team members.
Date:
2012-07-11, 06:30 PM

Mentors


Joe Abraham
Founder, BOSI Global

A serial entrepreneur, Joe has been involved in the startup and growth of over 20 companies in industries ranging from IT and consumer goods to lead generation and motorsports. Those companies have generated over $450 million in revenues to date. He is author of the book ...

Matt Mandell
Principal, Mandell Enterprises

Matt is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of several companies, and currently operates Condomania.com, Americas First Condom store as well as GAM Payments, a payment processing company focused on large and complex merchant accounts. Matt has directed strategy of a...

Adam Siegel
Founder, Cultivate Labs

Adam Siegel is the CEO of Cultivate Labs, a Chicago-based company founded in 2014. Cultivate Labs provides a software platform to anonymously crowdsource predictions and ideas from employees to provide decision makers “ground truth” to make more reality-based decisions. C...

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