• Finding Truth at Chicago Ideas Week

    “The truth lies in our subconscious.” – William H. Macy “If you speak the truth, I will stand with you and so will the world.” – Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Every year, Chicago Ideas Week hosts a Creative Process Talk. It’s a ...
  • Storytelling and the Latticework of Chicago Ideas Week

    “As a storyteller, I have an opportunity to be a magician. I have an opportunity to go inside other people’s hearts and minds.” – Terry McMillan, CIW 2013 “There is no better way to enter the mind of another person ...
  • CIW Moments: Bing Gordon on Chicago and Digital Disruption

    It’s my favorite time of the year: The sky is clear, the weather is perfect (not too hot, not too cold) and the leaves are turning caramel brown. Everyone is back to work, back to school, feelings of anticipation and ...
  • Make Love and Belief Interchangeable

    It’s rare that someone will question your love for your own children, but 10 years ago my friend Brandon did just that—and it changed the way I view my relationship with my daughters—now ages 15 and 16—forever. At the time, ...
  • The Ultimate Entrepreneurial Risk: Student Debt (Flipping the University Part 2)

    In 2012, a team of ex-Google employees decided to launch their own company: a venture capital firm of sorts with a twist called Upstart. While traditional venture capital structures give funding to companies, Upstart’s financial backers monetarily support individuals. All they ask ...
  • The Internet: Turning Lemons into Lemonade

    Used car dealers get a bad rap. Sure, they have enshrined themselves in our society by their cheesy commercials, their sometimes sleazy business deals and, not to mince words, the often shoddy cars they offer for sale. But really, that’s not the fault of ...
  • Best Advice: Change the Game

    When Jeopardy! producers told Arthur Chu he’d been selected as a contestant, he knew he wasn’t ready. But instead of giving in to eventual defeat, Chu hunkered down and began scouring the game show’s forums, watching — and rewatching — classic episodes on ...
  • USA: Structured for Entrepreneurship

    In Thailand, if you fail repeatedly in business, you often change your name. In Spain, dark-suited debt collectors, known as cobradors de frac, will publicly shame you, approaching you in your home, at the office or in restaurants. In Croatia, the Finance ...
  • The Rolling Stones and The Beatles of Modern Design

    Start a conversation about influential modern designers, and you’re likely to touch on Steve Jobs and Apple products.  You might also discuss the 20th century’s famous architects and industrial designers, like Frank Lloyd Wright and Eero Saarinen. And then there are ...
  • Flipping The University: A Young Entrepreneurs Guide

    There is a surefire way to fail in college.  Believe it or not, it’s even worse than failing out of college.  Failing in college is attending every class prescribed by the course curriculum, putting one extracurricular on your plate—say, student government—and party hopping on ...
  • The “Stuff I’ve Started” Section of Your Resume

    It’s time to revise your resume. I don’t mean you need to add your latest job or a new bullet point outlining your most recent responsibilities. No, I’m actually suggesting that you add an entirely new section to your resume, ...
  • Rewarding Brilliance, Creating Failure (and Innovation)

    In 2008 and 2009, coders, mathematicians and at least one psychologist became singularly focused on one problem: Improving Netflix’s recommendation algorithm. They were motivated by the $1 million on offer by the Netflix Prize, by the press and media storm that erupted and, ...