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Saturday, May 3 • 12:00pm - TBA
Tech Start-ups: The Promise in Practice of 1871 LIMITED

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Now that the cost of starting a technology company has plummeted, we're taking a closer look at how Chicago based music, film, and entertainment startups are elbowing into a notability difficult, and fragmented industry, working with large brands and industry leaders to prove their concept and build the next technological frontier.


Philippe Ravanas

A native of France, Professor Ravanas is an Arts Management expert with two decades of experience in developing global strategies, directing multi-national teams and creating a network in the international arts and entertainment industries. He has a successful track record in building bridges between business and academia, both in Europe and in the USA. | | Professor Ravanas previously served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for... Read More →


Jeremy Abrams

Jeremy started his first company in e-publishing when he was 15 years old. Since then, he has participated in about five startups. In 2013, Jeremy worked as the lead UI/UX designer for Trackbill.com. He will be graduating from IIT's Chicago-Kent College of Law in May, 2014. After graduating, Jeremy will run his current startup (Uppd) full-time.

Stefanie Bassler

Stefanie Bassler completed her Master’s in Business Innovation at Cedim Center for Design in December of 2013. In 2011, she successfully launched her first company, Palma Pub Crawl, in Mallorca, Spain. Her passions lie at the intersection of design thinking, brand strategy and cognitive science.

Tom Giles

Tom Giles is the founder and CEO of StageBloc, a network for creatives, brands, and their fans. He is also a teacher, scientist, athlete, designer and coach. Before founding StageBloc, Tom played in a touring rock band, ran an indie record label and underground college newspaper, and worked in artist management. He has designed and worked with such artists as Linkin Park, Trent Reznor, Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock, Eric Church and Michael Stipe.

Sean Rutkowski

Based in Atlanta, GA, Sean has over 20 years of music sales, marketing, distribution and purchasing. | | Sean has negotiated, sold and marketed with companies such as Amazon, iTunes, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Warner Music Group, Atlantic Records, Warner Bros., Rhymesayers Entertainment, Sub Pop and Target. Most recently as General Manager of Alternative Distribution Alliance, the largest independent distribution company in the United States, he... Read More →

Justin Sinkovich

Justin Sinkovich is an Assistant Professor in the Business & Entrepreneurship Department at Columbia College Chicago where he coordinates the Media Management program. Prior to teaching at Columbia, he has been a manager at a wide variety of media companies including a weekly paper, a film company, and several record labels including Touch and Go Records. At Touch and Go, Justin acted as New Media Manager and oversaw the creation of the digital... Read More →

Saturday May 3, 2014 12:00pm - TBA
Emporium 1366 N Milwaukee