Female Founders and Funding

Alexa Adler hosts a TV special about gender related funding disparities for founders.

By Alexa Adler Medill Reports Female founders receive less than 3 percent of venture capital funding. In this TV special, Alexa Adler interviews industry experts Nicole Yeary, Samara Mejia Hernandez, Desiree Vargas Wrigley and Sam Yagan to learn more about this disparity. Photo at top: Alexa Adler hosts a TV special about gender related funding […]

Tech hub 1871 celebrates its seventh cohort of female start-up founders

By Alexa Adler Medill Reports The seventh cohort of WiSTEM, 1871’s pre-accelerator program for female start-up founders, celebrated the completion of its 12-week program and pitched its companies to a crowd of techies and investors. Photo at top: WiSTEM participant Sara Taylor-Demos showcases her company, Cora, at 1871. (Reporter Name/MEDILL)

Windy City women in tech

Alexa Adler interviews Betsy Ziegler, the first female CEO of tech incubator 1871.

By Alexa Adler Medill Reports In this episode of Medill Newsmakers, Alexa Adler interviews female tech leaders who are shattering the glass ceiling in Chicago’s startup scene. Photo at top: Alexa Adler interviews Betsy Ziegler, the first female CEO of tech incubator 1871. (Alexa Adler/MEDILL)

Dom and Tom: twins’ $11-million firm is still friends and family

Dom and Tom Tancredi (Photo courtesy of Alice Fountain).

By Alexa Adler Medill Reports Dominic and Tom Tancredi, the twin brothers who co-founded Dom and Tom, a privately-owned, nine-year old digital product development company with offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, believe the “secret sauce” behind their company’s success is working with friends and family, because they are “people who trust you” […]

U.S. jobless claims drop, signaling robust labor market

People cross the street in downtown Chicago. (Alexa Adler/MEDILL)

By Alexa Adler Medill Reports The number of Americans filing initial unemployment claims dropped slightly last week, signaling continued soundness in the labor markets. The U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that for the week ended March 10, seasonally adjusted initial jobless claims decreased by 4,000 to 226,000 from the revised figure of 230,000 for […]

Methode Electronics reports loss from tax legislation

By Alexa Adler Medill Reports Shares of Methode Electronics Inc., a global developer of custom-engineered and application-specific products and solutions, plunged 4.94 percent after the company reported a loss of 65 cents per share for the third quarter of its 2018 fiscal year, as compared to 63 cents per share of earnings for the comparable […]

Japan uses robots in nursing home care; an example for America?

By Alexa Adler Medill Reports Tokyo–The Japanese nursing home industry, facing a demographic crisis that combines an increasing number of nursing home patients with a decrease of eligible caregivers, has turned to robots to provide patient care designed to be both more effective and safer, while making caregivers’ jobs a little easier. Silver Wing Social […]

Brunswick reports loss despite growth in marine business, shares drop

By Alexa Adler Medill Reports Brunswick Corp., operator of marine, fitness and billiards businesses, swung to a quarterly loss, primarily due to increased pension settlement and restructuring charges and a charge reflecting recent tax legislation, as well as weakness in the fitness business.

Cabot Microelectronics reports strong operating results but net loss due to tax charge

By Alexa Adler Medill Reports Despite record quarterly revenue and strong operating results, Cabot Microelectronics Corp., which supplies planarization polishing slurries and pads used in the manufacture of semiconductor devices, reported a loss of 12 cents per share for its first quarter ended Dec. 31, 2017, compared with earnings per share of 88 cents in […]

Experts say blockchain technology will be useful in many industries

By Alexa Adler Medill Reports As bitcoin prices fluctuate, indicating uncertainty about the ultimate viability of cryptocurrency, other use of its underlying blockchain technology is increasing and may represent the future of information transfer technology in many industries, including banking, and to some extent, healthcare. In downtown Chicago, cryptocurrency experts gathered Wednesday evening to discuss future uses of […]