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Startup Hub to now Emerge In Chicago

Though not in line with the high tech sexiness of Palo Alto, Chicago has made enough success stories for the past few years to become something of a Midwestern silicon valley.

Bernhard Kappe, the Chief Executive Officer of Pathfinder in Chicago sees Chicago with its strengths soon building a tech scene of its own and this view has been supported by most observers and tech experts."We have a lot of great relationships in the valley." he says.- as reported by  What’s more, the momentum is being kept in pace with members from the startup community along with other local entrepreneurs all coming together.

For example, the Chicago Lean Startup Circle is a group with more than 2800 members, with a solid growth and a feisty attitude in promoting itself as "a group of smart and driven high-tech entrepreneurs that have learned how to discover customers and build products they want."

With 130 similar groups existing worldwide, Chicago stands out with its better work and creative resources, having partnered with groups like Built In Chicago and 1871.In fact a survey had been conducted by the members of Chicago Lean Startup last year. It revealed that over7.047 tech jobs had been created by 20 percent of those who had responded to the survey.

"If you look at the Chicago tech scene, a number of leaders and groups have emerged where we all want the same thing: making Chicago's entrepreneurial community the best in the world," Kappe says.

With success stories ranging from 37Signals to TrunkClub to Groupon, Chicago is on its way to becoming a vibrant tech hub of its own kind. "We need to remember that Chicago becoming a tech hub is a marathon, not a sprint. But the signs are promising; the area has a good talent base," Leela Rao,senior editor at TechCrunch says.

"The city is conducive to startups," says Jeffrey Harrington, founder of the restaurant-vendor service website Cardoona. "The culture is very collaborative. It could've taken us three years to figure out our first three business models were wrong. Through, it took us less than 3 months, preventing us from wasting huge amounts of time and money."

"The sheer scale of Silicon Valley makes it difficult for any city to match," says Fred Diaz, city manager of Fremont, California, "But rather that replicate Silicon Valley, Chicago should strive to be the best entrepreneurial Chicago it can be. That's what will drive success."-as reported by

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