An Update On Chicago Tech News From Todd Allen

An Update On Chicago Tech News From Todd Allen: “

Todd Allen has been hard at work putting together a site that represents the Chicago tech scene and give in-depth coverage you won’t find anywhere else.  Here’s an update from him on the latest:

Ever wonder how many tech companies there are in Chicago? I did and I’ve started to make a list. A comprehensive list of Chicago tech businesses will take quite a while to completely catalog, so I’ve started out with a block of around 350 of them. The initial coverage is a little heavier on Interactive Developers, IT Consultants and Software Developers, than on Digital Media and e-Tailers, but that will get fleshed out in time.

You can take a look at the list at:

As time goes by, we’ll be annotating the list with articles about the various companies, but in the meantime, there are a few things to be learned from the initial survey of our local industries.

  • Way too many companies end their name with ‘Solutions’ or ‘Group’
  • A lot of out-of-town companies can’t tell the difference between Lisle or Downer’s Grove and Chicago. They’ll list their Chicago office as one of the suburbs. To paraphrase Mayor Daley when McCaskey was threatening to move the Bears, ‘If they’re playing in Gary, they’re not the CHICAGO Bears.’ Such local offices are marked accordingly.
  • You’d be surprised how many of the old guard are still around from dotBoom days. For example, remember Ubid? Still rolling.

If you want to see who’s still in business or just trying to find a few new places to send your resume, surf over to and we’ll try to accommodate you.

(Via TECH cocktail.)

About Brian Greenberg

Brian Greenberg is a technology and product leader, Forbes contributor, and is a member of the Forbes Technology Council. He lives in Chicago and has been working at companies of all sizes from the Fortune 100 to startups for over 30 years including international experience as an expatriate in Japan and Europe. In addition to being part of the Adjunct Faculty in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University, Brian Greenberg is an award winning CIO & CTO, considered a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and visionary leader, accomplished at strategic planning, process improvement, product development, and reengineering of key business processes. Highly successful in achieving financial results through strong customer loyalty and long term relationships with suppliers and vendors. Ability to achieve business results through strategic application of technology to business challenges. Readily pursues "stretch goals", not afraid to take risks, and is grounded in a strong teamwork approach. Regarded as a skilled communicator, team builder and negotiator who maximizes efficiencies and productivity through boosting employee morale and performance. Brian Greenberg has expertise in digital transformation, automation, turnaround management, security, data storage, and data protection. He is also a storyteller and an improvisor in Chicago’s comedy community.