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As we navigate a global pandemic, business does not stop. Companies are adapting, innovating, and moving forward with new ideas coming every day, but after a whirlwind of a year, where do things stand now? Join us for an enlightening discussion on which of these companies will lead the charge in 2021. We’ll be gathering thought leaders and industry experts from across the Midwest region to share their insights on who we can expect bigger and better things in the coming year and beyond.
Founder & CEO,
James Chapman is the Founder and CEO of Plain Sight, a mobile app for networking with like-minded people in virtual and physical spaces. The serial entrepreneur has a passion for helping other budding entrepreneurs. The Chattanooga native moved to Detroit for the opportunity to assist the Rock Family of Companies with helping local entrepreneurs start, grow, and scale their businesses.
This led him to launch the first ever Rocket Mortgage Detroit Demo Day. In just three years, Detroit Demo Day has provided nearly $4 million in funding to small businesses throughout the city; the majority of which have been minority and woman-owned. In Chattanooga, he ran a workspace from 6pm – midnight for side-hustlers that work full-time during the day. The attendees wanting to know the expertise of people at the space in real-time is what led him to start Plain Sight with his cofounders.
Chief Marketing Officer,
Driven by a desire to combine 20+ years of brand-building experience with positive social impact, Bridget Russo Gottlieb joined the team at Bloomscape in 2019 as CMO to oversee their growth and leadership in the fastest growing retail product of the past few years.
Before joining the Bloomscape team Bridget, headed up marketing for Eileen Fisher moving forward their content strategy, campaign approach and experiential marketing. And from 2012 to 2018 she oversaw global marketing and communications as CMO for Shinola where she worked closely with internal and external partners, across private and public sectors, to build an American design brand through storytelling and products that are built to last.
Prior to Shinola, Russo made a name for herself in the fashion industry by pursuing projects she found ethically compelling—including the establishment of her own consulting firm, Passion Projects Consulting, whose focus was fashion ventures driven by social impact. This globally inspired mentality began with her work at EDUN, the apparel brand founded by Ali Hewson and Bono with a commitment to reducing poverty in Africa through trade.
Bridget was also named one of the Ad Week Brand Genius Class of 2016, bestowed upon 10 of marketing “most talented” that year. She also sits on the Advisory Board for the furniture brand Floyd Detroit, and is an Endeavor Detroit Mentor.
CEO & Founder,
Raffaele’s strategic thinking and effective leadership have been instrumental and paramount in his career as an IT, Sales and Operations professional. His extensive experience in the IT and Security industry serves as the platform of Aadya. His consistent record of leading teams through successful acquisitions; strategic planning and implementation and deploying large, multi-tiered complex programs has served companies such as Duo, FireEye, McAfee and Dell. Raffaele also has experience in implementing marketing and sales strategies positioning companies for future growth and deploying applications and business process improvements to assist with bookings, leads and new go-to-market programs.
Senior Vice President of Talent and Development,
1871 is Chicago’s technology hub and the #1 ranked private business incubator in the world. It exists to inspire, equip, and support founders, growth-scalers and innovators in building extraordinary businesses. 1871 is home to ~450 technology startups, ~400+ growth stage companies, and ~1,500 members, and is supported by an entire ecosystem focused on accelerating their growth and creating jobs in the Chicagoland area. The member experience includes virtual and in person access to workshops, events, mentorship, and more. The nonprofit organization has 350 mentors available to its members, alongside access to more than 100 partner corporations, universities, education programs, accelerators, venture funds and others. Since its inception in 2012, more than 650 alumni companies are currently still active, have created over 11,000 jobs, and have raised more than $1.65 billion in follow-on capital.
Bloomscape is here to help strengthen your relationship with plants. We make buying plants easy by delivering healthy, ready-to-go plants to your door and setting you up with the tips and tricks you need to help your plants thrive. Plants make life better. We make plants easy.
Making meaningful connections with new people is vital to our success, but actually doing so is left up to chance or introductions. The way in which these connections happen going forward is being reimagined, as networking in the traditional sense has become nearly impossible. Plain Sight is a social platform for like-minded people to connect with each other in spaces virtually or in-person.
Aadya provides smart, simple, affordable and effective cybersecurity software solutions for small and medium businesses.
FourKites is the largest predictive supply chain visibility platform, delivering real-time visibility and predictive analytics for the broadest network of Global 1000 companies and third-party logistics firms. Using a proprietary algorithm to calculate shipment arrival times, FourKites enables customers to lower operating costs, improve on-time performance and strengthen end-customer relationships. FourKites’ network spans millions of GPS/ELD devices in 176+ countries and covers all modes, including truckload, LTL, ocean, rail, air, intermodal, courier and parcel, and extends real-time visibility into the yard. FourKites has 1 million loads and over $100 billion in freight under management at any given time. The platform is optimized for mobile and equipped with market-leading end-to-end security.
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