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Tom Denison

Tom Denison

Chicago Chapter Director

Tom's passion is mentoring, advising, funding and founding tech startups. Like many, his digital experience started with a glamorous yet struggling internet startup, but blossomed into strategy and business development with some of the most recognized digital powerhouses. He has also nurtured and made profitable a top 200 internet retailer. Today, he is the Founder of Funl, a collection of savvy digital marketing experts who “Provide the expertise and resources needed to drive a large, loyal and profitable customer base.”

Upcoming Events

Jake Nickell (Threadless)
Tuesday, April 29

Jake Nickell


Jake Nickell is Threadless's young and fearless entrepreneurial leader. Jake has a passion for learning new things, from how to get t-shirts made to figuring out how to design and program an e-commerce website.

  • Jake Nickell, Threadless Jake Nickell, Threadless
    Jake Nickell is Threadless's young and fearless entrepreneurial leader.  Jake has a passion for learning new things, from how to get t-shirts made to figuring out how to design and program an e-commerce website. Currently, he's focused on running the worldwide, hugely successful business that Threadless has become.  He likes to think creatively and unconventionally about how to keep Threadless one step ahead by encouraging nutty employee ideas and staying away from the "business" side of running a business. Jake also continues to keep up his geek cred through a love for programming. When he’s not working, he’s busy hanging out with his wife Shondi, daughter Arli, and son Dash.
    29 Apr Jake Nickell Threadless
  • Talia Mashiach, Eved Talia Mashiach, Eved
    Talia Mashiach is the CEO and Founder of Eved, an Event Commerce company that automates the buying and selling for meetings and events. Prior to launching Eved in 2010, Talia’s entrepreneurial instincts led her to build several successful technology companies. Talia was inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2009 and named one of The Winning Women by Ernst and Young. Crain’s Chicago has listed Talia in their 40 under 40 Class of 2010 and Tech 50 list in 2012. Also, Chicago Techweek named Talia to their 100 Most Innovative Names in Chicago Technology. Talia is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, sits on Chicago Major Emanuel’s Technology Industry Diversity Council and is a board member for the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. Talia lives in Chicago with her husband and five children.
    27 May Talia Mashiach Eved
  • Shawn Riegsecker, Centro Shawn Riegsecker, Centro
    Shawn Riegsecker is the founder and CEO of Centro. He founded the company in 2001 intent on developing software to fix the inefficient operations in the media industry, making it easier to buy, sell and deliver digital media. Since then, he has built Centro into the only provider of both managed services and cloud software to simplify and streamline the full digital campaign lifecycle. Shawn's leadership, commitment to innovation and modernized approach to culture and employee happiness have led Centro to receive many accolades, including appearing on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, the Inc. 500 and No. 1 on Crain’s Chicago Business’ Best Places to Work for three years in a row – 2011, 2012 and 2013. Shawn has been a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization since 2010. He serves on the advisory board for TechWeek, the Directors’ Invitational Ski Classic (DISC) and is a founding board member of the Centrist Party, a political party dedicated to creating a home for moderate Americans. Locally, Shawn is a member of the selection committee for 1871 and an angel investor in the FireStarter Fund.  Prior to founding Centro, Shawn held leadership positions at Real Media, Everstream and Cleveland.com. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
    24 Jun Shawn Riegsecker Centro
  • Andrew Geant, WyzAnt Andrew Geant, WyzAnt

    Andrew Geant is cofounder and CEO of WyzAnt, the leading marketplace for in-person and online tutoring with nearly two million registered users.  Founded in 2005, WyzAnt is headquartered in Chicago where it currently has 80 employees.  (We’re hiring!)

    Through WyzAnt, Drew is passionate about making tutoring more affordable and accessible to students of all ages and backgrounds.  He's equally dedicated to helping tutors reach more students, manage their business and maximize their impact on learning. WyzAnt makes tutors' lives easier by helping them acquire new customers and providing services like payment processing, scheduling and reporting.  For students and parents, WyzAnt offers services like background checks, progress reports and thousands of free educational resources through WyzAnt Resources. Drew cofounded WyzAnt with his Princeton classmate, Mike Weishuhn, when they graduated in 2005.  Drew grew up in Maine and in his spare time enjoys golfing, skiing, fishing and trying new restaurants in town.  He lives in Lincoln Park with his wife, Katie, and labradoodle, Bogey.
    29 Jul Andrew Geant WyzAnt

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