How Startup Equity Can Impact the Average Tech Employee

When the first startup I worked for was acquired in 2010, my equity—which I did not have full appreciation of up until that point—cashed out on the lower end of the four-figure range. That is not the level of value that we tend to get excited about when we talk about startup equity, but it […]

June 30, 2019 By Heidi Craun

Why Chicago Needs to Be More Vocal About Equity to Compete Nationally

This is the first article in a three-part series on the benefits of giving all startup employees equity. The next article will explore the opportunity Chicago has to leverage equity to create more founders and people capable of taking risks on very early-stage companies. Last month, Chicago Inno published an article on why some startups choose to bootstrap rather […]

May 25, 2019 By Heidi Craun
Inclusive Entrepreneurship Detroit

These 10 Women are Driving Detroit’s Entrepreneurial Growth

Last week’s report about the state of women leadership in Chicago tech was a powerful reminder of where our successes are and where we can continue to improve. The data creates actionable opportunity for everyone — from individual contributors, to executives, to investors — to catalyze our city and industry toward fostering a more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem for […]

March 17, 2019 By Heidi Craun