Choices are hard, so don’t make them. Instead, trust us to tell you what the week’s best Chicago tech events are. This week’s selections include a speed dating event connecting engineers with entrepreneurs, a talk on outsourcing agile and a breakfast for women in tech. Check out the complete list below, and if you’d like more to do, head over to our full events calendar. Outsourcing Agile: Against All Odds, March 19 at 6 p.m.
Brenda Weitzberg knows firsthand the value of a neurodiverse workforce. Her software QA and testing company, Aspiritech, has become one of Chicago’s fastest-growing tech startups — in large part because of her team, which almost entirely consists of people on the autism spectrum. “We’ve found that the strengths of [individuals with] autism, such as focus, attention to detail and strong visual processing skills, really align well with the needs of software testing,” said Weitzberg.
At a time when many companies are shutting down storefronts, Foxtrot just raised money to open more. The company announced Thursday that it has closed a $6 million Series A in a round led by venture capital firm Fifth Wall, which specializes in real estate technology and also co-led Interior Define’s recent $15 million Series B. “What we’ve found is that every time we open a new brick-and-mortar store, the delivery business in that neighborhood explodes,” said Foxtrot CEO Mike LaVitola.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".