One of the best parts about Chicago’s growing tech ecosystem is the steady stream of events. Every week, there’s a panel discussion, networking event or meetup to attend. This week, like every week that has come before and will come after, we’ve rounded up five of Chicago’s must-attend tech events. Check out the list below and if you’d like more to do be sure to check out our full event calendar. Start 2018 with Queer Tech Club and Enova, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m.
Groupon announced that comedian and “Girls Trip” actress Tiffany Haddish will star in its upcoming Super Bowl ad. In addition to her work on stage and screen, Haddish is also a verified Groupon super fan. She joined the platform in 2013 and ranks in the top 1 percent of customers as measured by total purchases. [Press release]G2 Crowd, whose platform allows users to review business software and services, has released its list of the 100 Best Software Companies of 2018.
Making an appointment with a tattoo artist, barber or beautician is typically a low-tech affair. For consumers this process is a little time-consuming, but for folks working in these industries, scheduling appointments over the phone can be all-consuming. “It’s really hard to have a work-life balance when you’re getting text messages and calls all day, at night and even while you’re cutting hair,” said Booksy United States country manager Bo Hurd.
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".