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February 29, 2016

While our plans for building the first vessel of its kind anywhere in the world – a floating island – may seem enormous, daunting and maybe even impossible, we are by no means the first Chicagoans to tackle a massive undertaking. Many of us are familiar with the name Burnham, and some are familiar with how the Burnham Plan came to...

August 16, 2015

During the course of developing the vision for Breakwater Chicago, the floating entertainment vessel that my team and I are currently designing, our conceptual drawings have brought about lots of interesting adjectives from our friends, supporters and the press. Since nobody has ever really seen anything like us before, imagination...

June 26, 2015

Starting a company is no small task, I think we can all easily agree on that, but it’s supposed to be fun and exciting while you build something you love and are passionate about. My guess is, having spent the last ten months working out of 1871, Chicago’s largest incubator with hundreds of member companies, that the part of the st...

March 21, 2015

My neighbor at 1871, who I love to death, came in this morning and asked me, with a distressed look on her face, "Why do you guys call yourselves a startup? You're not really a startup, are you?" I was shocked... "How are we not a startup?" I asked. While she had a hard time explaining her rationale, it became obvious that, because...