Youtopia 18, MAR A few weeks ago, I was invited through Twitter to learn more about Youtopia, an amazing platform for gamifying learning and service. Gamification is a motivational tool which commonly relies on “badges” or some other outside incentive to promote behavior. Think of “achievements” in video games – progressing in a game is a game in and of itself. Youtopia lets you take this mentality and apply it to students and club members. Nevertheless, the administrator of the group has the power to set badges and requirements for earning them, making this platform available for gamifying practically anything. The product is, in short, amazing; but the service is more astounding. I was given a free demonstration of the software and even invited to try the product out with any groups I’m involved with. More importantly, this invitation extends to anyone interested. If you are at all interested in this software, let me know, and I will connect you. Follow Zach on twitter @Zlipp and visit his blog
Built in Chicago chose Youtopia as “Startup of the Month” for January, 2013. A new year is full of new opportunities. Some are still reeling from the post apocalyptic anticlimax. The end of the world sprouted a brand new idea, a notion and a calling to do social good. From Built in Chicago
From Chicago Business, powered by Crain’s By: Steve Hendershot February 27, 2012 Tech entrepreneur-turned-investor Shawn Riegsecker understands the value of an angel investor firsthand because his own company relied on one. That was in 2005, when Mr. Riegsecker’s Centro LLC was looking to develop its technology platform. (Chicago-based Centro helps ad agencies purchase digital display advertising.) Mr. Riegsecker had used his own money and credit to build the business to that point but then raised $1.8 million from 20 angels, mostly based in Texas and New York.