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Chicago Innovation and Rivet launch new podcast, Innovating...Chicago-Style, to showcase stories behind the region’s most innovative companies and founders

Terri Lydon

CHICAGO – December 19, 2018: Chicago Innovation, an organization that educates, connects and celebrates innovators in the Chicago region, has partnered with Rivet, a smart audio creation and distribution company, to produce a new podcast series, Innovating…Chicago-Style, spotlighting winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards over the last 15 years.

The first few episodes include conversations with:

●     Cleversafe founder Chris Gladwin, discussing how he built his company to tackle a problem that didn’t exist yet, and how he kept his team intact over six years without paying customers—before selling the company to IBM for more than $1.3 billion.

●     Tastytrade co-CEO Kristi Ross, who shares lessons learned in building one of the country’s fastest-growing financial news networks—but who almost gave up in the early days.

●     LoggerHead Tools founder Dan Brown, who received a Chicago Innovation Award for a Bionic Wrench, only to see the design later ripped off by Sears—over which he won a $6 million patent infringement lawsuit.

Chicago Innovation Award winners to be profiled in upcoming episodes include The Chicago Public Library, Cara, Narrative Science and Reverb.

“We’ve named 255 winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards over the last 16 years,” Chicago Innovation executive director Luke Tanen said. “Each winner has a story to tell, rich with surprising ‘aha moments,’ unexpected failures, and crucial lessons learned along the way. We’re eager to tell these stories through Innovating…Chicago-Style and excited to partner with Rivet.”

To hear the podcast, subscribe on  iTunes or Stitcher, visit, or listen on Alexa by adding the skill "Innovating Chicago-Style."

About Chicago Innovation
Chicago Innovation was established in 2002 as the Chicago Innovation Awards, an annual ceremony to celebrate the most innovative products and services in the Chicago region. Since then, the organization has evolved into a year-round series of events and activities designed to educate, connect and celebrate innovators in the Chicago region. The organization’s expansion has included the Chicago Innovation Women Mentoring Co-op to support female innovators, a Corporate Match-Making program to connect large corporations with emerging start-ups, the Winners Connection to connect Chicago Innovation Award Winners with valuable resources, an Innovation MBA in partnership with IIT that offers real-world experiential learning and $10,000 scholarships, the Chicago Neighborhood Awards to promote innovation in Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, and the Chicago Student Invention Convention to empower Chicago’s youth to be innovators. For more information, visit To follow Chicago Innovation on social media, find it on Twitter (@Chi_Innovation) or Facebook (Chicago Innovation).

About Rivet

Rivet is a smart audio creation and distribution company, combining award-winning interactive media content with state-of-the-art voice technologies and artificial intelligence to help organizations tell their stories everywhere.