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Chicago Tech Community Resource

Hi everyone.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m trying to create a site for Chicago the likes of http://seattle20.com. I think what they did is absolutely great.

Why do this? Because we have a vibrant startup / tech community and ecosystem in Chicago, but we have to rediscover it every few months! Also, I feel that if the investment, development and media community at large knew of the size and talent of our tech community here, we would collectively make large strides to change our status as a tech hub.

I put up a basic site back in January to gauge public interest. We now have 1K+ followers on twitter, ~70 on facebook and ~70 on linkedin, and roughly 100 entries in the directory on the site (startups, people, blogs, calendars, etc). However, there is still a lot to be developed (i.e. blog aggregator, extended company profiles, “cofounder” match, startup job listings, etc).

There is an obvious need in the community for a resource such as this, and I absolutely want this to be a community endeavour, community owned, and maintained by the community.

If you are interested in contributing, please let me know in the next day so I can set up a time and place for us to meet accordingly. Also, if you have any advice or suggestions for existing software that can be integrated, that would be awesome.

I look forward to hearing from all of you!

Regards,
Zishan

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