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Chicago: Join Gordon Segal and Leading Investors On September 27-28

Join aspiring and experienced investors, local entrepreneurs, and guest speakers at the upcoming Startup Angels Workshop at 1871 Chicago on September 27 and 28.

We’re thrilled to announce that Gordon Segal is the newest addition to the speaker roster for the workshop. Gordon’s background in entrepreneurship, corporate leadership, investing, and more will provide an invaluable addition for attendees.

Many skilled angel investors were once (or still are) entrepreneurs themselves. The first-hand experience of the highs and lows, quick thinking and long hours of the startup world is invaluable for angel investors and the entrepreneurs that they support.

Chicago’s own Gordon Segal, founder and long-time CEO of Crate and Barrel, began bootstrapping his way to success at age 23. Segal had returned from traveling with his wife, Carole, and they wanted to bring practical but well-designed home goods to the general public. The young founder turned to friends and family for support and used funds from his wedding to raise initial capital for the new company in 1962.

Crate and Barrel has since grown into one of the most popular brands for home goods and decor with over 170 stores. Segal led the company as CEO until 2008. Today, he continues to invest in startups and emerging companies including popular clothing line Evereve. “We like to invest in what we think are smart, aggressive, young specialty retail companies,” he says.

Segal will take part in a fireside chat on September 27, which will be followed by a reception for attendees.

Additional speakers for the workshop include:
Kristina Montague, The Jump Fund
Constance Freedman, Moderne Ventures
Jessica Yagan, Impact Engine
Ira Weiss, Hyde Park Venture Partners
Josh Rogers, Arete Wealth Management
Jeff Carter, West Loop Ventures
Tricia Meyer, Meyer Law

Learn more about the upcoming workshop and register here.