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The May Report: 4/26/2009: CityLIGHTS winners: Linda Darragh (CityLIGHTS), crowdSPRING (Newcomer); CTO: Rich Holada (SPSS); Aleri (Rising Star); SmartSignal (Lighthouse); CEO, Bill Conroy, Initiate


April 26, 2009

The May Report: 4/26/2009: CityLIGHTS winners: Linda Darragh (CityLIGHTS),
crowdSPRING (Newcomer); CTO: Rich Holada (SPSS); Aleri (Rising Star);
SmartSignal (Lighthouse); CEO, Bill Conroy, Initiate

Editor and publisher: ron@192.168.1.100/tmr, ronaldmay@aol.com,
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Scoop section:

– 5th round of layoffs for Acquity Group?
– Eric Benderoff: Thanks and it’s time to reinvent his career
– Douglas Stewart: Sad about Eric
– As “predicted” in TMR, CEO Glickman, father resign at Corus [Editor's note:
May here. Among other things, here is what I wrote on April 12th: "Jon said
that Corus Bank is toast within 60 days. FDIC has already issued warning. Also,
Winick said that 85% of their assets are construction loans."]
– This just in: Should the FTC Investigate Word-of-Mouth Marketing?
– David Miller, where does iBIO stand on this?
– Two Chicago Companies nominated for Innovation in Education awards
– Joseph Zingher: Senate Bill 1355 and House Bill 1963
– Layton Olson: MAP Real Estate Donates $8,500
– This just in: Victor Chong of Chicago Booth: We’re aiming to deliver
location-based info of places and events with perks, through simple smartphone
apps starting with the iPhone
– Jeff Meredith: Chris Dever and Lenny Dykstra star in “Twins II: Going for
Broke”
– Brian Connolly: BLOGOLA: FTC proposal places marketers on alert
– Matt McKee: Strange Things Afoot in Hoffman Estates
– Dave Blocher: Introducing himself
– Marty Glotzer: Will be speaking….
– John P. Katsantonis: www.rescuebank.org
– Todd Allen in Chicago Tech News: Handicapping the 2009 ITA CityLIGHTS Awards
and CityLIGHTS Awards Wrap and the “Real” Age of Aleri Inc.
– Zenah M. Khawaja: Interested in Chicago 2016
– Andy Sernovitz: Contact info.
– Jerry Field: IT and Education workshop for vets
– Kathy Liu: UPCOMING ITDA EVENTS: Community Connections & Annual Federal
Funding Seminar
– Wednesday, May 13th: BMA Tower Awards
– Tuesday, April 28th: MEF Wheaton meeting: John Schlep: Using the Internet
and Web to augment income or even to replace lost income. An overview of
possible approaches, which include ecommerce Web sites, affiliate Web sites,
blogs and advertising sites
– Joel Lefkovitz: http://www.internetmediabrands.com
– Authentify: News from RSA 2009 in San Francisco
– Tribune sheds 50 newsroom jobs [Editor's note: May here. As I tweeted, this
article was changed from the original and somewhat incorrect version put out by
Crain's. Notice that the headline says 50 jobs, but then the article which says
53 jobs mentions people who were not mentioned in the first version Crain's put
out. I believe that TMR had better contacts than Crain's did at the start of
this story.]
– Inventables is Hiring
– Darcy Evon: Wants contact info. for laid off Trib folks
– Andy Sernovitz: Word of Mouth Marketing Ethics (3 messages)
– Linda Darragh and Mark Harris answer a few of Ron’s questions
– Ron’s Twitter Tweets since Friday, April 17th , including others who have
commented about what he wrote
– Direct Twitter messages directly to Ron
– CMAP Weekly Update, 4/24/09

[Editor’s note: May here. First off, if you do nothing else today, read this
article in Fortune Magazine on Bernie Madoff that just came out.

http://money.cnn.com/2009/04/24/news/newsmakers/madoff.fortune/index.htm

Here are a few paragraphs to whet your whistle.
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Bernie had his quirks, and to a startling extent they colored the firm — quite
literally when it came to the décor. Virtually every piece of furniture,
equipment, or decoration was black or gray. That extended even to the pushpins
in employees’ cubicles. “Bernie had the manufacturer just send boxes of black
ones,” says Bob McMahon, a former employee.

Madoff was even more obsessed, if that’s possible, with cleanliness. Even while
he was responsible for billions of dollars, it was not uncommon to see him
dusting his office or the two-foot sculpture of a screw behind his desk. One
staffer recalls getting off the elevator to find Madoff, clad in one of his
innumerable tailored suits, on his hands and knees in the lobby, straightening
the rugs so that they were aligned perfectly.

That was Madoff’s third fixation. Everything needed to be symmetrical and in
straight lines. When Madoff was in the office, all window blinds had to be
aligned at the same height, all computer screens had to be arrayed at the same
angle and position, and on and on. So insistent was he on perfect alignment
that, more than once, he dropped his trousers in the office — startling female
employees — to ensure that the line of his shirt buttons was precisely
vertical. More than one writer has pointed out how odd it was that Madoff, a
seeker of the parallel and the perpendicular, should have chosen to house his
firm in the Lipstick Building, designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee in
the form of an ellipse.
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May again. I have written a few versions of things that are on my mind. This
article should have gone out Friday, and I was up till 4:18am Thursday night
tweeting, all of which is included here. Twitter is either destroying the
report or it is my new way to do an initial version of Briefly noted.

Let me just say this. All that glitters is not gold. Thursday night was a
catharsis of sorts for me since I had my first encounter with David Weinstein
– I will now use his name — since the events of March 9th. But that story
ain’t over, not by a longshot. And there were other encounters on Thursday
night, all of which was an emotional and physical drain. Fred and I had it out
and …

I finally learned that Jack Noonan hates me. Jack, some unsolicited advice.
Hate drains you. I have learned that lesson in the last 45 days losing sleep,
trying to figure out ways to “get back at” Weinstein, and it has ruined my life
for a month and a half. This report has always been the best therapy for me.
When I don’t write something it builds up inside and tears me apart. I wanted
to go the legal route, but now I want a sit down with Gerry Roper and officials
from the Four Seasons. I now feel that it was a big mistake for me to not write
about the Weinstein affair.

Venting in the report, whether I am right or wrong, and whether deep down I
really believe what I write, at least keeps inner peace. Jack, with the way you
glared at me with those squinty eyes all crunched up for over a minute, you
need to see someone and get some help. I have times when I need it too. Jack,
there is no shame in seeing a shrink. Too bad you’re not Jewish or you would
understand that — maybe you do anyway. Jack, you hate me because I print
anything without vetting it, any crap anyone writes. Jack, I was just ahead of
the curve. Now just about everyone does that. I will send you a copy of
Cluetrain. Jack, I am actually being quite sincere here, and not sarcastic or
snarky.

You have issues, my friend. If we had to rank all the firms that have been hit
in TMR, SPSS is not even in the top 20. Let’s see. divine and Divine,
marchFIRST, Motorola, EMC, HotSamba, Dantis, Veritel, Media River and Al
Wasserberger, a firm in Mundelein that I cannot name for legal reasons, a firm
downtown that I can’t name right now for the same reason, Efoora, Stephen Meade
and just about anything he touched, Dr. Ronald Michael and his many investment
adventures,  Chris Dever and anything he
touched, Bill Lederer, art.com, netgov, MorganWorks, and socrates.com to name
just a few of Bill’s misadventures, Resolution Media, Zack’s, VCapital, and the
list goes on. Some of the problems were deep and systemic for a firm or person
and some cases were isolated instances of sexual harassment or worse.

But Jack, you really don’t rate here. The name Jack Noonan appears only 42
times in the history of the report. Also, SPSS appears 141 times and many of
those times are for awards. And do you know what is interesting? Most of the
so-called crap about SPSS is from 2001, 2002, and 2003. Very little after 2005.

You can read the material yourself and decide how bad it has been for poor
Jack. Just go to the TMR archives and type in SPSS. Be sure to set the search
number for 500 to get all the documents.

http://www.tmronline.com/A55951/tmrarticles.nsf/frmSearchArticles?openform

Jack, why don’t you have lunch Jack with Gary Slack and ask him how badly you
have been treated? Jack, you are way too thin skinned. You run a major public
firm and you are this sensitive to criticism?

Jack, in TMR terms, you and SPSS are a piker — a pisher. I don’t even recall a
letter that attacks you personally. By contrast the name Slack appears 355
times in the archives. Flip appears 703 times! Jack, let me get this straight.
SPSS is a profitable and ongoing enterprise. divine is dead and Flip is being
sued for $7MM (just happened). Yet I eat dinner with Flip and his girlfriend
Melissa Oliver at Lux Bar. Does not compute Jack. Some people think I destroyed
divine and marchFIRST. No one has said to me that I unleashed such havoc on
SPSS.

The irony here is that I knew about SPSS since I was in the 6th grade, maybe
even before that because my dad used to talk about the package. This was
started as an academic company, after all, by Norman Nie. I have respected this
company before I was a man — and that was 40 years ago last Saturday, my bar
mitzvah, April 18, 1969.

The people in this town who expend great energy hating me need to get over it.
Life is too short.

Jack, maybe Gian Fulgoni and I can have dinner with your at Gibson’s. If there
is something that I can correct, I will certainly do it, but most of this stuff
is so old…

What has happened here is that much I have written a lot that is not in the
report but the very act of writing it has had a therapeutic effect. I don’t
have to blast it out all the time. I will send it out but give it some time to
digest and gestate.

1. There is a lot to say about the ITA dinner, both the awards and the back
story and who attended, plus scoops, some of which are in my tweets.

2. The Andy Sernovitz and Brad Spirrison story was getting old and boring, but
something was bugging me. So the job was not a good match and Brad was bored
doing administrative work. So it lasted three weeks. No big story there, but
something was nagging me.

You don’t generally quit a job you’ve had for 8 years without some idea of what
you will be doing and can you really make a decision to leave within as short a
time as three weeks? What was Brad told and promised before he went to The Blog
Council? And if you just quit, you have no job to take its place violating the
number one rule of job seeking — have a new one before you quit the one you
have.

I just felt in my gut that the story had more to it than Sernovitz was saying
and Brad was saying nothing. Well, as usual, persistent digging pays off. There
is much more to the story than Andy “Opaque” Sernovitz told me and I have now
dug it up and we’ll have it for you tomorrow. And Andy, don’t bother calling. I
have no desire to talk to you just now after you have mislead me. You had your
chance to give me your version and now I will try to get at the truth. Andy
Sernovitz is too willing to talk which can be a form of cover-up and guess
what? — IT IS.

3. Avery Cohen is writing up the MIT-EF meeting and I will see if Len Bland can
give us a summary of the IIT event last Tuesday night. Marsha Barancik
(marshab@notforsalecampaign.org) has promised me her slides by next week. She
is in Oregon now ans will be there for a while but she did call me for info. on
www.everyblock.com which I mentioned in the meeting. I think Adrian can be
helpful to her because one legal mechanism they are looking at to prevent and
prosecute slavery which does exist in the United States, has to do with zoning
laws. If you want to know more now, look at www.free2work.org,
www.slaverymap.org, www.notforsalecampaign.org.

4. One of the big stories I got last week is buried beneath the rubble. Josh
Kurutz left the University of Chicago where he had a lab manager’s job and took
a job at Northwestern for 25% higher pay. jkurutz@northwestern.edu . He really
did not want to leave U. of C. and even offered them a proposal to boost his
pay. It was turned down and they told him that the U. of C. Hospitals would
have to have a higher percentage of private insurance patients — not
Medicare/Medicaid. What has happened in Hyde Park is that the Bio Sciences
Division has been subordinated to and is now dominated by the hospitals. The
dean of the bio-sciences division sent out a notice to Josh on his five year
anniversary at Chicago thanking him , I believe, for helping the patients! He
was a scientific lab manager. So, a scientist has now become a clinical
doctor??!!

Josh also points that by contrast to the University of Chicago which is
contracting and cutting staff, Northwestern is expanding. NU Chemistry is
expanding, Josh says, fueled by money from the endowment which came from the
patent for the drug Lyrica and that patent was filed by Linda Kawano.

http://tinyurl.com/c54lq7

I looked into it and figured out that Linda Kawano was a tech transfer
administrator at U. of C., but she must have gone to Northwestern.

http://tech.uchicago.edu/contact/

The copyright date on that document says 2009. Josh, please explain.

Oh, wait, I get it. Linda was probably at NU when the patent was filed in 2005.
Then she moved to U. of Chicago and now works under Alan Thomas. Josh knows me
from the MIT-EF and he was at Tuesday’s meeting. He got a year or two ago to
MIT-EF through Keith Karasek who knows him from the Cal Tech alum group.

There is much more. www.channelvelocity.com doing very well in its business of
selling distressed assets in auto parts, appliances and electronics since it is
a countercyclical biz; Senator Matt Murphy (R) who is considering running for
governor; Redbox; the new tech school in CPS which has close ties to the ITA
and this may be one thing the ITA has helped facilitate where we can honestly
tip our hats to them, and much of this is in my tweets.

Dennis Serio has a new system to connect angels. It works like other angel
groups where there is a champion for a firm but it is done in groups. So one
angel group creates a term sheet and spearheads the deal and brings it to the
other groups. Serio has brought together a network of 13 groups if I understood
correctly. So, one group is the lead and the others follow. Dennis calls this a
syndicate.

Dennis had a presenter meeting on Tuesday, April 21st. Here are the firms that
presented.

http://www.ilbif.com/

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Meet the Presenters

Bias Power – Founded in 2005, Bias Power has developed and markets efficient,
patented low watt power supplies. The market for efficient drop-in power
supplies is more than $15 Billion; drop in alternatives are available in all
power levels except low power applications, where previous to Bias no one has
been able to develop an efficient, compact solution. The fast growing market
for low power solutions is more than $1Billion and includes products from TVs
to sensors to kitchen appliances to vending machines to meters and many, many
others. For each of these products, Bias provides the only efficient low power
solution that can be used on a ‘drop-in’ basis and doesn’t need custom design
for implementation.

Bias’ 2008 revenue were $850K; $3 Million is forecast for 2009 and $15 Million
for 2010. Current pipeline approaches $20Million. More than $10 Million has
been invested to date; Bias is seeking $2Million in new capital. This is last
capital Bias will require before profitability. For more information, please
visit http://www.biaspower.com/

Flex Biomedical, Inc. – Flex Biomedical, Inc. is a Madison, WI-based company
that develops novel products for the treatment and diagnosis of orthopedic
injuries and diseases. Flex’s lead product is a synthetic polymer injectable
for the treatment of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is an incurable and
debilitating disease that affects 27 million in the US. For more information,
please visit, http://www.flexbio.com/

RevolutionEHR -Health Innovation Technology markets RevolutionEHR, the first
software-as-a-service solution for optometry. RevolutionEHR is an integrated
Electronic Health Record and Practice Management Solution, designed by thought
leaders in optometry. Our opportunity exists because of two major trends – the
adoption of Electronic Health Record systems in the health care industry and
the dramatic shift towards hosted, SaaS solutions in the software market. For
more information, please visit http://www.revolutionehr.com

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May again. I couldn’t enter the syndication network part of Serio’s site since
I am not a member but also I need to upgrade my browser:

https://angelsoft.net/login

My continuously being updated list of the lving dead now includes two
Churchwell funded firms. My list is now SurePayroll, www.surepayroll.com, which
is profitable and successful but how will the VCs get their $17MM back, zuChem,
www.zuchem.com, which is cash flow positive but how will the Series A investors
which include Churchwell get their money back? I have to add SmartSignal,
www.smartsignal.com, now and also we always have Napersoft, www.napersoft.com.
Can you think of any other firms that belong on this list?

There is a new Flip in town. Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) That item is in
this week’s CMAP update in this report.

Let me get this out. Happy birthday to Chris Sweis and Marshall Stanton.

Marshall Stanton reminds me of the “mini mob” that Josh Metnick (then
Schneider) used to surround himself with, all guys about 5 feet five inches or
less: Brad Spirrison, Rick Stratton, Brian Timpone and Stanton (then Wieland)
himself, Adam Fendelman, Kelly Folmer — anybody to make Josh feel bigger than
he really was.

And here is a back and forth on Nik Rokop taking people away from the MIT-EF
meeting and he is on the board.
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Subject: RE: Ironic. Nik Rokop may have caused some of the lower turnout at
MIT-EF.
Date: 4/22/2009 3:05:26 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: timothy.curley@ubs.com
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com, lepkowski@hotmail.com
CC: gglyptis@gmail.com, bob_brill@hotmail.com, pearl.mona@gmail.com,
nrokop@iit.edu, collin@canrightcommunications.com, arkayuno@gmail.com,
smaus@lake-effect.com, rpatter3@gsb.uchicago.edu, jsullivan@bellboyd.com,
AveryCohen@Metrist.com

Counters the entrepreneurs don’t care about helping the less fortunate
explanation for lower attendance.

I thought it was a great meeting with quality audience participation despite
lower than usual attendance.

Cheers,
Timothy E. Curley
Financial Advisor
UBS
Global Wealth Management
One North Wacker
Suite 2500
Chicago, IL 60606

O 312-525-4509
F 312-525-4678
M 312-259-8553

Email: Timothy.Curley@UBS.com
Website: http://www.ubs.com/fa/timothycurley

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From: RONALDMAY@aol.com [mailto:RONALDMAY@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 2:52 PM
To: lepkowski@hotmail.com
Cc: gglyptis@gmail.com; bob_brill@hotmail.com; Curley, Timothy;
pearl.mona@gmail.com; nrokop@iit.edu; collin@canrightcommunications.com;
arkayuno@gmail.com; smaus@lake-effect.com; rpatter3@gsb.uchicago.edu;
jsullivan@bellboyd.com; AveryCohen@Metrist.com
Subject: Ironic. Nik Rokop may have caused some of the lower turnout at MIT-EF.

I know Len Bland did not go to MIT-EF because he went to Rokop. Good going,
Nik! :-(

jimhanekamp: @AveryCohen @themayreport I know I went to IIT instead of MIT-EF.
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide
Conversation

AveryCohen: @themayreport I think Nick Rokop’s IIT-Knapp siphoned
entrepreneurs from MIT-EF. “Lessons Learned from Failed Startup” vs. “Doing
Good”
about 3 hours ago from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet
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The Scoop section:
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5th round of layoffs for Acquity Group?

From: Name withheld upon request
Subject: 5 round of layoffs for Acquity Group
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 16:42:49 -0500
To: ron@192.168.1.100/tmr

Ron:

please conceal my email

More layoffs at Acquity Group. I believe this past Friday is the 5th round of
lay-off’s over the past 9 months. Is there anyone left over there?
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Eric Benderoff: Thanks and it’s time to reinvent his career

From: Benderoff, Eric EBenderoff@tribune.com
Subject: RE: The May Report: 04/22/2009: Bulletin: Bender-offed! I just heard
that the Chicago Trib. cut 53 people, including Eric Benderoff, well known to
Chicago high tech
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 15:31:50 -0500
To: The May Report ron@192.168.1.100/tmr

Wow! A special report just on me. I’m touched, Ron.

Your news is accurate and I must admit, this is one of the few times I’ve been
OK with what you’ve written about me. The Tribune give me a great opportunity
and the freedom to do (largely) what I want. I’ve been lucky. Now it’s time to
reinvent the career, and I’m cool with that.

Best,

eric

Benderoff@gmail.com

twitter.com/ericbendy

773/301-6130

From: The May Report [mailto:ron@192.168.1.100/tmr]
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 3:18 PM
To: Benderoff, Eric
Subject: The May Report: 04/22/2009: Bulletin: Bender-offed! I just heard that
the Chicago Trib. cut 53 people, including Eric Benderoff, well known to
Chicago high tech
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Douglas Stewart: Sad about Eric

From: Douglas Stewart dstewart@stewartpkg.com
Subject: RE: The May Report: 04/22/2009: Bulletin: Bender-offed! I just heard
that the Chicago Trib. cut 53 people, including Eric Benderoff, well known to
Chicago high tech
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 15:41:23 -0500
To: ‘The May Report’ ron@192.168.1.100/tmr

So sad about Eric Bendeoff and the other good people lost at both Chicago daily
newspapers…The Chicago Tribune is reducing staff and cutting the pages
printed to the point that we are all wondering if the they’ve lost their minds
and, in the process disenfranchised us readers. What is a newspapers reason to
exist…to serve the needs of us, the reading public.

Ron, you may print my comments…
Be well and a Happy Earth Day
Doug Stewart
dstewart@stewartpkg.com

Phone +1.708.386.2798

Fax +1.708.386.5959

Mobile +1.708.267.6527
—–Original Message—–
From: The May Report [mailto:ron@192.168.1.100/tmr]
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 3:18 PM
To: dstewart@Stewartpkg.com
Subject: The May Report: 04/22/2009: Bulletin: Bender-offed! I just heard that
the Chicago Trib. cut 53 people, including Eric Benderoff, well known to
Chicago high tech
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As “predicted” in TMR, CEO Glickman, father resign at Corus [Editor's note: May
here. Among other things, here is what I wrote on April 12th: "Jon said that
Corus Bank is toast within 60 days. FDIC has already issued warning. Also,
Winick said that 85% of their assets are construction loans."]

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=33831&ba=1

CEO Glickman, father resign at Corus
By: Staff April 24, 2009
(Crain’s) – Robert Glickman resigned Friday as president and CEO of Corus Bank
and its holding company, which has been badly hurt by losses on loans to
condominium projects.

Mr. Glickman’s father, Joseph, resigned as chairman of the board of the bank’s
holding company, Chicago-based Corus Bankshares Inc. Both resignations were for
“personal reasons” and were effective immediately, Corus said in a release.

“Neither resignation was the result of a disagreement with the company, the
bank or other members of the board of directors of either the company or the
bank,” the release said.

Robert Glickman also resigned from the boards of the bank and the holding
company.

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Randy P. Curtis, executive vice-president of the parent company and executive
vice-president of retail for Corus Bank, will be interim president and CEO,
subject to regulatory approval, while the board searches for a permanent CEO,
the release said.

Earlier this month, Corus said in its annual report filed with the Securities
and Exchange Commission that its independent accounting firm “stated that our
net losses raise substantial doubts about our ability to continue as a going
concern.”

Corus posted a loss of $400 million, or $7.38 per share, last year on heavy
loan losses tied to floundering condominium projects in markets hit hard by the
housing meltdown.
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This just in: Should the FTC Investigate Word-of-Mouth Marketing?

Subject: Should the FTC Investigate Word-of-Mouth Marketing?
Date: 4/26/2009 7:08:46 A.M. Central Daylight Time
From: bconnolly@furthermore.com
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com
CC: ron@192.168.1.100/tmr

http://strumpette.com/archives/575-Should-the-FTC-Investigate-Word-of-Mouth-Mark

eting.html

http://strumpette.com/archives/359-Ketchum-to-Manipulate-with-New-Proprietary-Sy

stem.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/11/AR2006121101389.

html
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David Miller, where does iBIO stand on this?

The New England Biotech Association (NEBA) has visibly opposed, through an
ad placed in the Rutland Herald newspaper, a bill in the Vermont legislature
that the organization argues would deter biotechnology and life sciences
industry players from growing in or moving to the state.

The bill, entitled “An act relating to the marketing of prescribed products
and decreasing the costs of prescription drugs,” proposes to eliminate and
disclose gifts to healthcare professionals, thereby lowering the associated
marketing costs of drugs, devices and biological products; add more generic
drugs to replace brand-name drugs; and “study the feasbility of reducing
healthcare costs in the corrections systems by providing health care and
pharmaceuticals through the network of federally qualified health centers.”

NEBA, a policy affairs organization that includes more than 800 institutions
and companies, is calling for the bill to be blocked based on the argument
that it will “harm Vermont’s biotechnology and life sciences sector and
drive jobs away,” NEBA chair Paula Newton said in a press release.

NEBA officials point to Massachusetts legislation that the organization said
resulted with a medical convention abandoning plans for the state and fewer
clinical trials taking place.

NEBA formed last fall, with the goal of ensuring New England remains a
global leader in biotechnology and life sciences. An earlier report
indicates that the new organization plans to educate policy makers, the
media and the public about the biotech industry; promote public policies
that foster innovation; encourage economic development in the biotech
sector; and advocate continued patient access to breakthrough medicines.
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Two Chicago Companies nominated for Innovation in Education awards

From: Randy H. rhilgers@gmail.com
Subject: Two Chicago Companies nominated for Innovation in Education awards
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 10:54:00 -0500
To: ron@192.168.1.100/tmr

Ron,

Just wanted to let you know that two Chicagoland Software companies were
nominated in this years innovation in education awards by the Software and
Information Industry Association SIIA.net.

New Vision Software, Incorporated, Barrington, IL (www.nvsi.com) for the third
generation of their SofTutor product. Their new SofTutor Learning System is
their first open learning platform. Their new SofTutor product is so easy to
use that kids can create interactive follow along learning content for their
peers in minutes. Their system can be used anyone needing to train or support
people.

www.Schooltown.net, Glenview IL, Schooltown.net is a safe and secure online
learning solution for schools.

Randy Hilgers
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Joseph Zingher: Senate Bill 1355 and House Bill 1963

From: Joseph Zingher jpzinger@msn.com
Subject: Senate Bill 1355 and House Bill 1963
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 19:51:52 -0500
To:

Hi Ron,

Once more dear friends, unto the breach. Senate Bill 1355 is currently pending
in the Senate and will make the system mandatory all over the state. The
banking lobby is praying that they have it blocked for now, but that’s wishful
thinking on their part. Overall though, I much prefer Amendment 1 to HB 1963.
If that becomes law, then the police will begin automatically tracking express
kidnappings, and there’s nothing that the banking lobby can do about it since
crime statutes aren’t subject to federal pre-emption.

http://www.pjstar.com/news/x1745367387/ATM-software-aimed-at-reversing-crime

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=1355&GAID=10&DocTypeID=SB&

LegId=42570&SessionID=76&GA=96

http://tinyurl.com/cndmkh

Joe Zingher
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Layton Olson: MAP Real Estate Donates $8,500

From: Layton E. Olson leo@howehutton.com
Subject: MAP Real Estate Donates $8,500
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 16:07:34 -0500
To: ron@192.168.1.100/tmr
Cc: mp@maprealestate.com

Ron,

Thought you would be interested to see how Investing in Communities program of
Map Real Estate and Michael Pink (principal, whom you met at a recent event)
works. It generates revenue for community enterprises. Michael (information
below) or I would be glad to provide more information

Best,

Layton Olson

Howe, Hutton LTD

312-263-3001
—————————-
From: Michael Pink at MAP Real Estate [mailto:mp@maprealestate.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2009 12:31 PM
To: Layton E. Olson
Subject: MAP Real Estate Donates $8,500

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MAP Real Estate Donated $8,500 to Citizens Utility Board through its Investing
In Communities® Program!

Whether your office space needs to be upsized or downsized, MAP Real Estate’s
market knowledge and negotiating expertise ensure that you will get the space
you need at the price you can afford, without paying any fees. And on top of
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This is what David Kolata, Executive Director of Citizen Utility Board had to
say about MAP Real Estate…
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This just in: Victor Chong of Chicago Booth: We’re aiming to deliver
location-based info of places and events with perks, through simple smartphone
apps starting with the iPhone

Subject: Re: Linda Darragh started to tell me about what you’re doing. Can you
elaborate?
Date: 4/25/2009 9:45:53 A.M. Central Daylight Time
From: victorchong@chicagobooth.edu
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

Ronald,
Thanks for reaching out. We’re aiming to deliver location-based info of
places and events with perks, through simple smartphone apps starting with the
iPhone. We’re not ‘live’ yet but we have a very simple store-locator app (for
national and regional chains) out now to better understand how users use
location-based services – http://www.tinyurl.com/mangoapp . We’re close to
100,000 downloads for this app.
The longer term goal is to provide users with:
1. location-sensitive hints for real-time decision-making
(think access to real-time user tweets such as “Bar Louie at
Chicago/LaSalle has half off margaritas for the next hour!”)
2. location-sensitive promotions
(think getting ads or coupons for the thai place a couple of blocks from
where you are standing)

Hope that helps.

Victor
-
Victor Chong
University of Chicago | Booth School of Business
MBA 2009
Mobile: 214.415.3395
Home: 408.868.4646
victorchong@ChicagoBooth.edu

On 4/24/09 5:03 PM, “RONALDMAY@aol.com” wrote:
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Jeff Meredith: Chris Dever and Lenny Dykstra star in “Twins II: Going for
Broke”

From: Jeffrey Meredith jeffmere@gmail.com
Subject: Chris Dever and Lenny Dykstra star in “Twins II: Going for Broke”
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 13:24:11 -0400
To: ron@192.168.1.100/tmr

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4084962

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Brian Connolly: BLOGOLA: FTC proposal places marketers on alert

From: Brian Connolly bconnolly@furthermore.com
Subject: BLOGOLA: FTC proposal places marketers on alert
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 10:49:25 -0500
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com
Cc: ron@192.168.1.100/tmr

http://www.prweekus.com/FTC-proposal-places-marketers-on-alert/article/131109/

http://strumpette.com/archives/419-MWW-CEO-Kempner-Puts-Nikon-Blog-Program-in-th

e-Spin-Cycle.html

http://strumpette.com/archives/408-Top-Web-Marketer-Defends-Nikon-Blog-Whore-Cam

paign.html

http://strumpette.com/archives/407-BLOGOLA-How-to-Get-Away-with-It-A-Case-Histor

y.html
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Matt McKee: Strange Things Afoot in Hoffman Estates

From: Matt Mckee mmckee@ailtd.net
Subject: Strange Things Afoot in Hoffman Estates
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 08:42:04 -0500
To: ron@192.168.1.100/tmr

Ron-

I’ve been reading the TMR for a while now, it is a great resource and fun to
read. Keep up the good work!

A friend sent me this, we found it amusing – a want add for a “Biological
Algorithm Architect” at of all places Sears corporate.
I found it amusing, however I thought your readers might find it Useful -
what are they up to out in Hoffman Estates?

http://tinyurl.com/dhvwsz

Enjoy.

Thanks!

-Matt
_______________________________________

May here. Matt, I just looked at the link which I made smaller through tinyurl
and it does not show the job. Someone must have removed it.

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Dave Blocher: Introducing himself

From: Blocher, David A david.a.blocher@citi.com
Subject: RE: The May Report: 04/22/2009: Bulletin: Bender-offed! I just heard
that the Chicago Trib. cut 53 people, including Eric Benderoff, well known to
Chicago high tech
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 18:12:46 -0400
To: The May Report ron@192.168.1.100/tmr

Hi Ron,

Good to see you last night at MITEF. I have a question about your emails that
you send out and by the way they are very good. I see that different companies
advertise sales poitions that are open or a company is selling it self in The
May Report. I’m curious to see if there is any cost and if so how much. What I
want to do is advertise that I can help companies with their banking needs in
terms of checking, savings, money market account and loans.

When you get a chance can you give me an idea what the cost might be

Thanks.

Dave Blocher
Business Banking Officer
Citibank
539 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312-494-2430
Fax: 312-822-0172
email: david.a.blocher@citigroup.com
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Marty Glotzer: Will be speaking….

From: MGlotz@aol.com
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2009 19:49:16 EDT
Subject: Re: The May Report: 4/20/2009: A quick report. If you missed Friday’s
report,…
To: ron@192.168.1.100/tmr

Martin Glotzer Chicago will be speaking at the following Annual Shareholder
meetings….Abbott this Friday Harley Daivdson Sat in Milwaukee at the new
Harley Museum Monday Boeing at Field Museum Fortune Brands Tuesday westin
Wheeling.and there will be more in the weeks to come. keep

In a message dated 4/20/2009 5:38:52 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
ron@192.168.1.100/tmr writes:
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John P. Katsantonis: www.rescuebank.org

From: John P. Katsantonis jkatt@ix.netcom.com
Subject: Animal rescue contacts needing PC monitors?
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 22:14:03 -0500
To: ron@192.168.1.100/tmr ron@192.168.1.100/tmr

Hey, Ron…how goes it??

I’ve got a request from a Houston comrade of mine (with the same initials as
mine, so yes, it might be momentarily confusing) to find a home for some PC
monitors. (See below.)

Preferably, with some animal rights activists, or at least a local nonprofit
organization of some merit. So if you wouldn’t mind, please run this, okay?
They can write to me at my email address.

thanks~jkatt

JK – we’ve just received an offer of new color monitors that were shipped to
the Chicago office of an engineering company. The staff at that office tired of
waiting, so they bought new flat panels. Now that the monitors have arrived,
they’re looking for a charity (pref animal rescue, apparently) interested to
take them as a donation.

Any contacts?

This is what we do- check out www.rescuebank.org.

JKane
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View all four interviews done by Ron May of The May Report here:

http://vimeo.com/channels/themayreport

Harper Reed of Threadless, www.threadless.com
Ross Kimbarovsky and Mike Samson of CrowdSPRING, www.crowdspring.com
Josh Karp of The Printed Blog, www.theprintedblog.com
Mike Phillips of SoundCitizen, www.soundcitizen.com
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Todd Allen in Chicago Tech News: Handicapping the 2009 ITA CityLIGHTS Awards
and CityLIGHTS Awards Wrap and the “Real” Age of Aleri Inc.

http://chicagotechnews.com/

Handicapping the 2009 ITA CityLIGHTS Awards
April 21st, 2009 · No Comments
The ITA’s CityLIGHTS awards are Thursday night, so in the spirit of
entertainment awards, let’s try and handicap the contest. (Note: this year,
ITA members are allowed to vote on all the awards except the CityLIGHTS award.
It remains to be seen if this creates a different pattern of winners from years
past.)

CityLIGHTS Award: Given to an individual that has made a significant impact on
the Illinois technology community.

Jerry R. Mitchell, Midwest Entrepreneurs’ Forum
Linda Darragh, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship
Anna Belyaev, Type A Learning Agency
Shelly Stern, Microsoft Corporation
I don’t see how you could vote for anyone but Jerry Mitchell for this one.
‘Nuff said.

On the other hand, depending on whether you feel Microsoft’s community outreach
and free software programs are charity or indoctrination and marketing in guise
of charity (you hear both opinions on this), you might make a case for Shelly
Stern. And the ITA is a Network Partner for Microsoft’s BizSpark program, so
count Stern as a dark horse candidate for this award that doesn’t have a
membership-voting component.

CEO of the Year Award: Given to the CEO who has driven his company to new
heights in the past year.

Douglas R. Waggoner, Echo Global Logistics
Bill Conroy, Initiate Systems
Scott Etzler, InterCall
Gregg Kaplan, Redbox
George Burciaga, smarTECHS.net
You might argue how much of a tech company Redbox is. You can’t, however,
argue that they didn’t get huge in very short timeframe. Gregg Kaplan is the
clear winner.

Spotlight Award: Given to the CIO/CTO for leadership and outstanding
contributions in the application of information technology.

Deepak Singh, Adeptia Inc.
Eric Dirst, DeVry Inc.
Rich Holada, SPSS Inc.
Michael Fineberg, SurePayroll
Laurie E. Lasseter, WMS Gaming
This one is a little harder to handicap and with community voting, Holada and
Fineberg might have an advantage with name recognition for SPSS and
SurePayroll. That said, Laurie Lasseter’s been in charge of some interesting
things at WMS Gaming, which you might not have heard. That’s gaming as in
casinos and slot machines. WMS has a “community gaming” category where the
machines are networked and players compete against each other for bonuses.
Networked computing? Sure. But they’re getting gaming industry awards and
since we have a new casino coming to Des Plaines (sorry, Rosemont), I’m leaning
this way.

Lighthouse Award: Given to the company that best represents the region’s
growing stature as home to world-class information technology companies.

ArrowStream, Inc.
BigMachines
SmartSignal
Trustwave
West Monroe Partners
You can make a serious argument that 37 Signals or EveryBlock best represent
Chicago’s increasingly DIY-centric community, and those two companies are huge
in their areas. This is aimed at a slightly more corporate audience.
SmartSignal is probably the big dog of the bunch, but don’t discount Trustwave,
who’s CEO (Robert McCullen) was co-winner of CEO of the Year at last year’s
CityLIGHTS.

Rising Star Award: Given to the company that has emerged from its start-up
phase to distinguish itself in the technology marketplace.

Aleri Inc.
Geckotech
InXpo, Inc.
MediaBank
Open Kernal Labs
This could be a tight one. Aleri, to quote their own website, has been a
“Privately Held Company Since 1985,” so I’m throwing it out of consideration,
personally. Media Bank recently got a big win, claiming Draftfcb’s business.
Open Kernal’s getting noticed for the mobile market. I’m thinking Open Kernal
by a nose.

Newcomer Award: Given to the company that has the strongest potential to emerge
from its start-up phase and distinguish itself in the technology marketplace.

crowdSPRING
CTH Technologies, Inc.
LifeSnapz, Inc.
Options City
Telemedicine Solutions, LLC
First off, “CTH Technologies, founded by Clifford Haines in 1997,” (history tab
on that page) gets thrown out for having the gall to masquerade as a
12-year-old start-up. If you go by name recognition, crowdSpring is the hands
down winner here. However, they’re embroiled in controversy on the ethics of
working on-spec and for what many (including myself) consider a punk-league
ambush of Threadless at SXSW. Options City has been lining up it’s vendor
agreements in the last 6 months and is probably the secondary contender, though
LifeSnapz does have name recognition for the open voting.

Are any of these predictions accurate? Well, that’s why they vote. We find
out on Thursday.
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CityLIGHTS Awards Wrap and the “Real” Age of Aleri Inc.
April 24th, 2009 · No Comments
There were two big stories at last night’s ITA CityLIGHTS awards: the
attendance and the continuing saga of misclassified companies.

The Rising Star Award, as defined on the CityLIGHTS Website is:

“ITA Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award is presented to the company, which, through innovation in
products, services or business approach, has emerged from its start-up phase to
become a solid presence in the marketplace. The award winner must have at least
$1 million in annual revenue and have exhibited success in building a
sustainable corporate organization and expanding its products and services to
new market segments.

Judging Criteria:

Company is 1-7 years old
Produces Innovative Technology
Technology Meets Solid Market Opportunity
Experiencing or Poised for Rapid Growth
Community and Industry involvement”
Emphasis on company age is mine. The winner was Aleri, Inc. As you may
recall, when I handicapped the awards, I noted that Aleri’s website says
“Privately Held Company Since 1985.” Naturally, I asked for some clarification
on how Aleri fit into the criterion for a Rising Star company. I received the
following clarification from Jeff Wooten, Aleri’s Vice President of Product
Strategy:

“The current Aleri business was started in early 2004 with the hiring of Jerry
Baulier as CTO with the mission to create new product line based around event
processing technology. This business was previously known as “Aleri Labs” and
is now the Aleri company as we know it today. Once “Aleri Labs” became
established as a viable business, the other business[es] of Aleri were sold and
“Aleri Labs” was renamed Aleri. So while the legal entity dates back to the
founding of Aleri in 1999, the current business dates to 2004 when the
organization was put in place to build a new product line. The first products
of this new business – the Aleri Liquidity Management System and the Aleri
Streaming Platform were released in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

“The confusing information on our website about company history is an
unfortunate oversight on our part. The “20 years of experience” alluded to mpct
Solutions, a company founded in the 1980′s, acquired by Aleri in 20002, and
then sold to Wall Street Systems in 2008. It was an oversight on our part that
the company description on the website was not updated after the divesture.”

Now this opens up the argument of whether Aleri is 10 years old (it’s date of
incorporation) or 5 years old (when the current product offering launched),
assuming you ignore the divested acquisition. Why am I reminded of Jack Benny
perpetually being 39 years old? At any rate, there’s probable cause to
discount the 24 years in existence I reported previously, but we’ll have to see
how old they are when the company’s “About” page is updated. It isn’t every
day you see a financial sector company wanting to be younger and their bank
will likely think they’re 10.

Attendance for the awards ceremony was very healthy. I was told the guest list
was in the neighborhood of 630, and there didn’t appear to be many empty
chairs. That would put it right up there with (and maybe over) the top
TechCOCKTAIL attendence. There also was little by way of job-seekers on the
floor, a drastic change from many events of late. Whether these things are a
sign of stability in the economy or just a more senior demographic that still
has an events budget intact is open to debate, but it suggests that not
everyone is laying off people like they’re in the newspaper industry.

The winners were:

CityLights Award: Linda Darragh, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship
CEO of the Year Award:Bill Conroy, Initiate Systems
Spotlight Award:Rich Holada, SPSS Inc.
Lighthouse Award:SmartSignal
Rising Star Award: Aleri Inc.
Newcomer Award:crowdSPRING
How was my handicapping? I got 2 of 6 right, and probably should have stuck to
my initial instincts to go with company recognition for the Spotlight Award.
Your big upset would be Linda Darragh. Linda’s good people and has
accomplished much, but Jerry Mitchell’s arguably the father of Illinois tech
entrepreneurship.
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Zenah M. Khawaja: Interested in Chicago 2016

Subject: Re: I wanted to know what he said about tech + Chgo 2016
Date: 4/21/2009 4:14:04 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: zkhawaja@comcast.net
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

Thanks for the follow up. You had something on Twitter but deleted it (?)

I have connected with Layton Olson since then. So, perhaps this is part of the
same conversation.

Hope all is well & new fistula is working for you.

Best regards,

Zenah

Zenah M. Khawaja, CTO
Semiautomatic Semiotics, LLC
Web: www.semiautomatic3d.com

—– Original Message —–
From: RONALDMAY@aol.com
To: zkhawaja@comcast.net
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 1:52:52 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: Zenah, did you have a question for me about Don Samuelson?
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Andy Sernovitz: Contact info.

Subject: my info
Date: 4/21/2009 12:07:55 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: andy@sernovitz.com
To: ronaldmay@aol.com

Andy Sernovitz
andy@sernovitz.com | 312-932-9000

Learn Word of Mouth Marketing:
WOM Crash Courses: http://gaspedal.com/events

Blog: Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That!
www.damniwish.com

Book: Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking
www.wordofmouthbook.com

Work:
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Blog Council – www.blogcouncil.org
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Jerry Field: IT and Education workshop for vets

From: Jerry J. Field Field@iit.edu
Subject: IT and Educaiton workshop for vets
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 17:00:44 -0500
To: Ron May

Hi Ron: The two programs we are most interested for Vets are IT and
Industrial Managemnet and Technology. There are jobs with the skills
and education, if you can run the attached relase we would most
appreciative . Thanks

Dr. Jerry J. Field
Illinois Institute of Technology
Center for Professional Development
Industrial Management and Technology
312 567 3651

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For Immediate Release:
Veterans and Military Education
Workshop at IIT April 23
The Student Veterans and Military Education Club at the Illinois Institute of
Technology will hold a workshop for Veterans and Military personnel on Saturday
April 23 from 10 AM to2 PM at the Tribune-McCormick Student Center.
The workshop sponsored by the Student Veterans and Military Education
Association, Army ROTC Cadets and the Admissions office at IIT will offer
guidelines for colleges in the greater Chicago area for admission, financial
and program availability. There is no change for veterans or military
personnel, a form of Identification showing military status will be required.
Several area colleges and universities will participate in the workshop
offering program requirements, financial aid and career building information.
Among the educational institutions scheduled to attend are UIC, Loyola, and
DePaul.
“The purpose of the workshop is to encourage as many veterans and military
personnel as possible to develop an education path toward a meaningful career.
There are careers available for those with an education and can use their
highly skilled training in the military to purse a civilian career” commented
Dr. Jerry Field of IIT, the faculty advisor for the group.
“Being Vet and now in the Army ROTC college program to advance my career in the
military this workshop is an opportunity to have other Vets become acquainted
with the educational opportunities that are available, a just abut no cost to
the veteran.” Said Army ROTC Cadet Lucas Park a second year ROTC student
In addition to several colleges, the Jesse Brown VA Hospital, and Illinois
Department of Employment Security, The City of Chicago Veterans Advisory
Council and the State Department of Veterans Affairs are scheduled to be
present.
The Tribune-McCormick Student Center is located at 32rd and State streets and
can be reached by the State Street #29 bus, or the Green and Red CTA lines.
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Kathy Liu: UPCOMING ITDA EVENTS: Community Connections & Annual Federal Funding
Seminar

Subject: UPCOMING ITDA EVENTS: Community Connections & Annual Federal Funding
Seminar
Date: 4/23/2009 10:19:25 A.M. Central Daylight Time
From: liu@itda.biz
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

Hi Ron,

Just wanted to let you know about 2 upcoming ITDA events! Hope you can make
them both!

*COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
The ITDA invites members and non-members to Community Connections, an informal
networking gathering to encourage wider active participation in our region’s
high technology community.
Hear 3 companies present a 3-minute elevator pitch with the 3rd presenter drawn
randomly from the business cards collected that night. Presenters will receive
constructive feedback from the audience and have a chance to win $100!

DATE: Monday, May 4, 2009

LOCATION: The Kerryman – 661 North Clark Street – Chicago, Illinois

TIME:5:00pm – 7:00pm

REGISTRATION: ITDA Members $10; Non-Members $15
Registration includes light appetizers; Cash Bar Available

To register, visit: www.itda.biz/CommunityConnections

*ITDA’S FEDERAL FUNDING SEMINAR
The ITDA hosts annual seminars to provide in depth information about NASA and
Department of Defense (DoD) programs including the Small Business Innovation
Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
Participants learn to navigate efficiently the process to obtain grants or
technology development contracts. The ITDA has helped numerous Midwestern
entrepreneurs and their teams obtain technology development contracts through
these programs.

We will be featuring guest speakers from NASA and DoD as well as a panel of
entrepreneurs who will share their experience and advice of obtaining grants
and contracts.

The panelists will include Joe Scroppo of Bladon International , Matt Miller of
Delcross Technologies, George Sadler of ProveIt, and Dr. Prem Kumar of NuCrypt.

DATE: Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

LOCATION: University Center, Private Dining Room – 525 South State Street -
Chicago, IL

TIME: 8:00am – 12:00pm

REGISTRATION: ITDA Members $20; Non-Members $35 ($40 at the door)

To register, visit: www.itda.biz/FFS

Warmest Regards,

Katherine Liu

Marketing Manager
Illinois Technology Development Alliance
549 West Randolph Street
Suite 600
Chicago, Illinois 60661
P 312.373.7184
F 312.229.1978

www.itda.biz
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Wednesday, May 13th: BMA Tower Awards

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Date:
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Time:
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Tuesday, April 28th: MEF Wheaton meeting: John Schlep: Using the Internet and
Web to augment income or even to replace lost income. An overview of possible
approaches, which include ecommerce Web sites, affiliate Web sites,
blogs and advertising sites

Subject: Midwest Entrepreneurs Forum
Date: 4/23/2009 1:39:08 A.M. Central Daylight Time
From: MEF@mail-list.com
To: ronaldmay@aol.com

MEF REPORTER

MIDWEST ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM, INC., Volume 14, Issue 4B , Tuesday April 28
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Our meeting will be held at: Daniel L. & Ada F. Rice Campus of
Illinois Institute of Technology 201 East Loop Road, Wheaton IL
(directions below)

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Date: Tuesday April 28,2009

Directions below,

In an ongoing effort to provide our members with the tools they
need to successfully develop their businesses, we are presenting
another educational presentation, entitled: You know that you have
a wonderful website, but do the Search Engines know it?

John Schlep will be our speaker.

Along with the recent economic downturn, there has been increasing
interest on using the Internet and Web to augment income or even
to replace lost income.

Tonight’s presentation will provide an overview of possible
approaches, which include ecommerce Web sites, affiliate Web sites,
blogs and advertising sites.

The objective is to provide an overview of these approaches, but to
also address practical considerations. Topics will include traffic
generating techniques, conversion optimization considerations,
affiliate programs, and using advertising as a revenue source.

This shrinking market is your opportunity to increase your market
share. How do you take advantage of Google to have them award your
site higher rankings, and more traffic? Your beautiful website
can’t produce if nobody sees it!

When your potential Prospect searches for websites offering your
unique product, are you among the chosen?

It is clear that the Search Engines are the “engine” for growing
new qualified web traffic to your website, but how can you get them
to work for you?

To sift out the bad, every Search Engine employs a highly proprietary
software program, known as an “algorithm”. This algorithm varies
from Search Engine to Search Engine and changes frequently and
without notice as they try to stay one step ahead of the spammers.

Creative webmasters like to use web techniques such as flash, java,
frames and image text, but use of these formats can render your
message invisible to the Search Engines

The algorithms don’t penalize these formats, but the “spiders”
(programs which visit your website to collect text), often can’t
read them as well as they read HTML. As a result, your complete
message may not be available to the Search Engines.

Besides the main body of text, content consists of an assortment of
“tags”, well defined fragments of text distinguished by specific
coding, placement or appearance. These include but are not limited
to metatags, title tags, heading tags, alt tags and link text.

There are many great reasons you should be using Google Adsense on
your website besides the obvious one of getting paid by one largest
companies around.

Not long after Google bought Blogger.com, they made adsense available
to Blogger blog owners. Blogger is great because it has an easy
interface, Google and Yahoo crawl the blogs quickly, and best of
all if you’re broke–they’re free, and Google loves to give out
adsense accounts to Blogger owners.

So if you’re looking to get started with adsense and not spend
much money,
Blogger is a great way to get started.

Before you learn about how to setup a Blogger blog for adsense,
though, listen as John l tells you what an RSS feed is and how it
works as it’s important to understand.

An RSS feed (as it applies to a blog) is basically a list of
all of the recent posts made to your blog. People can use “RSS
Aggregators” (software that continually checks up on your RSS feed
to see if there’s anything new) to keep up with new posts on your
blog. Websites will also want to publish your RSS feed on their
sites if your content is good. This gives them fresh content for
their visitors. And we all know that content is King in the world
of website building.

Blogger blogs come with an RSS feed built-in, and you can use this
to your advantage to generate traffic to your blog. I’ll discuss
that in a bit, but first let’s get into building the blog.

I hope that you are as excited as are to have one of our very
technical members explain how to make money using the internet.

John Schlep is a serial entrepreneur, combining substantial software
development experience with an almost equal amount of entrepreneurial
business experience. he possess a broad range of accomplishments,
from the mastery of technologies varying from the “bleeding edge” to
the relatively mundane, to extensive business activities, including
the formation of several software and Internet startup companies.

He takes a results-oriented approach to achieving solid project and
business results, and is equally at ease solving complex technical
problems as in giving an executive presentation. Please visit
his web sites to see for your self why you should listen to this
informative presentation.

http://www.cybersitesearch.com

http://www.reinharttechnologies.com

http://www.cybercucina.com

Come with questions as we always leave time for the Q&A

About The Midwest Entrepreneurs Forum

The Midwest Entrepreneurs’ Forum (MEF) promotes and strengthens the
process of starting and growing companies by providing services,
which educate and inform entrepreneurs. MEF meets the second
Monday of March, April, May, September, October and November at
the Downtown Campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, 565
W. Adams Street, Chicago, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A suburban meeting
is held the last Tuesday of each month (except July and August)
from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Daniel L. and Ada F. Rice Campus of
the Illinois Institute of Technology, 201 East Loop Road, Wheaton,
IL (directions listed). Each MEF meeting normally features a case
presentation/panel discussion that spotlights a single company in a
critical stage of development. We also feature speakers that bring
timely knowledge of current solutions that may make a difference
in how you run your business.

MEF membership is $60 per year or $20.00 to attend a single meeting
to see if membership is something you think would benefit you. If
you decide you want to become a member bring your receipt for $20.00
within 30 days to the next meeting and you will only be required
to pay an additional $40.00 to become a member for the year. Year
is from your payment to the next year. Students with a valid ID
pay $5.00. IIT students with a valid id get in free.
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Joel Lefkovitz: http://www.internetmediabrands.com

Subject: Thanks Ron!
Date: 4/22/2009 1:11:51 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: joellefko@yahoo.com
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com

Hey Ron,

Nice speaking with you. Info on my company can be found here:

http://www.internetmediabrands.com

Our key project is SourcePoint.com a global business to business product and
service sourcing directory. I’ll drop you a note when that site is close to
complete. Thanks again Ron. Enjoy the day!
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Authentify: News from RSA 2009 in San Francisco

From: John Zurawski john.zurawski@authentify.com
Subject: News from RSA 2009 in San Francisco
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 11:11:56 -0500
To:

Hello Ron,

You’ve been kind enough to cover some of our news in the past, I hope there may
be something here you can use again.

Authentify has taken the wraps off release 6.0 of its authentication platform
at the 2009 RSA Conference, as well as announcing the award of another
technology patent.

Obviously there is a great deal of news coming out of RSA this year, (including
record heat in San Francisco… whew!), but I thought you might like to see the
releases and share some of it with your readers.

WARM regards from RSA in San Francisco,

John Z.

Authentify Unveils New Release 6.0 at RSA 2009

Version 6.0 of the Authentify Phone-Based Authentication Platform Features
Enhanced Call Data Analytics and expanded One Time Password (OTP) Services.

San Francisco, CA, April 22, 2009 – Continuing a tradition begun with its first
release in 2001, Authentify, the global leader in out-of-band[1] authentication
introduced Release 6.0 of its authentication platform at the 2009 RSA Security
Conference.

Authentify 6.0 features new carrier grade SS7 support, allowing Authentify to
leverage additional layers of data from the telephone network to provide
improved call analysis and control of the outbound call. The new 6.0 also
includes enhanced data for call routing, number porting and call forward
protection, as well as data sources for virtual numbers. “Beyond the
authentication factor present in the end user’s ability to answer the phone
call itself, clients are looking for additional information to help make
informed decisions and ultimately determine the trustworthiness of an online
transaction. With 6.0 we are offering an innovative set of tools to help
clients achieve that objective,” said Andy Rolfe, Chief Technology Officer for
Authentify, Inc. “The SS7 data and telephone analytics can do for digital
transactions what Address Verification Services (AVS) offer to businesses that
physically ship products.”

Data about a particular telephone number is delivered to clients in real-time
as part of Authentify’s patented process that synchronizes a user’s computer
session and an automated telephone call. Release 6.0 also improves
Authentify’s support for One time Password (OTP) via SMS (test message)
processes both nationally and internationally. Authentify’s SMS authentication
for online transactions is a cost effective way for clients to use out-of-band
authentication when the client does not require a user’s voice recording of
spoken consent or other features available in an automated phone call.

[1] Out-of-Band authentication is the use of two separate networks,
simultaneously to authenticate an end user. For example, granting an online user access to an account, but emailing them a
password is an “in-band” exchange. Both parts of the process are conducted via
the Internet. Sending the user a credential via the U.S. Postal Service is
relying on the mail service as a trusted “out-of-band” network. The credential
is not delivered via the same ‘network’ connection. Authentify uses the
telephone network as its second network for validating Internet events such as
logins, password replacements or transactions.

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Awards Authentify a Patent for Out-of-Band
Electronic Signature Process

Award is the Third Patent for Authentify’s Phone-Based

Authentication Factor and Authorization Solutions

Chicago, IL., USA| Hong Kong, China- Apr 22, 2009 – Authentify, Inc., the
global leader in out-of-band[2] authentication solutions, today announced the
issuance of U.S. Patent Number 7,461,258 for the company’s process
synchronizing a telephone call, an online session, a hash of the document and
user’s voice to capture electronic signatures. The process is valuable for
validating online transactions, processing Web based applications or documents,
online policy agreements, medical releases and other applications requiring
irrefutable proof of consent.

Authentify’s e-signature processes uniquely meet the requirements for
e-signatures set forth in the e-Sign Act of 2000. The process, relying on the
telephone and spoken affirmation, is familiar to the end user, while providing
an auditable record of the spoken e-signature.

The patent is the third awarded to Authentify for its processes based on the
synchronization of the Internet and phone for out-of-band and multi-factor
authentication.

Detailed information about Authentify’s electronic signature process and how it
meets the specific requirements of the e-Sign Act of 2000 can be found at:
www.authentify.com/solutions/esign.html.

About Authentify
Founded in 1999, Authentify Inc., provides automated authentication services to
prominent global businesses, routinely protecting accounts and transactions in
more than 150 countries. Authentify delivers an effective authentication
process relying on making telephone contact with a user while they are managing
an online account.

It is a process that is practical for businesses, easy for users and effective
worldwide by virtue of leveraging the reach and stability of the public
switched telephone network.

The company’s patented technology employs a message based architecture
permitting easy layering with existing technology and infrastructure. The
company’s primary focus is providing authentication services to enable routine
but sensitive processes to complete with high levels of certainty.

Authentify’s clients include some of the most familiar, as well as the most
phished, pharmed, hacked and attacked online businesses.

For more information visit Authentify at: www.authentify.com or contact:

Authentify, Inc.
8745 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 240
Chicago, Illinois 60631 USA
Voice: 1-773-243-0300
Authentify, Ltd.
2/F, Capitol Centre, Tower II
28 Jardine’s Crescent
Causeway Bay
Hong Kong
China

todd.pauli@authentify.com
robert.soden@authentify.com

© April 2009, Authentify, Inc., Chicago, Illinois

Authentify technologies protected by U.S. Patent Nos. 6,934,858 / 7,383,572 /
7,461,258
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Tribune sheds 50 newsroom jobs [Editor's note: May here. As I tweeted, this
article was changed from the original and somewhat incorrect version put out by
Crain's. Notice that the headline says 50 jobs, but then the article which says
53 jobs mentions people who were not mentioned in the first version Crain's put
out. I believe that TMR had better contacts than Crain's did at the start of
this story.]

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=33794&seenIt=1

Tribune cuts jobs, parent seeks approval for $13M in bonuses
By: Ann Saphir April 22, 2009
(Crain’s) – On the same day the Chicago Tribune cut 53 jobs from its newsroom,
its parent Tribune Co. asked a Bankruptcy Court to approve of $13.3 million in
bonuses and other incentive payments to 703 employees.

The payments are “vitally necessary” to reward employees for a difficult year
and motivate them during the current year, according to Tribune’s motion filed
with the court Wednesday. The top ten executives in the company are not
eligible for the payments.

On Wednesday the Chicago Tribune’s difficult year continued, as it cut staff in
its latest bid to reduce expenses amid continuing advertising declines, the
newspaper’s editor said in a memo.

“With today’s actions, we are making the leap to a newsroom structure that we
believe is sustainable barring further significant declines in advertising
revenue,” Editor Gerould Kern said in a memo to staffers obtained by Crain’s.
“While some are leaving now, others will join the newsroom over time as we
invest in new skills necessary to grow in the future.”

Wednesday’s layoffs leave the Trib with 430 workers in its newsroom, Mr. Kern
said.

The paper will expand its local news operation and establish a new “watchdog
unit to increase our consumer and investigative coverage,” Mr. Kern told his
staff. Online staff will also be further increased, he said.

The paper’s parent, Tribune Co., filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors
in December.

The bonus total Tribune Co. is seeking is “several million dollars” less than
originally anticipated, a knockdown reached after talks with the unsecured
creditors’ committee, according to a motion filed in Delaware Wednesday. The
creditors’ committee does not oppose the payments, the filing says.

Newspapers nationwide have been trimming staff in response to the recession.
Sun-Times Media Group Inc. last week cut 140 positions as the company, also in
bankruptcy court, tries to slash 15% of its compensation expenses.

Tribune’s problems go deeper than the economic downturn. The company is
profitable, court filings show, generating more than $50 million in cash flow
in February alone. But it sought bankruptcy protection because it wasn’t able
to keep up with payments on debt taken on in CEO Sam Zell’s leveraged buyout of
the company the previous year.

The Tribune, which had 480 employees in its newsroom in August, cut about a
dozen workers in December, just before its Chapter 11 filing, and eliminated
the jobs of another 20 people in February.

Among those who lost their jobs Wednesday:

Business reporters Joshua Boak, Eric Benderoff and Susan Diesenhouse, and
assistant editor Suzanne Cosgrove;
Breaking news reporter James P. Miller;
Photographers Candice C. Cusic, and David Trotman-Wilkins;
Assistant features editor and writer of the Tribune’s “Recession Diaries” blog
Lou Carlozo; deputy editor Lilah Lohr, and reporter Robert K. Elder;
Schaumburg deputy bureau chief William Grady;
House and homes editor Elaine Matsushita;
Writer Elizabeth Botts;
Sports reporters John Mullin, Bob Sakamoto and Terry Bannon;
Sunday magazine editor Brenda Butler and reporters Jessica Reaves and Tom
Hundley.
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Inventables is Hiring

From: TECH cocktail &raqou; Chicago
Sender: noreply+feedproxy@google.com
Subject: TECH cocktail
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 16:05:46 +0000
To: ron@192.168.1.100/tmr

TECH cocktail
Inventables is Hiring

Posted: 23 Apr 2009 07:37 AM PDT

Inventables is lighting the product development world on fire! This year they
launched a the Inventables Marketplace, they got VC funding, and now they are
hiring!

Looking for a new gig? Do you have what it takes? They need the best Chicago
has to offer!

Software Engineers

http://corporate.inventables.com/AboutUs/SoftwareEngineer.asp

UI Designer

http://corporate.inventables.com/AboutUs/uidesigner.asp

1 Person Finance Department

http://corporate.inventables.com/AboutUs/Controller.asp

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Darcy Evon: Wants contact info. for laid off Trib folks

From: Darcy Evon darcyevon@sbcglobal.net
Subject: Re: The May Report: 04/22/2009: Bulletin: Bender-offed! I just heard
that the Chicago Trib. cut 53 people, including Eric Benderoff, well known to
Chicago high tech
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 15:21:24 -0700 (PDT)
To: The May Report

Ron, can you ask for names and emails for those interested in freelance writing
and marketing work? Thanks.

— On Wed, 4/22/09, The May Report wrote:
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Andy Sernovitz: Word of Mouth Marketing Ethics (3 messages)
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#1: Subject: Word of Mouth Marketing Ethics
Date: 4/24/2009 5:26:02 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: andy@sernovitz.com
To: ronaldmay@aol.com

The issue of ethics and honesty is the most important issue in word of mouth
marketing. I have organized the two biggest WOM ethics initatives in the world
(WOMMA and the Blog Council) and rallied hundreds of companies to the cause.

——————–
Send from my phone
Sorry for brevity and typos and typos

Andy Sernovitz – andy@sernovitz.com
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#2: Subject: (no subject)
Date: 4/24/2009 9:38:57 A.M. Central Daylight Time
From: andy@sernovitz.com
To: ronaldmay@aol.com

http://www.amazon.com/Word-Mouth-Marketing-Companies-Talking/dp/1427798613

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#3: Subject: (no subject)
Date: 4/24/2009 9:31:14 A.M. Central Daylight Time
From: andy@sernovitz.com
To: ronaldmay@aol.com

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man
stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit
belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust
and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and
again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does
actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great
devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the
end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at
least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those
cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

-Theodore Roosevelt

“Citizenship in a Republic,” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
________________

Andy Sernovitz
andy@sernovitz.com | 312-932-9000
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Linda Darragh and Mark Harris answer a few of Ron’s questions

Subject: Re: Linda, four quick questions.
Date: 4/24/2009 3:33:08 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: Linda.Darragh@chicagobooth.edu
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com
CC: Mark.Harris@chicagobooth.edu

Saw marks response. Victor’s app is called Mango. Victor not the one linked to
Ycombinator. More info released next week
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Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Device
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Subject: RE: Linda, four quick questions.
Date: 4/24/2009 3:23:00 P.M. Central Daylight Time
From: Mark.Harris@chicagobooth.edu
To: RONALDMAY@aol.com
CC: ldarragh@chicagobooth.edu

Ron -

1. victorchong@chicagobooth.edu

2. Chicago Booth finished 4th overall and won the “Entrepreneur’s Choice” at
the VCIC http://www.vcic.unc.edu/ Team members were Jasper Platz, ’09, Lisa
Pinsley, ’09, Jim Shilkett, ’09, and Greg Foster, ’09.

4. http://www.bumptechnologies.com/ they were the 1 billionth App Store
download announced today:

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2009/04/24appstore.html?sr=hotnews

——————-

From: RONALDMAY@aol.com
To: ldarragh@chicagobooth.edu
Sent: Fri Apr 24 15:01:43 2009
Subject: Linda, four quick questions.

Linda,

Again, congratulations on your award. Sorry your husband was not there to see
you win.

1. You mentioned a guy named Victor and YCombinator. I did not catch it on the
tape very well.

2. The BP Competition at UNC Chapel Hill. Chicago was in the finals on that.
How did they end up and who was in it?

3. Since you are on the ITA board and you were a nominee, did you vote in the
CityLIGHTS Award competition?

4. What is the URL for Bump Technology?

Thanks.

Ron
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Ron’s Twitter Tweets since Friday, April 17th , including others who have
commented about what he wrote
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ScottAllen: @themayreport My point is that bias is inevitable, so the best we
can do is disclose possible sources of bias.
42 minutes ago from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide
Conversation

ScottAllen: @themayreport I don’t disagree. But my point is that you feel the
same way towards advertisers who support your business.
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Conversation

themayreport@scottallen. Your book, The Virtual Handshake, is now on my
reading list. BC says as a blogger getting blogola you feel obligated.
less than 5 seconds ago from web

themayreport@scottallen BC says that what you miss when you say bribery is OK
if there is transparency, it’s still bribery. Blogola [plays on emotion.
less than 5 seconds ago from web

themayreport@scottallen Scott, I’m sorry, I thought you were referring to
something else. Brian has NO issue with you. He told me to read your book.
less than 5 seconds ago from web

themayreport@scottallen Scott, I’m sorry, I thought you were referring to
something else. Brian has NO issue with you. He told me to read your book.
less than 5 seconds ago from web

ScottAllen: @themayreport Because frankly, unless you’re Consumer Reports,
separation between editorial & ad sales is always suspect.
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Conversation

ScottAllen: @themayreport I fail to see the difference between “K-Mart gave me
a $500 shopping spree to write about the experience” & paying $500 for ad
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Conversation

ScottAllen: @themayreport For example, we have a major difference of opinion
re: “blogola”. I’m all for it so long as there’s 100% transparency.
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Conversation

ScottAllen: @themayreport And so if BC had/has an issue w/me it’s news to me.
I know we have some differences of opinion, though. :-)
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Conversation

ScottAllen: @themayreport Well @AmandaChapel & I went at it a few times a
couple of yrs ago but we’ve made amends.
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Conversation

themayreport@scottallen Scott, Ed’s in for-profit biz but is still making a
pos. contrib. which was pointed out. Terry F. ties it to entrepreneurship.
less than 5 seconds ago from web

themayreport@scottallen Scott, on this I have to blame moderator Jude
Sullivan who failed to connect the dots and make the distinctions necessary.
less than 5 seconds ago from web

themayreport@scottallen Scott, more context. Dave Ormesher & Marsha Barancik
are doing “good” at a much higher level. There’s little $ in it for them.
less than 5 seconds ago from web

themayreport@scottallen Scott, the comment did come as a surprise but it was
clearly not meant maliciously. Bill McDonald was smiling and chuckling.
less than 5 seconds ago from web

ScottAllen: @themayreport I hope that mention was in a positive light. In
context, it’s a bit hard to tell.
34 minutes ago from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Ed Szofer’s firm www.seneca-global.com has 75 empl., 65 in India
& 12 here. They’ve been operating 18 mos. but many things go back 10 yrs.
2 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Everyone repeated & played off McDonald’s line. Ed’s called
“sleazeball” since he wants to make $! Jude Sullivan didn’t connect all dots.
about 1 hour ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Back to MIT-EF. The funniest and snarkiest line of the night was
when Bill McDonald said that Ed Szofer was the sleazeball on the panel.
about 1 hour ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Todd Allen, your handicapping of the ITA awards was good but
it’s like bringing a knife to a gunfight. It’s all about politics, not merit.
about 1 hour ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: @ormshr Dave, The News Hr has rpt on Nigeria’s endemic
corruption. They’re prosecuting bribery, i.e. Haliburton & KBR. See TMR on MOT
about 1 hour ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Brian Briggs’ new firm www.apextwo.com does consulting in OL
marketing. Hs old firm was KineticWisdom, still around. He has two partners.
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreportSorry, that’s Joe Jaffe & Jeff Jarvis who BC says is a “walking
hemorrhoid.” He also mentioned Scott Allen’s The Virtual Handshake.
less than 5 seconds ago from web

themayreport@windycitytsocial BC says Sernovitz spouting ethics is like the
fox guarding the hen house. He cites Jeff Jaffe & others as hypocrites.
less than 5 seconds ago from web

themayreport@windycitysocial Sernovitz feels that opposition to him is
professional jealousy & he also says he’s in the vanguard of protecting ethics.
less than 5 seconds ago from web

themayreport: Also read on blogola:

http://strumpette.com/archives/407-BLOGOLA-How-to-Get-Away-with-It-A-Case-Histor

y.html I must get an article out.
less than a minute ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Connolly suggested
http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/doc/2009/04/24/moving-past-marketing/ &
http://tinyurl.com/c6xhu2 (expand) , a very current issue.
4 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: NSA studies Twitter to do behavioral tracking & profiling.
Dangerous implications. System is presentation, not conversational marketing
10 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: has 80k followers and he can sell you a get rich quick scheme or
something else. We’ll be a world of Amway salesmen.
14 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Twitter is a kind of ponzi scheme w/ followers that beget
followers. Auto followers are a big problem because some guy who knows nothing
..
18 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: The issue: WOMM is not a legitimate thing when it distorts the
market w/ blogola, shilling, etc. FTC will start to set stricter rules.
20 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

windycitysocial: @themayreport so give us the 144 recap on your conversations
with Andy and Connolly
27 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: I talked to Andy Sernovitz again today. Then I asked Connolly
what his issue really is with Sernovtiz. That went on for a half hour.
30 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: 1 person’s opinion doesn’t a sample make. I ask members if
they’re involved in Round Tables. You can’t count on just big events for value.
31 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

dr_pete: @themayreport For small firms, ITA is like most assoc’s – it is what
you make of it. I’m a one-man shop, and I’ve gotten a lot of benefit.
33 minutes ago from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: The same guy said that 4 buddies who have small tech firms
wonder what theITA does for them. He’s a member, the others he knows are not.
36 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: I just got off the phone with 1 entrepreneur who attended the
ITA & he said that from his point of view the ITA is focused on bigger firms.
39 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

mikefreud: @themayreport this is good news everyone likes good business
stories
about 1 hour ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

jeffrey: @themayreport I always preferred the sushi place across the street on
the corner. Used to eat there all the time when I lived on Pine Grove.
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Conversation

jeffrey: @themayreport They *do* have delicious muffins.
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spdaly: If you want to know about the Chicago tech scene you need to follow
@themayreport. I started following him in 00 when WH/m1/divine crashed
20 minutes ago from Tweetie · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: A woman who manages an Au Bon Pain restaurant downtown told me
biz is booming and she’s working about 75 hrs. a week.
22 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: I went to lunch at Hotsu Hana at 3136 N. Broadway which is where
No Hana used to be. New owners, menu, employees. Better food than No Hana.
24 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: I’m going for a bite of lunch & then hopefully Fred Hoch will
have told me who won the Spotlight Award?? I wasn’t paying close attention.
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Bill Brady & Doug Brinkley may run says State Sen. Matt Murphy.
Murphy hired Greenbrier & Russel to do something, btw.
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: State Sen. Matt Murphy, sentatormattmurphy@gmail.com, told me
that Michael Bond, Dan Rutherford are tech issue savvy.
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: The tech high school will be open to stud. from underprivileged
backgrounds and they’ll admit based on lottery & interest not test scores.
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Linda Darragh mentioned the Booth team in conjunction with
YCombinator and she mentioned a student named Victor.
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

ms_genevieve: RT @themayreport Michael Rosenthal: Sonnenschein is already
changing its stationery to Willis T. #chicago
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: David Smith’s wife left SAVO Group, now in Boston w/ Dave.
Michael Rosenthal: Sonnenschein is already changing its stationery to Willis T.
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

TomDore: @themayreport Hi Ron thx for the follow. Good to meet you last night-
I look forward to talking again soon
about 2 hours ago from mobile web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: @rosskimbarovsky Ross of www.crowdspring.com worked under Jude
Sullivan of Bell Boyd, now K&L Gates, when he was at Hopkins and Sutter.
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Linda Darragh said that the iPhone social app. that is #8 was
developed by David Lieb and Jake Mintz and the co. is called Bump Technology.
about 3 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Dennis Serio of ILBIF has set up an interconnecting syndicate of
angel groups which use one group as the lead on a deal. Thirteen groups.
about 3 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Michael Gremley of VoicePrism used to work at Morgan Works w/
Rick Salvadore. Options City: 12 FT & 3 PT now. Sell to proprietary traders.
about 3 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: The other area of distressed assets that Wes Shepherd deals in
is appliances. Acquity Group had more layoffs according to an email I got.
about 3 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: RedBox was started by McDonald’s execs. I heard this morning
that Redbox can be hacked. They offer free movies & you can get the codes.
about 3 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Going over my tape as I prepare report. Wes Shepherd’s brand
name of Daily Deal on eBay is dealmonger. Also, just learning about RedBox.
about 3 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

cmsexpo: @themayreport < Follow closely. :)
about 3 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

cmsexpo: Hey, hey! Great to see Chicago’s Ron May from @themayreport is goin
strong. Thanks for following…
about 3 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

chicagotechnews: @themayreport Ron, you libel spouting snake, that is not what
I said about Andy Sernovitz. Are you stupid or is it deliberate?
34 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

conceptlen: @AveryCohen @themayreport I found IIT to be very useful with some
people I knew and others I didn’t. The topic was too enticing to pass up.
about 3 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

InXpoLive: @themayreport we were happy to be nominated and want to give our
congrats to Aleri!
about 3 hours ago from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet

themayreportIt is 4:18am and I am going to bed!
less than 5 seconds ago from web

themayreportTodd Allen says “CTH Technologies, founded by Clifford Haines in
1997,” hardly makes them a fit for the Newcomer Award. How’d that happen?
less than 5 seconds ago from web

themayreport: Todd Allen told me that Brad Spirrison was there last night and
he is just doing the Sun-Times right now.
7 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Linda Darragh said that two students created a successful iPhone
application that ranks #8, I think, in three weeks.
8 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: That tech high school is tied to Matt Hancock of
www.polytechnical.org, 773-278-5418 x. 15 and the Center for Polytechnical
Education.
16 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: SmartSignal won the Lighthouse award for sustained growth but
aren’t they also dead man walking in that their investors have no exit?
21 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Todd Allen says Andy Sernovitz has ruined every business he has
touched. He also said that Eric Benderoff is the 1st Trib blogger to go.
24 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Wes Shepherd says business is booming and is countercyclical.
Doubling in size this year. Does huge biz oin eBay.
26 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Success stories at the ITA. Consider Wes Shepherd,
www.channelvelocity.com which handles distressed assets in auto, electronics &
1 other.
29 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: 80 plus firms are partnering with this tech focused high school.
The org. running it is a private organization which has the contract.
35 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: The ITA is partnering with the Chicago Public Schools on a new
high school focused on tech. They’ve admitted 150 in the freshman class.
44 minutes ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: State Sen. Matt Murphy is 39 and has been in office three years.
He also seems to have some link to Eric Wasowicz of www.uwantsavings.com.
about 1 hour ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: News from the ITA dinner. 1. State Senator Matt Murphy (R) told
me he is considering running for Gov. in 2010. www.senatormattmurphy.com/
about 1 hour ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: The 1 award I’m not sure about was CIO/CTO. I wasn’t paying
close enough attention. Tried listening to tape but couldn’t find it.
about 1 hour ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: CityLIGHTS Award went to Linda Darragh over Anna Belyaev, Jerry
R. Mitchell, & Shelley Stern. Linda runs the Polsky Center at Chgo. Booth.
about 1 hour ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: CEO of Yr: Bill Conroy of Initiate over George
Burciaga/SmarTECHS.net, Scott Etzler/Intercall, Gregg Kaplan/Redbox, & Doug
Waggoner/Echo.
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: The LightHouse Award went to SmartSignal which beat out Arrow
Stream, TrustWave, West Monroe Partners and Big Machines.
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: The Rising Star Award went to Aleri, Inc. beating out InXpo,
Inc., Media Bank, LLC, Open Kernel Labs and Geckotech. http://www.aleri.com/
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: crowdSPRING won Newcomer Award beating out LifeSnapz, Options
City Software, Telemedicine Solutions & CTH Technologies. www.crowdspring.com
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: I attended the ITA’s CityLIGHTS awards Thursday night held in
the grand ball room at Union Station. Roughly 700 people.
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

rosskimbarovsky: Ran into Ron May @themayreport at ITA event. Friendly as
usual – I believe him that he didn’t intend to hit me with his cane.
about 7 hours ago from Tweetie · Reply · View Tweet

mikefreud: @themayreport Can You Prove This Ron???
1 day ago from web · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide Conversation

themayreport: @scottvdp You asked about EMC & NASA. I wrote about the
investigation 2 yrs ago. http://tinyurl.com/cdww64 (expand) Jet Propulsion Lab
called me.
1 day ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

dmeeker: @themayreport Fun to see u “back at it”.Hope your health is up and
your nose is clean and you aren’t causing too much trouble!
1 day ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: The original article in Crain’s was changed. It didn’t list Eric
Benderoff & it didn’t mention Bob Sakamoto & Terry Bannon, sports rpters.
1 day ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Crain’s is playing games and may even be copycatting The May
Report. Their original notice on Trib cuts said 50, not 53 as I reported and..
1 day ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

mikefreud: @themayreport Whats up with the ‘lite’ report today Ron? Are you on
a diet or something?
1 day ago from web · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide Conversation

mikefreud: @themayreport that’s not good!
1 day ago from web · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide Conversation

themayreport: Bender-offed! Just heard 15 min. ago at 2:55pm that Eric
Benderoff was laid off from the Chicago Trib. today along with 52 other
staffers.
1 day ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

jimhanekamp: @AveryCohen @themayreport I know I went to IIT instead of MIT-EF.
1 day ago from web · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide Conversation

AveryCohen: @themayreport I think Nick Rokop’s IIT-Knapp siphoned
entrepreneurs from MIT-EF. “Lessons Learned from Failed Startup” vs. “Doing
Good”
1 day ago from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: I’m going to bed, but I felt like a speck on a fly, with TMR’s
work being so utterly insignificant compared to what Dave Ormesher does.
2 days ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: As you’d expect, Rollyson asked about social media & Rwandan
entrepreneurs. They use Skype & texting because int. conn. are unreliable.
2 days ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Rwanda is not the country it was 15 yrs. ago. There is no
corruption and zero tolerance for corruption, David Ormesher told us.
2 days ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Josh proposed a deal w/ U. of C. but they said that they need a
higher % of patients who are covered by private insurance for a pay raise.
2 days ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

mikefreud: @themayreport Whats up with the ‘lite’ report today Ron? Are you on
a diet or something?
about 1 hour ago from web · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide
Conversation

mikefreud: @themayreport that’s not good!
about 1 hour ago from web · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide
Conversation

themayreport: Bender-offed! Just heard 15 min. ago at 2:55pm that Eric
Benderoff was laid off from the Chicago Trib. today along with 52 other
staffers.
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

jimhanekamp: @AveryCohen @themayreport I know I went to IIT instead of MIT-EF.
about 2 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide
Conversation

AveryCohen: @themayreport I think Nick Rokop’s IIT-Knapp siphoned
entrepreneurs from MIT-EF. “Lessons Learned from Failed Startup” vs. “Doing
Good”
about 3 hours ago from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: I’m going to bed, but I felt like a speck on a fly, with TMR’s
work being so utterly insignificant compared to what Dave Ormesher does.
about 12 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: As you’d expect, Rollyson asked about social media & Rwandan
entrepreneurs. They use Skype & texting because int. conn. are unreliable.
about 12 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Rwanda is not the country it was 15 yrs. ago. There is no
corruption and zero tolerance for corruption, David Ormesher told us.
about 12 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Josh proposed a deal w/ U. of C. but they said that they need a
higher % of patients who are covered by private insurance for a pay raise.
about 12 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Josh Kurutz left Univ. of Chgo. for a lab at Northwestern & a
25% pay raise. The Bio Sci. Div. at U of C is tied entirely to the hospitals.
about 12 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: It was really a great MIT-E but attendance was only about 60,
half of last month with Tullman, Reed and Fried. Will have much more to say.
about 12 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: @gaeblerdotcom Ken, it appears that No Hana has reopened now
with the new name Hotsu Hana. See you there.
about 13 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: @ormshr has traveled to Rwanda four times now with 5 to 7
entrepreneurs & others each time. He is really the hidden jewel in Chicago
tech.
about 13 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide
Conversation

themayreport: @ormshr David Ormesher was the star of the MIT-EF meeting
Tuesday night. Dave has been doing great work in Rwanda with entrepreneurs.
about 13 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide
Conversation

jeanneleez: Can’t wait to read: “Sernovitz is just an ambulance chaser and his
time has come in this report. Much more to come.” #themayreport
1 day ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

keithjack: @themayreport Come and chat.. :) http://keithjack.com
4 days ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

AveryCohen: @themayreport Ouch! I do owe you the write-up. I’ll finish
Tomorrow, after the little one’s soccer game.
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Conversation

scottvdp: @themayreport NASA is investigating EMC? Wha!?!
4 days ago from TwitterFon · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: Interesting report on The News Hour re: salt flats in Bolivia and
extracting crucial mineral lithium which is a key to 21st century energy.
4 days ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: @jkarp They have a cowboy culture in their sales operation &
have often sold one box and delivered another quite deliberately.
4 days ago from web · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide Conversation

themayreport: @jkarp Josh, I’ve written a lot re: corruption & fraud at EMC
over the yrs. They’re being investigated by the FBI and NASA’s Jet Prop. Lab.
4 days ago from web · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide Conversation

themayreport: @averycohen Avery, you were going to write up the 1st two
presenters from the BNC Cap. Grp. three or four days ago? Where’s the work bud?
4 days ago from web · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide Conversation

jkarp: @themayreport wow on EMC… that’s a bold statement…
4 days ago from web · Reply · View Tweet · Show ConversationHide Conversation

themayreport: Who says crime doesn’t pay? EMC is the #1 performer on the S&P
in the 20 yrs since CNBC launched. The company is corrupt, cheats customers.
4 days ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

themayreport: The liquor store on Broadway, just north of Chili Mac, a block
south of Belmont on the west side, may be also doing money laundering.
4 days ago from web · Reply · View Tweet
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CMAP Weekly Update, 4/24/09

From: Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning info@cmap.illinois.gov
Subject: CMAP Weekly Update, 4/24/09
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 16:32:55 -0400 (EDT)
To: ron@192.168.1.100/tmr

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April 24, 2009

CMAP funding. This week we’ve continued reaching out to officials in
Springfield for help restoring the Comprehensive Regional Planning Fund (CRPF),
which got zeroed out of the Governor’s proposed budget. We have a new brief
summary of the issue, which includes a chart that shows how the CRPF’s $3.5
million annually to CMAP leverages $11 million in federal transportation
planning funds, which in turn leverages $2 billion in programmed transportation
projects. The Illinois Association of Regional Councils is helping to spread
the word in their current newsletter, and we need your help, too. On
Wednesday, I’ll be in Springfield to testify about the CRPF before the House
Appropriations Committee.

GO TO 2040: Invent the Future. We’ve posted a very short preview of the
scenario-based public involvement that we’ll be conducting throughout the
summer. Watch for more details soon about these activities, which will begin
in late May and early June. The whole idea is to get people thinking about the
many specific trade-offs that our region will need to make in implementing the
GO TO 2040 regional vision.

FLIP and Big Shoulders events. Yesterday was an exciting day for anyone who
likes seeing young people engaged in planning for the future. Last night,
CMAP’s Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program hosted its first
“commencement” event, at Adler Planetarium, where 38 high school students from
across the region presented their views of the future to members of the CMAP
Board and other dignitaries. Click here for more information. Earlier in the
day, the Burnham Plan Centennial partnered with the Big Shoulders Fund in an
event where fifth-graders from 76 Catholic schools assembled a 30′x35′
“artistic mixed media map” of Chicago made up of 77 smaller maps of historic
neighborhoods. CMAP was proud to help by printing those maps, and we’re looking
forward to much more engagement like this throughout the summer across the
region in partnership with our friends at the centennial.

UWP comment period. Today, CMAP’s Transportation Committee released the FY 2010
Unified Work Program for public comment. The Unified Work Program (UWP) lists
the planning projects the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and
other agencies undertake each year to enhance transportation in northeastern
Illinois and to fulfill federal planning regulations. The final UWP document
includes the transportation planning activities to be carried out in the
region, detailing each project’s description, products, costs and source of
funding. Comments are due by Tuesday May 19. Please see the draft document
here. Please submit all comments to Matt Maloney at 312-386-8615 or to
mmaloney@cmap.illinois.gov

Draft Central Area Action Plan made public. The Chicago Tribune reported on the
Chicago Central Area Action Plan, a $15.5 billion proposal by the city which
outlines dozens of transportation and green space projects in and around
downtown Chicago. The plan includes projects affecting the entire region,
including improvements to Union Station, express trains to both Chicago
airports, public transit accessibility, and open-space improvements. The City
Council could approve the plan as early as next month. A web version of the
draft plan is available online.

AMPO meeting. AMPO’s Transportation Management and Operations Working Group
will be meeting next week at CMAP on Thursday afternoon, April 30, and Friday
morning, May 1. Staff representatives from several MPOs across the country
will gather for informal presentations and to discuss their challenges and
successes. If you’d like to participate in this meeting, please contact Kermit
Wies at kwies@cmap.illinois.gov.

Blog entries. CMAP’s Shana Alford wrote about the I-55 bus rapid transit
initiative at our GO TO 2040 blog. Stephen Ostrander of CMAP posted the first
of two entries about our community design workshop activities in Streamwood.

GO TO 2040 Community Conversations. Please see
http://www.goto2040.org/conversations.aspx for an updated list of Community
Conversations that CMAP has scheduled for residents to discuss the GO TO 2040
campaign. Next week, we will host two community conversations at the Fossil
Ridge Public Library (386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood) on Wednesday, April 29
from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. and again from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information,
please contact Diana Torres at 312-386-8774 or dtorres@cmap.illinois.gov.
SPECIAL REMINDER: Don’t forget to join CMAP’s GO TO 2040 Partners Program!
Please complete our simple partnership form. We’ll send you a Partnership Kit
with materials and a DVD to help you and your organization get involved in the
region’s first truly comprehensive plan. See our growing list of partners who
have made the commitment to planning for a better future.

Randy

Randy Blankenhorn
Executive Director
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
233 South Wacker Drive
Suite 800, Sears Tower
Chicago, IL 60606
312-454-0400 (voice)
312-454-0411 (fax)
rblankenhorn@cmap.illinois.gov

http://www.cmap.illinois.gov

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