8 Favorite Fidget Toys

The anxiety-related consumer products market is expected to grow to $7.5 billion by 2023. In the Fall of 2016, two Kickstarter campaigns were launched with modest ambitions. The entrepreneurs hoped to raise around $20,000 to finance consumer products that could address anxiety—the most common mental health problem in America. A startlingly strong response brought in nearly … Continued

Fortnite: An Epic Blockbuster

Tim Sweeney started Epic Games, parent of Fortnite, in 1991 by commuting 30 minutes each way from his University of Maryland dorm to a makeshift office in his parents’ garage. Fortnite became the world’s most popular game last year, growing the company’s valuation to $15 billion.

Swimming in Sales

Relentless ambition turns a solo act side hustle into a multi million-dollar business  A dream job wasn’t enough for Emily Vaca—she always had a part-time entrepreneurial project underway, too. Eventually, the St. Louis native who became a Chicago transplant hit upon a side hustle that fit her so well that it grew into her full-time … Continued

Follow the Money

Financiers, entertainers and professional athletes are investing heavily in esports In late May, Peak6, the Chicago private venture investment and trading firm, acquired Evil Geniuses, a premier global esports team that’s among the most recognized brands in professional gaming. The acquisition, whose details were not disclosed, adds Evil Geniuses to Peak6’s portfolio of traditional sport-related … Continued