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Karl Hughes
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Lives in Chicago, IL
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Always good to see my old friends in Knoxville doing cool things. Love the comedy, +Shane Rhyne!
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It's official: Packback Books brings on new investor +Mark Cuban

In case you missed tonight's airing of Shark Tank, my company, Packback Books, took home $250k from entrepreneur and investor Mark Cuban.

We hosted a packed house at our viewing party, and the energy and support from the #Chicago  entrepreneurship community was incredible. Joining this team has been one of the best learning and growing experiences of my short career, and I can't wait to see what's next.

Next week, I'll be publishing a technical overview of how we prepared for the increased traffic from the show and the whole team will be doing an AMA on +reddit if you're interested, but feel free to leave me your questions here as well.
Mark Cuban agreed to invest $250,000 in Chicago-based Packback in exchange for 20 percent equity in the company on Friday night’s episode of “Shark Tank.”  The Chicago-based company offers a pay-per-view way to read use college textbooks. At a viewing party at 1871, guests stood and cheered as the Packback segment closed out the show. Kasey Gandham and Mike Shannon ...
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Working at Sprout Social in Chicago

I got to meet Aaron Rankin, the CTO for Sprout Social, last week. His company has a great business model and they use some really awesome technology.

That said, it's no surprise that they treat their employees well. Here is what one employee we interviewed thinks about working there.
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+Jonathan Patrick definitely. Every time I speak to students or young professionals, I tell them that exactly.
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Me at the office on a typical day with our CTO insisting that we can push just one more feature by the end of the week...At least we have a great view!
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Iterative chaos though.... You can make it worse with each sprint..
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Post-run #Vegan  Breakfast

Got done with my weekly long run this morning and instead of going out for brunch, I made a kale and strawberry salad and tofu scramble breakfast burritos.

Now I'm in a bit of a food coma, but completely okay with it.
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Moved my site to an unmanaged VPS tonight because I'm a glutton for punishment who wants to pinch every penny. On the plus side, this gives me +100 geek cred.
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For my personal shit I'm all about cheap. I spend like $40yr at
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My Startup, Packback, will be on #SharkTank  tonight!

And we got on the front page of the +Chicago Tribune Business section, so yeah it's an exciting day. If you are free, watch us tonight on ABC at 8pm CST.
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St. Patrick's Day Weekend

I got to do a 7k with my best friend here in #Chicago and then we got tattoos together. All in all, not a bad weekend I must admit.
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+Brad Barker thanks! It's my new favorite. Makes me feel at home every time I see it.
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Internet junkie, web developer, startup fanatic, bootstrapper, and continual student
  • Packback Books
    Lead Software Engineer, 2013 - present
  • Uloop - Student News & Classifieds
    Director of Student News, 2012 - 2013
  • JobBrander
    Founder/CEO, 2013 - 2013
  • MyUdaily
    Founder & CEO, 2011 - 2012
  • Shakeup Media - Web development and community management
    Founder and Owner, 2011 - 2012
  • Siemens Healthcare
    Technical Writing Intern, 2011 - 2011
  • GE Consumer and Industrial
    Mechanical Engineering Intern, 2007 - 2008
  • CleanAir Engineering
    Engineering Intern, 2009 - 2009
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Technology Entrepreneur in Digital Media & Software Development, currently based in Chicago, IL
What I do right now:
I am the Director of Student News at +Uloop, where I recruit, train, and manage hundreds of college writers at campuses across the country.  I do a lot of web development, and help with Uloop's social media strategy. I love code, and I love people.

My qualifications:
I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tennessee (c/o 2012), but after two years of internships with some of the biggest firms in the world, I realized that startups were way more fun.  I founded a web-development company (+Shakeup Media) and started a news blog on my college campus.

After pitching my college news platform at business competitions for months, I was getting very little traction.  Uloop found out what I was doing, and eventually brought me on to their team to create Uloop News.  It's now the fastest growing college news blog in the United States with a presence at 50 campuses and over 400 writers contributing.

My Philosophy
Follow me for a week and you'll see that I'm controversial, fun-loving, and a deeply-rooted minimalist. My goal online is to start intelligent dialogues, not further the amount of trash out there to be discarded tomorrow. I live in a 300 square foot apartment with one chair and a mat on the floor, and I am as happy as Bill Gates.

For Fun:
I love meeting people, writing (in both code and prose), playing guitar, traveling, and cooking.  While I enjoy my work and the flexibility it provides, I also do a lot of geeky things on the side. Lately, it's been playing with my Raspberry Pi and learning Python.

Let me know if I you'd ever like to chat:
(901) 827-9637
Bragging rights
"Be interesting, be enthusiastic... and don't talk too much."
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This place is amazing. Friendly staff, great food (whether you're vegan or not), and a wide variety of options. First time in today, and I can promise I'll be back.
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reviewed 8 months ago
They did a great job with my nose piercing. Their piercer was professional and very thorough when it came to explaining care instructions. He even told me to come in anytime for a follow up or new gauge if I felt uncomfortable with the one I got. This place might not be the cheapest, but if you're doing body modification, your health is worth more than saving a few bucks.
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reviewed 9 months ago
The pizza is excellent, they have a great beer selection, and there are live bands almost every night. The crowd is what you'd expect in the Old City, a mix of young and old. During the day, a great spot for your family or large groups to meet, but it does get a bit loud at night.
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
5 reviews
Thursday and Saturday night are their big days. Never had the food, but the beer is cheap, the music is loud, and the people are always fun. It's one of the most progressive dance crowds in the city, and stays hopping till 2 or 3 am.
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Sunday brunch is a must. Their breakfast burritos are amazing, and you have to spring for the Benton's bacon because it's just awesome.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Very good
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