History (Originally featured in Founder Matt Moog's Blog on June 24, 2011)
On August 2, 2010 a group of about 25 Chicago area entrepreneurs and technologists got together to talk about what we could do to help the tech ecosystem in Chicago grow. There were lots of ideas. Job fairs, conferences, outreach to universities etc. Like other entrepreneurs who like building new things I figured it was time to test out an idea I had brewing for a while knowing that it would be imperfect but at least it was something. So I went home that night and launched BuiltInChicago.org on a very simple social platform called Ning. In the first month we kept it as a closed community to get feedback from the original group that came to those first meetings. Only one month later, on September 28th, after attending another event with entrepreneurs at New World Ventures and having a similar conversation I decided to open it up to everyone.
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