Jay Robert “J. B.” Pritzker is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and private business owner based in Chicago. He is managing partner and co-founder of the Pritzker Group, a private investment firm that operates middle-market service and industrial companies and invests in digital technology companies and is the largest venture investor based in the Midwest. The firm invests nationally in rapidly growing technology companies at all stages of their growth, with a principal focus on enterprise software, e-commerce, and managed services. Pritzker is a leading proponent of entrepreneurship and a stronger technology sector in the Midwest. He chairs ChicagoNEXT, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s council on innovation and technology, and founded 1871, Chicago’s digital startup center. He played an important role in the creation of the Illinois Venture Capital Association and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. He also co-founded Chicago Ventures and funded the startup of Techstars Chicago and Built in Chicago. Pritzker has received numerous awards and community recognition for his efforts to build a stronger technology sector in the Midwest. In April of 2017, Pritzker announced his candidacy as a Democrat for the 2018 Illinois governor’s race.
J. B. Pritzker and Howard Tullman talk about what it takes to pursue innovation in business.
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