Kristin Barrett, Vice President, 1871 Photo
Segal Seminar Series

Kristin Barrett, Vice President, 1871

January 21, 2014, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center
1.350 (ITW Classroom)
2133 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208

Digital Startups in Chicago


Chicago is building an entrepreneurial ecosystem for tech entrepreneurs. One piece of this ecosystem is 1871, a 50,000 square foot coworking center with 240 digital startups. This talk will focus on why 1871 was built, how it's designed, and what type of an impact a digital hub can make on a city.


As a vice president, Kristin helps to manage educational programming and operations at 1871. Prior to 1871, Kristin ran operations for Excelerate Labs (now Techstars Chicago), a top-ranked technology startup accelerator. Kristin also worked with startups and early-stage investments through Hyde Park Angels. Kristin started in entrepreneurship while working on new ventures and corporate strategy for Redbox. She has also worked in management consulting with A.T. Kearney.  Kristin earned an MBA with Honors at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and her undergraduate degree in journalism and economics from Northwestern University. 

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