KnockNOW Breakfast Club

Tech Entrepreneurs Establish Wednesday Morning Coffee Klatch

Chicago area entrepreneurs now have a regular time and place to visit with colleagues, exchange ideas, and meet new friends.  The Breakfast Club is a free, casual gathering that begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends around 9 a.m.

We meet every Wednesday at several locations, *except as noted*.

The Corner Bakery
360 N. Michigan at Wacker

Stephen Meade
Chris Rollyson 

Unicorn Cafe
1723 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, IL

Robert Jacobi, President, Aesiq, Inc.

Naperville – Every other Thursday starting April 18, 2002
Morgan Stanley

Ben Bradley

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Currently in hiatus
Currently in hiatus

The goal of the KnockNow Breakfast Club is to provide an inclusive, informal and highly productive meeting point for all parties who are invested in furthering the growth of early stage high tech companies.  Breakfast attendees usually number 10-30 per week (varies with location) and include Service Providers (attorneys, PR experts, executive recruiters), Politicans/Professors/Press, Investors (Angels, VCs, private placement specialists), Corporate Executives and Entrepreneurs

The KnockNow culture provides for “facilitated introductions” in which we actively introduce attendees to each other and suggest topics of business conversation based on participants’ key goals.  KnockNow committee members serve as your hosts and introduce you to other attendees that can help you reach a certain goal.  The more often you attend, the better we know you and can introduce you to people.  In addition, we occasionally extend facilitated introductions by pre-inviting and confirming small groups of people with specific interests to accomplish a particular goal.

Bob Gerometta, a founder of 2Xchange and one of the instigators of the event, said, “We are getting together in an environment conducive to helping each other. Not only does it give us a chance to discuss developments and exchange views, but we also can share contacts and suggest tactics. The bottom line is that it gives us all a good place to work together toward success.”

The Breakfast Club is an offshoot of KnockNOW, whose members are committed to sharing their knowledge, experience, contacts, and resources to help each other and the business community as a whole.

Stephen Meade, one of the founders of KnockNOW, explains that the Breakfast Club was created to emulate “Bucks Diner” in San Francisco. Bucks is packed on any given day with people from all different sectors of industry talking about everything relevant to their businesses and deals.

“We noticed that there was not set location in Chicago for the tech people to gather on a regular basis. Thus we set about trying to create just such an atmosphere. One in which you could accelerate contacts, knowledge, experience and hopefully success.

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