Posted by Willy Franzen on February 16, 2011. Jobs updated daily.
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Since I moved to Chicago in October of 2008, I’ve been getting more and more involved with the local startup scene. I’ve met a lot of cool people ranging from founders of some of the city’s most successful startups to the awesome people at Jelly Chicago (it’s a co-working group, and you should join us). One of the better events that I’ve been to was midVentures Launch. I even got to introduce myself to the guy who makes me feel bad every time I go to the gym because he a) always seems to be there no matter when I go b) is always doing ridiculously difficult workouts. That may seem completely irrelevant, but it turns out that he’s a Project Manager at Sandbox Industries, which is a Chicago, IL based venture capital firm. They have three distinct areas of focus: their incubator, the Sandbox Venture Fund, and the BlueCross BlueShield Venture Fund. As I was doing my daily browsing for interesting opportunities, I came across some postings from Sandbox Industries, so I figured that it was time to take a closer look at them.
From what I’ve seen, Sandbox Industries is extremely hands-on with their portfolio companies, so they’re not just looking to make smart investments. Sandbox Industries devotes significant resources towards ensuring that the companies in their portfolio become successful. They do this by “combining creativity with world-renowned managerial experience and an eite network of business contacts, resources, and expertise.” The best way to get a feel for Sandbox Industries’ investing philosophy is to take a look at their portfolio. Some of the standouts include: Marbles, a store that helps you improve brain fitness; FeeFighters, a company that helps other businesses lower payment fees; Phreesia, the national leader in patient check-in; and BookYap, a book discovery site. The investments may seem all over the place, but they’re actually based on a strict set of principles. If you’re intrigued by the world of venture capital, but you’re more interested in building businesses than buying pieces of businesses, then Sandbox Industries might be the place for you. Their Careers page shows that they’re looking for a Junior Ruby on Rails Developer, but I also found internships in Social Media Marketing and Content Writing. Looking at Sandbox Industries’ Team page might also help you identify other potential opportunities.
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