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Chris Gladwin on Problem-Solving, Perserverance, and Plans for Chicago

By Scott Kitun

Chris Gladwin knows how to go big. His previous company, Cleversafe, revolutionized data storage, racking up more than 350 patents. “According to IEEE, we had the 10th most powerful patent portfolio of any company in the world,” says Chris. “And the other nine were by far larger – Apple, Google ... and that's because we had this team of people that were truly elite level in their skill and had been at it for a long time.” Now, as co-chair of the P33 Initiative (along with former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker), he’s working to position Chicago as the nation’s next big tech hub. P33’s stated mission is to “reclaim the city's position as the ‘World's Brightest Spot’ for technological discovery and development,” –– a nickname we earned during the 1933 World's Fair –– by 2033, Chicago’s bicentennial. “Transforming technology in Chicago to top-tier, world class status is not a quality problem,” he says.

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