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Investing In The Midwest With Christopher Deutsch Of Lofty Ventures And teaBOT - Startup of the Year Podcast


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On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear from Chris Deutsch, who is the Founder of Lofty Ventures ( and the Re-Founder at teaBOT (

Chris has spent over 20 years starting up, investing in and working with early-stage, venture-backed startups in ecommerce, web and mobile applications, enterprise software, and consumer products.

Chris is the Founder of Lofty Ventures, which builds long-term relationships with Chicago’s next generation of passionate and brilliant founders. He is also currently the Re-founder and Board Director at Y Combinator-backed teaBOT. Organizations around the world such as Google, HubSpot, McKinsey and 1871 leverage teaBOT’s Amenity-as-a-Service model to provide tea-making robots to their employees, as well as a means to recruit and retain top talent.

We are again continuing our segment where we highlight one startup from our community. In this episode that company is Rex Academy, which offers a concise, turnkey computer science curriculum and learning platform designed to prepare students with 21st-century skills. Rex Academy’s project-based curriculum prioritizes student success through individualized experiences. Features such as automatically graded assessments and courses designed to be taught by non-experts make it easy to bring world class computer science instruction to any workforce development organization or school. Visit to learn more!

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