A casual supper club organized by and for Chicago's startup operators.
The idea behind Relentless is pretty simple: Chicago's startup community is full of amazing people who often don't know each other.
To help change that, we organize small, informal group meals designed to introduce members to each other, build relationships, share advice, and have fun.
Past dinners have led to new friends, new jobs, new companies, and interesting conversations.
If you’re starting something new, or looking for your next startup gig, Relentless is for you.
Hosted by @bluerssen and @tmgrace.
Shoot us a note below, or feel free to go direct: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Meeting fellow startup builders in a setting where we can actually enjoy learning from and supporting each other shouldn’t be hard. But it is.
Most events targeted at us are highly transactional in nature - interactions are superficial and agendas aren’t ours.
We want to meet people who can actually help us build our businesses, either as co-founders, team members, or peers who can give actionable advice and authentic support.
WHO IS RELENTLESS FOR?
Relentless is for founders & early stage talent in Chicago who’ve been around the block at least once before. That generally means to qualify, you must satisfy at least one of the below:
Have worked full-time at a startup (of any size) for at least 1 year.Be a current founder of an early-stage company with less than 75 people.Be a serial founder and planning to start something new in the future.
DO I NEED TO KNOW ONE OF THE ORGANIZERS TO APPLY?
Absolutely not. The whole point is for our community to get to know each other better.
I’M AN INVESTOR, ATTORNEY, ACCOUNTANT, OR SERVICE PROVIDER. SHOULD I APPLY?
No. Right now, Relentless is a community for operators, by operators.
I’M A FIRST-TIME FOUNDER AND WANT TO START SOMETHING IN THE FUTURE. SHOULD I APPLY?
No. But you're free to apply if you're starting something currently.
I’VE NEVER WORKED AT A STARTUP BEFORE BUT THINK I MIGHT WANT TO. SHOULD I APPLY?
No. Startups are hard for a variety of hard to explain reasons and different from most other careers/jobs. This isn’t a great way to learn about whether a startup is the right next step for you. If you're struggling with how to break into startups, though, shoot us a note and we'll help.
HOW MUCH DO DINNERS COST?
Here's how it works: at the end of the night, we pay the tab and divide it by the number of people, and tell everyone the number. Then you Venmo us approximately that amount, depending on whether you drank more or less. Depending on where we go, people tend to spend between $10 and $50.
WHAT’S YOUR BUSINESS MODEL? HOW WILL YOU MAKE MONEY?
Huh? This would be a horrible way to make money.
We’re doing this as a way to give back to the community we’re part of, love, and want to make stronger. We’ve experienced the problems we’re solving, and we think others have too. Again, this is not a business.
We plan to keep Relentless free to join. Sometimes, we’ll have a sponsor cover the dinners/events, but other times you’ll be expected to pay your own way for dinner. We’ll do our best to make those costs upfront before you RSVP.
We have a few simple rules for Relentless dinners:
0. Have Fun.
1. RSVP in advance, please. We've found that 8-12 people for the dinners is about right, and we like to keep them that size.
2. Show up on time, and stay the whole time, or please don't RSVP. This isn't a networking event or cocktail hour.
3. The people attending must be working on a startup. If you're planning to start one later, then you'll have to come to a dinner later too. Sorry investors or service providers, these dinners also aren't for you.
4. No pitching, selling, or soliciting, please. Trust us, it works better this way anyways.
5. Conversations are off the record. If you hear about something at dinner, ask if you're unsure if its confidential.
6. No assholes. You know what this means.