Bump’s CEO Dave Lieb on the Chicago Entrepreneur Scene

Bump's CEO on the Chicago Entrepreneur Scene


Smartphones are pretty snazzy space-age devices when you get right down to it, and even though we sometimes get impatient and frustrated with these amazing things, they represent a huge amount of innovation and progress for mankind.


One of the most ingenuous pushes forward on the Android and iPhone platform, unquestionably, is the app Bump, which sends data between two smartphones simply by, yes, "fist-bumping" them together.

It was co-created by CEO Dave Lieb, who came up through the Booth School of Business, before dropping out a year later to pursue his entrepreneurial spirit animal in Silicon Valley.

Judging by how well Bump has caught on, and the fact that VentureBeat interviewed him, he made the right decision. In the chat, he also reflects warmly on the Chicago scene (Groupon especially) and how his app is the next notch in user interfaces.

Think of how far we've come in just a few decades, from punching cards to punching phones against each other.

Check out the interview in the video below (the Chicago stuff starts at the 5:13 mark).


 David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a columnist for EGM. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.

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