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This week at Doejo, the Webby Awards took over our office. We happily hosted a Chicago stop on its Webby Talks World Tour where we discussed the increasingly prevalent Internet privacy issues and the potential problems they are causing for users. On the blog we wrapped up our coverage of Chicago Ideas Week, focusing on the future of the workplace and creating innovation within a corporate company.

Next Thursday we will be hosting Aaron Draplin’s Tall Tales From a Large Man at Bow Truss Coffee Roasters. Don’t forget to check out Field Notes’ new Traveling Salesman edition, created by Draplin himself.

Built in Chicago October Pitch RecapThis month’s pitch event included the Etsy of furniture design, a platform that redefines dining by filling empty tables while giving customers discounts and an online property management system. Read more about these startups that are currently getting ready to launch and insights on the local startup scene shared by Kevin Willer, President and CEO of the CEC and 1871, during the event.

Doejo designers critique Chicago news site designCreating a logical navigation, hierarchy and search placement online can be difficult. Keeping our best design practices in mind we put our critical eyes on five local news sites. Check out the criticisms, praises, and easy fixes Doejo’s information architecture, UX designers, web designers and WordPress VIP experts recommend here.

Creating the workplace of the future with 37signals and MicrosoftBecause of today’s rapidly changing workplace, managers need to adapt in order to attract, retain and develop the best employees. Chicago Ideas Week brought together a group of speakers to discuss how technology is fostering change in the evolution of business and how the best employees are self-educators. The panel also expressed the importance of creating a quiet office space that is a place of learning and respects ideas. Read more about their predictions on the workplace of the future and their top tips for how to evolve.

Creating Innovation within a large company with Kevin Smith State Farm AgencyWhen we visited Kevin Smith’s nationally recognized State Farm Agency we were looking for the best tips on how to innovate within a large company. Smith says quickly adapting to change, solving problems and clearly displaying results are some of the most important qualities when trying to create an innovative company. Read more about Smith’s journey and how he is looking to other industries to change the way people think about insurance here.

Gadget We Want: Gray Executive Pinstripe HoodieBetabrand is redefining business casual (and the wardrobe of Doejo employees) with this limited edition Gray Executive Pinstripe Hoodie. Crafted from the same merino wool used in your typical uptight tailored suit and lined with luxurious tie cloth this is not your standard hoodie. To complete the look, Betabrand also makes dress sweatpants for when unexpected clients pop into the office.

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