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This week at Doejo we focused on making new friends and connecting with old ones. On the blog we recap our event with Aaron Draplin, a prolific designer we are proud to have had the opportunity to work (and play) with. We also checked in with Doejo client The Snackpot to see how their pop-culture review site has been doing since its launch in May.
 
Speaking of making new friends, this email will land in your mailbox while we are hosting the Chicago chapter of Creative Mornings, a monthly speaker series for creative types. Here’s to the 70 new friends we made this morning!
October Technori Pitch Recap: Orlando Saez on leveraging technology for inefficient industriesKeynote speaker Orlando Saez shared how he diversified his technical skill set to rise up and become a leader in the first ever state-run venture fund in Illinois. Saez also shared how being a lifelong learner has helped him succeed and his tips for networking. Our post also covers the five pitching startups of the night, including a social debate platform and an online community for freelance workers.
Doejo client and The Snackpot founder Jacob Daneman delves deep into the world of snacksWe check in with Doejo client The Snackpot, a pop culture review site with a focus on snacks, to see how they have grown in the past six months. Check out our behind-the-scenes scoop on the site, full of pithy culture reviews catering towards indulgent gourmands.
Tall Tales From a Large Man: Draplin Does DoejoWe recap our event last week at Bow Truss Coffee Roasters featuring graphic designer Aaron Draplin. He’s the brains behind Field Notes’ design. See our favorite photos from the night and gain some insight into the tall tales that Draplin shared with the sold-out crowd here.
Bow Truss Pop-Up: Fritz PastryEvery weekend Bow Truss Coffee Roasters has been bringing in sweet treats from a variety of local companies. This weekend we are featuring coffee house favorite, Fritz Pastry, bearing macaroons, pot pies and more. The treats will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Gadget We Want: Grass Charging StationHide your messy cords and cushion your gadgets in this realistic-looking grass planter made for your smart phone, media player and digital camera. This convenient charging station of soft plastic grass will also trick your friends into thinking you have a green thumb.

What's on our calendars

Ignite Chicago at 1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. Friday, November 2nd at 7 p.m. Get your tickets here.
Technori Unwind at Design Cloud, 118 N Peoria St. Friday, November 9th at 5:30 p.m. RSVP here.
Designing Differently with Doejo, at Apple Store, 679 N. Michigan Ave. Wednesday, November 14th at 7 p.m. More information here.
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