Our vision is to connect the world through a shared passion for tech and the human need for purpose
We Reinvent How:
Talented people find their professional purpose
Companies tell their stories (in a way no job post ever could)
Communities connect, through shared passions and values
For thousands of tech professionals in some of the most vibrant tech markets in the US, Built In is the best place to learn about the industry, build connections at events and carve out futures at companies they believe in.
Built In was founded in 2011 on a love of Chicago, its people and tech — as a social network and blogging platform. We gave local startups a sense of community and platform on which to tell their stories.
Light Bulb Moment
We learned that startups were attracting talent just by participating in our community. Refocusing our energies, we built a new model for tech recruitment to harness the power of content and community.
A Revolution in Recruitment
Today, our content and events give tech professionals insights into hiring companies — the kind no job board could ever deliver. We serve seven US tech communities, with plans for expansion on the horizon.
As we grow, we remain committed to our origins. In everything we do, we focus on uniting tech talent and the tech industry — two forces that are powerful alone but invincible together.
United we tech
LOS ANGELES, CA
NEW YORK, NY
Maria Christopoulos Katris
CEO + Co-Founder
As the co-founder and CEO, Maria has transformed Built In from a local networking site to the revolutionary recruitment platform it is today. After bootstrapping the business for four years, Maria has grown the company from one to 80 employees, raised $7.9M in funding and driven 70%+ YoY growth for the past four years. Recognized by Crain’s in its “40 Under 40,” Maria earned an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
VP, Product + Growth & Co-Founder
As a co-founder, Adam built, and now oversees, the growth and product teams at Built In. His focus areas revolve around acquiring high-quality users and providing a product they love while simultaneously acquiring customers. His strategic and innovative acumen has enabled Built In to capture market share in seven markets and he is now tackling a national strategy to revolutionize how companies connect with talent.
Board Chairman & Co-Founder
Matt is CEO of PowerReviews, which provides customer review technology to global brands and retailers. In 2011, he launched Built In Chicago as an online community for tech entrepreneurs. His legacy extends to his work as founder of Viewpoints and Wavetable Labs. An angel investor, Matt is also co-founder of the FireStarter Fund. Crain’s recognized Matt in its "Tech 25" for three consecutive years.
You don’t have all the answers. Luckily, you don’t have to. Don’t worry about being right. Be humble instead.
Curiosity is a springboard to the future. It can transform the wisp of an idea into a full-blown breakthrough. We ask “what if.” We work with wonder. It’s how we innovate.
Do more than your job description. Take initiative. Take charge. No job is beneath you, and no job is too big. Be a leader and do more — do whatever it takes.
Own the Result
We have no time for blame or shame. When you stumble, own it, learn from it + get back to business.
Lead with Solutions
Question everything. But offer solutions as you do. Raise issues. But propose a few answers. For every hole you poke, offer a way to patch it up.
Be Unreasonably Passionate
Our passion is borderline obsessive, and we’re ok with that. No one ever built anything great on a “meh.” We work with outsized passion to fulfill our mission.