Jun 1, 2016 · 1 minute

Last week, I got a lot of great feedback on my in-depth profile on the anti-unicorn unicorn, Thumbtack.

It’s a company that isn’t heavy on brand or eyeballs, but it surprisingly heavy on revenues. And unlike most of the on demand economy, San Francisco is not one of its biggest markets.

You know what is? Chicago.

Thumbtack has not only been built in a more Chicago-style of steak-over-sizzle, it’s service appeals more broadly to the Chicago demographic. So we had to make room for Thumbtack’s CEO Marco Zappacosta to speak on our incredibly crowded Pandoland line up later this month.

His story is one of more than 40 rejections and then a few years later raising north of $200 million in one year. Part of that was the macro funding trends of the broader startup economy. But part of it was also the unique way he’s built the company.

I think you’ll walk away from the interview inspired-- and if you have ever struggled to raise money (every entrepreneur that hasn’t gone to YC raises their hands) you’ll relate.

We have just about 50 tickets still available. At the rate we’re selling them, they’ll sell out long before June 14. Don’t be the person who waits until they’re all gone!

Register for Pandoland right here.

See you in Chicago!