Croatia and USA

FarShore’s CEO Named Croatian American Top 40 under 40

The National Federation of Croatian Americans (NFCA) has announced the recipients of its first 40 Under 40 awards.  The award celebrates the success, commitment, talent, and accomplishments of 40 Croatian Americans under the age of 40.  Recipients ranged from entertainers to sports figures  to entrepreneurs.  Included among this broad group of young professionals is the founder and CEO of FarShore Partners and co-founder of Dashfire, Nicholas Begich, III. Prior to starting FarShore, Begich held several corporate positions spanning information technology,…

5 Reasons your Development Project is Behind Schedule

Every technical lead has at some point or another failed to deliver a development project on time. Whenever these things happen they have a huge impact on both partner satisfaction and internal goals, so it’s important to analyze and learn from mistakes. When it comes to postmortem analysis on project execution, I always like to run topic-specific reports on projects done by FarShore as well as third party development shops to identify the source of issues. These reports will help…
Prettyquick and Groupon

Partner Company PrettyQuick Acquired by Groupon

In case you missed it, Chicago deal behemoth Groupon has acquired FarShore partner PrettyQuick. PrettyQuick allows users to instantly book editor-vetted spas and salons while enjoying cashless payments and earning free beauty product rewards. PrettyQuick simplifies the way their users book beauty by enabling users to book editor-and-brand-reviewed spas and salons with cashless payments and an integrated rewards system. When River-North-based PrettyQuick came to FarShore in mid-2014, they had already achieved great success via a desktop-based booking application. With FarShore’s…
Packback Books Team

FarShore Partner Packback Books raises $1 Million!

  Fresh off of their success on ABC’s Shark Tank in March, FarShore partner Packback Books has just closed  a $1 million round of funding. In addition to Shark Tank mentor Mark Cuban, this raise includes 1871 Chicago CEO Howard Tullman, former Netflix exec Mark Achler, ContextMedia’s Rishi Shah, and Mark Tebbe from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.   Connected through partner company Dashfire and supported at launch by FarShore, PackBack puts an end to high textbook…
Rick Desai talks startup strategy on Inc.com

Rick Desai talks startup strategy on Inc.com

  Today, Inc.com featured Rick, our head of corporate strategy and co-founder of sister company Dashfire, in their latest Playbook video, "Why You Should Invest in Customer Sophistication."   Rick explains how he helped the Matchist founders make it work in the marketplace by investing in customer education.   "If you meet someone who doesn't have a clue, take the time to give them the clue," he says, quoting Dave Cohen and Brad Feld four years ago when the co-founders first introduced Techstars,…
RoomVa + Farshore

RoomVa + Farshore = Success

Though Farshore has tons of experience working with large companies, we’ve always had a soft spot for early stage entrepreneurs. After awesome experience working with companies like Pixtant and Kangu.org, the FS team jumped at the chance to help out technically in supporting the launch of a startup through Dashfire Launch. The selections were made, and Farshore ended up building RoomVa, a booking portal for Latin American hotels and hostels.  For lack of a better phrase, Diego and Hendrik are…