Land of Lincoln Association and FirstTuesday Merge

Sat. April 1, 2000 12:00 AM by Business Wire

Chicago - The Land of Lincoln Association (LOLA) and FirstTuesday ( are proud to announce that they have agreed to merge their efforts to assist Internet entrepreneurs in Chicago.

LOLA was started in 1998 by a group of Chicago Internet entrepreneurs to help build awareness in the Chicago Internet community. On January 4, 2000, LOLA, threw a "Survive the Millenium" party to benefit I.C. stars attended by over 500 people. LOLA has held monthly networking events on the first Tuesday of each month at Rock Bottom Brewery. These events were regularly attended by over 200 Internet professionals, venture capitalists, attorneys, and other Internet enthusiasts.

FirstTuesday is the largest Internet networking forum in the world. From its inception on the first Tuesday in October, 1998, when 50 people got together in a London pub to talk about the Internet scene, FirstTuesday has grown to include more than 40,000 Internet entrepreneurs, financiers, and others, who meet in 40 cities across Europe, Africa and Asia.

FirstTuesday's first event in Chicago will be held at 6:00 PM on April 4th, at Drink, located at 702 West Fulton. Andrew "Flip" Filipowski of devine interVentures will speak about the future of e-commerce in Chicago.

"The merger with FirstTuesday is the perfect extension of LOLA's mission of building awareness for Illinois' Internet community," said Jonathan King, founder of LOLA. As part of the merger, King and LOLA's other founders, Jon Morris and Drew Fox, will join the FirstTuesday organizing committee in Chicago.

"Joining forces with LOLA will help FirstTuesday to better serve Chicago's Internet entrepreneurs," said David Jacobson of FirstTuesday.

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