[The Best Team Wins Podcast] Jeff Ellman: Serial Entrepreneur with a Background in Recruiting

Feb. 26th, 2018

Jeff Ellman is the Co-Founder of UrbanBound as well as HomeScout, Humatal, Hireology, and more. One of Jeff’s first companies was a recruiting firm and he has hired thousands of employees, raised millions in VC funding, and lead from the Co-Founder seat in several companies. Learn from his experience on the episode of The Best Team Wins Podcast...Listen Now

[Built in Chicago] UrbanBound Raises $8.5M to Better Help Businesses Relocate Employees

April 20th, 2016

"UrbanBound says it will use the new infusion to enhance its product — an online dashboard for managing employee relocation details and costs. UrbanBound focuses on relocation services for midlevel management employees and below, which accounts for about half of the global relocation market...." Read More

[Chicago Tribune] UrbanBound Raises $8.5M to Better Help Businesses Relocate Employees

April 20th, 2016

"UrbanBound says it will use the new infusion to enhance its product — an online dashboard for managing employee relocation details and costs. UrbanBound focuses on relocation services for midlevel management employees and below, which accounts for about half of the global relocation market...." Read More

[Crain's Business] UrbanBound Lands $8.5 Million in New Funding

April 20th, 2016

"UrbanBound provides a web-based platform for companies to handle employee relocations. 'We built software to make it more affordable and allowed employees to self-administer their move. Millennials will soon make up half the workforce, and they expect software,' said Co-founder Jeff Ellman...." Read More

[Chicago Tribune] UrbanBound Now Sees Product Design as Sprint, Not as Marathon

June 17th, 2015

"The Google genesis of the design sprint process at Chicago-based UrbanBound — At some companies, design teams spend months creating and refining the look and flow of their products. But at Chicago-based startup UrbanBound, employees sprint through different design challenges every couple of weeks. Matt Nolker, VP of product at the relocation management software company...." Read More

[CBS] Chicago Business Owner Uses Technology To Help With Job Relocation

May 3rd, 2015

"The majority of people who I was trying to help find jobs really felt let down by the lack of support,” said Jeff Ellman, Co-founder of UrbanBound. “Moving to a new job and moving to a new city are two of the top five most stressful life events. Our goal was to find a way to solve it by technology. We built the first relocation software..." Read More

Award List

Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility  Finalist, Americas Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards [EMMA], 2018

Employee Benefits Services Provider of the Year  Highly Commended,Americas Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards [EMMA], 2017

Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility, Assignee Management  Finalist,Americas Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards [EMMA], 2017

Most Innovative Company of the Year [Silver] Best in Biz, 2016

50 on Fire ChicagoInno, 2016 

Top 100 Chicago Innovation Award, 2016

Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility Finalist Americas Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards [EMMA], 2016

Technological Innovation in Relocation  Highly Commended Re:locate Awards, 2016

Most Innovative Company of the Year [Silver] Best in Biz, 2015

Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility Finalist Americas Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards [EMMA], 2015

Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For Best & Brightest, 2015

Best B2B Startup Finalist Moxie Awards, 2015

Technological Innovation in Relocation Finalist Re:locate Awards, 2015

Service Provider of the Year Finalist Re:locate Awards, 2015

Top 100 Chicago Innovation Award, 2014

Most Innovative Web-Based Platform for Global Relocation Award Acquisition International Global Mobility & Immigration Awards, 2014

Top 50 Generation Y Employers Chicago [5th place] Brill Street + Company, 2013

Press List


[Built in Chicago] 8 Sales Leaders Share Their Secret to Success 2/22/18


[CBS] 10 Chicago Businesses Making Headlines 2/17/17

[ERE] How To Use Data-Enabled Relocations To Compete For Talent 2/16/17

[HRO Today] No Longer Coming Up Short 2/9/17

[Chicago Inno] Introducing the 2017 Tech Madness Finalists 2/3/17 

[Avenue West] Understanding Key Data Metrics Regarding Relocation 1/31/17

[Built in Chicago] 5 Chicago tech companies looking for serious sales talent 1/17/17

[MOBILITY Magazine] Data Points Key Stakeholders Want to See About Relocation 1/11/17

[CB Insights] Putting In Overtime: 125+ HR Tech Startups In One Infographic 1/2/17 

[Snapmunk] Snapmunk's 16 Most Popular Articles & Videso of 2016 1/1/2017


[William Coney] Take Time to Pause and Reflect on What You’re Grateful For 12/28/16

[Built in Chicago] Tech Roundup: UrbanBound awarded Most Innovative Company of the Year 12/22/16

[Fox Business] Recruiter Top 10: HR Tech Startups 12/14/16

[JPaye Legal ] Re-evaluating the job relocation package: Make sure it’s legal 12/5/16

[Biz Cast HQ] Smoothing the Road to Relocation 12/15/16

[Chicago Inno] Announcing the 2016 50 on Fire Winners 12/9/16

[Best in Biz Awards] Most Innovative Company of the Year 12/2/16

[Business2Community] Tweetable Entrepreneurial Tips for National Entrepreneurs Day 11/15/16

[MyCorporation] Experts Weigh In: What’s Your Best Advice For Entrepreneurs? 11/15/16

[The Best Team Wins Podcast] The Best Team Wins Podcast: Michael Krasman, serial entrepreneur and CEO of UrbanBound 11/15/16

[INSIGHTS Magazine] The Big Pitch 11/7/16

[Built in Chicago] Tech or Treat! 7 Chicago tech companies show off their Halloween parties 10/31/16

[Chicago Inno] Success and Smack Talk: How Two Rival Football Fans Founded a Company 10/28/16

[Manage Inbound] Top 51 Visually Appealing Websites Using Inbound Marketing 10/27/16

[Recruiter] Top 10 HR Tech Startups 10/14/16

[Chicago Inno] 50 on Fire Finalists 10/13/16

[CEO Nation] 15 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business 10/9/16

[Ebix] How To Create A Competitive Benefits Package 9/21/16

[Chicago Innovation Awards] Top 100 Finalists Chicago Innovation Award 9/15/16

[Built in Chicago] These 5 recently funded startups are looking to hire techies like you 8/17/16

[The Real Daily] This tool makes job relocation less of a drag for everyone 8/15/16

[Tech in Motion] Meet 30 of Chicago's Top Tech Influencers 8/10/16

[Snapmunk] Founder of the Week: Michael Krasman of UrbanBound 8/10/16

[Epic Presence] 20 Chicago Software Companies to Watch in the Second Half of 2016 8/5/16

[Symmtery50] 72 Hottest Startups in Chicago 8/4/16

[Built in Chicago] How 8 Chicago companies celebrate employee milestones 7/28/16

[ChicagoInno] Announcing The 2016 #CoolestCompanies Nominees! 7/19/16

[Superb Crew] UrbanBound Transforms The Way Companies Relocate Their Employees 7/14/16

[Re:locate Magazine] Technology for global mobility – What’s new? 6/30/16

[Gurulife] For the love of romance or money: Financial, insurance tips to make job relocation work 6/29/16

[HR.com] Relocation Plan 6/28/16

[Spark Hire] 5 Expert Secrets To Increase Workplace Diversity 6/28/16

[Re:locate Awards] UrbanBound Receives "Highly Commended" Recognition at the Re:locate Awards 6/1/16

[BambooHR] 10 Items to Add to Your Onboarding Agenda 5/24/16

[Lindsey Pollak] More Than Fetching Coffee: How to Build Great Internships 5/20/16

[Built in Chicago] Congratulations to the finalists of the 2016 Moxie Awards! 5/17/16

[Microsoft] 80 Ways to Supercharge your Business Growth 5/10/16

[Chicago Inno] These Are the Big 10 Schools With the Most Entrepreneur-Alums in Chicago 5/9/16

[Built in Chicago] Chicago tech raised nearly $340M this month. These are the 5 biggest rounds. 5/2/16

[Re:locate Magazine] Shortlist announced for Technological Innovation at the Relocate Awards 4/26/16

[Marketwired] UrbanBound Closes $8.5M Series B Funding to Improve Employee Relocation 4/25/16

[Crain's Chicago Business] UrbanBound lands $8.5 million in new funding 4/20/16

[Chicago Tribune] UrbanBound raises $8.5M to better help businesses relocate employees 4/20/16

[ChicagoInno] New Money: UrbanBound Raises $8.5M Series B to Tackle $60B Global Relocation Market 4/20/16

[Built in Chicago] With $8.5M in new funding, UrbanBound plans to grow Chicago office 4/20/16

[ITA—Illinois Tech Association] UrbanBound Announces $8.5M in Series B Funding 4/20/16

[CEO Nation] 15 Entrepreneurs Discuss Why they Started Their Businesses 4/18/16

[Chicago Inno] How University of Michigan Alums Are Impacting the Chicago Tech Scene 4/11/16

[Recruiter] 6 Unlikely Tech Tools for Recruiters 4/11/16

[Hearpreneur] 15 Entrepreneurs Share Why They Love What They Do15 Entrepreneurs Share Why They Love What They Do 4/10/16

[Rescue a CEO] 15 Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Business Advice 4/9/16

[Global Payroll Magazine] How to Take Relocation Off Payroll’s To-Do List 4/1/16

[navut] The Down-Low on Relocation 3/22/16

[Monster] How to Expand your Team as you Grow the Business 3/18/16

[Michigan State University] Recruiting & Retaining Millennial Talent with Jeff Ellman 3/9/16

[EMMA Awards] Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility - Assignee Management 3/9/16

[Inet Solutions] The Top 37 Social Media Marketing Tips For 2016 3/7/16

[Chicago Inno] Introducing the 2016 Chicago Inno Tech Madness Bracket 3/3/16

[Millennium] Understanding Millennials 2/29/16

[Heroku] [VIDEO] UrbanBound's comprehensive relocation platform helps employees plan and manage their move 2/18/2016

[Business News Daily] State of Small Business: Illinois 2/18/16

[Business Plans] Take Time to Pause and Reflect on What You're Grateful For 2/8/16

[Hireology] Gaining A Competitive Advantage Through Your Career Site 1/29/16

[Moderne Ventures] Moderne Ventures Selects Companies for its Hypergrowth Industry Accelerator 1/27/16

[Built in Chicago] Getting in: How 5 Chicago tech employees got their jobs 1/21/16

[Axial] 5 Tips to Improve Employee Retention 1/7/16

[500 Miles] Plus 12 Top Chi-Town Startups 1/6/16



[Built in Chicago] An inside look at Chicago tech's hottest holiday parties 12/22/15

[Built in Chicago] UrbanBound takes silver in Best in Biz “Most Innovative”-category 12/17/15

[Illinois Tech Association - ITA] UrbanBound Named Most Innovative Company of the Year 12/14/15

[Cultura Technologies] Want Successful New Hires? Make Sure You Onboard Well 12/10/15

[Chicago Inno] Logo Wars: How Quickly Can You Name These 50 Chicago Startups? 12/8/15

[Best in Biz] Most Innovative Company of the Year - Silver Winner 12/1/15

[Zenefits] How to Build a Dynamic People Ops Tech Stack 11/24/15

[Chicago Inno] Chicago Download: Trustwave's New Tools, Moderne's Members 11/19/15

[Moderne Venutres] Hypergrowth industry accelerator created by Moderne Ventures™ selects its first participants: UrbanBound and Growth Geeks 11/17/15

[Entrepreneur's Organization] EO Member Spotlight: Jeff Ellman 11/17/15

[Inc] 4 Things to Consider Before Becoming an Entrepreneur 11/6/15

[MOBILITY Magazine] What's The Future of Relocation 11/1/15

[Built in Chicago] 17 Chicago tech companies with Halloween parties you wish you could go to 10/30/15

[Entrepreneur] 10 Time-Tested Secrets of Serial Entrepreneurs 10/19/15

[CIO] Top 4 marketing automation tools and why you'll love them 10/15/15

[Switched On - Leadership] Optimum Onboarding: How to Make Sure Your New Employees Shine in Their First 90 Days 10/13/15

[Huffington Post] 3 Studies Say an Increase in Job Training Decreases Resignation Letters 10/13/15

[Chicago Inno] Chicago Download: 1871 Expansion, Brideside $$, and ITA's Tech Talent Road Trip 10/9/15

[Paragon] Paragon Relocation Announces Self-Service Lump Sum Partnership with UrbanBound 10/9/15

[Re:locate Magazine] Paragon Relocation announces self-service partnership with UrbanBound 10/9/15

[OSSD] 6 Technology Solutions to Make Your Move Easier 10/5/15

[Yahoo! Finance] ITA to Make Chicago a Tech Talent Mecca 10/5/15

[Crain's Business] Your onboarding program probably stinks. How to fix it 10/3/15

[The Relocation Report] Technology Creates Efficiencies in Relocation Benefit Administration 9/29/15

[Rescue a CEO] 24 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Use Twitter for Business 9/23/15

[Entrepreneurs' Organization] EO Chicago Members share their thoughts on leadership 9/23/15

[MOBILITY Magazine] Relocation as Risk Management 9/1/15

[Corp! Magazine] Chicago’s Top Companies Treat Employees Right 8/24/15

[MP Star Financial] Successful Entrepreneurs Understand the Importance of Company Culture 8/23/15

[Start-Up Day Across America] Quigley Celebrates “Start-Up Day Across America” with UrbanBound 8/19/15

[Startup Institute] The Top 3 Insights on Startup Sales 8/19/15

[Built in Chicago] 10 awesome internships at Chicago tech companies this fall 8/19/15

[DocuRated] 36 Experts Reveal the Biggest Sales Pitch Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them) 8/19/15

[NBC] CEO Spotlight: Smoothing the Road to Relocation 8/17/15

[Chicago Inno] Inside Startup Institute, A Bootcamp For Chicago's Startup Talent Gap 8/13/15

[Innovation Insider] Revolutionizing the Realm of Relocation 8/11/15

[Innovation Insider] 15 Chicago Entrepreneurs Who Risked It All 8/4/15

[Recruiting Trends] A Recruiter's Secret Weapon: How a Strong Relocation Strategy Reigns in the Right Talent 7/28/15

[Built in Chicago] Are we in a sales hiring drought? 5 top Chicago startups let us know what they think 7/23/15

[Reputation Capital Media] Social Media Marketing for B2B Software and Technology Companies 7/22/15

[Employment Relations Today] Three Must-Have Onboarding Elements for New
and Relocated Employees 7/17/15

[Expatriate Management & Mobility Awards EMMAs] Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility Shortlist 7/15/15

[Built in Chicago] Chicago companies hiring for jobs that will actually make you want to get up in the morning 7/9/15

[Tech4Business] Tech Tools to Grow With 7/8/15

[TechTarget] Social media listening hasn't cleared predictive hurdles … yet 7/7/15

[Just Chicago News] UrbanBound Name One of "Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" 6/23/15

[Business 2 Community] How Can Managers Fix Mistakes They’re Making with Remote Employees? 6/23/15

[Examiner] Six Successful Salespeople Share their Best B2B Tips for Startups 6/22/15

[Chicago Tribune] UrbanBound Now Sees Product Design as Sprint, Not as Marathon 6/17/15

[New Breed] 13 SaaS Marketing Pros Reveal Their Lead Generation Strategies 6/16/15

[Lead Chat] 5 Growth Marketing Secrets From Kickass B2B Marketers 6/16/15

[Chicago Inno] 5 Entrepreneurs, 1 Question: What Advice Would You Give To Grads? 6/12/15

[Kabbage] 6 Marketing Pros Tell Us How to Build Your Brand Story 6/9/15

[Best & Brightest] Winner of Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For 6/1/15

[Docurated] Experts Reveal Their Top Ways to Measure the Effectiveness of Marketing Campaigns 5/20/15

[Built in Chicago] Announcing the 2015 Moxie Awards Finalists 5/12/15

[American Express Forum] Crafting Your Company's Story 5/10/15

[CBS] Chicago Business Owner Uses Technology To Help With Job Relocation 5/3/2015

[HR BLR] 3 Ways to Reduce Turnover for Relocated Employees 4/29/15

[Built in Chicago] 9 Tips for Hiring a Developer in Chicago 4/27/15

[Inbound Marketing Angels] 17 Social Marketing Experts Share Relationship Building Tips 4/20/15

[Mobility Magazine] Thriving Companies, Happy Customers 4/13/15

[Re:locate Magazine] Re:locate Awards Nominees  4/12/15

[Built in Chicago] 11 Chicago Companies You Want to Intern With 4/8/15

[MediaLeaders] 30+ Digital Marketing Tools to Engage Customers 4/8/15

[Business Unplugged] Tips for Building Consumer Confidence in Your Company 4/7/15

[Heroku] Heroku App Makes Relocation Management Easier for Employees and HR Staff 3/30/15

[Rigzone] Energy-Focused Agent Sees Patience, Caution in Houston's Real Estate Market 3/25/15

[ChicagoInno] The Sweet 16 of #ChiTechMadness is Live, Voting Now Open 3/24/15

[Innovation Excellence] Innovators Are Using HR Software to Engage Employees 3/21/15

[ChicagoInno] Tourney Time: Chicago Entrepreneurs Share Their Own Cinderella Stories 3/20/15 

[Society for Human Resource Management - SHRM] Start ‘em Off Right! Onboarding that Makes a Big Business Impact 3/17/15

[ChicagoInno] An Overview Of The 64 #ChiTechMadness Companies 3/13/15

[Wrike] Company Culture: Why it Matters and How to Get it Right 3/10/15

[Hubspot] How to Make the Most of a 30 Minute Interview 3/4/15

[Illinois Tech Association] Optimum Onboarding: How to Make Sure Your New Employees Shine in Their First 90 Days 3/2/15

[MSU] Michigan State University Names Jeff Ellman Innovator of the Year 2/20/15

[Chicago Creative Circle] 4 Ways to Develop Great Company Culture Organically 2/17/15

[HR Smart] Onboarding Keeps the Good Times Rolling 2/17/15

[AccessDirect] How Small Businesses Connect with an Online Audience 2/12/15

[Human Resources Executive Magazine] Smart Money 2/11/15

[Human Resources Executive Magazine] A Taxing Issue 2/11/15

[Built in Chicago] 50 Chicago Startups to Watch in 2015 2/5/15

[Women 2.0] Why You Need to Recruit More Intrapreneurs 2/4/15

[TINYhr] How to Onboard Employees Like the Experts 2/3/15

[Inc Magazine] 11 Insider Secrets for Getting VCs to Fund Your Company 1/28/15

[Built in Chicago] 2014 was Hottest Year on Record for Chicago Tech: What Does That Mean For You? 1/28/15

[Solve Magazine] What the C-Suite is Reading 1/28/15

[tastytrade] Bootstrapping in America: Michael Krasman & Jeff Ellman of UrbanBound  1/20/15

[Tech Cocktail] Optimum Onboarding: How to Make Sure Your New Employees Shine in Their First 90 Days 1/5/15



[Built In Chicago] 14 Awesome Startup Holiday Parties We Wish We Could Attend  12/17/14

[Business 2 Community] 3 Case Studies That Prove the Value of a Customer-Focused Strategy  11/27/14

[Kapost] 3 Case Studies That Prove the Value of a Customer-Focused Content Strategy  11/25/14

[Chief Executive Magazine] CEO Perspectives: Why We’re Here  11/24/14

[EContent Magazine] Use Ebooks to Boost Your Company’s Profile and Bottom Line  11/17/14

[Workforce] What Are Best Practices for Onboarding Interns?  10/29/14

[Levo] Networking Hacks Every Girl Should Know 10/28/14

[HubSpot] 7 Experts Share How They Make Marketing & Sales Collaboration More Effective  10/27/14

[Mashable] 30+ Services to Make Your Move to a New City Less Stressful  10/15/14

[CEO Blog Nation] 15 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business  10/14/14

[Business Unplugged] Tips for a Successful Business Blog  10/7/14

[Built In Chicago] 7 of the Fastest Growing Chicago Tech Companies That Are Hiring Right Now  10/2/14

[MarketingSherpa] Content Marketing: Campaign-Driven Strategy Increases Marketing-Qualified Leads 102%  9/24/14

[When I Work] How Do You Build a Great Team?  9/23/14

[Fridge Magazine] 4 Tips On Going For Funding   9/17/14

[Tech Cocktail] 6 Stories of the Craziest Conference Experiences  9/4/14

[Open Topic] Marketers: How Do You Manage the Struggle with Creating Content  9/4/14

[Learn Marketing] Why Your Business Should be Focusing on Inbound Marketing   8/20/14

[CBS Chicago] Chicago CEO Uses a Business Degree to Succeed in the Technology Industry  8/18/14

[Ignite Visibility] How Do New Trends in Mobile Web Design Affect SEO  8/6/14

[Built In Chicago] With Rapid Hiring and International Expansion, UrbanBound is Chicago’s Next Likely HR Tech Success Story  8/5/14

[Tech Cocktail] 70 Startup Women Show Us What They Wear to Work  8/4/14

[Tech Cocktail] 41 Startup Guys Show Us What They Actually Wear to Work  7/24/14

[Built In Chicago] 5 Things Chicago Can Teach the World about the Future of HR Tech  7/17/14

[Relo Roundtable] How Does Your Lump Sum Relocation Package Compare?  7/9/14

[Chron - Houston Chronicle] On the Move: Relocation - There’s an App for That  7/2/14

[Illinois Tech Association - ITA] Technology Sweeping the Service Industry  6/30/14

[Illinois Tech Association - ITA] ITA Spotlight: UrbanBound  6/26/14

[Sioux City Journal] How to Get a Job at the Next WhatsApp  5/11/14

[JB Training Solutions] The Job Show  4/8/14

[Jobvite] The Undervalued Resource of Employee Referrals and How to Get More of Them  4/7/14

[Business Unplugged] Advice for Entrepreneurs Starting New Businesses  3/5/14

[JB Training Solutions] Offer, Engage, Onboard: Tips for a Seamless Transition into a New Role   3/1/14

[Baseline] What is the #1 Predictor of Sales Success?  2/25/14

[ERE] RecruitiFi Wants You to Tap Into Someone Else’s Surplus Candidates  2/18/14

[Duo Consulting] Building a Website with Buyer Personas 1/29/14

[The Sparefoot Blog] How to Get a Job at a Startup 1/27/14

[Marketing Agency Insider] How to Build an Agency Intern Program 1/21/14

[HubSpot Inbound Hub] The 7 Elements of Modern Web Design  1/6/14



[Flat Rate Movers] Movers: Why Do People Move- Moving in Numbers   11/22/13

[Examiner] Is Your Job Hunt “UrbanBound?”: $5Mil Invested Into Social-Relocation Platform   9/5/13

[Lynton] 5 Examples of Great Mobile Design on HubSpot’s COS  9/16/13

[Houston Business Journal] Mobile Apps Make Corporate Relocations Less Chaotic  8/25/14

[HubSpot Inbound Hub] 16 Brands That Totally Nailed Their Homepage Designs  8/23/13

[Upstart Business Journal] The Most Interesting VC Investments of the Week   8/9/13

[The Tech Panda] UrbanBound Raises $5 Million from Grotech Ventures and Starvest Partners  8/8/13

[FinSMEs] UrbanBound: Interview with Michael Krasman  8/7/13

[Wall Street Journal] The Daily Startup   8/6/13

[MarketWatch] UrbanBound Secures $5M in Series A Round to Improve Corporate Relocation Benefits  8/6/13

[Fortune] Venture Capital Deals  8/6/13

[VentureBeat] UrbanBound Raises $5M to Save Corporate Employees From the Stress of Relocation  8/6/13

[Crain’s Chicago Business] Corporate Relocater UrbanBound Gets VC Backing  8/6/13

[Forbes] Online Corporate Relocation Company UrbanBound Raises 5 Million  8/6/13

[Reuters] Funding Daily   8/6/13

[Dow Jones] UrbanBound Find $5M for Corporate Relocation  8/6/13

[New Breed] A Sales Ready Website Designed Drives B2B Lead Generation and Conversion  1/2/13


[YFS Magazine] 20 Entrepreneurs Share How to Increase Small Business Sales   10/2/12

[tastrytrade] Bootstrapping with Jeff Ellman and Michael Krasman   9/2/12

[Crain’s Chicago Business] Helping Employees on the Move  6/25/12