About the Principals

JEFFREY ESCHBACH is an entrepreneur and tech innovator, with over 20 years of experience creating new products and businesses. He is the founder and CEO of Page Vault Inc., a company that began and has thrived within Chicago’s supportive business ecosystem. Before that venture, Jeffrey built a career leading R&D initiatives at leading corporations such as Intel Japan and Motorola Research Labs. After moving to Chicago a decade ago, he became immersed in its growing startup scene, and now advises and invests in early-stage companies there. He received an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management, teaches as a professor at the school, and serves as the Director of Program Outreach for the Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. He also holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. Jeffrey is a National Science Foundation Fellow, has earned 11 USPTO patents related to cloud-computing, and frequently speaks on startup and innovation topics.


BRIAN CRUMP is an attorney at Much Shelist, P.C. He has practiced law for 6 years in the firm’s Venture Capital and Emerging Companies practice group. In this role, he spends significant time with startup and early stage companies, driving corporate and strategic transactions: venture financing, exit transactions, mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, and private equity buyouts. Prior to that, in 2012 he was part of the original team that opened 1871, Chicago’s leading tech startup ecosystem, interacting with resident startups, investors, educational institutions, and partners on a daily basis. He has over 10 years of investment experience and 7 years of direct working experience within Chicago’s startup and entrepreneurial world.