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Nick Kokonas partnered with Grant Achatz in 2005 to develop Alinea, where he remains actively engaged in strategy, marketing, and business planning. Born and raised in Chicago, Kokonas graduated from Colgate University with a degree in philosophy. Prior to his partnership with Achatz, he spent ten years as the owner of a proprietary derivatives trading firm, an investor in small technology companies, and an entrepreneur in a variety of businesses. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Dagmara, and their two sons, James and Theo.