Tech roundup: Shiftgig nabs $22M, Lyft sees green light for airport pickups, & more

by Sam Dewey
November 24, 2015

Shiftgig nabs a $22M Series B

Shiftgig, an online professional network geared at the service industry, has roped in a $22 million Series B. The round was led by Renren Inc. and saw participation from a number of local and national VCs, including Chicago Ventures, DRW Venture Capital, GGV Capital, Garland Capital Group, KGC Capital, Pritzker Group, Wicklow Capital. Angel investors Fabrice Grinda and CEO Sam Yagan also participated. [New Money: These Chicago Startups Raised Millions This Week: Chicago Inno]


Lyft cleared for pickup at Chicago airports

Today, Lyft became the first on-demand ride service in Chicago to be cleared for passenger pickups at O’Hare International and Midway airports, despite resistance from city taxi drivers and representatives. According to the Tribune, Uber also expects to receive approval in the near future. [Lyft lands at Chicago airports in time for Thanksgiving: Chicago Tribune]


Buddytruck drives into Midwest to help Chicagoans move their stuff

Last week, Santa Monica-based Buddytruck officially expanded to Chicago — its fourth overall market — to help people connect with truck owners who are willing to lend their truck to help haul their stuff. 


edo Interactive’s enters new partnership to expand international presence

This week, edo Interactive, a leader in the advertising technology space, announced that it will significantly expand its international presence — thanks in large part by a partnership with Visa Europe. The company’s card-linking technology will spearhead new marketing offers throughout Poland.


Anyone Can Learn To Code launches new initiative to provide Pro-Bono Web-Development services for nonprofits

Part-time code school Anyone Can Learn To Code (ACLTC) has launched a new initiative, Anyone Can Have A Website, which will provide web-development to non-profit organizations at no cost. ACLTC, which trains students in web development and graduates job-ready programmers, will offer its graduates the opportunity to join Anyone Can Have A Website as software developers to gain experience and build websites for a cause. [Built In Chicago] is live for Giving Tuesday

Chicago-based announced this week it be live this year for Giving Tuesday, providing people and businesses with a new platform to discover, donate and volunteer to local charites and nonprofits. [ The New Online Platform To Discover Causes We Care About And Help Local Nonprofits For Giving Tuesday December 1st: Yahoo Finance]

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