Tech roundup: Cards Against Humanity's Black Friday Sale, Glassdoor's new office, & more

by Sam Dewey
December 3, 2015

Cards Against Humanity wins big this Black Friday by selling nothing for $5

Cards Against Humanity, a Chicago-based game company famous for its less-than-modest sense of humor, this year held a Black Friday sale where it sold nothing — literally, absolutely nothing — for $5. Despite the gag, the company still managed to turn a profit to the tune of $70,000. [Cards Against Humanity's Black Friday sale: Give them $5 for absolutely nothing: Chicago Tribune]


San Francisco’s Glassdoor is coming to Chicago

Glassdoor, an online hiring platform based out of San Francisco, announced this week it will head to Chicago in 2016. The company plans to staff its new Chicagoland home with 250 local employees, to be hired over the course of the next three years. Though no location has been finalized, the company is already recruiting as many as 30 employees to start in January. [Glassdoor recruits staff to open Chicago office: Chicago Tribune]


Tide launches laundry-on-demand app exclusively for Chicago

Tide Spin, an app-based laundry-on-demand service from the popular laundry detergent brand, launched a limited beta in Chicago on December 1st. Based out of 1871, the Procter & Gamble team will be competing with Chicago-based service providers DRYV and Pressed Garments as well as California’s Washio for Chicagoans’ soiled garments. The service is only available in Chicago, and you can sign up on


2 weeks after Chicago launch, Via expands ridesharing service

After officially launching in Chicago just two weeks ago, New York-based ridesharing option Via has already broadened its services to new areas in the city, fulfilling the company’s promise of a swift expansion. Via, which offers its shared rides in professionally chauffeured vehicles for a flat fee of $5, was initially available in select areas — mostly River North and the Loop. Now, Via’s coverage has been expanded to include Lakeview and Lincoln Park, with dropoffs available anywhere east of Clark and north up to Belmont. [Built In Chicago]


 kicks off major philanthopic efforts

Starting on Giving Tuesday, — an online leader for obituaries and related memorial services — announced that all donations made through for the month of December will be doubled up to $50,000. Said Steve Parrott, President and CEO of in a statement, “We believe in the good work our charity partners are doing and have had very strong relationships with a wide range of charities around traditional giving from obituaries. This event is an opportunity for us to double up our support for our charity partners as we remember the people who made a difference in our lives.” [Read more about the program here]


Civis Analytics announces “Ask America Anything” contest

Civis Analytics, a leader in data analytics, is giving back to the nonprofit community this year by holding a contest for nonprofits where winners receive a free two-question survey and analysis, courtesy of the tech company. Applicants can submit a description of their nonprofit, a pair of questions, and why insights to those questions matter. Submissions are open until December 7.


Instacart will now deliver your groceries from Target

Instacart, a San Francisco-based grocery delivery company, announced Tuesday it has expanded its Target partnership to the city of Chicago. Chicago marks the service's third market where consumers can have goods delivered from Target. [Instacart Launches Target Delivery In Chicago: Chicago Inno]


Green Blender brings their smoothie subscription service to Chicago 

Green Blender, a subscription service that delivers the healthy ingredients you need to make smoothies at home, expanded its service to Chicago this week. The New York-based company even has an eggnog smoothie just in time for the holidays. [Watch their video here]


DialogTech brings on two new key hires in expansion of their C-Suite

Right across the street from Union Station. A short walk to all CTA train and bus lines. And down the street from Ogilvie Train Station.
, a market leader in call analytics and automation that arms marketing professionals with a centralized platform, this week added two key hires to its fast-growing team: Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Leon Chism, and Senior Vice President (SVP), Customer, Alain Stephan. [Read more about their backgrounds here]

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