Tech roundup: Belly beyond iPads, Chicago's Inc. 500 showing, & more

by Sam Dewey
August 18, 2016

Belly looks to move away from iPad-based rewards program

Belly is changing things up with a new CTO and staffing changes as it looks to move beyond its core product. The company is moving away from its iPad-based program tracking customer loyalty at stores in favor of an enterprise tool that lets companies create their own branded loyalty programs. Former Belly lead product manager Harrison Strowd is taking over as CTO. [Chicago Tribune]

7 Chicago tech companies make the Inc. 500

Chicago tech made a solid showing when Inc. Magazine released its annual Inc. 5000 list on Wednesday. Seven local tech and e-commerce startups — C&H Financial Services, Hireology, Payline Data, Shop Melee, Spikeball, Signal and OppLoans — landed coveted spots on the list of 500 companies featured in the print magazine. Inc. also placed Chicago fourth in its ranking of the country's 10 best startup cities. [Built In Chicago]

NextCapital moves to historic Monroe building in Chicago

NextCapital has completed its move to a 14,724-square-foot, 14th floor space in Chicago’s historic Monroe building. The finance software maker raised $16 million last year and has grown its employee count by nearly 150 percent since the beginning of 2016. It looks to continue its expansion in the new space. [Press release]

Madan Nagaldinne joins ContextMedia as Chief People Officer

Patient engagement technology company ContextMedia is bringing on Facebook alum Madan Nagaldinne as its chief people officer. The former head of HR at Facebook will oversee the Talent Acquisition and People Development & Operations teams at ContextMedia’s Chicago and New York offices. [Press release]

Wyzant unveils new brand, redesigned website and app

Tutoring service Wyzant is rolling out a rebranded logo and updating its website and app as the company continues to grow and evolve. Wyzant has grown from helping K-12 students find tutors to a marketplace for one-on-one education. The company now has more than 80,000 instructors in its system teaching more than 300 subjects. [Press release]

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