Tech roundup: Walgreens partners with MATTER, Amazon to add local jobs and more

December 22, 2016 names Dev Bootcamp co-founder as new head of engineering

DevBootcamp co-founder Dave Hoover is heading to gift card exchange platform to head up the engineering team. The move comes as Raise looks to increase its tech staff with new hires and a small San Francisco office. In addition to his time at DevBootcamp, Hoover also worked at Groupon-acquired Obtiva before taking this position. [Crain’s Chicago Business]


Walgreens taps MATTER to help with healthcare innovation

Healthtech incubator MATTER is going to help Walgreens develop new techniques to improve healthcare options for customers. The partnership will allow MATTER startups to gain mentorship from Walgreens professionals, while Walgreens will get early access to new innovations coming out of the incubator. [Press release]


UrbanBound awarded Most Innovative Company of the Year

The Best in Biz Awards recognized Chicago’s UrbanBound as Most Innovative Company of the Year for small businesses. The company took home the silver prize for companies with less than 100 employees, and the award was based on a rating from a panel of judges from publications like Businessweek, Fortune and Forbes. [Press release]


G2 Crowd brings in $4.3M to continue expansion

In an “A+ round,” business software review platform G2 Crowd brought in $4.3 million in fresh funding from existing investors like Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Chicago Ventures and Hyde Park Venture Partners. The new funding will help build on the momentum the company has gained in the last year, when it doubled its workforce. [Built In Chicago]


ParqEx secures $1M for private parking rentals

ParqEx raised $1 million from Venture Management and Wisconsin Investment Partners to expand its platform that lets private parking space owners rent out their spots when not in use. The funding will help the company hire more and expand its options to more cities. [Chicago Tribune]


Nielsen to acquire Tribune Media’s digital unit for $560M

Market research firm Nielsen is paying $560 million for Gracenote, Tribune Media’s digital unit, that it purchased from Sony for $170 million in 2014. Gracenote is used by a wide variety of companies to provide music, movie and sports content. Clients include Amazon, Apple, BMW, Tesla and Comcast. [Chicago Inno]


FourKites wins two-year patent battle

FourKites was awarded a victory in federal court over a patent dispute with MacroPoint. This win is the second time judges have ruled in favor of FourKites argument that five of MacroPoint’s patents were invalid on the grounds that they were covering unpatentable subject matter. The legal battle has been going on for nearly two years. [Press release]


Amazon set to open new suburban warehouses, employ 1,000

E-commerce giant Amazon is opening two fulfillment centers in suburban Aurora, creating 1,000 jobs in Illinois. One facility will focus on shipping smaller items, while the other will house larger purchases like TVs and appliances. Amazon already employs about 7,000 people in the Chicago area at its various fulfillment centers. [Chicago Inno]

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