Tech roundup: Vibes goes global, kCura's 200-person hiring spree and more

February 16, 2017

Vibes heads across the pond

Vibes, a Chicago-based tech company that specializes in mobile marketing, announced on Wednesday that it has launched its services in the United Kingdom. The company raised $45 million last summer to support international expansion. Wednesday's launch, the company's first outside the United States, is the first step in its plan to establish itself in the European market. [PR Newswire]


Blown away by Uptake's meteoric rise? So is PitchBook

When Uptake received its $2 billion valuation in a $40 million funding round earlier this month, it became the youngest company ever to cross that threshold. According to an analysis by PitchBook, the Chicago-based Big Data startup hit the milestone in two and a half years, beating companies like Snapchat and Square for the distinction. [Pitchbook]


Payline Data raises $5M to debut new tech products

On Tuesday, payment solutions provider Payline Data announced the close of a $5 million round from Recurring Capital Partners. Instead of taking equity in Payline, the Austin-based investment firm will receive a portion of the company’s future revenues. Payline, which makes philanthropic contributions part of its mission, will use part of the funding to launch new products this year. [Built In]


kCura will add 200 new jobs this year

In the midst of last year’s World Series victory celebrations, kCura announced that it would hire 108 new team members — one for each year Cubs fans have spent without a World Series — by the opening of the 2017 baseball season. Having hit that goal a month and a half before April’s season opener, the legal tech company plans to run up the score and add 200 new jobs by the end of the year.


Narrative Science expands product offerings

On Wednesday, Narrative Science, which uses artificial intelligence to explain complex data sets in plain English, launched a flexible API that will let business intelligence companies integrate its tech with their offerings. With the new integrations, the Chicago startup seeks to make business intelligence more accessible and help companies make better use of their data. [Press release]


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