Tech roundup: Peapod's big move, Interior Define's funding round and more

by Andreas Rekdal
May 11, 2017

Peapod announces move downtown

Peapod CTO Thomas Parkinson announced recently that the on-demand grocer plans to consolidate its corporate team into one big office downtown. The company currently employs 300 corporate workers in the Chicagoland area, split between its Skokie headquarters and a downtown innovation lab. According to the Chicago Tribune, the move is expected to happen by the end of the year. [Chicago Tribune]

 

Interior Define hauls in $8M in new funding

Interior Define, a Chicago-based digitally native furniture startup, announced on Tuesday that it has raised $8 million in its latest funding round. The company will use the funding to boost its technology capabilities, expand its team and build new brick-and-mortar showrooms. Breakout Capital led the round, in which Pritzker Group Venture Capital and Listen Ventures also participated. [Built In Chicago]

 

Sittercity announces leadership shakeup

Sittercity, a Chicago-based tech company that connects parents with sitters and nannies, announced two big leadership appointments this week. Elizabeth Harz is taking the reins as the company's CEO, while Sandra Dainora is its new senior VP of product. Harz has previously held leadership positions at Yahoo, Electronic Arts and CNET. Dainora joins Sittercity by way of Grubhub, where she was senior director of product. [Press release]

 

LotLinx lands a new senior VP

LotLinx, a Chicago-based provider of automotive marketing services, announced on Tuesday that it has hired Mark Conner as its senior VP of channel strategy. A longtime veteran of the auto dealer industry, Conner will focus on improving return on investment for dealerships who use LotLinx’s marketing platform. [Press release]

 

Grubhub gets into the workplace lunch game ...

Lunch-hungry Chicagoans beware. Grubhub for Work, a new website launched by the Chicago food delivery company, is now offering bulk delivery from a number of restaurants across the city. According to the Chicago Tribune, the company has been onboarding small and medium-sized companies onto the platform since earlier this year. Most of those companies came from companies Grubhub has acquired. [Chicago Tribune]

 

… and partners with TripAdvisor

On Monday, TripAdvisor announced that the company has partnered with Grubhub to integrate the travel booking platform’s restaurant listings with Grubhub’s food ordering platform. According to BostInno, the deal is TripAdvisor’s first partnership with a food delivery company. [BostInno]

 

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