Tech roundup: Walgreens grows downtown tech office, Chicago's Amazon HQ2 bid and more

by Michael Hines
October 19, 2017

Walgreens to bring 300 tech jobs to downtown Chicago

Walgreens announced on Tuesday that it would add 300 technology jobs to its downtown Chicago office. The office, located on the fourth floor of the Sullivan Center, will be expanded by 27,000 square feet to accommodate the additional employees. Walgreens said the 300 roles will be filled by a combination of new hires and relocations. [Built In Chicago]


Chicago makes its pitch for Amazon’s HQ2

The city of Chicago submitted its official bid for Amazon’s HQ2 on Monday. The bid's contents were not revealed, but the city did say it highlighted Chicago’s close proximity to research centers, variety of top talent in multiple industries and public transportation system.

The city also shared findings from an economic impact study commissioned by World Business Chicago. Over a 17-year period, Amazon’s HQ2 is expected to generate $71 billion in salaries and wages, with the company’s arrival expected to create support for an additional 37,500 area jobs. [Press Release]


Techstars Chicago 2017 cohort takes the stage for Demo Day

Techstars Chicago's 2017 cohort held its community Demo Day at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law last Thursday. The event gave founders the chance to share what they’d been working on with friends, family, mentors, customers and supporters, with the cohort having pitched to investors the day before at an event held at 1871. [Built In Chicago]


Fintech startup CardX raises $2.1 million

Chicago-based CardX has raised $2.1 million in fresh funding in a round led by payment solutions provider NXGEN International. CardX sells virtual and physical payment portals that automatically pass on credit card surcharges, typically paid by businesses, to consumers. [Chicago Inno]


Datascope acquired by global tech firm

Ideo, a design and innovation firm with offices worldwide, has acquired data science consulting company Datascope. The terms of the deal were not announced, but Crain’s reports that Datasope’s staff of 16 employees will join Ideo’s Chicago office. [Crain’s]


Four Chicago tech companies appoint new execs

Andy Jacobson is the new senior vice president of national sales at Jacobson was most recently vice president of client development at Conversant, a Chicago-based provider of digital marketing solutions. [Press release]

Michael Donohue and Thomas Anderson, both formerly of General Electric, have joined Uptake. Donohue will serve as VP of the startup's energy division and lead the utilities division, while Anderson is Uptake's new VP of product. [Chicago Inno]

Dev Ganesan is the new CEO of ItemMaster, whose cloud-based platform makes it easier for companies in the consumer packaged goods space to update product information. Ganesan is no stranger to the C-suite, having served as CEO of four different companies. [Built In Chicago]

Raise welcomed three new executives this week. Kathleen Pierce-Gilmore left her VP role at PayPal to become Raise's president and COO. Tenia Davis, formerly of iManage, is the company's new chief people officer. Gaurav Misra is Raise's new chief marketing officer, a position he held at his previous company, [Business Insider]


Chicago technologist named president and CEO of

Brenda Darden Wilkerson, former head of computer science for Chicago Public Schools, has been named president and CEO of The 20-year-old nonprofit organization is based in Palo Alto, California, and is dedicated to the advancement of women in technology. [The Chicago Tribune] writer honored at ObitCon writer Linnea Crowther won Obituary Writer of the Year at ObitCon, a biennial conference organized by the Society of Professional Obituary Writers. Crowther’s work focuses on the deaths of celebrities, athletes, musicians and other figures in the public eye. [Press release]


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