Fashion giant Moda Operandi announces Chicago tech hub, major hiring spree

by Katie Fustich
July 18, 2019
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Some may consider NYC to be the fashion capital of the world, but one of the Big Apple’s most successful fashion tech firms is making moves Westward.

Today, Moda Operandi announced they are opening a new office right here in Chicago. According to the company, the new Chicago office will focus exclusively on the technology behind Moda Operandi’s fashion discovery and e-commerce platform. 

Moda Operandi hopes to tap into Chicago’s rich tech talent pool and plans to hire quickly for engineering, product and design roles. According to the firm, early Chicago hires can expect complex challenges in supply chain and inventory systems. 

We’re building a world-class technology team and made a decision to meet that talent where they already are.”

“We’ve found that some of the country's best engineers, product managers and designers hail from Chicago’s universities and startup scene,” CEO Ganesh Srivats explained to Built In, calling it a “no brainer” decision for the company to set roots in Chicago. 

“We’re building a world class technology team and made a decision to meet that talent where they already are.”

According to Moda Operandi, the company will be hiring at least 30 new team members before the end of 2019, and plans to continue the hiring spree into the coming year. 

In addition to serving as a validation of Chicago’s premiere tech talent, Moda Operandi’s latest move also deepens the city’s status as a growing hub for fashion tech. Chicago-native companies like Trunk Club and Brideside have been setting the stage for years, alongside e-commerce and fashion brands like Mac + Mia, Bucketfeet and Luxury Garage Sale.  

Moda Operandi represents the next step in Chicago’s fashion tech evolution: a major out-of-town player setting up shop in the city, and finding the best of both worlds in terms of both culture and tech. 

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