Tech roundup: Managed by Q sweeps up $25M, Strike Social heads to Chicago, & more

Written by Sam Dewey
Published on Apr. 07, 2016
Tech roundup: Managed by Q sweeps up $25M, Strike Social heads to Chicago, & more

Managed by Q sweeps up $25M

This week, New York-based

raised $25 million from new investors, including GV (formerly Google Ventures) and Kapor Capital. , which has significant presence in Chicago, and its investors declined to disclose the company’s valuation, but they said it had increased from a $15 million fund-raising in June. Managed by Q also previously raised about $2.4 million in convertible debt, which has since converted to equity. [NY Times]

HealthJoy lands a $3M seed round

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, a Chicago-based health tech company whose artificial intelligence platform aims to guide consumers through tough decisions about their healthcare, announced this week the close of a $3 million seed round of funding, lead by Chicago’s premier health tech company, GoHealth, and other angel investors. [Chicago Tribune]

On-demand paint startup Paintzen makes its way to Chicago

This week, Chicago welcomed its newest on-demand startup in Paintzen, a New York-based startup that brings a painting crew on-demand to your home or office. The move follows a $7.2 million Series A raised in September of 2015. [Chicago Inno]

Tip Yourself lands a spot on Apple’s “Best New Apps” feature

This week,

— an app that incentivizes users to stick to goals by encouraging them to reward themselves for met milestones — was featured as one of the “Best New Apps” in Apple’s store. Co-founder Mike Lenz told the Tribune that by Tuesday afternoon, the app was seeing about 30 times the normal amount of views it sees on a given day. [Chicago Tribune]

Rightpoint acquires Agency Oasis, a Boston-based competitor, to pick up national momentum

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announced today it has acquired Agency Oasis, a Boston-based competitor. The acquisition gives Rightpoint — which already has offices in Chicago, Detroit and Denver —  a presence in six additional markets: Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, San Francisco and Dallas. [Built In Chicago]

SwervePay buys Matter-based StatPayMD

, which lets healthcare consumers settle their bills via text message, raised a $10 million series B in February. Today, the company announced it's broadening its horizons by acquiring Matter-based StatPayMD. “We’re excited about the team and technology StatPayMD brings to SwervePay, furthering our commitment to creating a consumer-friendly payment experience in healthcare,” said Jaeme Adams, co-founder and CEO of SwervePay, in a statement. [Built In Chicago]

Uber recruits more than 11,000 Chicagoans from south and west sides 

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Video advertising company Strike Social ditches LA for Chicago

Strike Social, a video advertising company who works with brands from LinkedIn to Bud Light to predict the virality of online videos, announced this week that it will moves its headquarters from Los Angeles to Chicago. The company, which employs about 100 people internationally, said it will grow its Chicago office from 15 to 40 this year. [Chicago Tribune]

Blitsy unveils new look

This week, Chicago’s home for DIY crafters,

, unveiled its new design. "The new site design makes it easier to shop and find what you're looking for. It is a reflection of what we’ve become in a few short years and with a lot of support from our existing customers. We have grown from a daily deals site to a full commerce site featuring over 100,000 items that are discoverable through high-quality videos our team produces each day,” said Ross Petersen, Blitsy’s co-founder and CEO in a statement.
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