Tech roundup: Grubhub inks huge deal with Yum Brands, Tovala's new investor, and more

Written by Michael Hines
Published on Feb. 08, 2018
Tech roundup: Grubhub inks huge deal with Yum Brands, Tovala's new investor, and more
Grubhub Yum Brands investment

Grubhub, Yum Brands ink huge deal

Grubhub users will finally be able to order Crunchwrap Supremes and buckets of chicken. The company inked a deal with Yum Brands to become the official online ordering and delivery partner for its Taco Bell and KFC brands. As part of the deal, Yum purchased $200 million worth of Grubhub stock and will take a seat on the company's board of directors. [Crain's]


Tovala Tyson Ventures funding
PHOTO via tovala

Tovala serves up fresh funding

On Tuesday, Tovala announced it has received funding from Tyson Ventures, the investment arm of Tyson Foods. Although Reuters reported that the investment was $150 million — the wire service mixed up the size of the fund with the actual funding — the actual amount was not disclosed. Tovala’s last funding round was a $9.2 million Series A raised in December that pushed its funding total over $13 million. [Press release]


Block Club Chicago
Jen Sabella (L), Shamus toomey (c) and Stephanie lulay (r. PHOTO VIA TWITTER)

Former DNAinfo editors launch new site

Three former DNAinfo editors have launched Block Club Chicago, a new digital news site with a hyperlocal focus. The three founders, Shamus Toomey, Jen Sabella and Stephanie Lulay, launched a Kickstarter to support the new site, which at the time of this writing has raised over $100,000. Block Club Chicago is currently in the process of staffing up and plans to launch sometime in April. [Press release]


Edovo Twilio investment

Edovo receives investment from San Francisco tech company

Edovo, whose tablet-based education platform provides learning opportunities for incarcerated individuals, has received a $250,000 investment from Twilio’s social impact fund. Edovo launched in 2013 and has raised $2.5 million to date. The startup’s tablets are used by over 50 correctional institutions in 20 different states. [Chicago Inno]


IntuiLab Chicago office

Bienvenue à Chicago, IntuiLab

Fresh off a $3.7 million Series A, French adtech firm IntuiLab announced it’s opening a Chicago office. The company’s new space, which will also serve as its North American headquarters, will be located in the West Loop. IntuiLab makes software that allows non-technical people to easily create content for touch-enabled digital signage. The company is hiring for its sales and engineering teams. [Built In Chicago]


Chicago tech executives

Making moves: Chicago tech welcomes new execs

Steve Tulk

Steve Tulk is the new CTO of closerlook, a digital marketing agency that helps pharmaceutical companies better connect with their customers. Tulk joins the company from the Los Angeles-based Kaptivating Technology where he served as CTO. [Press release]

Christopher Libertelli
SVP of business and legal

Christopher Libertelli is Vivid Seats' new SVP of business and legal affairs. Libertelli’s two-decade career has included stops at Netflix, Skype and the FCC. [PR Newswire]

Shane Jones
Director of strategic partnerships

Fooda co-founder Shane Jones has left the company to join business analytics company Revzi as director of strategic partnerships. In his new role, Jones will lead the company’s partnership efforts with local businesses and associations. No word on what his plans for lunch are going forward. [PR Newswire]


Rightpoint design team directors

Rightpoint grows its design leadership team

Rightpoint has made not one, not two, but five big hires. The company welcomed new directors in three markets: Atlanta, Detroit and Chicago. Chetan Bagga joins Rightpoint as group experience director and will be based in Atlanta. Experience director Sandy Lipscomb will be based in the company’s fast-growing Detroit office. Those keeping score at home know that Rightpoint’s Chicago office will grow by three, with content director Stacey Doyle and group experience directors Rey Nungaray and Antonio Garcia joining the team. [PRweb]

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