Tech roundup: Tyco buys ShopperTrak for $175M, Rivet Radio soon in stores, & more

Written by Andreas Rekdal
Published on Dec. 22, 2015
Tech roundup: Tyco buys ShopperTrak for $175M, Rivet Radio soon in stores, & more
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Tyco announces $175M ShopperTrak takeover


, a Chicago-based consumer behavior analytics firm, is being purchased for $175 million by Tyco International, a security systems company. With regulatory approval still pending, the cash deal is expected to close in Q2 next year, according to a statement released today. [Tyco to Acquire ShopperTrak, a Leading Global Provider of Retail Analytics and Intelligence: PRNewswire]

Rivet Radio soon in a store near you

At the end of last week, Chicago’s

partnered with Austin’s Mood Media Corporation. Rivet Radio will deliver short news segments to be integrated into Mood Media’s music streaming service for retailers and other businesses. Topics will include arts & entertainment, business, politics, sports, and technology among others.

DRIVIN launches mobile app for used car dealers


Our Chicago office is located in River West on the North Branch of the Chicago River. We have free shuttles to major train stations and CTA lines.

, a Chicago-based company that helps car dealers source used cars for their lots, launched an app for iOS and Android devices late last week. The app lets dealers initiate purchases and connect with standby company representatives directly from their phones. [DRIVIN Announces Launch of Mobile Application for Dealers: PRNewswire]

1871 launches Economy of Now Forum

In response to an influx of on-demand service providers,

announced on Friday they have created an “Economy of Now” forum for these businesses to exchange ideas and identify opportunities for growth. [Economy of Now (EON) Forum Launches at 1871: 1871]

Chicago’s Uptake beats Uber, Slack, as Forbes’ hottest startup

On Thursday, Forbes released their annual list of the year’s hottest startups, naming

We are located in River North just right off the Chicago Brown Line stop. We also provide you with a free shuttle service to/from Ogilvie and Union.

, a reclusive Chicago data analytics startup its winner. Uptake — whose software mines data for insights for big machines industries like aviation, construction, and rail — beat companies like Slack, Uber, WeWork, DraftKings, and ClassPass for the honor. [Built In Chicago]

Photos via Shutterstock, 1871, and Uptake.

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