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Ready for the “Merchandise Mart of technology”

  “Merchandise Mart of technology” “Backers of the proposed 18-story building include intellectual property advisory firm Ocean Tomo and TechNexus, a source of funding and connections for startups. Their zoning attorney, Michael Ezgur, called the project a “Merchandise Mart of technology,” a description that’s apt but falls short. “The whole building is essentially a living ...

Amazon Chicago Tech Hub Grows

(Photo: Business Wire) Amazon Chicago tech hub is expanding. The company is hiring for 400 new jobs to the area including cloud computing, advertising, and business development positions. Since 2010, Amazon has invested over $4.4 billion and added over 11,000 full-time jobs in Illinois, including customer fulfillment, cloud infrastructure and more. With the addition of ...

Is Uber Chicago Move A Good Thing?

“You can’t disrupt the freight shipping industry from Silicon Valley. That’s the most important takeaway from Uber Technologies’ decision to move its fast-growing logistics business to Chicago. San Francisco-based Uber on Monday announced plans to fill more than 450,000 square feet of space at the Old Post Office with 2,000 workers. Sure, it’s a big coup for the real estate ...

McDonald’s develops drive-thru with artificial intelligence

“McDonald’s said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire a company that is trying to automate the drive-thru. It’s the fast-food giant’s third tech-focused deal this year. Apprente, a Silicon Valley company founded in 2017, uses artificial intelligence to understand drive-thru orders, which could cut down on service times. McDonald’s said the technology also could be used ...

Vivid Seats moves to Marshall Field building

“The Toronto-based firm converting the upper floors of the landmark Marshall Field building on State Street into offices is close to landing its first tenant there. Online secondary ticket marketplace Vivid Seats is in advanced talks to lease around 110,000 square feet at the historic Loop property, according to sources familiar with negotiations. The Chicago-based ...

Motorola Solutions announces the Tech to Protect Challenge

“Motorola Solutions Inc. today announced its launch of the Tech to Protect Challenge, a national open innovation contest designed to advance public safety communications. As a national co-sponsor of the initiative, Motorola Solutions will host the regional codeathon event Sept. 27-29 at the Schaumburg campus located outside of Chicago and invites all bright minds to ...

New Tech: Sunlight Powered Delivery Robots?

New tech is taking over the world. Imagine a robot delivering your favorite fast-food order? New tech is becoming the norm. Read below to see how it will be powered. “From the time he was a high school student, Rohit Kalyanpur thought it was peculiar that although it’s possible to create energy from a solar panel, ...

Uber moves to old downtown Chicago post office

“Uber Technologies has signed a 10-year lease for a massive amount of office space at The Old Post Office, giving it room for thousands of employees. Uber on Monday confirmed it will occupy 463,000 square feet, becoming the building’s largest tenant. The Tribune reported in May that the California-based technology company was negotiating a move ...

Online-payments company turns to Chicago for tech talent

“Stripe, an online-payments technology company based in San Francisco, has opened a Chicago office that’s about half engineering. The company plans to have about 40 employees here by year-end, says co-founder John Collison, who was visiting the new office at 515 N. State St. today. Chicago is the company’s fourth major site outside Seattle, Singapore ...
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