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10 Chicago Startups That Were Acquired in 2017

Chicago tech had quite a year when it came to startup acquisitions. Exit sales serve as a finish line for many companies, and a...

Sprout Social Acquires Seattle-Based Social Media Analytics Startup

Social media management startup Sprout Social announced that it has just scooped up Seattle-based social media analytics startup Simply Measured. Chicago-based Sprout Social announced Tuesday...

Airbnb Buys Chicago Startup AdBasis

A Chicago startup that helps brands test and optimize ads has been acquired by Airbnb. AdBasis announced on its website that it was acquired by...

Tech Consultancy West Monroe Acquires 30-Year-Old L.A. Firm

West Monroe Partners, a Chicago-based tech consulting firm, just acquired a Los Angeles-based competitor that specializes in commercial banking. West Monroe plans to announce Thursday...

RXBAR CEO After $600M Sale: ‘There’s More Work to Be Done’

RXBARs are one of the most popular nutrition bars on the market right now. They’re simple, healthy and packaged in an aesthetically pleasing way....

Ace Hardware Makes its First Startup Acquisition with The Grommet

Ace Hardware, the 93-year-old national hardware retailer, has acquired a majority stake in Somerville, Mass. e-commerce startup The Grommet. The deal, which was announced Tuesday, marks...

HubSpot Is Acquiring Chicago Chatbot Startup Motion AI

HubSpot just scooped up a Chicago startup that creates artificial intelligence chatbots for businesses. Publicly traded HubSpot announced Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire...

John Deere Is Paying $305M for a California AgTech Startup

John Deere is paying big bucks for a California startup that brings machine learning to agricultural spraying equipment. Moline, IL-based Deere & Company announced Wednesday that is...

ThoughtWorks to be Acquired by a Private Equity Firm

ThoughtWorks, a nearly 25-year-old Chicago software company, is getting acquired by a private equity firm. Apax Partners, a London-based PE firm, announced the deal Wednesday. Terms...

Grubhub Is Paying $288M for Yelp’s Food Delivery Business

Grubhub just made its second major acquisition news this week, announcing that it has entered into an agreement to buy Yelp's food delivery business,...

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