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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,...

Marcus Lemonis’ Camping World to Acquire Outdoor Gear Site TheHouse.com

Camping World is upping its e-commerce game by scooping up St. Paul, Minnesota-based outdoor gear site TheHouse.com. Lincolnshire-based Camping World, owned by Chicago entrepreneur Marcus...

Home Chef Is Reportedly Seeking a Sale For More Than $600M

Chicago startup Home Chef is looking for a buyer, and it could fetch a price tag higher than $600 million. The meal kit startup is...

Grubhub to Acquire Boston-Based Foodler

Chicago-based food delivery service Grubhub has gobbled up another player in the space. Grubhub has entered into an agreement to acquire Foodler, a Boston-based online...

Cisco Acquires the Analytics Team and Technology From a Chicago Tech...

Cisco is buying some of the talent and technology from a Chicago tech company. Cisco announced Thursday that it has agreed to acquire the Advanced Analytics...

Groupon Founders’ Auto Startup Drivin Sold for $43M

Drivin, a Chicago startup launched by Groupon founders Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky, has sold to a major car auction company for $43 million...

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