Construction firm bringing HQ to Chicago
St. Louis-based Clayco, which generates $820M in annual revenue, drawn in part by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's bid to privately finance public infrastructure St. Louis-based construction firm Clayco Inc. is moving its headquarters to Chicago, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushes ahead with public-private partnerships for infrastructure improvements, its top executive said.
Braintree Shifts Its Attention To Mobile, International Markets By Poaching From Google Wallet
Google's early stumbles with Wallet are the startup ecosystem's gains. Chicago's up-and-coming Braintree just poached Aunkur Arya, who headed partnerships for Google Wallet, to be its general manager for mobile. The company, backed by Accel Partners, also picked up Klas Bäck to oversee international and payment strategy.
TheAudience: A Stealthy, Celeb-Driven Startup Co-founded By Sean Parker, Ari Emanuel & Oliver Luckett
If you had to recruit the ideal team to help you navigate the intersection of technology, media, and celebrity, it probably wouldn't look much different from the partnership behind theAudience. The stealthy social media company, which has flown under the radar until recently, counts Sean Parker, Ari Emanuel, and Oliver Luckett as its co-founders -- just your average startup's triumvirate of tech and entertainment influence. Parker is best known as the co-founder of Napster, Plaxo, Causes, and most recently Airtime, as well as the founding president of Facebook and as an early investor in Spotify. Emanuel, on the other hand, is probably one of the best-known talent agents, currently serves as CEO of the William Morris Endeavor, is the brother of Chicago Mayor (and Obama's former Chief of Staff) Rahm Emanuel -- although he may be better known for being parodied as Ari Gold on Entourage. Oliver Luckett, theAudience's acting CEO, may not have been immortalized on-screen by Jeremy Piven or Justin ...