Fairy tales of eternal economic growth

Let’s start with Amazon, the star of the HQ2 season of The Bachelor. Chicago did not get the rose, but now we’re at the post-show and Jeff Bezos is making eyes. He’s promised to add 400 tech jobs and 70,000 square feet to the Chicago office and placed an order for 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian. Rivian is based outside of Detroit, but the vans themselves will be made in Normal, Illinois. Should bring some much-needed manufacturing jobs downstate. 

The Old Main Post Office continues to fill out with Cboe confirming it’ll move into the newly renovated space. It’ll also be moving its trading floor back to the Chicago Board of Trade, meaning that Cboe now has feet in two landmark downtown buildings. 

Forager dug up a seed round (yes, we are proud of that joke), earning $3.25 million for its logistics platform, which aims to make it easier to ship across country lines within North America. A pun and an opportunity to mention logistics?? We are overcome. 

We’ll ride that emotional high right through the next news, that legal weed company Cresco Labs is planning to pay $283 million to acquire competitor Tryke and earn a bigger stake in the Arizona and Nevada markets. Meanwhile, people still sit in jail for holding a joint. Anyway Cresco has lots of money, they can probably hire you.

Health care incubator MATTER is opening a branch in New York City, and while we would normally dismiss that idea out-of-hand, it will be good for Chicago businesses to pitch New York businesses on partnerships and earn funding from New York VCs.

To cap the week off, Jimmy John’s is being sold to Atlanta-based Inspire Brands, home to such fine eateries as Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings. We are concerned that this will shrink the Jimmy John’s corporate jobs in Chicago — and maybe lose Chicago-based ad agencies some business. But we do think it’s extremely good that Arby’s and Jimmy John’s are equals now. 

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Job with badass potential
Head of Digital Strategy at Highwire PR
Work: Teach clients how to adopt and improve their social media outreach, showing them how to communicate and measure on different platforms. Use social listening tools to inform your strategies, and advise on paid social and search campaigns. Work with content teams and creatives to keep the voice consistent. Win new business to help Highwire grow its social offering.  
Downsides: The agency is based in San Francisco — but Chicago is stacked with cloud, fintech and health care-tech companies. We think you’ll be fine, even if you have to fly out to show the new bosses all the money you’ve made them. 
Perks: Most PR firms chase glitzy consumer companies. When you make a choice to only go after business-to-business companies, you immediately cut the competition down. Then there’s the fact that Highwire is even more specifically focused on B2B tech companies — cloud, finance, health care, security, all the good things dripping with VC money right now. It may not sound like the most thrilling work, but it really is the stuff changing how our systems run. And attending industry conferences is built into your job description, so you know you’d stay ahead of new tools and trends for when you did want to leave. 

A few other jobs we’re curious about …
Associate Director of Social Media, Digital Copywriter and Social Media Manager at Vital Proteins
This supplement company … er, lifestyle brand … is everywhere right now — including in a beachin’ new office in the West Loop. Could be exciting times for those fluent in CPG, peptides and Poosh.

Creative Director, Video at The Art Institute of Chicago
A unique opportunity to make art about some of the world’s greatest art. Work with the digital and marketing functions but also curatorial, exhibition design and more. Could mean incredible feedback and support, or could mean lots of excruciating approvals and opinions. Either way, worth a look for the 5+ weeks of PTO alone.

Inspiration of the week

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Parking continues to be the hot investment in Chicago — you know, that business of the future. SpotHero raised a $50 million round and plans to add about 50 engineers by the end of the year. Love to see all that money turn into jobs at a rate of 1-million-to-one. 

We do feel compelled to mention that this was SpotHero’s Series D round of funding, which, well, we're only human. 

The hot and fresh insurance industry earned the next-largest round of funding, with startup Kin collecting $47 million. The company plans to add nearly 75 jobs over the next year, doubling it's staff. It's also now writing its own policies to homeowners, instead of relying on an outside carrier to issue the insurance under its shiny tech veneer.

Also in insurance, healthcare plan marketplace GoHealth was bought by a private equity firm for $1.5 billion. We’re always wary of private equity takeovers, since inherently their goal is to squeeze out the most profit. This deal is no different, especially because Centerbridge Partners, the firm behind the acquisition, lists P.F. Chang and Big Wolf Resorts as its victories. Those are … not the same, and while the very rich tend to assume their expertise will stretch to every venture, we are skeptical. 

Deere hasn’t been doing great for awhile, but it trotted out the phrase “organizational efficiency” on its latest earnings call. That elegant euphemism for layoffs and cost-cutting is a response to Trump’s “trade war,” which is hurting farmers right along with the tough weather *cough* climate change *cough*.

Fortunately some companies are expanding here. VSCO, which makes a photo-editing app, is opening up a Chicago office out of the new Hoxton hotel and coworking space, planning to hire 20 people by the end of the year. 

The Old Main Post Office, too, continues to attract companies looking to expand. Uber has officially confirmed it’ll be taking over 450,000 square feet in the renovated building, making Chicago its second-largest office behind San Francisco. It also makes Uber the Old Main Post Office’s biggest tenant, at more than double the size of Walgreens. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago will also be moving in, leasing 130,000 square feet

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Job with badass potential
Director of Marketing at Kin Insurance
Work: Support the sales team, reporting to the COO. Generate as many qualified customer leads as you can, using paid search, direct mail and any other methods you find valuable. 
Downsides: The hiring manager’s bio says he’s a “Chicago native from Sleepy Hollow (true story!).” Nah. Sleepy Hollow is out past Elgin my dude. If you’re not incredibly petty, however, we can understand how this would not be an official downside to the job. Still, there is this line in the job description that gives us pause: “While a bit of creativity is required for this role, we rely on data.” Um. It’s 2019, we all do. Make sure to check the place for artificially inflated egos.
Perks: Well, you know they have the money now. And that switch to becoming an insurance carrier is a critical one. A lot of insurance “disrupters” are really just repackaging someone else's products in a more millennial-friendly format. Writing policy gives Kin more control, and the power and longevity that comes with it. Now’s the time to get in. 

A few other jobs we’re curious about …
Program Manager at Civic Exchange
Help the local journalism we rely on (Chalkbeat! Block Club!) stay funded in this part-time events and fundraising role. It’s a small sum of money, but it’s work you can be proud of, and it does work out to around $35 per hour. And there’s the opportunity to raise enough money that you’re able to turn it into a full-time role. (h/t to the excellent Jane Squad newsletter.)

Director of Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Wikimedia Foundation
We have a lot of feelings about whose stories get told and how, so even though this job is remote or based in San Francisco, we’re including it. Wikipedia is our public memory. Making it more inclusive invites people in and changes the narratives we tell ourselves.

Inspiration of the week

This otter trying to teach a person how to pet it. To be honest, it’s been a rough week, and we’re not finding a lot of human sources of positivity to point to (besides Lizzo, always Lizzo). So we’re going to spend the weekend making like this otter and asking for what we need. We hope you’ll do the same.

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