GrubHub’s Co-Founders on Chicago’s Tech Scene


In some respects it can be too easy to forget there are other buzz-worthy companies in Chicago aside from Groupon. I just checked, and, yep, there are indeed myriad others out there.

GrubHub is another of the more popular companies around that bootstrapped its way to becoming a household name, and the pair behind it, Mike Evans and Matt Maloney, were recently named part of Crain's 40 Under 40 -- a list of the city's most influential movers and shakers that have accomplished a ton before reaching the age of 40.

Anyway, that honor was extended further as Crain's had the duo appear at the publication's Tech Talk Live event on Monday. Crain's also was kind enough to upload a five-minute highlight reel of the talk, and it's got some interesting snippets and tips. Evans and Maloney touch on how they've been able to retain their employees (only three people have quit in six years), the challenges with recruiting and keeping engineers in Chicago, the importance of partnerships, and how Groupon has helped their growth.

Take a peek at Crain's highlight reel.

David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a columnist for EGM. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.

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