It’s no secret that an increasing amount of companies are choosing to call Chicago home.
The Chicago tech scene is diverse, from scrappy four-person startups to massive B2C and B2B players of 10,000+ employees. Companies such as CDW and Cleo were founded here in the 1970s. The Midwest really started making moves when Groupon launched in 2008. Since then, tech companies are popping up all over the city and its surrounding suburbs.
Chicago is often referred to as the third-coast, a nod to the bi-coastal tech hubs of San Francisco and New York City. Other cities like Austin and Boston are also gaining on the big two, with tech startups coming in droves to the vibrant cities.
The general Chicago area has some of the best technology resources available, like an exceptional talent pool and a midwestern “let’s get it done” attitude. In reality, tech is relevant to everyone as software is slowly but surely ‘eating the world.’ As a result, there has been a major spike in the development of innovative tech ecosystems and collaborative environments to invigorate the dynamic workforce.
“G2 is excited to be a part of the thriving Chicago tech scene. Our workforce hails from around the globe, but the majority come from the midwest and work at our headquarters in Chicago. We picked Chicago as our headquarters partially because the company culture we aspire to exemplifies traditional midwest values. We value hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit while treating others with authenticity and kindness. These values are at the center of why we are successfully disrupting the software-buying industry.” – Tim Handorf, G2 President & Co-founder
With the help of the Illinois Technology Association (ITA), we have compiled data on the 50 best B2B tech companies headquartered in the Chicagoland area that includes all of the top-rated products on G2.
|Ranking methodology: This list is based on and ranked by user satisfaction of all a company's products they offer, rolled up into a weighted average score. To qualify for the top 50 B2B tech companies list, a product is required to have verified user reviews on G2. Data was cut on July 29th, 2019. Article was originally published September 13th, 2019.|
ActiveCampaign is an advanced email marketing, marketing automation, and sales CRM platform. Its Saas platform enables businesses to fully optimize customer experiences through their automation abilities. ActiveCampaign received the Leader badge for Top 100 Software Products in 2019, and has been a consistent leader in the Marketing Automation Grid®Report.
"This award from G2 is a great honor. It recognizes that our customers become our advocates. We hope that our Customer Experience Automation platform continues to help our customers win similar awards in their industries." - Jason VandeBoom, Founder and CEO at ActiveCampaign
Basecamp is a private, secure space online where people working together can organize and discuss. The product offers core tools that include a task tracking tool, a message board, a chat room, a scheduler, and an automated “check-in” tool. With 3,018 reviews on G2, Basecamp received a Leader badge in the Summer 2019 Project Management Grid® Report.
GMass is a plugin for Gmail that makes it so you can send email marketing and email automation campaigns from right inside your Gmail account. GMass received a High Performer badge for Summer 2019.
“It's an exciting time to be growing the tech scene in Illinois, and especially in Chicago. Big-name tech companies are flocking here -- drawn to the city because of its abundance of sales, finance, marketing and dev talent. Chicagoans are notorious for their "can do" attitude, which is why so many companies flourish here. GMass has benefited from being a part of the foundation of Chicago tech for the last three years. While users increased 1000%, the product has undoubtedly been strengthened from being a part of such a vibrant and dynamic tech ecosystem. Everyone lifts each other up.” – Ajay Goel, CEO at GMass
Spark Hire is a video interviewing platform used by more than 5,000 customers in over 100 countries. With an average of 4.8-stars, SparkHire received a Leader badge in the Summer 2019 Video Interviewing Grid® Report.
"We are honored to be recognized as one of the top B2B Tech Companies in Chicago. Our goal is to be the best company our customers ever do business with and this recognition is validation of our efforts. We use recognition like this and the Chicago tech community as fuel in our continual quest for greatness and drive to deliver that greatness to our customers. We hope to continue being a positive reflection of what Chicago tech companies are all about and are thrilled to be mentioned alongside the other companies that we admire so much." - Josh Tolan, CEO at Spark Hire
TRYTN is an online platform, providing an event booking gateway and online marketing presence for excursion providers. Businesses can increase their direct sales while reducing costs by gaining access to TRYTN's subsidized web development and marketing services.
"It's an exciting time for the Illinois Tech community as more and more startups are gaining attention in the Chicagoland area and beyond. TRYTN selected Chicago as its headquarters based on available talent, central location and the overall energy of the community. Illinois has a reputation for solving problems with a hardworking midwestern attitude and it seems many other startups and established companies are recognizing these opportunities. Several businesses are opening offices or moving headquarters to Chicago and the tech community continues to expand. Having witnessed this incredible growth the past few years, we're looking forward to seeing what's next." - Stephen McDowell, Co-Founder and Technologist at TRYTN
BigTime Software develops cloud-based time-tracking, billing, and project management software. With 584 reviews on G2, BigTime received the 2019 Top 50 Products for SMB badge.
"Chicago tech is in a great place right now. Everything you need to build a world-class firm is within easy reach: motivated hard-working talent, savvy investors, second and third-generation entrepreneurial managers. That perfect storm is due in no small part to the decades-long efforts from organizations like ITA. Now, G2 is seeing it first hand. It’s a great time to be here in Chicago." - Brian Saunders, Founder & CEO at BigTime Software
Keeper Security is a software company that develops secure password manager and digital vault systems for businesses and individuals. Millions of customers rely on Keeper’s password manager and digital vault to reduce the risk of a data breach. Keeper received a Leader badge in the Summer 2019 Password Manager Grid® Report.
“We are honored to be recognized by the Illinois Technology Association among the top B2B tech companies in Illinois - home to some of the most innovative tech companies and talent in the nation. Chicago has always been our home and our recent expansion in the city is indicative of its rapidly growing tech ecosystem, strong local talent, global connectivity and collaborative nature.” - Darren Guccione, CEO and Co-founder at Keeper Security.
Catsy is a pioneer in product content management, syndication, and content analytics technology that makes it easy for brands to drive growth with e-commerce. Providing a streamlined process for sharing content with online retailers, sales reps, e-commerce sites, and print documents are some of the things that caused Catsy to receive a High Performer Badge for Summer 2019.
"Chicago has one of the most diverse economies in the world and Technology has become one of it's most integral pieces. The Chicago tech community has everything from scrappy startups to fortune 500 enterprises that are supporting each others growth. The support this community has for each other will be the catalyst for Chicago’s tech growth in years to come." – Sanjeev Teku, CEO at Catsy
Sprout Social provides a platform for businesses to manage social media engagement, publishing, and analytics. With 899 reviews that average 4.3-stars on G2, Sprout Social was named as one of the Top 50 Products for Marketing in 2019 using G2’s Grid® Reports.
With SIRP, your security functions can benefit from enhanced visibility, analytics, action, and metrics. SIRP is a purpose-built platform for the unique requirements of consistently and efficiently managing cybersecurity incidents, breaches, risks, vulnerabilities, and threats. SIRP received a High Performer badge in Summer 2019.
“It's an honor for SIRP to be recognized in ITA/G2 Top 50 B2B Companies. This recognition truly reflects the experience that we provide to our customers. Our team at SIRP works exceptionally hard to make us stand out and platforms like G2 Crowd ensure that the word be heard.” - Faiz Shuja, CEO and Co-Founder at SIRP
News Exposure provides robust and comprehensive TV and radio broadcast monitoring, internet monitoring, LexisNexis/Print monitoring, media intelligence, and PR analysis. News Exposure received a High Performer badge in Summer 2019.
"We are impressed with the continuous growth of tech in Chicago. While we have an amazing tech platform, we also have amazing customer service! Both have led to our success. It is an honor to be recognized by G2 as one of the best B2B tech companies in Chicago." – David H Lasker, Founder & CEO at News Exposure LLC
Smokeball is a cloud-based legal practice management software that automatically records time and activity for its clients. With a 4.9-star average on G2, Smokeball received a Leader badge in the Summer 2019 Legal Case Management Grid® Report.
“Smokeball is honored to be recognized as a finalist in the Top B2B Tech Companies in Chicago by the Illinois Technology Association and G2. We are proud to serve the needs of small law firms, who in turn support our community in Chicago and around the US. We are currently both the #1 Highest Rated and #1 Easiest to Use Legal Case Management Software on G2, as voted by our clients, which we think reflects our strong commitment to product innovation and client support.” - Jane Oxley, President at Smokeball
Basis is the platform advertisers need to run a successful online advertising campaign across every channel. With 161 reviews on G2, Basis by Centro received a Leader badge in Summer 2019 Demand Side Platform (DSP) Grid® Report.
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OneSpan enables financial institutions and other organizations to succeed by making bold advances in their digital transformation. With 702 reviews on G2, OpenSpan received a Leader badge in the Summer 2019 E-Signature Grid® Report.
“The strength of Chicago’s tech community lies in its uniqueness. It’s the perfect mix of established and emerging tech, and associations like ITA that unite and advocate for the industry, plus the ever-increasing support from educational programming and government institutions. Combined, we’re making the Chicago tech sector a force to be reckoned with.” - Sarah Hanel, Global Director of Corporate Communications at OneSpan
BookingKoala is a cloud-based booking solution that allows users to manage appointments, track sales growth and manage marketing channels. BookingKoala received a High Performer badge for Summer 2019.
"We are truly honored and ecstatic to be nominated as a top business-to-business Chicago Tech Company for 2019! Since even before its inception, BookingKoala’s main goal was always to help as many people as possible. We strive each and every day to make sure that our customers know that we are here for them. With this distinction, it validates our hard work and continuous effort in making BookingKoala the best online booking platform on the market." - Michael Zielinski, COO at BookingKoala
YCharts is a financial software company providing investment research tools including stock charts, stock ratings, and economic indicators. As an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company, YCharts enables its customers to make smarter investment decisions.
"The Illinois Tech community is thriving, and by-force-of-will, having an increasingly large impact on the way companies and individuals around the world operate, transact, live, and thrive. All of the key leading indicators are there for continued growth: top-notch universities to feed talent, a strong Midwestern work ethic and sense of loyalty, experienced entrepreneurs who know how to strategically capture markets, passionate venture capitalists and private equity leaders funding great ideas, and numerous high-profile success stories. The Illinois Tech community is constantly bettering itself - and there's no sign of slowing down." - Sean Brown, President & CEO at YCharts
Telnyx is a VoIP service provider that offers a cloud-based platform that offers access to carrier-grade voice services over the internet.The provider is made up of two parts: Mission Control portal and an API. Telnyx received a High Performer badge in Summer 2019.
"At Telnyx, one of our guiding principles is to leverage the experience of others. We’re always looking to connect with leaders in the Chicago Tech Community to do just that. The community we’ve built in Chicago is a supportive one — we grow and succeed together. We’re incredibly proud to be a part of the Chicago tech scene and excited to see the real innovation that we as a company, and this community, continues to drive globally." - Mary Lawler, Director of Marketing at Telnyx
CDK Global is transforming how cars, trucks, and vehicles of all kinds are marketed, sold and serviced around the world. CDK Drive received a Leader badge in the Summer 2019 Car Dealer Grid® Report.
BigMarker is a full-stack webinar hosting, marketing and automation platform. Companies and universities use BigMarker to host live, on-demand, and automated online presentations, trainings and events. BigMarker received a High Performer badge for Summer 2019.
"Any tech community is defined by the people within it. In Illinois, we’re fortunate to have people who are as helpful and humble as they are experienced, and as practical and real-world as they are ambitious. More and more companies will choose to start here—and stay here—because our combination of talent, work ethic, and truly great people is tough to beat." – Justin Brown, COO at BigMarker
Paylocity is a leading provider of cloud-based payroll and human capital management (HCM) software solutions. With 845 reviews on G2, Paylocity received the Top 50 Fastest Growing Products badge for 2019.
LANSA ’s low-code platform includes an integrated IDE, meta-data repository, rules engine and development language for extending web, mobile, and Windows applications. With a 4.7-star average review on G2, Visual LANSA received the Leader badge in the Summer 2019 Low-Code Development Platform Grid® Report.
With Cashier Live Pharmacy POS you can integrate with pharmacy management systems, accept chip & FSA cards, send purchase orders electronically with their modern point-of-sale built for independent pharmacies.
Product: MVP Plant
Category: Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) Software
CMMS Data Group ensures peak performance, maximizes operations efficiency, and minimizes maintenance costs. As MP2 & MVP Plant experts, their MVP Plant product received a High Performer badge for Summer 2019.
DealRoom is the world's first and only Agile M&A deal room designed to reduce work, track progress and utilize analytics on one centralized project management system. Their product works to increase efficiency with the integration between virtual data rooms, spreadsheets and email. DealRoom received the High Performer Badge in Summer 2019.
"It’s been DealRoom’s privilege to work within Illinois’ growing and highly dynamic technology community. This community has been an imperative and welcomed allied in DealRoom’s own growth and continues to provide our organization with mentorship, inspiration, and innovation.” - Kison Patel, CEO and Founder at DealRoom"
RevenueWell is a fast-growing software company that has a single goal: help dental practices succeed. It knows exactly what it takes to grow a dental practice. RevenueWell received the High Performer Badge for Summer 2019.
Copado is the next generation cloud-based change and release management solution that delivers quicker deployments; better visibility and traceability of your Salesforce orgs and allows you to manage errors proactively. Copado received a Leader badge in the Summer 2019 Continuous Integration Tools Grid® Report.
“Chicago's rich history of continuous innovation and design makes it the perfect place for our NA HQ where we bring together the power of modern DevOps together with the leading Cloud platform from Salesforce.com” - Andrew Leigh, SVP of Marketing at Copado
ROI Blueprints provides cloud-based Project Management Software Services to help businesses select the right projects by capturing ideas, turning those ideas into projects, and then managing the delivery of those projects to ensure return on investments. ROI Blueprints received the High Performer badge for Summer 2019.
"It is our privilege at ROI Blueprints to be part of Chicago’s fast growing technology and innovation ecosystem. The Chicago “Get Stuff Done” culture has played a key part in inspiring us to develop an innovative Project Management SaaS solution, while being pragmatic about solving real-world problems for all our clients." – Ketan Jahagirdar, Founder & CEO at ROI Blueprints
ExpressPigeon is an intelligent yet simple email marketing and transactional email platform. Users of their system hail the ease and depth of their editor. The tool is built with drag-and-drop content reordering, engagement-based list segmentation, and a quick subscription form builder. ExpressPigeon received a High Performer badge in Summer 2019.
ReviewTrackers is a customer feedback software that is used to measure and transform the customer experience.This award-winning reputation management and insights platform is trusted by over 50,000 businesses. ReviewTrackers received a High Performer badge in Summer 2019.
Liquidus Marketing delivers the power to drive scalable, multi-screen digital advertising campaigns using innovative solutions. Liquidus Marketing received a High Performer badge in Summer 2019.
4C powers Scope, the only self-serve platform for audience intelligence, activation, and analytics across channels.With 4C, marketing companies can improve the planning, measuring and buying of advertising content across a variety of media platforms. 4C received a High Performer badge in Summer 2019.
“4C has invested heavily in the Chicago tech community since the company was started in 2011. With our co-founders hailing from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois we’ve been able to attract tremendous local talent and keep our team engaged on innovative projects that are shaping the future of media. We’re now powering over $2 billion in annual advertising spend while helping marketers do their jobs better and faster. It’s been a great ride but we’re still just scratching the surface.” – Aaron Goldman, CMO at 4C
TradingView operates as a developer of social networking and data analysis tools intended for financial markets.
SurePayroll provides online payroll services such as payroll tax services, accounting services and 401k plans for SMEs. With 340 reviews on G2, SurePayroll received a Leader badge in the Summer 2019 Payroll grid® Report.
“With its unique blend of excellent schools, educated workforce, central location and high quality of life, Illinois has always had - and continues to enjoy – a strong technology community that drives organic growth and attracts major players to our marketplace, fueling a bright future. Case in point: since its founding in 2000 and acquisition by Paychex in 2010, SurePayroll has continued its strong record of growth, and today employs more than 300 people and serves tens of thousands of small business customers across the US.” – Sarah Skerik, VP of Marketing at SurePayroll
Cleo is an ecosystem integration software company focused on business outcomes, ensuring each customer’s potential is realized by delivering solutions that make it easy to discover and create value through the movement and integration of enterprise data. With an average of 4.3-stars among their 197 reviews on G2, Cleo received a badge for being one of the Top 50 Products for Mid-Market in 2019.
"When Cleo first expanded beyond our Rockford HQ and into the Chicago-land area, the primary drivers were the promised talent pool, world-class innovation from the surrounding tech community, and close proximity to leading manufacturing, logistics, wholesale and retail businesses who stand to benefit from our ecosystem integration solutions. Fast forward and that all has held true as Chicago boasts unparalleled thought leadership and impressive technology-driven economic development.As we look ahead to the future, our expectation is that the Cleo will further expand its presence as the Chicago Tech community continues to flourish and Chicago solidifies itself as a technology hub.” – Tushar Patel, Chief Marketing Officer at Cleo
Morningstar Advisor Workstation supports advisors with the latest Morningstar investment data, tools, and reports to serve existing clients and generate new business.
Relativity makes software to help users organize data, discover the truth, and act on it. As a flexible eDiscovery platform, their platform can be used in a variety of legal scenarios like litigation, internal investigations and compliance projects. With an average of 4.4-stars across 141 reviews, Relativity received a Leader badge in the Summer 2019 eDiscovery Grid® Report.
iManage is the provider of work product management solutions for law firms, corporate legal departments, and other professional services firms such as accounting and financial services. iManage Work received a Leader badge in the Summer 2019 Insight Engines Grid® Report.
vAuto provides innovative technology, tools, and business intelligence to thousands of dealerships across the United States and Canada, helping them compete more effectively and increase new/used vehicle sales volumes and profits. vAuto Provision received a High Performer badge for Summer 2019.
Cision is a global media intelligence company that offers PR and social software as well as analytics. You can connect your brand with influencers and decision-makers on one unified platform with Cision Communications Cloud. Cision received a badge for being one of the Top 50 Products for Marketing in 2019.
Technology Advisors is a global business and technology consulting company specializing in the development of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) processes and technology solutions.
“Silicon Prairie is back! The explosion of tech companies in Chicago have been fostered by incubators like 1871, and the growth of tech-based organizations (who were part of Chicago tech companies like Groupon) have created a renaissance for software development. Companies specializing in Big Data, Natural Language, Location Services, AI, IoT, and fashion technology have grown from their predecessors, and they will be the ones making investments in the next Chicago tech company.” – Sam Biardo, CEO at Technology Advisors, Inc.
Instana, the leading provider of Automatic Application Monitoring solutions for microservices, leverages automation and artificial intelligence to deliver the visibility and actionable information DevOps teams need to manage dynamic applications. With an average 4.5 G2 rating, Instana received a Higher Performer badge in Summer 2019.
"We are delighted to be recognized as one of Chicago’s most innovative technology companies and are excited to be part of the tech transformation occurring in Chicago and across Illinois that is spinning up startups and attracting leading established tech companies to expand here. Chicago has seen tremendous growth in tech over the last few years, which is not surprising given its strong financial and educational institutions who will continue to fuel innovation organically and attract talent from outside Chicago to invest in a community known for its competitiveness and strong work ethic." – Jason J Heine, CFO at Instana
NeonCRM is the most robust cloud-based CRM database built specifically for nonprofit organizations. Its quality of support G2 rating is higher than the average for nonprofit CRM software. NeonCRM received a Leader badge in Summer 2019.
Sertifi provides a frictionless business tool that enables organizations to collect payments and signed contract quickly and easily. The solution is popular among reviewers, with 116 5-star reviews – which has earned Sertifi a High Performer Badge in Summer 2019.
DialogTech provides actionable marketing analytics for businesses that value phone calls – powered by AI. Multiple G2 reviews for this solution call out their exceptional customer service and account team. DialogTech received a Leader badge in the Summer 2019 Conversation Analysis Grid® Report.
ClubExpress provides clubs and associations with an Internet platform to manage both front-office and back-office operations. With over 115 G2 reviews and an average rating of 4.0, the software “keeps getting better,” according to one review. ClubExpress received a Leader badge in the Summer 2019 Association Management Grid® Report.
“The evolving power of information technology shrinks time and space. Chicago’s growing strength in this area will enable the region’s residents, workers, and businesses to influence the world in how we make connections to each other. As tech companies look to the future, we see that Chicago has effective public transportation, ease of access from anywhere in the world, with a lower cost of living compared to big cities on either coast. The Chicago area has a wealth of talent, a strong education system with a focus on technology, and start-up incubators. This region is poised to continue its growth in information technology that will continue to help bring us closer together.” – Dan Ehrmann, Founder & CEO at ClubExpress
Syndigo's Content Experience Hub Platform allows retailers, distributors and manufacturers to access all of their product data and digital assets from one single location. G2 users have Syndigo a 9.5 out of 10 rating for “quality of support” so it’s no surprise the solution received a Leader badge in the Summer 2019 Product Information Management (PIM) Grid® Report.
"We our thrilled our clients believe in what we are doing here at Syndigo and are going out and sharing their experiences with us on G2. As a business that provides technology-enabled services to many of the world's largest retailers and brands, Syndigo understands the importance of having access to leading technology and talent. One of the reasons why we located our headquarters in the heart of Chicago is due to the access we have to the unbelievable tech community. There are an incredible number of entrepreneurs and incubators in the Chicago area because of the proximity to a variety of industry giants. These businesses form the base of a strong business community in Chicago. We are excited to keep growing here and developing new technology for our clients." – Patrick Niersbach, VP Marketing at Syndigo
GreenSock is all about making it easier for developers to create silky-smooth interactive experiences that “just work" in every browser. Its users agree that the solution is easy to use and set up, which is why Greensock received a High Performer badge in Summer 2019.
m-Power is a no-code development platform that automates web (and mobile web) application development. Used across all industries and company sizes, m-Power lets anyone create web apps without coding. m-Power received a High Performer badge in Summer 2019.
Quill is an intelligent automation platform that allows enterprise organizations to transform reporting workflows with natural language generation (NLG). Quill received a Higher Performer badge in Summer 2019.
As you can see from the list, Chicago is a central hub for a range of tech companies. One thing all of these organizations have in common is that their customers love them.
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Deirdre O’Donoghue is a Senior Content Marketing Specialist at G2. She brings her passion for research and creativity to her writing. In her free time you can find Deirdre fostering puppies or exploring the Chicago foodie scene. (she/her/hers)
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