Boston Startup Community News & Content

Scott Kirsner’s March tech roundup: health companies’ impact on rent, titles in demand, events worth checking out

Looking at some data, firing off some e-mails, and making some phone calls to understand what’s shaking in the local innovation economy as we head into the first full work week of March . . . To understand Boston’s shift from a tech-driven town to one focused on health care, all you need to do

Mar 03, The Boston Globe

Startups focusing on aging have a home in new Kendall Square incubator

Business incubators tend to be buzzing hives of young disrupters. But a new co-working space for startups in Kendall Square is aiming for a different vibe. Agency, ramping up in a hip new Cambridge Innovation Center building at 245 Main St., styles itself as a “global longevity collective.” It’s designed as a gathering place for

Mar 03, The Boston Globe

Crypto Startup Circle Seeking $250 Million in New Funding

Circle, one of the biggest cryptocurrency startups in the U.S., is seeking to raise about $250 million in a combination of equity and debt, according to a person with direct knowledge of the plans. If it succeeds, Circle would be the latest in a series of cryptocurrency firms to raise money as they grapple with

Mar 02, The Information

A Cambridge startup wants to give gamers a new voice

In online video games such as “Fortnite,” players can pay to customize their on-screen appearance. Now a Cambridge startup called Modulate wants to let players customize their voices, too, so an adolescent newbie can sound like a grizzled gaming veteran, or female players can come across as men. There are already products on the market,

Feb 28, The Boston Globe

Jobcase’s $100M Funding Round Will Help Startup Grow — And Stay — In Mass.

Cambridge startup Jobcase, a professional network for blue-collar workers, has raised $100 million in new funding — more than five times its previous total. The massive cash infusion, led by investment firm Providence Strategic Growth, signals confidence in Jobcase’s ability to compete with LinkedIn and other more specialized networks such as WorkHands, which targets trade workers.

Feb 28, WBUR

Polis, the door-to-door marketer, raises another $2.5 million

Polis founder Kendall Tucker began her professional life as a campaign organizer in local Democratic politics, but — seeing an opportunity in her one-on-one conversations with everyday folks — has built a business taking that shoe leather approach to political campaigns to the business world. Now the company she founded to test her thesis that […]

Feb 26, TechCrunch

MassChallenge gets first new CEO in its 9-year history

MassChallenge, the Boston-based nonprofit that offers grants and training to promising startups, is getting a new chief executive for the first time in its nine-year history. Siobhan Dullea will take the reins from John Harthorne, the founder of MassChallenge, who is departing to work on a for-profit project to help companies that have been through

Feb 20, The Boston Globe

As GE and Amazon move on, Google expands presence in Boston and NYC

NYC and Boston were handed huge setbacks this week when Amazon and GE decided to bail on their commitments to build headquarters in the respective cities on the same day. But it’s worth pointing out that while these large tech organizations were pulling out, Google was expanding in both locations. Yesterday upon hearing about Amazon’s decision […]

Feb 15, TechCrunch

Boston Tech Watch: Student Loans, Google in Kendall Square & More

General Electric may have backed off its plans for Boston, but at least it’s not leaving town. A student loan startup in Boston eyes help from Capitol Hill. Deals, fundings, and founders moving on. The week in Boston tech is here: —A bill introduced this week in Congress could provide a boost to local student […]

Feb 15, Xconomy

Viewpoint: For the real startup revolution, look to Boston’s edges

Everyone loves the frenetic energy Boston’s startup ecosystem. You could go for days jumping from networking event to networking event, eating free pizza and sipping microbrews while talking with like-minded entrepreneurs about the latest trends. But that kind of energy, while intoxicating, doesn’t always help build strong, thoughtful networks that will help a company get

Feb 14, Boston Business Journal