Boston Startup Community News & Content

Spark Capital leads $3.3m round into Boston-based, on-demand life sciences marketplace Clora

On-demand labor marketplaces have been around for decades on the internet. Paying someone to identify a cat using Amazon Mechanical Turk or hiring someone to program a quick website on Upwork is easy — post a job, select someone, pay a few bucks and you’re done. While hiring individuals is reasonably straightforward, building teams to

Dec 07, TechCrunch

Boston entrepreneur details first on-the-record allegations against VC Shervin Pishevar

Laura Fitton is a Boston entrepreneur and social marketing executive, known to many early Twitter users as the co-author of Twitter for Dummies. She also is now the sixth woman to accuse venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar of sexual misconduct, and the first to do so on the record, alleging that Pishevar forcibly kissed her and engaged in other

Dec 07, Axios

Lyft’s self-driving pilot with nuTonomy begins rolling out in Boston

Lyft is beginning its self-driving car pilot with self-driving car company nuTonomy in Boston as it looks to ramp up its self-driving efforts, and is now matching its riders with self-driving vehicles in parts of Boston, nuTonomy said today. Lyft announced its partnership with nuTonomy in June this year, indicating that the pilots would begin in the coming months.

Dec 06, TechCrunch

Ohio manufacturer acquires Boston 3D-printing startup

An Ohio manufacturer announced last week that it reached an agreement to acquire a Boston-based 3D-printing company born out of MIT. Cincinnati Inc., a Harrison, Ohio-based build-to-order machine tool manufacturer, has purchased New Valence Robotics Corp. (NVBots Corp.). All employees of NVBots will be retained and the base of operations will remain in Boston. Sales terms were were not

Dec 04, Boston Business Journal

Venture Capital Shop Hyperplane Backs Boston Data Startup Elsen

Boston-based Hyperplane Venture Capital, a venture firm specializing in backing machine learning and data companies, is leading a $2.4 million investment into Elsen, a start-up that has built technology allowing financial professionals with or without quantitative expertise to test out and discover new investment strategies. Jack Klinck, a managing partner at Hyperplane who founded State

Dec 04, Institutional Investor

Zagster Has a Sensible New Approach to Dockless Bike-Share Mania

Every day I walk to the train station, I notice them everywhere: dockless shared bicycles. Some are neatly clustered together. Some are knocked down. But despite any semblance of clutter on Malden’s sidewalks, the introduction of dockless bike-share programs from Ofo and LimeBike has had some positive impact. I see people in town riding the streets with

Nov 30, BostInno

Exclusive: Techstars’ New Anti-Drone Tech Accelerator with the Air Force Has Found Its Home

Techstars has found a home for its new startup accelerator in Boston that it’s launching with the U.S. Air Force next year. The Techstars Autonomous Tech program has signed an agreement to use a space for up to 60 people in Workbar’s new Back Bay location at 399 Boylston St., BostInno has exclusively learned. Representatives

Nov 14, BostInno

Optimus Ride will provide self-driving vehicles to Boston community residents

A new partnership between autonomous driving startup Optimus Ride and release estate developer LStar Ventures will see self-driving vehicle access offered up to residents of a new urban development near Boston called Union Point, via a revenue generating last mile commuter and local destination autonomous travel service. The partnership will see the Union Point neighborhood,

Nov 28, TechCrunch

Progress is slow for women in Boston’s startup community

When an infant began to fuss during a Cambridge event this fall, the baby’s mother stood up to leave the room. Sharon Kan, CEO and co-founder of a mom-friendly startup called Pepperlane, yelled out to her from the stage. “Why are you leaving?” she asked the woman, interrupting the panel discussion. “Come back.” The audience

Nov 27, Boston Business Journal

12 Massachusetts Companies That Announced Their Series D Since Last Thanksgiving

After Casa System caught some of our readers by surprise by filing for IPO on Tuesday, we decided to list all the Massachusetts private companies that raised a Series D round in the past 12 months. We thought it was a good way to keep some potential IPO candidates on the radar, as well as a refresher on

Nov 24, BostInno