Boston Startup Community News & Content

Amazon doubles down on Boston area as a robotics hub with new $40M facility in Westborough

Amazon is expanding in Boston, with a new $40 million office that cements the region as the tech giant’s epicenter for robotics innovation. The new site will be 350,000 square feet in the suburb of Westborough, Mass., about 35 miles west of Boston, with corporate offices, research and development labs, and manufacturing space. The new facility,

Nov 06, GeekWire

Exclusive: Meet the Startups in Harvard Innovation Labs’ Launch Lab X

A little over a month after inducting 176 startups to its fall venture incubation program, Harvard Innovation Labs is opening doors to a new cohort—the second annual Launch Lab X program. Unlike the venture incubation program that runs 12 weeks, Launch Lab X is a nine-month program. Selected startups participate in three 90-day sprints ending with a pitch and

Nov 05, BostInno

Boston-based NeighborSchools Raises $3.5M Seed For Affordable Childcare

Working parents need childcare that isn’t going to cost more than their little one’s future college tuition. Care providers need a way to navigate the regulatory and logistical challenge of opening a daycare in their homes without losing their minds (and getting paid a fair amount). Therein lies the sweet spot for Boston-based NeighborSchools. Using

Nov 05, Crunchbase News

Boston-born Workbar is expanding in San Francisco

After a decade growing in Boston, Workbar is branching out. The co-working operator said Monday that it plans to open its first out-of-town location early next year in San Francisco. Workbar will partner with Japanese co-working company fabbit to run a 9,000-square-foot office on the top floor of a 22-story office building in San Francisco’s

Nov 04, The Boston Globe

This City Is Proof That Big-Name Colleges Can Fuel an Equally Impressive Startup Scene

Boston’s frigid winters can’t stop its piping-hot entrepreneurial scene, thanks to an endless supply of top-shelf talent from area colleges. Here’s the tea on Inc.‘s No. 15 Surge City.

Nov 04, Inc.

Boston-based startup signs ‘game-changer’ partnership with Dropbox

Boston-based Notarize, Inc., has signed a partnership with Dropbox, Inc. (Nasdaq: DBX) to make its online notarization services available to all users of the cloud-based file storage and sharing software.

Oct 31, Boston Business Journal

DraftKings Is Said to Be in Talks to Sell to Diamond Eagle

Blank-check company Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. is in advanced talks to buy DraftKings Inc., the fantasy sports and gambling company, according to people familiar with the matter. The special-purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, is in exclusive negotiations with DraftKings, said the people, who asked to not be identified because the matter isn’t public. No transaction

Oct 30, Bloomberg

Vendr, already profitable, raises $2M to replace your enterprise sales team

Vendr has developed an enterprise SaaS solution for managing enterprise SaaS. The new startup, founded by InVision’s former head of enterprise sales Ryan Neu, is another standout from Y Combinator’s  latest batch. Contrary to the majority of those businesses, however, Vendr is already profitable. In classic YC fashion, the company has created software to sell to other startups,

Oct 23, TechCrunch

PTC to buy Cambridge’s Onshape for $470M in ‘biggest acquisition ever’

In an exclusive interview, Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC, confirmed to the Boston Business Journal that Cambridge-based Onshape is the “biggest acquisition ever in PTC’s history” and shared more details about the future of the company within PTC.

Oct 23, Boston Business Journal

September VC Funding Update: 54 Startups Raise More Than a Billion Dollars

The summer slump wore off in September with over 50 Boston startups raising north of a billion dollars in venture funding. Notable blockbuster rounds included Ginkgo Bioworks’ $290 million Series E round, DataRobot’s $206 million in Series E, and Swiss cybersecurity firm Acronis’ $147 million. DataRobot and Acronis’ latest round of financing made both companies

Oct 03, BostInno