Boston Startup Community News & Content

Adtech Is in for a Rough 2017. The Visible Measures Collapse Is Just the Beginning

Last week, ad-tech startup Visible Measures sold to AcuityAds for $10 million. It’s a tiny deal, but it deserves a second look for two reasons: One, it was a very disappointing outcome for investors, and two, it is a sign of things to come for many well-funded adtech startups. Founded in 2005, Boston-based Visible Measures

Mar 22, Fortune

Chinese Investment In Neurala, Others, Worries US

Boston-based artificial intelligence startup Neurala has created a deep learning neural networks platform and software. While Neurala has seen some funding success, including a $14 million Series A venture funding round led by Pelion Venture Partners back in January, one investor in particular reportedly had the Pentagon on red alert (so to speak). Neurala received

Mar 23, PYMNTS

Mass. is a big part of Amazon’s plan to revolutionize grocery shopping

From an undisclosed location in the town of Hudson, Amazon is planning its latest assault on traditional retailers. This one involves using cameras and sensors to replace the cashier — and the lines — at a convenience store. Just grab the items you want, and the system automatically tallies up your bill and charges you

Mar 23, The Boston Globe

DataRobot Downloads $54M Led by NEA to Automate Data Science Tasks

Jeremy Achin is embarrassed to admit it, but his decision to quit his job and start a company was inspired in part by seeing the movie “The Social Network,” the Hollywood take on Facebook’s origin story. It was several years ago, and the then-31-year-old was a director of research and modeling at Travelers Insurance in […]

Mar 23, Xconomy

A Cambridge Tech Giant Is Getting Ready to Throw Money at Startups

Pegasystems, a publicly traded software company based in Cambridge, is launching a new venture arm to invest in startups.

The provider of customer relationship management software announced on Wednesday that its new venture arm, Pega Service…

Mar 22, BostInno

Controlling VR with Your Mind

Virtual reality is still so new that the best way for us to interact within it is not yet clear. One startup wants you to use your head, literally: it’s tracking brain waves and using the result to control VR video games. Boston-based startup Neurable is focused on deciphering brain activity to determine a person’s

Mar 22, MIT Technology Review

Introducing the 2017 Tech Madness Bracket

Who will cut down the proverbial 2017 Tech Madness net?

Today, we are thrilled to unveil the 2017 Tech Madness Bracket, a friendly competition designed to generate awareness and excitement for Boston’s tech community. (Round One voting is now…

Mar 22, BostInno

Investor with golden touch for social startups is jazzed about the enterprise

Bijan Sabet is a venture capitalist with a golden touch. His wins are as legendary as the consumer and social tech companies he helped grow into the juggernauts they are today. Spark Capital, the Boston-based firm he cofounded and where he serves as general partner, has invested in more than 100 companies to date, including

Mar 20, CIO

Marriott Expands Reach Into Tours and Activities With Its Latest Investment

Marriott International wants to connect its loyalty members to even more in-destination experiences, and to do that, it has made an equity investment in a tours-and-activities metasearch platform, PlacePass. The Cambridge, Mass.-based, two-year-old startup lists more than 100,000 experiences in 800 destinations worldwide from various vendors and eventually, all 100 million members of Marriott’s three

Mar 21, Skift

Fam raises $1.8 million for its iMessage-based group video chat app

The iMessage App Store may have its struggles, but one app aimed at bringing group video chat into the iMessage experience is reportedly taking off. Boston-based Smack, the company behind the video chat app called Fam, has raised $1.8 million in funding from a range of investors for its Top 25 Social Networking app on the App

Mar 20, TechCrunch