Boston Startup Community News & Content

Where are all the Massachusetts tech IPOs?

If you had a friend who touted himself as an Olympic prospect, you might think it odd if a few Olympics blew by — and this friend was watching them next to you on the couch, still talking about his future on the medal stand. In Massachusetts, tech companies often like to tout themselves as candidates

May 17, The Boston Globe

This MassChallenge Startup Wants to be the ‘Spotify’ of Education

If you had to take someone’s word when it came to finding the right educational content, could it get better than two of the most popular teaching fellows at Khan Academy? And when those fellows say, “The problem is not of education access but of information overload,” and they propose a solution, it’s hard not

May 16, BostInno

Pillar Fuels Second Go-Round With $100M Fund for Boston Startups

It took a few more years than initially planned, but early-stage venture firm Pillar has raised the $100 million fund it wanted. Launching with fanfare in 2016 under former North Bridge Venture Partners’ Jamie Goldstein, Pillar set its sights on nine digits worth of cash but ended up only raising $57 million. It has since […]

May 16, Xconomy

Former Constant Contact CEO joins Somerville startup Pepperlane as chief product officer

One of Greater Boston’s most prominent female CEOs has landed her first full-time gig since selling her previous startup for more than $1 billion three years ago. Gail Goodman, a former Constant Contact chief executive, has joined Pepperlane, a Somerville startup that provides software for mothers who want to launch businesses but have the flexibility

May 14, The Boston Globe

This NYC venture firm wants to cut the ‘first check’ for tech startups in Boston

2048 Ventures, a newly-created venture firm based in midtown Manhattan, is looking to invest in Boston tech startups at the pre-seed stage, according to Alex Iskold, its co-founder and managing partner. Iskold, a tech entrepreneur who was managing director at startup accelerator Techstars New York for five years, launched 2048 Ventures with Paul Sethi after

May 13, Boston Business Journals

Meet the Winners of the 2019 NEVY Awards

Remember when we introduced the nominees of the seventh annual NEVY awards? On Wednesday night, the New England Venture Capital Association unveiled the winners to a packed audience at Boston’s House of Blues. The theme was 007 James Bond, and needless to say, it had a Casino Royalesque atmosphere. As Jody Rose, president of NEVCA

May 09, BostInno

Food entrepreneurs shift their focus to software to help the industry thrive

Slinging espressos and wrapping burritos are tough businesses. Is selling software any easier? Two groups of food-service entrepreneurs — the ones who brought you the Barismo cafés and Boloco lunch spots — are about to find out. They’re raising money for software ventures that will target the business they know best. It’s a business, explains Barismo

May 05, The Boston Globe

Meet the next class of edtech companies joining LearnLaunch Accelerator Breakthrough program

We’re thrilled to announce our latest round of investments and unveil the four edtech companies selected for our highly competitive Breakthrough Program.
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May 06, LearnLaunch

Indefinite hiatus: A Russian student’s startup journey

Building a startup is outside the bounds of what many may think of a normal career path — for graduating college seniors, it’s getting an entry-level position in the field of their degree. But Arkadiy Baltser, a Boston University sophomore studying philosophy, does not quite fit that typical career path. For nearly five years, Baltser

May 01, BU News Service

Publishers Cengage, McGraw-Hill Merge to Better Target Edtech Market

Textbook and edtech companies Cengage and McGraw-Hill are merging to become the second-largest provider of educational materials in the US to compete in what’s proven to be a tough sector for traditional publishers being transformed by digital books and online learning. The deal, announced Wednesday, sets out an all-stock merger of equals with the owners […]

May 01, Xconomy