Boston Startup Community News & Content

Top Boston VCs to host ‘office hours’ for female entrepreneurs

Top venture capitalists in Boston are inviting female startup founders to a day of “office hours” where they can meet investors and get business advice outside of the high-pressure scenarios of pitch meetings or competitions. Katie Rae, formerly the managing director of TechStars Boston and now the CEO of MIT’s The Engine, said the idea

Feb 14, Boston Business Journal

Startup develops portable, smartphone compatible ultrasound scanner

A startup, co-founded by an MIT graduate, has developed a low-cost, portable ultrasound scanner that generates clinical-quality screenings on a smartphone. By making ultrasounds more accessible, the co-founders aim to help health care professionals generate life-saving diagnoses with more ease. The start-up, Butterfly Network, developed the scanner in part due to the efforts done by

Feb 16, Boston 25 News

WBUR Poll: Boston-Area Residents Support Amazon HQ2, But Worry About Housing And Traffic 

There’s strong support for bringing Amazon to the Boston area, but residents are skeptical about giving the tech giant tax incentives and worry about its potential impact on housing and traffic.

Feb 15, WBUR

Algorand Nabs $4M for Blockchain Aiming to Avoid Bitcoin’s Flaws

A new startup out of MIT called Algorand has raised $4 million from investors to help it launch a blockchain-based system that the company says could address some of the technological problems dogging Bitcoin and other popular digital currencies. Pillar Companies and Union Square Ventures are the investors in Boston-based Algorand’s seed funding round announced […]

Feb 15, Xconomy

How Soofa Is Taking a Consumer Friendly Approach to Smart City Tech

You may have seen Soofa’s smart benches and signs in Kendall Square and Faneuil Hall, and they’re certainly neat to look at. Plus, the signs can provide helpful information, such as MBTA arrival times, directions to nearby attractions and local event listings. The benches let you charge your smartphone. But is that all there is to Soofa?

Feb 14, BostInno

Announcing BostInno’s Finalists for Tech Madness 2018

On Thursday, March 8th, we will debut BostInno’s official 2018 Tech Madness Brackets at our Reveal Party at Game On Fenway. Bonus: We will open Round 1 of voting at this year’s Tech Madness Bracket Reveal where one vote will count as 10. So join us at the party and get off to a hot start with voting! Tech Madness is our annual bracket-style

Feb 13, BostInno

Fitbit Snaps Up Twine Health to Connect Dots for Patients, Doctors

Wearable device maker Fitbit is extending its reach into hospitals and doctors’ offices with the planned acquisition of Twine Health, an MIT spinout that sells healthcare coaching and collaboration software. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed in a press release announcing the deal Tuesday. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of this […]

Feb 13, Xconomy

MassRobotics to triple South Boston space with $2.5M state grant

MassRobotics, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering young robotics companies in Massachusetts, plans to expand its footprint in South Boston by up to 35,000 square feet, more than tripling its current space. The organization was founded in 2016 and opened its headquarters at 12 Channel St. last February. With 15,000-square-feet of space, it already hosts about 30 robotics

Feb 09, Boston Business Journal

Rising from Boston’s building boom, a new kind of startup

Boston has been Crane City for the last five years or more: construction everywhere you look, and detour signs, too. Much less noticeable has been a boom in startups focused on buildings. Entrepreneurs are looking at a massive industry and seeing opportunity — construction spending on private projects in the United States hit a record

Feb 09, The Boston Globe

Why Mylestone Shut Down Shortly After Founder Dave Balter Stepped Down

When Mylestone founder and CEO Dave Balter stepped aside to focus more on his new cryptocurrency investing service last November, it turns out the Boston startup only lasted for another month before calling it quits. Balter confirmed to BostInno on Wednesday that Mylestone shut down in December. Drew Condon, who was promoted to CEO when

Feb 09, BostInno