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TiE Boston’s ScaleUp Cohort 6 Companies finish strong with Investor Showcase during COVID-19

Typically running from January to May, ScaleUp Cohort 6 saw an unprecedented year of growth and strength in the wake of COVID-19. Taking a short break from February to April and a summer hiatus, the program concluded in September with a vibrant Investor Showcase to close the program. Chair of the ScaleUp Taskforce, Neeraj Chandra,

Sep 21, PR Web

Helping robots avoid collisions

George Konidaris still remembers his disheartening introduction to robotics. “When you’re a young student and you want to program a robot, the first thing that hits you is this immense disappointment at how much you can’t do with that robot,” he says. Most new roboticists want to program their robots to solve interesting, complex tasks

Sep 17, MIT News

So long, ping-pong: tech companies are re-evaluating real estate needs post-pandemic

Office amenities like in-house fitness spaces and foosball were once a big draw to attract and retain talent. But with so few people commuting to downtown offices, tech companies are wondering whether they need such amenities —or such offices at all.

Sep 17, Boston Business Journal

5 minutes with…Stephanie Roulic, founder of Startup Boston

Startup Boston Week 2020, a free annual conference for early-stage startup employees and founders, is ready to launch, from Sept. 21 to Sept. 25, with more than 200 speakers and 70 sessions. The event is organized by Startup Boston, an event-based organization for entrepreneurs, startup employees, investors and mentors. Its lead organizer of Startup Boston

Sep 17, Boston Business Journal

Kleiner prints gold with Desktop Metal, netting a roughly 10x return

Desktop Metal is one of the most interesting startups to come out of Boston in some time, with a technology designed to “print metal.” That’s a potentially huge expansion for the 3D printing market, where flexible polymers are the norm, a material that limits the kinds of products that these machines can produce. Little surprise

Sep 15, TechCrunch

Boston Startup Creates The Dronut, A Drone To Fly In Tight Spaces

A Boston startup is giving drones a new look that could make a big difference in security and safety. Cleo Robotics is putting the propellers inside. “What we’ve done is a leap forward in technology and capability,” said Omar Eleryan, the chief executive officer of Cleo Robotics, which is housed in the new MassRobotics facility

Sep 15, CBS Boston

As low-code startups continue to attract VC interest, what’s driving customer demand?

Investor interest in no-code, low-code apps and services advanced another step this morning with Airtable raising an outsized round. The $185 million investment into the popular database-and-spreadsheet service comes as it adds “new low-code and automation features,” per our own reporting. The round comes after we’ve seen several VCs describe no- and low-code startups as

Sep 14, TechCrunch

After raising $200M, Boston unicorn CEO eyes IPO

With no set timeframe for Snyk’s IPO right now, CEO Peter McKay says he doesn’t exclude other forms of exits such as an acquisition or a listing via a special-purpose acquisition company, an expedited process that has become popular this year. However, “our view is probably more towards the traditional (IPO),” he said. The provider

Sep 09, Boston Business Journal

Lightmatter Startup Tries to Speed Up Computing Using Light

The idea of using light instead of electricity in computing has been around for decades. Boston-based startup Lightmatter Inc. believes the technology’s time has finally come. The potential benefits — greater speed requiring less power — are understood. But the approach, known as photonics, has mostly foundered because it’s difficult to design and manufacture the required circuitry.

Sep 09, Bloomberg

ScootRoute maps out directions for moped drivers

Setting out to make her daily commute better and her visits to see relatives in the suburbs a bit smoother on her Vespa, Meghan Braley tapped into the micromobility navigation software market. A year later, her application ScootRoute is available nationally and has garnered interest abroad. Similar to Waze and Google Maps, ScootRoute provides turn-by-turn

Sep 08, BostInno