Boston Startup Community News & Content

Sports-focused Will Ventures weighs in with $55M first-time VC fund

Venture capitalists in the pandemic economy could be forgiven for asking, “What slowdown?” In the face of dislocation caused by the coronavirus, VC firms still are amassing formidable war chests across the US industry as limited partners show their continuing faith in the venture market. After peaking in 2018, total VC fundraising this year already

Sep 30, PitchBook

Cybersecurity vendor to hire staff, Boston senior exec after raising $30M

A European cybersecurity vendor that opened a Boston office in 2018 is planning to expand in the U.S. after raising its largest round of funding yet. LogPoint Inc., which has a total of 190 employees, closed $30 million in funding last Friday. New investor Digital+ Partners led the Series B round, announced on Wednesday. To

Sep 30, Boston Business Journal

iRobot cofounder Helen Greiner named CEO of robotic gardening startup, Tertill

Boston-based robotic gardening startup Tertill this morning announced that it has appointed Helen Greiner as CEO and Chairman. The executive is best known for cofounding iRobot in 1990 along with fellow MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab members Rodney Brooks and Colin Angle (the company’s longtime CEO).

Sep 29, TechCrunch

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