Boston Startup Community News & Content

Never heard of the High-Growth CEO Forum? That’s just fine with the group’s members

The first rule of the High-Growth CEO Forum is, you do not talk about anything that happens in the forum. You will hear about personnel problems, cash crunches, and board member conflicts, but everything stays in the room. The group gets together once a quarter, usually at a hotel boardroom in the Boston area. And

Aug 18, The Boston Globe

This Fast-Growing MailChimp Competitor Has Quietly Found an Ecommerce Sweet Spot

If you hadn’t heard of Klaviyo (pronounced “clay-veeyo”), we wouldn’t blame you. After raising a $1.5 million seed round in 2015, the email marketing automation startup has been fairly quiet ever since — so much so that it never even announced the $7 million Series A round it raised early last year from Astral Capital, a venture

Aug 18, BostInno

LearnLaunch Accelerator Gives a Boost to Ed Tech Startups Worldwide From Its Boston Home

Boston has long been a hub for higher learning, but a nonprofit called LearnLaunch is moving K-12 to the forefront of thought in this education-focused city by embracing the power of technology to instruct and inspire. Using an accelerator model, LearnLaunch selects five or six ed tech startups at a time from a raft of

Aug 16, The 74

Ashton Kutcher to judge ‘Shark Tank’-style competition in Boston

No, you’re not getting Punk’d. Ashton Kutcher is rolling into town with big bucks in hand at the Forbes Under 30 Summit later this year. On Oct. 2, Kutcher and a panel of investors will judge four potential entrepreneurs with “disruptive and scalable business ideas” at the Global Change The World Competition. The winner of this “Shark

Aug 10, Metro

For year two, Pulse@MassChallenge brings back reverse pitches, adds fee

Pulse@MassChallenge, a startup accelerator/contest backed by the city of Boston, the commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, opened applications for its second class this week. While there are some changes stemming from lessons learned, the organization is mostly considering the more experimental elements of the program a success and continuing them into year two. First

Aug 10, MobiHealthNews

Program Aims To ‘Hack’ Tech’s Diversity Problem By Building A Bigger Pipeline

Through the program, 16 students from area community colleges and urban schools are interning with local tech companies in an effort to help solve the industry’s persistent diversity problems.

Aug 09, WBUR

Aerostat startup Altaeros gets $7.5M from SoftBank to bring broadband wireless to rural areas

Altaeros, a Boston-based startup that develops autonomous aerostats, announced today that it has received $7.5 million in new funding from SoftBank Group. The capital will speed up the launch of SuperTower, a project that uses Altaeros’ tethered balloons (pictured above) to bring broadband wireless to rural areas. This is the second time SoftBank has funded

Aug 08, TechCrunch

This Techstars Boston alum is planning to raise $15M — all through cryptocurrency

Boston-based AirFox, a graduate of the 2016 Techstars Boston accelerator program, will later this month become one of the first local startups to raise money by selling its own cryptocurrency online — a process known as an “initial coin offering” or ICO. AirFox is looking to raise $15 million, and up to $21 million if that

Aug 08, Boston Business Journal

Their invention is valued at $250 million. Here’s why they’re not satisfied

Most entrepreneurs would salivate at the prospect of their invention being valued at $250 million practically overnight. But for one group of twentysomething guys writing code in a Cambridge apartment, the wild interest in their product can feel more like a nine-figure distraction. The programmers have developed a product called Sia, which helps people park

Aug 07, The Boston Globe

Neurable’s Brain-Computer Interface Platform Scores U-M Investment

Neurable, a University of Michigan spinout now located in Cambridge, MA, has received a new investment from the university’s Zell Lurie Founders Fund to help commercialize its brain-computer interface (BCI) technology. The amount of the investment was not disclosed. The new capital builds on a $2 million seed round the company raised last December, says […]

Aug 07, Xconomy