Boston Startup Community News & Content

Northeastern University to offer data science bootcamp

Oct 13, The Chronicle of Higher Education

MassMutual bets $100M on teaching people how to be ‘grownups’

Turns out, there’s huge demand for learning how to be an adult. MassMutual’s Society of Grownups spinout is getting a $100 million investment from the Springfield-based life insurance firm to expand beyond Brookline. The company aims to begin expansion in 2016 and add 10 new locations in Philadelphia and New York City. No additional plans

Oct 15, Boston Business Journal

Why this investor is supporting a $250k business plan competition for women

John Burns wants to see more high-powered women in business. To that end, the chief investment officer for Boston-based branding and venture capital firm Breakaway, has teamed up with Babson College to organize a business plan competition for women, with a $250,000 prize. “There’s a gap in the market and there are women out there

Oct 14, Boston Business Journal

This Harvard Startup Gives the Average Person a Voice in Politics

For the past couple weeks, I feel like I can’t escape Agora, a startup out of the Harvard Innovation Lab founded last year, at any and every event I attend. And in light of all of the election buzz, it makes sense: Agora offers an online network that gives citizens a soap box to stand on, while

Oct 14, BostInno

Here Are the MassChallenge ‘Final 26’ Startups for 2015

MassChallenge revealed on Wednesday morning the top 26 startups of its 2015 class that will move onto the final round of judging for a chance to share about $1.5 million in awards. The startups range in categories from high tech concepts—like football-sized, underwater drones—to social impact concepts, like a B2B marketplace that helps businesses manage

Oct 14, BostInno

Interview with Privy CEO, Ben Jabbawy

Oct 12, Tech In Boston Podcast

Hatch Kicks Off Event Series with General Assembly and Creative Mornings

By now you’ve probably heard of Hatch Fenway– the neighborhood’s innovation hub for creative professionals and emerging startups. This month, conversation starters General Assembly and Creative Mornings will be hosting their first events at Hatch in the Landmark Center. Check out what’s happening and RSVP online. We hope to see you there! October 14 // Wednesday 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. // General AssemblyDesign

Oct 13, BostInno

CyPhy Works aims to bring drones to agriculture, mining, public safety sectors

CyPhy Works, the Danvers-based drone maker founded by renowned roboticist Helen Greiner, aims to bring drones to the sectors of agriculture, mining, public safety and construction, among others, with $22 million in new funding. The money will be used to commercialize the company’s tethered drone, called Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC). PARC is powered

Oct 13, Boston Business Journal

Six thoughts about Dell’s $67 billion acquisition of EMC

Dell’s proposed purchase of EMC isn’t just one of the biggest acquisitions of a tech company ever, but it puts the biggest technology company in Massachusetts under the control of a Texas-based owner. Six quick thoughts about the deal: • These kinds of deals tend to be thrilling mostly to investment bankers and private equity wheelers;

Oct 12, BetaBoston

Massachusetts emerges as a robot industry powerhouse

Seventeen years ago, Helen Greiner was scrambling to find investors to back her company’s development of a robot that would clean people’s houses. As she made the rounds of venture capitalists, the responses ranged from “You’re not an Internet company” to “You’re too early stage” to “I would do this, but my partners would kill

Oct 10, BetaBoston