Boston Startup Community News & Content

XFactor, the early-stage VC that invests in women-led startups, raises a second fund

XFactor, the pre-seed and seed-stage VC out of Flybridge Capital, has today announced that it has raised a second fund of $8.6 million. XFactor first came on the scene in 2017 with $3 million. Flybridge Capital partner Chip Hazard started the fund alongside several female founders who were interested in getting into investment. The idea is not

May 30, TechCrunch

With app, commercial real estate startup plans to enhance landlord-tenant relations

Can a Boston startup break down the walls that separate landlords and the people who work in their office towers every day? HqO chief executive Chase Garbarino sure hopes so. And he has a new round of investors, including several prominent Boston businesspeople, who are betting on it. HqO just completed a $6 million funding

May 29, The Boston Globe

Alaka’i Technologies unveils Skai, a hydrogen-powered air taxi

Hopkinton, Massachusetts-based Alaka’i Technologies, which was founded in 2006, might not have high-profile backers or a coffer full of capital, but that’s not to imply the air mobility startup hasn’t been architecting something potentially game-changing. At an event in Los Angeles this week it unveiled Skai, an electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle it claims is

May 29, VentureBeat

From the Ashes of PLUG Rises AccelHub, the Accelerator Bringing Global Startups to Boston

When immigrant-focused incubator PLUG shuttered in November last year, founder Oliver Sanchez had no time to mourn. His next project, AccelHub, needed his attention. Like PLUG, AccelHub is an accelerator, just without the physical space. It boasts programming, pitch nights and information sessions geared towards immigrants, and now, seven months since its inception, AccelHub is kicking off its

May 28, BostInno

Exclusive: MIT Robotics Startup Exits Stealth with $3.7M

There is a new robot in town and it’s called ‘Dill.’ The name makes more sense when you hear the company’s name: Pickle Robots. A recent paper released by MIT CSAIL researcher shows how a robot can lift objects by mirroring human motion, like looking at one’s biceps. The robot can do assembly tasks by following nonverbal commands

May 23, BostInno

Boston PropTech Startups Aim to Boost Owners & Managers Bottom Lines

The Proptech wave is washing over Greater Boston. As the hub has quickly become one of the foremost bio, medical and industrial technology cities in the world, property technology is starting to make a name for itself as well – and local innovators are contributing to its rise. Homegrown CRE tech trailblazers are using automation

May 22, The Real Reporter

Singapore digital health startup raises $35 million, plans headquarters move to Boston

Biofourmis, a Singapore digital health startup, said it raised $35 million from investors and will move its headquarters to Boston. “We would like to be closer to our customers, expand our commercial operations in the U.S., and also attract high quality talent,” founder and CEO Kuldeep Singh Rajput said in an email. “Boston is the

May 21, STAT

Where are all the Massachusetts tech IPOs?

If you had a friend who touted himself as an Olympic prospect, you might think it odd if a few Olympics blew by — and this friend was watching them next to you on the couch, still talking about his future on the medal stand. In Massachusetts, tech companies often like to tout themselves as candidates

May 17, The Boston Globe

This MassChallenge Startup Wants to be the ‘Spotify’ of Education

If you had to take someone’s word when it came to finding the right educational content, could it get better than two of the most popular teaching fellows at Khan Academy? And when those fellows say, “The problem is not of education access but of information overload,” and they propose a solution, it’s hard not

May 16, BostInno

Pillar Fuels Second Go-Round With $100M Fund for Boston Startups

It took a few more years than initially planned, but early-stage venture firm Pillar has raised the $100 million fund it wanted. Launching with fanfare in 2016 under former North Bridge Venture Partners’ Jamie Goldstein, Pillar set its sights on nine digits worth of cash but ended up only raising $57 million. It has since […]

May 16, Xconomy