Boston Startup Community News & Content

MassChallenge gets first new CEO in its 9-year history

MassChallenge, the Boston-based nonprofit that offers grants and training to promising startups, is getting a new chief executive for the first time in its nine-year history. Siobhan Dullea will take the reins from John Harthorne, the founder of MassChallenge, who is departing to work on a for-profit project to help companies that have been through

Feb 20, The Boston Globe

As GE and Amazon move on, Google expands presence in Boston and NYC

NYC and Boston were handed huge setbacks this week when Amazon and GE decided to bail on their commitments to build headquarters in the respective cities on the same day. But it’s worth pointing out that while these large tech organizations were pulling out, Google was expanding in both locations. Yesterday upon hearing about Amazon’s decision […]

Feb 15, TechCrunch

Boston Tech Watch: Student Loans, Google in Kendall Square & More

General Electric may have backed off its plans for Boston, but at least it’s not leaving town. A student loan startup in Boston eyes help from Capitol Hill. Deals, fundings, and founders moving on. The week in Boston tech is here: —A bill introduced this week in Congress could provide a boost to local student […]

Feb 15, Xconomy

Viewpoint: For the real startup revolution, look to Boston’s edges

Everyone loves the frenetic energy Boston’s startup ecosystem. You could go for days jumping from networking event to networking event, eating free pizza and sipping microbrews while talking with like-minded entrepreneurs about the latest trends. But that kind of energy, while intoxicating, doesn’t always help build strong, thoughtful networks that will help a company get

Feb 14, Boston Business Journal

Their goal: make cryptocurrency less scary

If you have a tough time with the idea of putting even a dollar of your net worth into a digital cryptocurrency — Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and the like — no sensible person would blame you. Aside from the price fluctuations, there’s the question of who’s protecting those digital assets. Is it an institution like

Feb 10, The Boston Globe

Boston Startup Spaceus Brings Pop-Up Energy to Vacant Storefronts

As retail moves evermore online, vacant storefronts have become ubiquitous sights in American cities and towns. Often located in formerly prime downtown real estate, the darkened windows have a knock-on effect, sapping urban vibrancy and sometimes falling into disrepair. Discourse surrounding the predicament of dead malls and traditional retail space is ongoing, but a one-size

Feb 09, ArchDaily

Babson Names Robert Stringer Director Of Award-Winning, Immersive Summer Venture Program

WELLESLEY, Mass., Feb. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College has announced that consultant, author, and venture capitalist turned angel investor and startup advisor Robert Stringer will be the new Director for its award-winning, immersive Summer Venture Program for student entrepreneurs from Babson and nearby Wellesley and Olin Colleges. Stringer was the Founding General Partner of

Feb 04, PR Newswire

RateGravity changes name to Own Up, announces expansion plans

A Boston startup that lets homebuyers compare mortgage rates online has announced a name change and plans to expand to five new states over the course of the coming year. Formerly called RateGravity Inc., the three-year-old, 15-employee company is changing its name to Own Up, saying the new name “better represents the values on which the

Jan 31, Boston Business Journal

Moving HQ to Boston, AtScale CEO Chris Lynch Talks VCs, Tech Scene

There are more than a couple reasons why former Accomplice partner Chris Lynch is relocating the headquarters of his big data startup AtScale from San Mateo, CA, to Boston. He rattled them off last week, sitting in the newly wired-up but still empty first-floor office on Atlantic Avenue that Lynch plans to fill with sales, […]

Jan 28, Xconomy

Technology for workplaces that work: Humanyze’s Ben Waber

Do open offices foster more collaboration, or just more frustration? Should managers encourage employees to telecommute, or is a scattered workforce less cohesive? The conventional wisdom on these issues swings like a pendulum, and for managers the only constant seems to be anxiety that they’re not getting it right. But new technology may offer some

Jan 24, MIT Technology Review