• Thu, Oct 30th 2014 5:00 PM

    Here are the top 10 tech stories for October

    Here are the top 10 tech stories for October

    Below are the top 10 most-viewed tech stories for the month of October, featuring tech companies that could go public, startups at Harvard's Launch Lab and Elon Musk. 1. 10 Boston-area tech companies that could go public soon 2. Meet the 14 startups at Harvard's Launch Lab 3. In honor of Ada Lovelace Day: 10 Boston-area women who have revolutionized science, tech 4. Elon Musk on why it's important to build a city on Mars, extend life beyond Earth 5. MIT-developed bracelet Wristify wants to be…

  • Thu, Oct 30th 2014 1:20 PM

    Boston tech community remembers Mayor Menino

    Boston tech community remembers Mayor Menino

    Here are some remembrances from some in the tech community about the death on Thursday of former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who led the city during one of its biggest booms in its history (we will update this as we get more responses): David Chang, COO, PayPal Media Network in Boston: "Definitely a big loss for the business community and tech/startup community. Although Mayor Menino wasn't a technologist himself, he did a masterful job of mobilizing people and resources to grow the economy. I…

  • Thu, Oct 30th 2014 12:00 PM

    North Bridge aiming to raise $200M for new fund

    North Bridge aiming to raise $200M for new fund

    North Bridge, the venture capital firm with offices in Waltham and Palo Alto, Calif., is looking to raise $200 million for a new fund, according to a recent regulatory filing. The fund would be the firm's third. North Bridge last closed $580 million for it's second fund last October. North Bridge has previously invested in companies including Burlington-based digital services firm Acquia, Cambridge-based wearables startup MC10, Waltham big data startup Cazena and Waltham-based data management startup…

  • Thu, Oct 30th 2014 10:10 AM

    Smart-lighting company Digital Lumens lands $23M

    Smart-lighting company Digital Lumens lands $23M

    Boston-based intelligent lighting firm Digital Lumens announced Thursday it has landed $23 million in Series C funding. That brings total funding to date for the company to $65 million. Investors in the latest round include Nokia Growth Partners, Aster Capital, Goldman Sachs, and existing investors Flybridge Capital Partners, Black Coral Capital and Stata Ventures. The new funding will be used to fuel growth for operations, expand product development, and boost global sales and marketing efforts,…

  • Thu, Oct 30th 2014 8:50 AM

    Shoebuy founder's fund leads $4.3M round in e-commerce startup Print Syndicate

    Shoebuy founder's fund leads $4.3M round in e-commerce startup Print Syndicate

    Print Syndicate, an Ohio-based apparel and home goods e-commerce startup, said Thursday that it closed a $4.25 million Series A funding round led by Data Point Capital, the Boston-based fund started by Shoebuy.com founder and online retail expert Scott Savitz. Also joining in the round is Lightbank, started by Groupon founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell, and Vegas Tech Fund, created by Tony Hsieh, known for building Zappos into the internet mega-store ultimately purchased by Amazon. Additional…

  • Wed, Oct 29th 2014 10:10 PM

    Meet the startup winners of the 2014 MassChallenge class

    Meet the startup winners of the 2014 MassChallenge class

    Boston-based startup accelerator program MassChallenge awarded $1.75 million to 16 startups at its annual startup awards ceremony Wednesday evening. Several other startups were awarded additional funds as part of the program's sidecar prizes. Below is the full list of the winners. Startup descriptions are courtesy of MassChallenge. $100K Diamond Winners Catie's Closet - Social Impact - USA: MA. Improves school attendance and removes social stigmas by providing clothing and necessities to students…

  • Wed, Oct 29th 2014 9:00 PM

    Uber CEO's big missed opportunity at this year's MassChallenge awards

    Uber CEO's big missed opportunity at this year's MassChallenge awards

    One of the most influential startup founders in the country gave a keynote speech Wednesday at the annual awards ceremony hosted by Boston-based startup accelerator program MassChallenge, but there was one issue: he didn't offer any insight into what it's like running a startup. Uber Technologies CEO Travis Kalanick spent 15 minutes talking about his startup's growth in Boston. Sure, the statistics were impressive: Uber has created about 4,000 driver jobs since it launched here in Boston; the startup…

  • Wed, Oct 29th 2014 10:40 AM

    SoonSpoon-acquirer Reserve, backed by Uber co-founder, launches restaurant 'concierge' service

    SoonSpoon-acquirer Reserve, backed by Uber co-founder, launches restaurant 'concierge' service

    Reserve, a mobile app whose developers describe as a "digital concierge service" for restaurant reservations, has launched in Boston this week following the recent acquisition of Boston-based startup SoonSpoon. The mobile app allows users to book restaurant reservations at upscale restaurants and "effortlessly" pay the dinner tab through the app with a default credit card, said Nadja Blagojevic, director of content and communications for New York-based Reserve. "We're focused on making every part…

  • Tue, Oct 28th 2014 5:40 PM

    Running apparel startup Janji helps fund clean water initiatives in Africa, Peru, India

    Running apparel startup Janji helps fund clean water initiatives in Africa, Peru, India

    Brookline-based Janji is a running apparel startup with a lofty mission that goes beyond profit: to help people in underdeveloped countries get access to clean water through the sale of its clothing. To date, the startup has raised $50,000 since its founding in 2010 for global clean water initiatives in Africa, Peru and Bangladesh, with India on the horizon next spring, and is continuing to launch new e-commerce projects to help solve the crisis. Janji's latest social project aims to raise $500…

  • Tue, Oct 28th 2014 4:10 PM

    Would you buy a high-tech love stone for your girlfriend for nearly $200?

    Would you buy a high-tech love stone for your girlfriend for nearly $200?

    Headtalk, a Boston-based startup in this year's Techstars Boston accelerator program, launched a $60,000 Kickstarter campaign Tuesday for a stone-like wearable device that doesn't do a whole lot other than vibrate and light up to let you know your significant other is thinking about you. But that's the point, said the founders who created the device, called Magnet. They say the aim is to encourage best friends and couples in relationships to communicate remotely with each other through touch and…

  • Tue, Oct 28th 2014 3:20 PM

    Charitable e-commerce startup Fashion Project raises $7.2M

    Charitable e-commerce startup Fashion Project raises $7.2M

    Fashion Project, a Boston-based charitable e-commerce startup, has raised about $7.2 million in new equity funding, according to a regulatory filing on Oct. 23. About 45 investors contributed to the funding, which is part of a $12.8 million fundraising round the startup is aiming to close, according to the regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company's founders did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The latest round of funding brings total investment…

  • Tue, Oct 28th 2014 2:10 PM

    Harvest Power raises $20M in funding from Al Gore's Generation Investment, others

    Harvest Power raises $20M in funding from Al Gore's Generation Investment, others

    Harvest Power Inc., a Waltham company that transforms waste into clean energy and natural soils, said it raised $20 million in funding from investors that include former vice president Al Gore's Generation Investment Management of London. Other investors were Chicago-based True North Venture Partners and Industry Ventures of San Francisco. The company said it would use the new funding to expand into new areas in the clean energy space and grow its consumer organics business. As part of the announcement,…

  • Tue, Oct 28th 2014 10:10 AM

    NimNim aims to disrupt dry cleaning

    NimNim aims to disrupt dry cleaning

    The makers of NimNim, a smartphone app that allows you to order dry-cleaning services, want you to know that getting your laundry done doesn't have to be a pain. The startup's founders, brothers Akshay and Nimish Sahani, see potential for an on-demand laundry and shoe repair service, especially in a city like Boston, with its mix of college students and working professionals. "Everyone needs their laundry done," said Akshay Sahani, who left his job at Boston-based IT performance firm AppNeta this…

  • Mon, Oct 27th 2014 2:10 PM

    10 Boston-area tech companies that could go public soon (slide show)

    10 Boston-area tech companies that could go public soon (slide show)

    Here's our list of 10 Boston-area companies that could go public within three years. While not all of these companies have explicitly expressed plans for an IPO, this is a list of the companies we think have venture funding, revenue and potential scalability to go public soon. Collectively, these 10 companies, which includes two cybersecurity firms, have raised at least $655 million in funding to date. Industry experts expect more cybersecurity-related firms in the Boston-area to go public in the…

  • Mon, Oct 27th 2014 1:40 PM

    Flashnotes now has 100k student users sharing study guides

    Flashnotes now has 100k student users sharing study guides

    Mike Matousek set out to improve higher-ed learning in 2009 with a relatively simple concept: a business in which college students who mastered certain subjects in school could help students who were struggling to understand those subjects. Now, Boston-based Flashnotes, a full-fledged online marketplace offering student-created study guides, notes, flashcards and video help for their peers, currently has 100,000 users across more than 1,600 colleges and universities nationwide and is eying international…

  • Mon, Oct 27th 2014 10:30 AM

    Naval architects launch greeting card company LovePop Cards (Video)

    Naval architects launch greeting card company LovePop Cards (Video)

    When Wombi Rose and John Wise were in college studying naval architecture, they never thought they'd be using their skills in ship design to launch a greeting card company. But here they are, at the Harvard Innovation Lab on a drizzly Wednesday afternoon, proudly displaying several of their creations. There's a Ferris wheel, a birthday cake, a tree; each 3-D work of art is so colorful and intricate it looks as if it's about to leap off the greeting card and straight into your hands. "Turns out,…

  • Mon, Oct 27th 2014 7:00 AM

    Why Andreessen Horowitz invested in Waltham big data startup Cazena

    Why Andreessen Horowitz invested in Waltham big data startup Cazena

    Last week, Waltham-based big data startup Cazena announced that it would launch with an infusion of $8 million in venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz and North Bridge Venture Partners. It was the first Series A funding round ever for a Boston-area company by Andreessen Horowitz, the well-known venture firm based in Menlo Park, Calif.,and founded in part by Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen. I spoke with Peter Levine, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, about why the firm chose to invest in…

  • Sun, Oct 26th 2014 8:40 PM

    Meet the 14 startups in this year's inaugural Harvard Launch Lab

    Meet the 14 startups in this year's inaugural Harvard Launch Lab

    Harvard University's Launch Lab accepted 14 startups in its inaugural fall class, ranging from businesses that make nutritious food out of crickets to medical device companies that aim to make a positive impact on the world. The 3,000-square-foot space located just across the street from the Harvard Innovation Lab in Allston is a home for startups founded by Harvard alumni. About 50 startups applied to be a part of the Launch Lab program. "Our mission at the Harvard Innovation Launch Lab is to…

  • Fri, Oct 24th 2014 10:10 AM

    Here are the three finalists from Boston Children’s 'Innovation Tank' competition

    Here are the three finalists from Boston Children’s 'Innovation Tank' competition

    Boston Children's Hospital announced Thursday the three finalists selected to compete for $30,000 and investment advice from industry leaders in the hospital's first "Innovation Tank" to be held Friday, Oct. 31 at Boston Children's Global Pediatric Summit at the Seaport World Trade Center. Here are the three finalists and what they do: CareAline Products(Kezia and Mike Fitzgerald) - Kezia and Mike Fitzgerald are parents who innovated out of necessity and created CareAline Sleeves and Wraps for…

  • Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 9:20 PM

    Watch Harvard students hack for education (Video)

    Watch Harvard students hack for education (Video)

    It's hackathon season in Boston. Two weeks after the renowned 24-hour HackMIT, an education-related hackathon was held at Harvard Graduate School of Education last weekend. About 50 hand-picked students worked with 12 mentors from Google, EdX and Harvard University to combat three different educational challenges with technology tools. As co-sponsor of this event, Google, Harvard and EdX each pitched a challenge for the participants. EdX put out a challenge for mobile learning. Google put out a…