• Thu, Sep 18th 2014 2:50 PM

    Martha Stewart makes smoothie, dishes business lessons (and markets herself in the process)

    Martha Stewart makes smoothie, dishes business lessons (and markets herself in the process)

    Not surprisingly, entrepreneur and homemaker extraordinaire Martha Stewart marketed herself and her brand above all else at Thursday's Inbound 2014 keynote speech. Starting off the morning by making her daily veggie smoothie on stage in front of thousands of attendees, Stewart peppered her one-hour speech with amusing lessons for the do-it-yourselfer (who knew that pantyhose and spray-paint could revitalize a decorative Halloween pumpkin?). But if marketers and technologists who attended the annual…

  • Thu, Sep 18th 2014 11:10 AM

    Four Mass. startup incubators receive grants to help cleantech businesses

    Four Mass. startup incubators receive grants to help cleantech businesses

    The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Wednesday announced $305,000 in grants to help four small business incubators across the state. The grants, funded as part of MassCEC's IncubateMass program, will help to fund the day-to-day operations of these incubators, which provide early-stage clean energy companies with affordable office space, targeted business support services and resources that include mentorship, specialized equipment, professional services like human resources or legal assistance. ...

  • Wed, Sep 17th 2014 2:50 PM

    MassChallenge startup Trill features all Boston-area music, theater performances on one website

    MassChallenge startup Trill features all Boston-area music, theater performances on one website

    On a typical Saturday night, there are at least 75 music, comedy, theater and dance performances happening in the Boston area, says former opera singer and acoustical engineer-turned-entrepreneur Kathleen Stetson. Many times, the limelight goes to the big acts -- those like Katy Perry and Beyonce -- leaving the smaller, yet equally-as-riveting artists and performances largely unpublicized and undiscovered. That is, until Stetson's Boston-based startup Trill came along. Trill, which is participating…

  • Wed, Sep 17th 2014 12:10 PM

    Malcolm Gladwell's advice for entrepreneurs: be "disagreeable"

    Malcolm Gladwell's advice for entrepreneurs: be "disagreeable"

    Author and New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell said the most influential entrepreneurs responsible for vast transformational changes in technology share an important trait: they have the courage to be independent, and even disagreeable. Gladwell spoke in parables about the types of traits that are common among entrepreneurs during his keynote speech at Wednesday's marketing and tech conference Inbound. "It's not enough simply to have great ideas ... You also need to be the kind of person that can…

  • Wed, Sep 17th 2014 11:00 AM

    Compuware launches artificially intelligent-software startup Ruxit

    Compuware launches artificially intelligent-software startup Ruxit

    Ruxit, a Waltham-based startup offering artificially-intelligent software that can monitor a business's cloud-based applications, officially launched out of stealth mode Wednesday. The startup is fully owned by American software firm Compuware (Nasdaq: CPWR) and run by Bernd Greifeneder. "Ruxit is incubated within Compuware (which is why) we are able to grow so quickly," said Greifeneder, who is also chief technology officer for Compuware's application performance management division, which is…

  • Wed, Sep 17th 2014 9:40 AM

    CyPhy Works to test new pocket-sized drones for U.S. Air Force

    CyPhy Works to test new pocket-sized drones for U.S. Air Force

    Danvers-based CyPhy Works, a maker of flying robots led by iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner, said today that it was awarded a contract by the U. S. Air Force for a new miniature drone that could help improve search-and-rescue operations. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. Funded under the Department of Defense's Rapid Innovation Fund, CyPhy Works' Extreme Access Pocket Flyer -- which can fit into the cargo pants of a military member and weighs 2.3 ounces -- will focus on the remote…

  • Wed, Sep 17th 2014 9:40 AM

    Compuware spins out artificially intelligent-software startup ruxit

    Compuware spins out artificially intelligent-software startup ruxit

    Ruxit, a Waltham-based startup offering artificially-intelligent software that can monitor a business's cloud-based applications, officially launched out of stealth mode Wednesday. The startup is fully owned by American software firm Compuware (Nasdaq: CPWR) and run by Bernd Greifeneder. "Ruxit is incubated within Compuware (which is why) we are able to grow so quickly," said Greifeneder, who is also chief technology officer for Compuware's application performance management division, which is…

  • Wed, Sep 17th 2014 8:40 AM

    Israeli cybersecurity firm Sentrix opens Waltham office, raises $6M

    Israeli cybersecurity firm Sentrix opens Waltham office, raises $6M

    Israeli security software firm Sentrix said Wednesday that it raised $6 million in funding and established its North American headquarters in Waltham. The new office will be overseen by Sentrix co-founder Israel Barak, a former member of the Israel Defense Forces who worked on the IDF's cybersecurity team. Sentrix currently has two employees in Waltham, but plans to grow to 10 in the next year, Barak said. The company has 25 employees total, with its research and development office in Kfar Neter,…

  • Tue, Sep 16th 2014 11:00 AM

    True Fit hires former MIT astrophysicist to advance the science behind clothes fitting

    True Fit hires former MIT astrophysicist to advance the science behind clothes fitting

    True Fit, a Woburn-based company that uses machine learning technology to predict how a piece of clothing will fit an online shopper, has hired a former MIT astrophysicist as its chief analytics officer. Christopher Moore will lead True Fit's data science and analytics teams, working on advancing the startup's patented algorithms, and improving the company's software, Confidence Engine, which provides personalized recommendations to millions of consumers about what clothes will fit them best. "I'm…

  • Tue, Sep 16th 2014 10:20 AM

    Stratasys acquires Cambridge's GrabCAD

    Stratasys acquires Cambridge's GrabCAD

    Cambridge-based GrabCAD announced Tuesday it has been acquired by Minnesota-based 3D printer manufacturing company Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, though TechCrunch has reported the price tag was about $100 million. The transaction will be completed by the end of September. As part of the acquisition, GrabCAD will operate as an entity within Stratasys Global Products and Technology Group. GrabCAD co-founder and CEO Hardi Meybaum will continue to head GrabCAD…

  • Tue, Sep 16th 2014 9:30 AM

    Nara Logics hires veteran tech entrepreneur Jana Eggers as president

    Nara Logics hires veteran tech entrepreneur Jana Eggers as president

    Nara Logics, the Cambridge-based computational neuroscience firm, announced that it had hired veteran tech entrepreneur Jana Eggers as its new president. Eggers was previously an executive at New York-based software company Blackbaud and CEO of Accel Partners-backed Spreadshirt, a company that allows firms to offer personalized messages on T-shirts. She was also director of Intuit's Innovation Lab. Eggers will be running day-to-day operations for Nara, which offers web personalization tools…

  • Tue, Sep 16th 2014 9:30 AM

    On-demand home services startup Handybook changes its name to Handy

    On-demand home services startup Handybook changes its name to Handy

    Handybook, the Harvard Innovation Lab-born startup that provides on-demand home cleaning and repair services in 28 cities around the world, officially changed its name to Handy on Tuesday. Handy CEO Oisin Hanrahan said the "book" part of Handybook's name was a problem for customers. "In people's minds, it was starting to hold us a back a little bit," he said. "It was about booking, rather than a book." But, in the end, it was all about the extra syllable. "It was just about shortening the name,"…

  • Mon, Sep 15th 2014 10:40 PM

    New fund targets Dartmouth-connected startups

    New fund targets Dartmouth-connected startups

    A new fund aims to back startups with ties to Dartmouth College. The Green D Fund announced Monday the opening of its first fund: The Green D Founders Fund. Launch Angels, the Boston-based equity crowdfunding firm, will act as advisors to the fund. The fund backs ventures with ties to Dartmouth and supports promising companies in the Dartmouth entrepreneurial community. Targeting a close of $1 million to 2 million, the Green D Fund is limiting its first fund to 40 Dartmouth alumni and will invest…

  • Mon, Sep 15th 2014 3:00 PM

    New England Patriot Julian Edelman joins CoachUp as an advisory board member

    New England Patriot Julian Edelman joins CoachUp as an advisory board member

    Boston-based private coaching startup CoachUp officially welcomed its second high-profile athlete to its advisory board: New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. Edelman said personal coaching has been critical to his success, which is part of the reason why he joined CoachUp's Athlete Advisory Council. "I am a much better athlete thanks to the private coaches that have helped me throughout my career," Edelman said in a statement. CoachUp founder and CEO Jordan Fliegel said Edelman…

  • Mon, Sep 15th 2014 2:10 PM

    Harvard staffer invents the StandStand, a portable standing desk

    Harvard staffer invents the StandStand, a portable standing desk

    A few years ago, Cambridge resident Luke Leafgren started reading articles about the dangers of sitting. Leafgren, a Harvard resident dean who also teaches an Arabic class, was constantly shifting from one space to the next in his own job. One day, he'd work in the dining hall, then the cafeteria, then the library. Leafgren just wanted a good place to put his laptop and do some work -- without sitting. And then it occurred to him: why not make a desk at which you could stand, then take apart and…

  • Mon, Sep 15th 2014 12:50 PM

    Subscription-based startup Wardrobe Wakeup gives stylish women designer clothing without the designer price tag

    Subscription-based startup Wardrobe Wakeup gives stylish women designer clothing without the designer price tag

    A new Boston-area subscription-based startup aims to spice up the closets of stylish women who can't afford to splurge on designer clothes as frequently as they might want. Co-founded last October by former Microsoft mergers and acquisitions manager Aaron Fleishman, Brookline-based Wardrobe Wakeup is self-described as a "Netflix for high-end fashion" and launched to the public in May. After filling out a style questionnaire, the company matches customers with stylists and sends them one garment…

  • Mon, Sep 15th 2014 12:50 PM

    Boston's Oasys Water taps into global fresh water shortage, eyes IPO (slide show)

    Boston's Oasys Water taps into global fresh water shortage, eyes IPO (slide show)

    Boston-based Oasys Water aims to build a global company by using novel technology to turn some of the world's most toxic waters into clean, valuable resources. Tapping into a $10 billion market opportunity, the venture-backed startup expects revenue of up to $10 million this year -- its first year of commercial operations -- and the company could go public as early as 2017, said CEO Jim Matheson. "If we do what we set out for ourselves in the next two years, we think we can be profitable and…

  • Mon, Sep 15th 2014 12:50 PM

    NFL's Julian Edelman joins CoachUp as an advisory board member

    NFL's Julian Edelman joins CoachUp as an advisory board member

    Boston-based private coaching startup CoachUp officially welcomed its second high-profile athlete to its advisory board: New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. Edelman said personal coaching has been critical to his success, which is part of the reason why he joined CoachUp's Athlete Advisory Council. "I am a much better athlete thanks to the private coaches that have helped me throughout my career," Edelman said in a statement. CoachUp founder and CEO Jordan Fliegel said Edelman…

  • Mon, Sep 15th 2014 12:50 PM

    Harvard dean invents the StandStand, a portable standing desk

    Harvard dean invents the StandStand, a portable standing desk

    A few years ago, Cambridge resident Luke Leafgren started reading articles about the dangers of sitting. Leafgren, a Harvard resident dean who also teaches an Arabic class, was constantly shifting from one space to the next in his own job. One day, he'd work in the dining hall, then the cafeteria, then the library. Leafgren just wanted a good place to put his laptop and do some work -- without sitting. And then it occurred to him: why not make a desk at which you could stand, then take apart and…

  • Mon, Sep 15th 2014 9:30 AM

    Boston's Oasys Water taps into global fresh water shortage; eyes IPO (slide show)

    Boston's Oasys Water taps into global fresh water shortage; eyes IPO (slide show)

    Boston-based Oasys Water aims to build a global company by using novel technology to turn some of the world's most toxic waters into clean, valuable resources. Tapping into a $10 billion market opportunity, the venture-backed startup expects revenue of up to $10 million this year -- its first year of commercial operations -- and the company could go public as early as 2017, said CEO Jim Matheson. "If we do what we set out for ourselves in the next two years, we think we can be profitable and…