• 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…

  • Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 8:20 PM

    Watch Harvard students build technology for education

    Watch Harvard students build technology for education

    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…

  • Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 5:30 PM

    Saylent raises $2M to sell analytics software directly to banks, credit unions

    Saylent raises $2M to sell analytics software directly to banks, credit unions

    Saylent Technologies, a Franklin-based big data analytics company that helps financial institutions personalize services to their customers, said it recently raised $2 million in funding from North Hill Ventures of Boston and Kansas-based Five Elms Capital. North Hill is the former venture arm of Capital One, the bank holding company based in Virginia. Saylent CEO and president Tyson Nargassans said the funding would be used to hire more employees for its sales team as it looks to sell its software…

  • Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 3:10 PM

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt forms HMH Labs to focus on innovation

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt forms HMH Labs to focus on innovation

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's quest to turn itself from a textbook publisher to a digitally-focused education technology company got a boost Thursday. The Boston-based company, which emerged from bankruptcy in 2012, said it formed HMH Labs, a team that will work with designers and developers across the organization to build apps and other tools for students, teachers and parents. Brook Colangelo, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's chief technology officer and former White House information officer, said…

  • Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 1:50 PM

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

    Here are the three finalists from the 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 11:30 AM

    MassChallenge startups have raised $706M in funding, created 4,800 jobs

    MassChallenge startups have raised $706M in funding, created 4,800 jobs

    The 617 startups that have participated in five annual classes of Boston-based accelerator program MassChallenge have collectively raised $706 million in funding and created 4,800 jobs. That's according to a new report released by MassChallenge on Thursday with updated metrics. Those startups have also generated $404 million in revenue collectively, according to MassChallenge. More than 80 percent of the 617 startups that have gone through the accelerator program are still active, and 22 have…

  • Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 10:20 AM

    BitSight Technologies acquires cybersecurity firm AnubisNetworks

    BitSight Technologies acquires cybersecurity firm AnubisNetworks

    Cambridge-based BitSight Technologies, which rates businesses on their cyber security performance, has acquired Portugal firm AnubisNetworks, which tracks real-time data threats. This is the first acquisition for BitSight, founded in 2011, and terms of the deal were not disclosed. AnubisNetworks, founded in 2006, offers products and technology in areas including threat intelligence, email security and Web security for telecommunications companies, mobile operators, banks and other organizations. ...

  • Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 8:00 AM

    Uber tests on-demand flu shots in Boston

    Uber tests on-demand flu shots in Boston

    Too lazy to get a flu shot this season? San Francisco-based on-demand livery service Uber will come to you. The company said Thursday it's testing an on-demand flu prevention service in Boston for one day only. From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. today, Uber will allow consumers to request a free flu shot or flu prevention information by selecting "UberHEALTH" within the Uber smartphone app. Uber users will receive a flu prevention pack and the option to request a flu shot from a registered nurse for up…

  • Wed, Oct 22nd 2014 6:10 PM

    Female entrepreneurs to pitch to investors at Boston Women's Venture Summit next month

    Female entrepreneurs to pitch to investors at Boston Women's Venture Summit next month

    Eight female startup founders will have the chance to pitch to angel investors and institutional investors at the first Boston Women's Venture Summit, to be held on Nov. 21 at District Hall in Boston. The purpose of the event, created by local venture investor and former stock broker Sheryl Marshall in partnership with Babson College, is to highlight several women-led startups, give them a chance to introduce their businesses to investors, and increase awareness of the current venture-funding gap…

  • Wed, Oct 22nd 2014 8:40 AM

    Mass. taxi group forms to take on Uber, Lyft

    Mass. taxi group forms to take on Uber, Lyft

    A group of taxi owners and operators from across the state have united to form the Massachusetts Regional Taxi Advisory Group with one goal in mind: to deal with ride-sharing startups such as Uber and Lyft. The coalition, which is composed of about 50 owners and operators around the state, will try to work behind the scenes with various municipalities on efforts to restrict the companies' services, bringing them more in line with laws that govern the cab industry. "We're not looking to ring the…

  • Tue, Oct 21st 2014 3:50 PM

    Malden man's 3D-printing studio aims to let you create your own 'mini-me'

    Malden man's 3D-printing studio aims to let you create your own 'mini-me'

    As the popularity of 3D printing booms, one Malden man wants to use the technology to offer consumers a mini-version of themselves in figurine form. Yifei Zhang, a 28-year-old native of China, will soon open a studio called 3D Bean that uses patent-pending, high-definition 3D scanning to photograph people from multiple perspectives and turn their image into a sandstone replica of themselves. "After scanning, some manual post-processing is needed to clean up every 3D model," said Zhang in an email.…

  • Tue, Oct 21st 2014 2:30 PM

    BBJ Quiz: How well do you know Boston-area startups?

    BBJ Quiz: How well do you know Boston-area startups?

    Think you know the Boston startup scene? Take our quiz to find out if you really know the companies, investors and people behind some of Boston's most interesting startups.

  • Tue, Oct 21st 2014 10:00 AM

    Video-hosting service Wistia grows by offering alternative to YouTube, Vimeo

    Video-hosting service Wistia grows by offering alternative to YouTube, Vimeo

    Wistia, a Cambridge-based video-hosting service, is growing by offering an alternative to other services like YouTube and Vimeo. The company, which recently moved into new 13,500-square-foot headquarters near Cambridge's Central Square, specializes in offering video hosting services to small- and midsized businesses for as little as $25 a month. It now has 110,000 customers, including HubSpot, Starbucks, Hewlett-Packard, Constant Contact and Herman Miller. CEO Chris Savage told me the 8-1/2-year-old…

  • Tue, Oct 21st 2014 8:00 AM

    Mobile app marketing software firm Fiksu lands $10M

    Mobile app marketing software firm Fiksu lands $10M

    Boston-based mobile app marketing software firm Fiksu announced Tuesday it has secured $10 million in debt funding from Silicon Valley Bank, bringing total funding to date to more than $27 million. The money will be used to "continue to support further global expansion and ongoing development" for the company's programmatic mobile demand platform, according to a release. Fiksu's software, which uses predictive analytics and other information for enterprises to get the most out of their mobile app…

  • Mon, Oct 20th 2014 11:40 PM

    Popeyes looks to triple its Boston-area locations over the next five years

    Popeyes looks to triple its Boston-area locations over the next five years

    Fried chicken fans, listen up. The Colonel is about to get some serious competition around here. Greg Vojnovic, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen's chief development officer, tells me that Popeyes is looking to triple the number of locations it has in the Boston area. The fast-food chain best known for its chicken first entered Massachusetts in 2005, and now has eight locations in the Boston metro area. Vojnovic says he wants to add another 15 to 20 here over the next five years. To that end, Popeyes executives…

  • Mon, Oct 20th 2014 2:20 PM

    Investors offer advice to cybersecurity companies looking for influx of investment

    Investors offer advice to cybersecurity companies looking for influx of investment

    Combating cyber attacks and cyber threats is becoming more of a priority for businesses, which means cybersecurity firms are in high demand, and investors are willing to fork up cash to help them scale. Boston is home to several cybersecurity firms who have attracted significant investment from venture capitalists and angel investors in recent years. For example, IPO-bound cloud-based security firm Veracode recently landed $40 million in funding, bringing total funding to date to $134 million. Israeli…

  • Mon, Oct 20th 2014 10:40 AM

    Big data startup Cazena raises $8M from Andreessen Horowitz, North Bridge Venture Partners

    Big data startup Cazena raises $8M from Andreessen Horowitz, North Bridge Venture Partners

    Former executives at data warehouse appliance firm Netezza have raised $8 million in Series A funding led by California-based venture firm Andreessen Horowitz and Waltham's North Bridge Venture Partners to fund Cazena, a new company focused on big data. The company was announced Monday at the Andreessen Horowitz CIO Big Data Roundtable held in New York City. Although it's not clear about a specific product that Cazena will release, the company, based in Waltham and founded by former Netezza senior…

  • Fri, Oct 17th 2014 3:10 PM

    Cynthia Breazeal: 'We're just completely blown away' by $2.3M fundraising campaign for Jibo

    Cynthia Breazeal: 'We're just completely blown away' by $2.3M fundraising campaign for Jibo

    In July, Weston-based social robot maker Jibo Inc. set out to raise $100,000 on crowdfunding website Indiegogo to augment its venture funding and boost publicity for "the world's first family robot." That didn't happen. Instead, the startup raised $2.3 million from more than 5,500 backers. "It's incredible," said Jibo's founder and CEO Cynthia Breazeal, formerly the founder and director of the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab. "We're just completely blown away." At 6 pounds in weight…

  • Fri, Oct 17th 2014 1:50 PM

    Here's what would happen if I had to survive on bitcoin right now

    Here's what would happen if I had to survive on bitcoin right now

    While writing my cover story about bitcoin this week, I was trying to compile a list of places that actually accept the virtual currency in Massachusetts. But here's the question: What if I survived on only bitcoin right now? Here's what that would look like. First, I could deposit some cash in a Liberty Teller bitcoin ATM in South Station or the RoboCoin ATM in Harvard Square to load up on bitcoin (current exchange rate: $377 per bitcoin). Or I could link my bank account to an account using Boston-based…