• Fri, Jan 30th 2015 2:20 PM

    Mass. tech, biotech firms raised nearly $1B in venture funding in January

    Mass. tech, biotech firms raised nearly $1B in venture funding in January

    Tech and biotech companies headquartered in Massachusetts raised $948.3 million in venture capital funding this month, according to regulatory filing data compiled from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Biotech companies raised a $639 million for the month, while technology companies raised $309 million for the month. That means about 67 percent of total venture capital funding this month went to biotech companies and about 32 percent went to tech companies. Here are the top five biggest…

  • Thu, Jan 29th 2015 4:50 PM

    RunKeeper now lets users listen to Spotify songs in its mobile app

    RunKeeper now lets users listen to Spotify songs in its mobile app

    Boston marathoners rejoice: You can now listen to your favorite songs on Spotify by using the RunKeeper mobile app. Boston-based fitness tracker mobile app RunKeeper announced Thursday its integration with Swedish digital music company Spotify. Now you'll never have an excuse to leave the RunKeeper app during workouts, marathon-related or otherwise. "This is just the beginning, and we'll continue working on ways in which RunKeeper data can power a more intelligent, personalized music experience,"…

  • Thu, Jan 29th 2015 1:10 PM

    'Digital locker' startup Package Concierge raises $1.3M

    'Digital locker' startup Package Concierge raises $1.3M

    With the boom in e-commerce orders around the world, there's only one problem, specifically for apartment dwellers: Those packages that you've ordered are piling up in your lobby and someone might take them. Medfield-based Package Concierge Inc., a maker of so-called digital lockers for apartment buildings and college dorms, aims to fix that problem. The startup recently raised $1.3 million in equity funding, according to a recently regulatory filing. Although the company could not immediately…

  • Thu, Jan 29th 2015 7:50 AM

    Israeli startup MediSafe raises $6M for move to Boston

    Israeli startup MediSafe raises $6M for move to Boston

    Israeli startup MediSafe has raised $6 for its medication reminder app, money company executives said will help them open new office space in Boston. CEO Omri Shor said he expects the Boston offices, which will contain the business side of the operation, to open by March. Four to six people are being hired to staff the Atlantic Avenue space. Another five to 10 people will be added to the 12-person staff in Israel, where the company will keep engineering and research and development. "As a tech…

  • Wed, Jan 28th 2015 5:20 PM

    Nine Boston-area startups to get you through Super Bowl weekend (BBJ photo gallery)

    Nine Boston-area startups to get you through Super Bowl weekend (BBJ photo gallery)

    Super Bowl weekend is coming up, and this year, I'm helping you plan ahead. From a mobile app that will let you order booze to be delivered in under an hour, to an app that will help you lose at least some of the thousands of calories you'll inevitably intake, here are nine Boston-area startups that will help you get through the weekend. You can thank me later -- preferably in the form of chicken wings.

  • Wed, Jan 28th 2015 5:20 PM

    Coffee alternative CogniTea seeks $600k seed round

    Coffee alternative CogniTea seeks $600k seed round

    CogniTea, a Boston-based startup that sells caffeinated, all-natural tea online and in retail stores, has sold about 100,000 tea bags since last March and is hoping to raise up to $600,000 in seed funding. Since launching a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign last year in which it raised about $12,500, the company has spent time fine-tuning its messaging and product, said founder Alexander Kravets. "The past year has been about trying to figure out our target customer, and figuring out what…

  • Wed, Jan 28th 2015 3:00 PM

    Hopper's airfare prediction app is one the best travel apps out there

    Hopper's airfare prediction app is one the best travel apps out there

    Hopper, a Cambridge-based travel tech company, on Wednesday released an app that can tell you the best time to book a flight -- and the best thing is that it works really well. The app aims to take a lot of the complexity of booking a flight and it works well. It gives you guidance on when to a book a flight to a certain destination to get the best fare, gives you real-time notifications on when airfares actually drop or rise. I used Hopper's app to find out that I probably shouldn't book a flight…

  • Wed, Jan 28th 2015 1:50 PM

    Drizly: Bostonians stocked up on beer ahead of blizzard, while New Yorkers preferred wine

    Drizly: Bostonians stocked up on beer ahead of blizzard, while New Yorkers preferred wine

    Bostonians stocked up on Bud Light and Blue Moon Belgian White beer in preparation for Tuesday's snowfall, while New Yorkers preferred to drink pinot noir. Boston-based Drizly, a maker of smartphone app that offers on-demand alcohol delivery, recorded those statistics, among others, since the startup saw a huge spike in demand from customers using its mobile app to order booze in preparation for the blizzard. While the startup didn't disclose specific numbers, Drizly said orders on Monday, Jan.…

  • Tue, Jan 27th 2015 3:40 PM

    QuantumID adds $2.5M for RFID technology

    QuantumID adds $2.5M for RFID technology

    QuantumID Technologies Inc., a turnkey RFID-focused technology firm in Cambridge, has raised $2.5 million of a planned $4.3 million equity offering, according to a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The latest funding comes from one investor, according to the filing. The filing lists Christopher Cheever, founder of Boston venture firm Fontinalis Partners; Prasanna Gogwekar, QuantumID's chief operating officer; and Ron Tilles, an investment advisor at Robert Meredit. ...

  • Tue, Jan 27th 2015 2:10 PM

    Bain Capital Ventures founding partner named to LogicSource board

    Bain Capital Ventures founding partner named to LogicSource board

    Michael Krupka, a founding partner and managing director of Bain Capital Ventures, on Tuesday was appointed to the board of Bain-backed LogicSource, a Connecticut-based procurement management firm. Prior to Bain Capital Ventures, Krupka served as a managing director with the private equity group of Bain Capital. "My team and I are extremely pleased to be working with Mike in the next chapter in our evolution," said David Pennino, CEO of LogicSource, in a statement. "Bain has been our partner since…

  • Tue, Jan 27th 2015 11:50 AM

    Blizzard is good news for this Boston-area weather information startup

    Blizzard is good news for this Boston-area weather information startup

    One Boston-area startup is seeing an uptick in business because of this week's blizzard. Newburyport-based What to Wear, which offers email subscribers daily clothing suggestions based on the weather and other weather-related information, expects to see an increase in subscribers because of the snow, said founder and CEO Joshua Porter. "We get a lot more attention during inclement weather in general; sign-ups go way up," Porter said in an email. "Our service is all about preparedness, so this is…

  • Tue, Jan 27th 2015 9:20 AM

    Here's the job description for Boston's 'startup czar'

    Here's the job description for Boston's 'startup czar'

    In his State of the City address earlier this month, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh mentioned the hiring of a "startup czar" for the city who would be charged with helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Now, we have a clearer picture of what that role may look like. The recently posted job description, featured on the Boston Redevelopment Authority's website, says the full-time position of "startup manager" will pay between about $45,700 and $55,000 a year. The manager would work under the direction…

  • Tue, Jan 27th 2015 9:20 AM

    Shoebuy acquires minority stake in Boston Boot Co.

    Shoebuy acquires minority stake in Boston Boot Co.

    Shoebuy, a Boston-based e-commerce shoe retailer owned by IAC, has acquired a minority stake in e-commerce boot-maker startup Boston Boot Co., marking the company's first foray into the footwear manufacturing business. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Acquiring a minority stake in a shoe company presents us with a unique opportunity to both expand our business into a different side of the footwear industry and to provide a unique value for our customers," said Shoebuy CEO Mike Sorabella in…

  • Mon, Jan 26th 2015 3:40 PM

    On-demand alcohol delivery service Drizly sees surge in business ahead of blizzard

    On-demand alcohol delivery service Drizly sees surge in business ahead of blizzard

    Drizly, a Boston-based on-demand alcohol delivery service, is seeing a huge spike in demand from customers using the startup's mobile app to order booze in preparation for Boston's impending blizzard. As of 2 p.m. on Monday, demand for alcohol delivery service in Boston and New York City is up by 477 percent over a typical Monday, said Drizly spokeswoman Kerry McGovern. She declined to comment on exactly how many deliveries they are making. "We've seen weather affect sales in the past but nothing…

  • Mon, Jan 26th 2015 3:00 PM

    Five awesome tech-related podcasts to listen to on your snow day

    Five awesome tech-related podcasts to listen to on your snow day

    If you're snow-bound during the blizzard this week, you should take some time to catch up on tech-related podcasts. Here are a few of our favorites. Tech in Boston. This podcast was launched in spring 2014 by Dave Gerhardt, marketing manager at Cambridge-based sales and marketing software firm HubSpot, and previously head of accounts at Boston-based online marketing service startup Privy. Gerhardt interviews compelling and insightful guests from the Boston startup and tech scene to talk about topics…

  • Mon, Jan 26th 2015 1:40 PM

    Instacart sees spike in Boston-area customers stocking up on groceries ahead of blizzard

    Instacart sees spike in Boston-area customers stocking up on groceries ahead of blizzard

    Instacart, the California-based same-day grocery delivery service available to residents in the Boston area, is seeing a spike in customers ordering groceries ahead of the impending blizzard. "Anticipation of the storm has resulted in a huge number of schedule-ahead orders as our customers stock up on essentials, but we're working hard to bring more shoppers on shift to make more deliveries," said Instacart spokeswoman Kimberly Reisman in an email. While the company is still serving the Boston…

  • Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 4:10 PM

    ArtLifting could raise $130K in sales for homeless, underprivileged artists this year (BBJ photo gallery)

    ArtLifting could raise $130K in sales for homeless, underprivileged artists this year (BBJ photo gallery)

    Frank Brescia is having a renaissance moment. A U.S. Air Force veteran, 63-year-old Brescia left his high-paying job as a research chemist in hopes of one day earning a living as a painter. After a seven-year transition and several months of homelessness, Brescia is now getting paid for his artwork. But what he's really earning is far more valuable to him than money; instead, it's a sense of self-fulfillment. As he gazes at his own self-described "eclectic" paintings hanging on the walls of the…

  • Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 4:10 PM

    Who's hiring in Mass. tech this week: Jibo Inc., Nasuni, Energi, Cengage

    Who's hiring in Mass. tech this week: Jibo Inc., Nasuni, Energi, Cengage

    Here's a list of several Massachusetts-based technology startups and established companies that are hiring, based on our most recent reporting. Jibo Inc., the Weston-based robot maker, plans to grow headcount from 15 to about 50. Recent story: Robot-maker Jibo Inc. raises $25M, taps former Nuance exec as CEO Testive, a Techstars Boston alum and education technology startup, plans to double its headcount to about 45 by the end of the year, and is looking to hire developers, marketers and coaches.…

  • Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 2:40 PM

    'Shark Tank' investors take pass at MIT-founded Napwell napping mask, so what's next?

    'Shark Tank' investors take pass at MIT-founded Napwell napping mask, so what's next?

    "Shark Tank" investors might have taken a pass last week at Napwell, a napping mask created by MIT Ph.D. student Justin Lee and Stanford graduate Neil Joglekar. But the creators of the mask are unfazed by rejection and focused on continuing to develop a better way for people to get rest. The Napwell has a built-in timer that tracks a person's nap and gradually brings the person out of sleep with LED lights to simulate sunrise. The simulated sunrise leaves the person feeling refreshed instead of…

  • Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 11:00 AM

    Edtech startup Testive raises $500k in preparation for larger funding round

    Edtech startup Testive raises $500k in preparation for larger funding round

    Education technology startup Testive, an alum of Boston's Techstars startup accelerator program, has raised a $500,000 angel investment too boost the company's sales and marketing efforts and hire more employees. Sixteen angel investors contributed to the funding round, including Jean Hammond, partner at Boston-based edtech accelerator program LearnLaunchX and Dharmesh Shah, co-founder and chief technology officer of Cambridge-based sales and marketing software firm HubSpot. Total funding to date…