• Fri, Apr 18th 2014 4:20 PM

    A sampling of photos from ABC's 'Shark Tank' auditions in Cambridge (slideshow)

    A sampling of photos from ABC's 'Shark Tank' auditions in Cambridge (slideshow)

    Entrepreneurs drove from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and other states to pitch their business ideas at Cambridge co-working space Workbar on Thursday in hopes of getting national exposure on ABC's "Shark Tank."

  • Fri, Apr 18th 2014 1:40 PM

    Six cool startups featured at the MIT In-NOW-vation showcase (slideshow)

    Six cool startups featured at the MIT In-NOW-vation showcase (slideshow)

    From cricket-infused cookies to a "smart" waste bin for needles, the In-NOW-vation Showcase, hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, presented an opportunity for entrepreneurs to show off their latest products. Check out our slide show here.

  • Fri, Apr 18th 2014 12:30 PM

    High school students' smart watch startup Blanc Inc. will keep you awake in class

    High school students' smart watch startup Blanc Inc. will keep you awake in class

    Harvard resident Eddy Zhong hopes to someday turn his wearable technology startup, Blanc Inc., into a full-time job. But there's just one thing standing in the way: high school. Every day after school for the past few months, 16-year-old Zhong and four of his friends have been working on their smart watch startup at the Cambridge Innovation Center. Their persistence paid off last week, when the team started accepting pre-orders of the company's first product, a motion-frequency sensor watch called…

  • Thu, Apr 17th 2014 4:30 PM

    Why these tech execs and employees are running the Boston Marathon, in their own words

    Why these tech execs and employees are running the Boston Marathon, in their own words

    The Boston Marathon is approaching, and several technology executives and employees will be running the 26.2 mile-long race from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday. For many, this year's run is a testament to resilience and strength in the face of adversity. Here's why they're running, in their own words: Ted Julian, chief marketing officer at Cambridge-based incident response management firm Co3 Systems, will be running his sixth Boston Marathon Monday. "As a Bostonian, a runner and a dad there…

  • Thu, Apr 17th 2014 4:30 PM

    Cambridge security software startup Threat Stack raises $2.7M

    Cambridge security software startup Threat Stack raises $2.7M

    Cambridge startup Threat Stack, a TechStars alum offering security software aimed at the cloud, has raised $2.7 million in funding, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The equity round comes from four investors including Atlas Venture and .406 Ventures, according to the April 1 filing. Founded by veterans of Alexandria, Va.-based security firm Mandiant, Threat Stack raised the last round of funding following its re-location from Washington, D.C., in September. The…

  • Thu, Apr 17th 2014 4:30 PM

    MIT grads reach Kickstarter fundraising goal for 'world's smallest laptop charger'

    MIT grads reach Kickstarter fundraising goal for 'world's smallest laptop charger'

    FINSix Corp., a California-based startup founded by MIT graduate students, reached its $200,000 fundraising goal on Kickstarter in less than a week for a product it calls "the world's smallest laptop charger." FINSix began accepting pre-orders for the charger, called Dart, on Kickstarter Monday, and had garnered almost 3,000 backers and $318,000 as of Thursday. There are still about 25 days left in the campaign, and the money will be used to complete the development and production of Dart, according…

  • Thu, Apr 17th 2014 1:50 PM

    Meet five entrepreneurs who auditioned for ABC's Shark Tank in Cambridge

    Meet five entrepreneurs who auditioned for ABC's Shark Tank in Cambridge

    Entrepreneurs drove from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to pitch their business ideas at Cambridge co-working space Workbar on Thursday in hopes of getting national exposure on ABC's Shark Tank. About 100 people were standing in line an hour before pitches started. As the entrepreneurs waited for their turn to pitch to Shark Tank casting members, some chatted about their business ideas. Lakeville resident Rochelle Chavier said she invented a soap that lathers in salt water, dubbed Tackle…

  • Wed, Apr 16th 2014 6:00 PM

    Outside Interactive app lets you run through Boston, New York without leaving your treadmill

    Outside Interactive app lets you run through Boston, New York without leaving your treadmill

    Tech entrepreneur Gary McNamee remembers the moment he committed to his next business idea: during mile 21 of the Boston Marathon in 2010. Over a grueling winter of treadmill training, McNamee had been considering filming the entire 26.2 mile-long course from Hopkinton to Boston and watching video of the course on the treadmill. At mile 21 of the marathon that year, he made it a point to turn his idea into a full-fledged startup with the goal of helping other runners escape the mundanity of long…

  • Wed, Apr 16th 2014 4:40 PM

    Boston-based fashion startup Nineteenth Amendment to launch next month

    Boston-based fashion startup Nineteenth Amendment to launch next month

    Boston-based Nineteenth Amendment, an online marketplace that connects independent fashion designers to American manufacturers, will officially launch early next month. According to the startup's co-founder, Amanda Curtis, the site is geared toward designers who traditionally would have a difficult time finding someone to actually make their product. "It's a way for them to test a market without spending the traditional amount of money that would go into creating a brand which can go upwards…

  • Wed, Apr 16th 2014 3:10 PM

    Convergent Dental gets $8M for pain-free, FDA-approved dentistry technology

    Convergent Dental gets $8M for pain-free, FDA-approved dentistry technology

    Convergent Dental, the Natick-based maker of an FDA-approved technology that painlessly cuts dental enamel, has secured $8 million in funding led by Long River Ventures. The company will use the funding to make investments in product development and boost sales and marketing efforts, according to a release. The product, called Solea, is billed as the world's first-ever computer-aided CO2 laser for gum and teeth procedures, and eliminates the need for drills and needles. According to Convergent…

  • Wed, Apr 16th 2014 10:10 AM

    Shark Tank audition day nerves? Here are a few tips from The Grommet co-founder

    Shark Tank audition day nerves? Here are a few tips from The Grommet co-founder

    If you're nervous about pitching your business idea at auditions of ABC's Shark Tank this Thursday in Cambridge, The Grommet co-founder Joanne Domeniconi has a few tips: Bring props, be yourself, and know your stuff. Domeniconi, whose Somerville-based company offers a curated e-commerce site that launches new products every day, says pitching doesn't have to be scary. She chatted with us ahead of audition day in Cambridge on how to calm those pitch-day nerves. Practice with strangers. Practice…

  • Tue, Apr 15th 2014 5:40 PM

    Needham native gets seed funding for FantasySalesTeam

    Needham native gets seed funding for FantasySalesTeam

    FantasySalesTeam, a startup founded by a Needham native that helps companies run more engaging sales contests, has secured $600,000 in seed funding. The company, which is now operating out of Austin, Texas, was founded by 30-year-old Babson graduate Adam Hollander, who came up with the idea while he was working in sales at TechTarget and then Aberdeen Group, later acquired by direct-marketing firm Harte Hanks. The problem, Hollander said, is that sales departments aren't running motivating sales…

  • Tue, Apr 15th 2014 3:20 PM

    Online catering marketplace ezCater raises $4M in funding

    Online catering marketplace ezCater raises $4M in funding

    Boston-based ezCater, billed as the "GrubHub for businesses," has raised $4 million in funding as it works to expand its system to help connect companies and caterers. The latest round of funding, which brings the firm's total amount raised to $6.5 million, came from investors including private equity firm Breton Capital Management, Launchpad Venture Group, and angel investors such as Zipcar investor Jill Preotle. Whereas GrubHub, the New York-based company that allows consumers to place online…

  • Tue, Apr 15th 2014 3:00 PM

    CO Everywhere now available on web, Android

    CO Everywhere now available on web, Android

    Boston-based CO Everywhere, the hyperlocal platform that lets people draw on a map and immediately connect to the real-time social activity happening within it, announced that it is now officially available on responsive web and Android. The Boston-based startup, which has raised more than $7.4M in venture funding and was formerly housed at PayPal's Start Tank, has been beefing up its mobile presence. "Adding support for mobile was no easy task, but we committed to it early so everyone could…

  • Tue, Apr 15th 2014 10:20 AM

    These three Boston-area tech companies are growing in Ireland

    These three Boston-area tech companies are growing in Ireland

    The Ireland offices of three Massachusetts-based tech companies are growing. With the help of Enterprise Ireland and each company's press office, we compiled a list of what's happening in the Ireland offices of some of Boston's most well-known companies. TripAdvisor Headquarters: Newton When did the company open the Ireland office? We set up our Ireland operation in late 2013. The office is our largest engineering hub of its kind established outside of the United States, with a focus on high quality…

  • Tue, Apr 15th 2014 10:20 AM

    DejaView Concepts raises $900K in point-of-sale software push

    DejaView Concepts raises $900K in point-of-sale software push

    DejaView Concepts, a Hingham-based firm that specializes in mobile point-of-sale software, has raised $900,000, according to a regulatory filing. The funding was a combination of equity and debt. According to the company's website, one of its products, the DejaView mobile point-of-sale surveillance system "integrates Bluetooth technology with HD video to track customers' and employees' mobile (point of sale) devices anywhere in the store, giving you fully searchable video. That means that…

  • Mon, Apr 14th 2014 1:40 PM

    Woburn-based passenger rail research firm SilverRail raises $40M

    Woburn-based passenger rail research firm SilverRail raises $40M

    Woburn-based SilverRail, a company focused on Web searches related to passenger rail, has raised $40 million in Series C funding The funding was led by Mithril Capital Management, the growth equity company run by Peter Thiel and Ajay Royan. Previous investors, including Canaan Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Brook Venture, also participated in the round. The company, modeled after Cambridge-based airfare pricing company ITA, got its start in 2009, working to connect rail carriers to travel…

  • Thu, Apr 10th 2014 5:00 PM

    Aereo plans Google Chromecast integration

    Aereo plans Google Chromecast integration

    A looming Supreme Court case isn't stopping Aereo from expanding its service. The company today announced that its cloud-based antenna and DVR technology would be available for Google Chromecast on May 29. Current Aereo members and consumers living in active Aereo markets, like Boston, will be able to download (or update) the Aereo app for Android in the Google Play store, according to a press release. Aereo, which has a majority of its workers in Boston, is currently available to consumers…

  • Thu, Apr 10th 2014 9:30 AM

    Tech VC firm Fontinalis Partners announces new Boston-based partner

    Tech VC firm Fontinalis Partners announces new Boston-based partner

    Venture capital firm Fontinalis Partners, which has offices in Boston and Detroit, on Thursday announced three new partners. Chris Cheever, who will be based in the firm's Boston office, previously held principal investment roles at LaunchCapital, Highbridge Principle Strategies and UBS, according to a release. Cheever co-founded Fontinalis Partners in 2009 with Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co., and two others. He received his master's degree in business administration from Yale…

  • Thu, Apr 10th 2014 9:30 AM

    HubSpot to open Australian office this year

    HubSpot to open Australian office this year

    Marketing software firm HubSpot announced Wednesday it will open an office this year in Sydney, Australia. The office, to be opened in the third quarter, will be the firm's third location behind its Cambridge headquarters and an office in Dublin, Ireland. When the office is open, a team of between six and 12 employees including account executives and partner channel managers will be based at the Sydney office. "We recognize that Australia and New Zealand are home to a growing base of sophisticated…