• Wed, Aug 27th 2014 4:20 PM

    Report: Harvard, MIT among universities producing most female entrepreneurs

    Report: Harvard, MIT among universities producing most female entrepreneurs

    Harvard University and MIT are among the top schools in the country producing the most female entrepreneurs, according to a report by Fortune. Nearly 60 female founders from Harvard Business School have received investment funding over the past five years, according to Fortune. According to Fortune: Harvard came in third on the list of undergraduate programs with 29 female-founder alums dating back to 2009, finishing behind MIT and its 31 female founders during that same period. MIT finished…

  • Wed, Aug 27th 2014 10:50 AM

    HubSpot CMO appointed board member at software startup Repsly

    HubSpot CMO appointed board member at software startup Repsly

    Mike Volpe, chief marketing officer for Cambridge-based inbound marketing software company HubSpot, has joined the board of directors at Boston-based software startup Repsly. Repsly is a four-year-old Croatian software-as-a service company focused on managing field activity for companies, that recently relocated its headquarters to Boston and raised $1.25 million. Repsly, formerly known as Salespod, has 200 customers in 40 countries with a total of 2,200 users and rebranded because the majority…

  • Wed, Aug 27th 2014 1:20 AM

    Mobile payments firm Paydiant opens new HQ in Newton

    Mobile payments firm Paydiant opens new HQ in Newton

    Paydiant, a mobile payments tech firm, has moved its approximately 75 employees into a new 18,000-square-foot headquarters at 275 Grove St. in Newton's Riverside Center, which is twice the size of its previous Wellesley location. The company moved into its new space because it had outgrown its previous Wellesley location at 40 Walnut St. and wanted to support its current size and future growth, said a company spokeswoman. Paydiant has more than 75 employees and "expects to grow significantly"…

  • Tue, Aug 26th 2014 4:40 PM

    MassChallenge founder John Harthorne to ring opening bell at NASDAQ

    MassChallenge founder John Harthorne to ring opening bell at NASDAQ

    John Harthorne, founder and CEO of Boston-based startup accelerator program MassChallenge, will ring the opening stock exchange bell at NASDAQ's offices in New York on Wednesday morning. Harthorne will be ringing the bell as part of a visit to the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. Since it launched in 2010, MassChallenge has supported about 500 startups, which have collectively raised more than $550 million in outside funding and have created more than 4,000 jobs. MassChallenge's new 26,000-square-foot…

  • Tue, Aug 26th 2014 4:40 PM

    Almost half of Google's mergers-and-acquisitions integration team is in Cambridge

    Almost half of Google's mergers-and-acquisitions integration team is in Cambridge

    Google spent $4.2 billion on mergers and acquisitions during the first half of this year, with a number of Boston area firms snapped up by the company over that time period. But what happens to all those companies after they're absorbed by the Internet giant? Google actually has a total of 115 employees whose job it is to make sure everything goes smoothly after a company has been acquired, according to David Crandall, manager of operations for the company. Of those 115 employees, almost half…

  • Tue, Aug 26th 2014 3:30 PM

    Almost half of Google's merger and acquisitions integration team is in Cambridge

    Almost half of Google's merger and acquisitions integration team is in Cambridge

    Google spent $4.2 billion on mergers and acquisitions during the first half of this year, with a number of Boston area firms snapped up by the company over that time period. But what happens to all those companies after they're absorbed by the Internet giant? Google actually has a total of 115 employees whose job it is to make sure everything goes smoothly after a company has been acquired, according to David Crandall, manager of operations for the company. Of those 115 employees, almost half…

  • Tue, Aug 26th 2014 12:10 PM

    Kayak co-founder Paul English invests in fashion startup ​Nineteenth Amendment

    Kayak co-founder Paul English invests in fashion startup ​Nineteenth Amendment

    Boston-based fashion startup Nineteenth Amendment announced Tuesday that it has received an investment from Kayak co-founder Paul English. Nineteenth Amendment CEO and co-founder Amanda Curtis would not disclose the investment by English, a Boston entrepreneur and founder of startup incubator Blade. The startup, which is planning on moving its operations to New York City in the next week, expects to wrap up its seed round of funding in mid-September and will maintain a presence in Boston, Curtis…

  • Tue, Aug 26th 2014 11:00 AM

    How Cambridge's Nieman Journalism Lab is using the Yo app to promote its stories

    How Cambridge's Nieman Journalism Lab is using the Yo app to promote its stories

    As the tech press debates the usefulness of a smartphone app that allows you to seamlessly send the message "Yo" to your friends and family, one Cambridge-based organization focused on the future of journalism is taking advantage of the technology. The Nieman Journalism Lab, a project of Harvard University, is using the Yo app to notify readers when a new article is posted. That's right: a "Yo" on your phone might actually be a useful way to alert you about journalism. In an email, Nieman…

  • Tue, Aug 26th 2014 11:00 AM

    Mustbin mobile app names CEO

    Mustbin mobile app names CEO

    Boston-based secure storage mobile app Mustbin has named its CEO: the startup's chief technology officer Satyender Mahajan. "My focus will be to continue delivering the best products to our rapidly increasing user base and ensure that millions of potential users learn how they can keep everything important in one place with Mustbin," Mahajan said in a statement. "I'm humbled by the privilege of working with an amazing founder like Brian, incredibly supportive investors, and the best team in the…

  • Tue, Aug 26th 2014 9:50 AM

    Wellesley mobile tech firm Mobiquity adds $5M in funding

    Wellesley mobile tech firm Mobiquity adds $5M in funding

    Mobiquity Inc., a Wellesley-based mobile technology services firm, announced Tuesday it has closed an additional $5 million in funding, bringing total funding to date for the three-year-old company to $24 million. Radnor, Penn.-based growth equity fund NewSpring Growth led the investment, along with existing institutional investors including Boston's Sigma Prime Ventures and Waltham-based Longworth Venture Partners. The money will be used to make strategic hires and support growing demand for…

  • Tue, Aug 26th 2014 9:20 AM

    Eleven people who left HubSpot to pursue other ventures (slide show)

    Eleven people who left HubSpot to pursue other ventures (slide show)

    HubSpot seems to be a breeding ground for entrepreneurs and innovators, some of whom eventually end up leaving the company to pursue other opportunities in the startup and venture capital world. The Cambridge-based inbound marketing software firm, which detailed its IPO plans on Monday, doesn't think there's anything wrong with that. In fact, HubSpot founder and CEO Brian Halligan says the company refers to these former employees as "graduates" and keeps tabs on all HubSpot "alumni." "Many of…

  • Tue, Aug 26th 2014 7:40 AM

    Amazon cloud competitor ProfitBricks is growing amid pricing wars

    Amazon cloud competitor ProfitBricks is growing amid pricing wars

    ProfitBricks, a German-based cloud hosting company with its U.S. headquarters in Cambridge, isn't deterred by the price wars that have broken out between Amazon, Google, Microsoft and other companies around cloud services. In fact, the company lowered its prices for cloud services by 50 percent about six months ago, said Bob Rizika, the CEO of U.S. operations for ProfitBricks. And it will lower those prices again, he said. "People think there's a lot of pricing pressure because of the way Amazon…

  • Tue, Aug 26th 2014 7:40 AM

    Zuckerberg-backed Panorama Education releases free feedback survey for schools

    Zuckerberg-backed Panorama Education releases free feedback survey for schools

    Over the past year, Boston-based Panorama Education and Harvard School of Education researchers have been collaborating to develop a better survey to help educators gather feedback at schools across the country. On Tuesday, Panorama, which is backed by Mark Zuckerberg and other notable entrepreneurs, released a free, open-source survey tool that schools can use to ask their students better questions on their experience and help administrators make better decisions about education in general. Panorama…

  • Mon, Aug 25th 2014 11:40 AM

    Nightclub mobile app Tablelist attracts more investors, hires former HubSpot exec

    Nightclub mobile app Tablelist attracts more investors, hires former HubSpot exec

    Tablelist, a Boston-based mobile app that makes it easy for partygoers to book tables at nightclubs and lounges and then split the bill with friends if they choose to, has garnered an additional $500,000 in funding and has hired a former HubSpot executive. Total funding to date for the company is now $2 million, and investors include Boston-based Twitter executive Wayne Chang and notable nightlife influencers Simon Hammerstein and Michael Gruber. The company has also appointed Keith Frankel as…

  • Mon, Aug 25th 2014 10:20 AM

    DraftKings lands $41M in funding, buys Cambridge-based StarStreet

    DraftKings lands $41M in funding, buys Cambridge-based StarStreet

    Boston-based fantasy sports site DraftKings has landed $41 million in venture capital funding, in a sign that VC firms think there's plenty of money to be made in the online-sports world. The funding round was led by The Raine Group, a New York firm that invests in sports and lifestyle companies. Existing investors Redpoint Ventures, GGV Capital and Atlas Venture also participated. As part of the Monday announcement, DraftKings announced that it acquired Techstars graduate StarStreet, a Cambridge…

  • Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 3:50 PM

    CEO of transit startup Bridj unfazed by proposed Cambridge crackdown

    CEO of transit startup Bridj unfazed by proposed Cambridge crackdown

    The data-driven, venture-backed bus startup Bridj might be facing a crackdown on its business from the city of Cambridge, but that doesn't seem to faze its CEO. "It means absolutely nothing," Matthew George, CEO of Cambridge-based startup, said of the city's proposed regulations. "It's a small part of the bureaucracy that for some reason seems to be hellbent on not increasing the transportation options for (residents in the city of Cambridge). It didn't smell quite right to us." According to an…

  • Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 1:20 PM

    Sports merchandise online marketplace Rally pushing for 5,000 products by year's end

    Sports merchandise online marketplace Rally pushing for 5,000 products by year's end

    Rally, a Cambridge-based startup that offers an "Etsy for sports products" website that allows users to sell handmade products and sports memorabilia, is pushing to host 5,000 products on its online marketplace by the end of this year. Rally currently has about more than 30 sellers from various cities in the United States on the website, and about 1,200 sports-related used products and handmade items for sale, said the startup's CEO Chas Wagner. Products on the website range from vintage Lebron…

  • Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 12:00 PM

    Former Vistaprint director joins Cambridge startup HourlyNerd

    Former Vistaprint director joins Cambridge startup HourlyNerd

    Cambridge-based HourlyNerd has named former Vistaprint Senior Director Ari Sussman as the startup's new vice president of product development -- the latest in a string of high-profile hires. Sussman had previously spent seven years at The Netherlands-based Vistaprint (Nasdaq: VPRT), an online supplier of customized marketing materials. "HourlyNerd has done a remarkable job building its business," Sussman said in a statement. "The company fills an enormous void in the market by matching businesses…

  • Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 10:50 AM

    Sports-focused social networking app Fancred nabs $3M, plans to hire

    Sports-focused social networking app Fancred nabs $3M, plans to hire

    Cambridge-based sports-focused social networking mobile app Fancred has raised $3 million in new investor funding, bringing total funding to date to $4.5 million. Investors in the latest round include Cambridge-based Atlas Venture, Virginia-based Militello Capital and Boston's Breakaway Innovation Group. The funding will be used to accelerate product development and hire more employees at Fancred, a startup that participated in last year's startup accelerator program Techstars Boston. "We…

  • Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 8:50 AM

    State agency, MassChallenge team up for new civic tech competition

    State agency, MassChallenge team up for new civic tech competition

    MassIT, the state technology agency, announced Thursday that it has created a first-of-its-kind competition for startups to develop technology that can be used by state government to better deal with constituent needs. The winner of the so-called MassIT Government Innovation Competition will be awarded $50,000. The agency is teaming up with startup incubator MassChallege for the competition. The goal, according to the state, is to incentivize "high-quality startups to develop innovative solutions…