• Thu, Jul 2nd 2015 11:40 AM

    Guest commentary: What startups can learn about innovation from America's Founding Fathers

    Guest commentary: What startups can learn about innovation from America's Founding Fathers

    When our country's forefathers began planning the American Revolution at one of Boston's most notable landmarks, the Green Dragon, it was impossible to know that they'd be launching one of history's most successful startups. Now, Boston is once again serving as a driving force for boldness, independence and innovation by fostering a local IT startup revolution. It's no surprise then that ten years ago, Kaspersky Lab chose this city as the location for its North American headquarters--bridging…

  • Wed, Jul 1st 2015 3:30 PM

    Paul English's next travel idea could be bigger than Kayak

    Paul English's next travel idea could be bigger than Kayak

    Paul English, the co-founder of online travel company Kayak, posted a somewhat cryptic message on Twitter yesterday: My non-compete with Kayak ends tomorrow. Stay tuned. -- Paul English (@englishpaulm) June 30, 2015 English is now the co-founder and CEO of Blade, a Boston-based consumer-tech startup incubator that's home to several startups including Mapkin, the maker of a GPS that "gives directions like a local" and personalized meal-delivery startup Chef Nightly. At first glance, I thought…

  • Wed, Jul 1st 2015 3:30 PM

    Harvard-born 3-D greeting card startup has a Boston pop-up store

    Harvard-born 3-D greeting card startup has a Boston pop-up store

    LovePop Cards, a Harvard Innovation Lab-born startup that sells origami-like pop-up greeting cards online, is taking its concept to the next level by opening a pop-up kiosk at Boston's South Station. Though LovePop co-founders Wombi Rose and John Wise previously told the Boston Business Journal that the card business is a relatively saturated market, they say LovePop has an edge over the competition because of the technique and skill that goes into producing each of the nearly 50 designs the company…

  • Wed, Jul 1st 2015 3:30 PM

    Apps to help those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction grow in Boston

    Apps to help those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction grow in Boston

    Two mobile app makers headquartered in Boston that use technology to help those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction are growing, with a combined 18,000 downloads. Officially launching next week is Boston-based Sober Grid, a social networking app that connects people in the recovery and sober living communities based on where they are located. To date, Sober Grid has had more than 16,000 downloads across the country and abroad since it launched in a public beta test last July. "It's really…

  • Wed, Jul 1st 2015 11:50 AM

    Seven startup events you won't want to miss in July

    Seven startup events you won't want to miss in July

    Here are seven startup-related events that you'll want to add to your calendar for the month of July. Hundreds of Boston-area startup founders and members of the tech community will set off on a cruise ship July 1 as part of a pirate-themed party hosted by startup accelerator program MassChallenge. Click here to get discounted tickets to the event. The co-founder of Boston-based e-commerce menswear company Ministry of Supply will be speaking at the Rotary Club of Downtown Boston on July 7 about…

  • Wed, Jul 1st 2015 10:30 AM

    EdTechWomen looks to double over next six months

    EdTechWomen looks to double over next six months

    EdTechWomen, a Baltimore-based networking organization, is spreading across the country into cities including Boston as women -- and men -- seek out a place to share ideas and troubleshoot business problems in a rapidly growing technology niche. EdTechWomen was founded in 2013 by Margaret Roth and Sehreen Noor Ali as a way for women to meet each other, share resources and talk about the unique challenges in the edtech field. But more than a networking club for women, EdTechWomen seeks to rally…

  • Tue, Jun 30th 2015 4:10 PM

    Startup 'pirates' will once again take over a cruise ship in Boston

    Startup 'pirates' will once again take over a cruise ship in Boston

    Hundreds of Boston-area startup founders and members of the tech community will set off on a cruise ship Wednesday evening as part of a pirate-themed party hosted by startup accelerator program MassChallenge. Why the party? "Startups work incredibly hard -- especially startups working out of MassChallenge," said Scott Bailey, managing director of MassChallenge. "The pirate-themed party was originally created by our alumni companies in 2011 and they have teamed up again to put this event together,…

  • Tue, Jun 30th 2015 2:50 PM

    Buying wine and liquor online is about to get more personal

    Buying wine and liquor online is about to get more personal

    Soon, shopping online for wine and liquor will be as individualized as shopping for books on Amazon.com and choosing movies on Netflix. Drizly, maker of a mobile and Web app that allows users to shop for alcohol and get it delivered, is paying marketing software startup BlueConic to collect information on Drizly users in an effort to bolster marketing efforts and make the experience more individualized. The Boston startups aim to turn big data insights on customers into better marketing decisions.…

  • Tue, Jun 30th 2015 6:40 AM

    Cambridge startup figures out how to waste less mayonnaise

    Cambridge startup figures out how to waste less mayonnaise

    LiquiGlide, the maker of spray-on coating that aims to make products and packaging more efficient, has struck a deal with a Norwegian conglomerate that will allow people to waste less mayonnaise. The Cambridge-based firm announced Tuesday a licensing agreement with Norwegian conglomerate Orkla ASA that gives the company rights to use LiquiGlide's slippery coating for mayonnaise products in Nordic countries, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the Baltics, according to a release. The…

  • Mon, Jun 29th 2015 4:10 PM

    Romulus Capital looking to launch 'larger' third fund

    Romulus Capital looking to launch 'larger' third fund

    Romulus Capital, a Cambridge-based seed stage tech investment firm, is looking to raise money for its third fund, according to a recent regulatory filing. Neil Chheda, co-founder and general partner at Romulus, said he couldn't disclose the specifics of the fund -- called Romulus Capital III -- but said it would be "larger" than the previous two. Romulus, which Chheda co-founded with former McKinsey consultant Krishna Gupta, last raised $50 million for a fund last year. Chheda, who was formerly…

  • Mon, Jun 29th 2015 1:50 PM

    Romulus Capital looking to raise 'larger' third fund

    Romulus Capital looking to raise 'larger' third fund

    Romulus Capital, a Cambridge-based seed stage tech investment firm, is looking to raise money for its third fund, according to a recent regulatory filing. Neil Chheda, co-founder and general partner at Romulus, said he couldn't disclose the specifics of the fund -- called Romulus Capital III -- but said it would be "larger" than the previous two. Romulus, which Chheda co-founded with former McKinsey consultant Krishna Gupta, last raised $50 million for a fund last year. Chheda, who was formerly…

  • Mon, Jun 29th 2015 12:40 PM

    FKA Atlas has a new name and debuts with three new investments

    FKA Atlas has a new name and debuts with three new investments

    FKA Atlas, the technology-investment focused investment arm of Cambridge-based Atlas Venture, on Monday officially announced its new name: Accomplice. The firm held a naming competition earlier this year that garnered more than 16,000 submissions. The winner of the competition was Sacramento, California, resident Zaqary Whitnack, who received a $25,000 investment in the new fund and the chance to donate $25,000 to a TUGG nonprofit. Whitnack chose to donate to Youth CITIES (Creating Impact Through…

  • Fri, Jun 26th 2015 4:20 PM

    Boston-area startups: Apply for BBJ's Innovation All-Stars 2015 awards

    Boston-area startups: Apply for BBJ's Innovation All-Stars 2015 awards

    Are you an entrepreneur disrupting an industry with your innovative startup? Consider applying for the Boston Business Journal's Innovation All-Stars 2015 event, where we honor entrepreneurs and companies -- especially those in the tech and life science fields -- that are building unique brands, bringing innovations to market and starting trends. Some of last year's winners include Boston-based e-commerce menswear company Ministry of Supply, Boston-based water tech startup Oasys Water and Boston-based…

  • Fri, Jun 26th 2015 3:20 PM

    New Israel-to-Boston flights will be a boon for local tech sector

    New Israel-to-Boston flights will be a boon for local tech sector

    Israeli entrepreneur Udi Mokady has been lobbying for a direct flight from Boston to Israel since 2001, when he opened the Newton headquarters of his IT security firm, CyberArk Software. Mokady's wish will finally come true Sunday, when El Al begins offering service from Logan International Airport to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport. The flights will be a boon to CyberArk Software (Nasdaq: CYBR) dozens of Massachusetts companies in the technology sector that have offices or major research…

  • Fri, Jun 26th 2015 10:20 AM

    Boston-area startups: Apply to win a free, customized branding campaign

    Boston-area startups: Apply to win a free, customized branding campaign

    The Ad Club of Boston is hosting its second Brandathon competition, in which startups will win the rights to use a brand campaign created specifically for them -- worth up to $100,000. Startups can upload a 60-second pitch video through July 6, and the top 12 startups will each be paired with an advertising agency who will have 72 hours to develop a full brand campaign. Agency teams will present their campaigns to a panel of judges on Aug. 6. Boston-area startups that have already applied include…

  • Thu, Jun 25th 2015 10:10 AM

    Exclusive: Samuels hatches startup launchpad in Fenway

    Exclusive: Samuels hatches startup launchpad in Fenway

    Commercial real estate developer Samuels & Associates is creating a 110,000-square-foot startup launchpad at the Landmark building in Boston's Fenway neighborhood, and a software company has already agreed to be an anchor tenant. The space at 401 Park Drive has been designed as a bridge for startup tenants that have outgrown incubator or coworking space but don't feel comfortable signing a long-term office lease, said Peter Sougarides, executive vice president of development and principal at Samuels. ...

  • Thu, Jun 25th 2015 9:30 AM

    Seven innovative clean energy projects in Mass. receive $280k in grants

    Seven innovative clean energy projects in Mass. receive $280k in grants

    The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center announced Wednesday seven innovative clean energy projects across the state received a total of $280,000 in grants. Organizations and researchers each recieved $40,000 in funding under the Catalyst program, funded by the MassCEC and managed by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center. Below are descriptions of the projects, provided from the MassCEC. EnerScore (Belmont): Developed an online tool that provides energy performance ratings for all homes using…

  • Thu, Jun 25th 2015 7:40 AM

    Five Boston-area cybersecurity firms received $68M in total funding so far in June

    Five Boston-area cybersecurity firms received $68M in total funding so far in June

    Five Boston-area cybersecurity firms have received $67.5 million in new investor funding so far this month, reaffirming the city's position as a hotbed for businesses aiming to thwart cyber attacks. There are dozens of businesses in the Bay State that specialize in cybersecurity -- including Boston-based Rapid7, which recently filed paperwork detailing its plans to go public. At least 35 local cybersecurity companies are formidable enough to put Massachusetts cybersecurity on the map nationwide. ...

  • Wed, Jun 24th 2015 12:20 PM

    Seven innovative clean energy projects in Mass. recieve $280k in grants

    Seven innovative clean energy projects in Mass. recieve $280k in grants

    The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center announced Wednesday seven innovative clean energy projects across the state received a total of $280,000 in grants. Organizations and researchers each recieved $40,000 in funding under the Catalyst program, funded by the MassCEC and managed by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center. Below are descriptions of the projects, provided from the MassCEC. EnerScore (Belmont): Developed an online tool that provides energy performance ratings for all homes using…

  • Wed, Jun 24th 2015 9:50 AM

    Instacart now delivering from one of the Boston area's largest Asian grocery stores

    Instacart now delivering from one of the Boston area's largest Asian grocery stores

    Instacart, a online grocery delivery service based in San Francisco, announced Wednesday that it would begin delivering to Boston and Cambridge residents from H Mart, a grocery chain that specializes in Korean and other Asian foods. Customers in Cambridge, Boston, and "the immediate surrounding areas" can choose from virtually any item carried at their local H Mart store and have delivery right to their doorstep within one hour or in a later one-hour window of their choosing, Instacart said in a…