• Wed, Apr 23rd 2014 10:50 AM

    Small business social networking site Referral Key: 'We do not engage in spamming'

    Small business social networking site Referral Key: 'We do not engage in spamming'

    In the months since we last wrote about Boston-based social networking site Referral Key, several readers reached out saying they were concerned the startup was spamming their contacts in LinkedIn. Referral Key allows users to create a profile and to give and receive referrals from other professionals -- with the aim of helping users to find leads and increase sales. The company says it differs from other networking sites because it's targeted specifically toward small businesses, which count…

  • Wed, Apr 23rd 2014 8:40 AM

    Spindle co-founder Pat Kinsel named venture partner at Polaris

    Spindle co-founder Pat Kinsel named venture partner at Polaris

    Polaris Partners announced Wednesday that Pat Kinsel has been made a venture partner, joining the firm's technology investment team. Kinsel joined Polaris in 2013 as an entrepreneur-in-residence after his Polaris-backed mobile payments startup, Spindle, was acquired by Twitter the same year. In his role as venture partner, In his new role, Kinsel will focus on early stage technology investments and continue developing relationships with entrepreneurs across the country, according to Polaris. Kinsel…

  • Tue, Apr 22nd 2014 4:10 PM

    Hingham startup developing 'next evolution of the selfie'

    Hingham startup developing 'next evolution of the selfie'

    Hingham-based DejaView Concepts wants to take the concept of a selfie and make it even better. The company, founded by avid snowboarder and Endicott College graduate Jeffrey Gabriel, has deployed what it calls "advanced video tracking" technology, using Bluetooth low energy 4.0 beacon and sensor technology at Wachusett Mountain ski resort. Here's the way it works: A skier can download the free Paparazzi Pass app, pocket their smartphone and hit the slopes. The 16 HD cameras at Wachusett…

  • Tue, Apr 22nd 2014 4:10 PM

    Virtual cooking assistant app SousChef aims to be the 'go-to cooking app' for Google Glass

    Virtual cooking assistant app SousChef aims to be the 'go-to cooking app' for Google Glass

    There's one major problem with today's mobile apps for cooking, says first-year Harvard Business School student Calley Means, and it's this: greasy, sticky, flour-covered fingers that cause smudges on your smartphone. Means co-founded a hands-free, voice-activated app called SousChef to address the sticky-finger problem, and aims to make it the go-to cooking app on Google Glass when the wearable technology becomes commercialized. The app, created specifically for Google Glass, allows beginner cooks…

  • Tue, Apr 22nd 2014 8:50 AM

    Newton resident set to launch Greek iced tea brand

    Newton resident set to launch Greek iced tea brand

    You've already heard about Greek yogurt. Now get ready for Greek iced tea. Next week, Newton resident Kristina Tsipouras' brand of iced tea called ZOOS will officially hit the shelves at local Wegmans, Roche Bros. and Sudbury Farms stores. For those who don't know what Greek iced tea is, it's an herbal tea made from Sideritis, a flowering plant that's plentiful in Mediterranean regions of the world. Tsipouras has fond memories of traveling to Greece with her grandmother and sipping the…

  • Tue, Apr 22nd 2014 7:30 AM

    Composite material tech firm N12 Technologies raises $5.27M

    Composite material tech firm N12 Technologies raises $5.27M

    N12 Technologies Inc., a Cambridge startup developing a way to make composite, lightweight materials use in aerospace stronger, has raised $5.27 million in equity, according to a Monday regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Jeffrey Sabados, founder of N12 Technologies, previously said that the company was formed based on technology from MIT that strengthens the bond between layers of composite fibers, commonly used in aerospace, wind blades, automobiles and even hockey…

  • Mon, Apr 21st 2014 3:30 PM

    Harvard-born website SpotRocket lets recent grads find the country's hottest startups

    Harvard-born website SpotRocket lets recent grads find the country's hottest startups

    Six Harvard Business School students who created a website that connects recent graduates and job-seekers with the hottest startups in the U.S. are hoping to turn their school project into a profitable business. The website, called SpotRocket, aggregates 10,000 U.S.-based companies that were founded during the past 10 years and ranks them based on different metrics ranging from funding history and growth to web traffic and social media presence. The companies span across 50 industries such as software,…

  • Mon, Apr 21st 2014 7:20 AM

    Photos from ABC's 'Shark Tank' auditions in Cambridge (slideshow)

    Photos from ABC's 'Shark Tank' auditions in Cambridge (slideshow)

    Entrepreneurs from all over New England and the Eastern Seaboard 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. For example, Lakeville resident Rochelle Chavier said she invented a soap that lathers in salt water,…

  • 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…