• Wed, Aug 24th 2016 2:20 PM

    Cambridge-born VC firm has some harsh words for Donald Trump

    Cambridge-born VC firm has some harsh words for Donald Trump

    Cambridge-born venture capital firm CRV has taken a harsh stance against Donald Trump, with its website's homepage being directed to a blog post on Medium entitled "F*CK TRUMP." The 300-word diatribe against the Republican presidential nominee was written by CRV, formerly known as Charles River Ventures, and posted to Medium on Wednesday. Boston-area tech firms have generally been quiet about their political leanings. In the blog post, the CRV partners take issue with Trump's proposed policies,…

  • Wed, Aug 24th 2016 12:10 PM

    Tiny pizzeria startup at South Station gets millions in funding

    Tiny pizzeria startup at South Station gets millions in funding

    Nantucket-born Oath Craft Pizza, which operates a 165-square-foot kiosk at Boston's South Station, has raised $4.5 million in venture funding. The startup filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday detailing the funds. Oath Craft Pizza first opened in Nantucket last summer, and a second location at South Station opened last October. The startup had previously raised an undisclosed amount of funding from investors including venture capital and branding firm Breakaway. ...

  • Wed, Aug 24th 2016 11:50 AM

    Harvard-born Y Combinator startup uses Big Data to invest in civil lawsuits

    Harvard-born Y Combinator startup uses Big Data to invest in civil lawsuits

    Peter Thiel's funding of Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker showed many Americans, apparently for the first time, that civil lawsuits are sometimes heavily backed by people who aren't personally involved in the cases. It's actually grown into a $3 billion "industry" that Legalist, a startup in Y Combinator's summer batch, is taking aim at. It isn't the first new company jumping into litigation finance. LexShares and Trial Funder are two others. But Legalist founders Eva Shang and Christian Haigh…

  • Wed, Aug 24th 2016 11:50 AM

    Tiny pizzeria startup at South Station gets millions in new funding

    Tiny pizzeria startup at South Station gets millions in new funding

    Nantucket-born Oath Craft Pizza, which operates a 165-square-foot kiosk at Boston's South Station, has raised $4.5 million in new venture funding. The startup filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday detailing the fundraise. Oath Craft Pizza first opened in Nantucket last summer, and a second location at South Station opened last October. The startup had previously raised an undisclosed amount of funding from investors including venture capital and branding firm…

  • Tue, Aug 23rd 2016 12:10 PM

    Boston's M.Gemi plans to sell Italian-made shoes at brick-and-mortar stores

    Boston's M.Gemi plans to sell Italian-made shoes at brick-and-mortar stores

    Following in the footsteps of e-commerce fashion startups that have opened physical retail stores, Boston-based luxury e-commerce shoe company M.Gemi has future plans to open a local retail location. Ben Fischman, M.Gemi's founder and CEO and formerly the founder of Boston-based flash sale site Rue La La, wouldn't disclose an expected time frame but said the startup plans to sell shoes to customers beyond the startup's website. "There will for sure be physical retail in Boston," he said in an interview,…

  • Mon, Aug 22nd 2016 6:20 PM

    With $5M and a new CEO, 3-D printing startup bets on printing metals

    With $5M and a new CEO, 3-D printing startup bets on printing metals

    With an eye on fine-tuning a technology that can print multiple metals at the same time, MIT-born 3-D printing startup NVBots has raised $5.3 million and appointed a new CEO. Woodman Asset Management led the Series A funding round, and the investment amount was listed in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Duncan McCallum, an entrepreneur and former venture capitalist with Bessemer Venture Partners and Flagship Ventures, will be the company's new CEO, succeeding founder…

  • Mon, Aug 22nd 2016 4:40 PM

    Kendall Square's newest co-working space opens this week

    Kendall Square's newest co-working space opens this week

    Kendall Square has a new co-working space for startups, appropriately adjacent to a coffee shop. Washington D.C.-based shared office space company cove's newest outpost opened this week and is located at 295 Third St. in Cambridge. The co-working space is next to barismo, a local coffee shop, which the cove founders said was the impetus for choosing the Cambridge location. "We're excited to bring this concept to market," said Adam Segal, co-founder and CEO of cove in a statement. "A productive…

  • Wed, Aug 17th 2016 8:40 AM

    Paint Nite, Chicken and Rice Guys land on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list

    Paint Nite, Chicken and Rice Guys land on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list

    Paint Nite and Chicken and Rice Guys are among the top 10 Boston-area companies that landed on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of America's fastest-growing companies. In all, about 150 Massachusetts companies were on this year's list. Somerville-based Paint Nite was ranked the No. 2 fastest-growing company on the list, with revenue growing 36,555 percent between 2012 and 2015. Its 2015 revenue was a whopping $55 million. Click the gallery above to see the 10 Boston-area companies that ranked highest on…

  • Mon, Aug 15th 2016 1:00 PM

    Ashton Kutcher, Forbes to host startup competitions in Boston this fall

    Ashton Kutcher, Forbes to host startup competitions in Boston this fall

    Forbes is partnering with Ashton Kutcher and Cambridge-based Rough Draft Ventures to host two startup competitions at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston this fall. Forbes announced Monday it will host both a for-profit entrepreneur competition and a nonprofit competition at the summit, which will be held Oct. 16-19. The $500,000 competition for early-stage, for-profit entrepreneurs will be hosted by Forbes, Rough Draft Ventures and actor and venture capitalist Kutcher's venture firm, Sound Ventures,…

  • Thu, Aug 11th 2016 12:30 PM

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum welcomes Boston startups in first 'Tech Night'

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum welcomes Boston startups in first 'Tech Night'

    Isabella Stewart Gardner was one of the early 20th century's most influential pioneers of art and culture, so it was fitting that Boston's startup community mingled at a private event this week to draw some inspiration from the eponymous museum she founded. Boston's 113-year-old Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum opened its doors to the tech, startup and nonprofit community on Wednesday evening in its first bid to attract millennials and foster relationships through a partnership with TUGG, a Cambridge-based…

  • Wed, Aug 10th 2016 2:20 PM

    Five ways startups, innovators could benefit from Gov. Baker's economic development bill

    Five ways startups, innovators could benefit from Gov. Baker's economic development bill

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a $1 billion economic development bill into law that is expected to have wide-ranging impacts on the Bay State's startup and innovation economy. The provisions that apply to the startup and innovation ecosystem include an angel investor tax credit that could help encourage more investment in small businesses and a digital health initiative. "This legislation unleashes valuable opportunities for investments in the development of revolutionary new technologies…

  • Wed, Aug 10th 2016 12:40 AM

    Comcast, Revolution Growth help fund Mass. customer service software firm

    Comcast, Revolution Growth help fund Mass. customer service software firm

    Customer service calls could evolve from being frustrating to efficient and even delightful with Franklin, Massachusetts tech firm Interactions' latest $56 million investment to grow its automated customer-service software. The company's total funding to date since its founding about 14 years ago is now $167 million, with new investors including AOL founder Steve Case's Revolution Growth, NewSpring Capital and Comcast Ventures. Interactions' technology is intended to improve conversations between…

  • Wed, Aug 10th 2016 12:40 AM

    Uber to let Boston users schedule a ride pickup

    Uber to let Boston users schedule a ride pickup

    Uber users in Boston will soon be able to request a driver to pick them up at a scheduled time. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing giant announced Wednesday that Boston users in will be able to book trips, including rides to the airport, between 15 minutes and 30 days in advance. Uber will allow its business customers to be among the first to use scheduled rides, while opening it up for full access to all of its users within about three weeks. Users in Seattle will also have the option of scheduling…

  • Mon, Aug 8th 2016 10:00 AM

    Now available in Massachusetts: Drone insurance via app

    Now available in Massachusetts: Drone insurance via app

    Verifly, a New York City startup co-founded by two entrepreneurial heavyweights, is now offering drone liability insurance to users in Massachusetts with the goal of protecting them from potential third-party lawsuits. Insurance plans begin at $10 per hour of drone use and are offered through a mobile app that allows recreational and commercial users to purchase insurance "on-demand," immediately before they plan to fly their drones. The policies are underwritten by aviation insurance provider Global…

  • Thu, Aug 4th 2016 11:20 AM

    3D printing startup Formlabs gets big funding from Autodesk, Foundry Group

    3D printing startup Formlabs gets big funding from Autodesk, Foundry Group

    Somerville 3D printing manufacturer Formlabs has raised $35 million in new funding led by Colorado venture capital firm Foundry Group and California software giant Autodesk. The company's total funding to date since 2011 is now $55 million, and the most recent investment will allow Formlabs to hire more people and scale worldwide. "Formlabs' efforts over the years in introducing new materials and capabilities have defined the category of professional desktop 3D printing, resulting in significant…

  • Mon, Aug 1st 2016 1:10 PM

    Non-compete reform's demise elicits frustration from the startup world

    Non-compete reform's demise elicits frustration from the startup world

    In what was viewed by many entrepreneurs and employees in Boston's startup and technology sector as the closest attempt to pass non-compete reform, Massachusetts lawmakers ended their legislative session on Sunday without sealing the deal. The unsuccessful passage of a bill that would have limited the use of non-compete agreements in the Bay State elicited outcry, rage and disappointment from Boston's tech and startup leaders. Some local entrepreneurs even vowed to help oust those lawmakers involved…

  • Mon, Aug 1st 2016 8:20 AM

    Late-night accord reached on ride-hailing industry regulation in Mass.

    Late-night accord reached on ride-hailing industry regulation in Mass.

    A late-night deal struck between House and Senate lawmakers to regulate app-based ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft would not ban those services from operating at Logan Airport or the South Boston convention center and would charge those companies a 20-cent per ride surcharge for infrastructure improvements. The compromise bill, which lawmakers struggled with to find the right balance between regulation and public safety without stifling innovation, would also set insurance thresholds for…

  • Mon, Aug 1st 2016 8:20 AM

    Jay Z-backed private jet service to start New York-to-Boston service

    Jay Z-backed private jet service to start New York-to-Boston service

    JetSmarter, a private jet startup backed by investors including rapper and entrepreneur Jay Z, will begin flying customers from New York City to Boston beginning Sept. 13. The shuttle service will allow customers to reserve single seats on shared private planes in order to fly from New York to Boston and Washington D.C. Backed by $55 million in investor funding, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based startup plans to allow its users and members to book on-demand and scheduled flights between popular…

  • Fri, Jul 29th 2016 1:20 PM

    Boston transit startup expands to Austin

    Boston transit startup expands to Austin

    A Boston-based startup plans to offer on-demand bus service in Austin starting in August -- and it's looking for a partner. The service, dubbed Bridj, is a subsidiary of GroupZOOM Inc. The company revealed its Austin service in a Friday morning blog post. Founded in 2014, Bridj describes itself as a "pop-up" urban transportation system where riders can hail a shuttle using a smartphone app to take them to their destination. The system establishes routes in real time based on rider demand. Fares…

  • Thu, Jul 28th 2016 1:20 PM

    This Boston coffee shop is using a 3D printer to make latte art

    This Boston coffee shop is using a 3D printer to make latte art

    Milk Street Cafe in downtown Boston is using a 3D printing latte-art machine that draws everything from personalized messages to selfie photos and designs using coffee extract and foam. Employees at the coffee shop are currently learning how to use the machine, which retails for a starting price of $1,000 with service plans that start at $85 per month. Latte and cappuccino drinkers will begin seeing the designs, at no extra charge, as soon as next week. "It is an awesome blend of food and technology…