• Wed, Nov 26th 2014 12:50 PM

    Event photo startup Gameface Media moves to bigger HQ following 'explosive' growth

    Event photo startup Gameface Media moves to bigger HQ following 'explosive' growth

    Boston event photography startup Gameface Media is moving to a bigger headquarters on Kingston Street, as the company plans to double in size and close more deals with investors by the end of next year. The startup, which partners with organizers of major athletic events to offer free photos to all event participants, will move to a 5,000-square-foot space at 109 Kingston St. beginning Dec. 1. The new space is double the size of the company's current headquarters just down the street at 125 Kingston…

  • Wed, Nov 26th 2014 8:40 AM

    Cisco-backed Altiostar emerges from stealth mode, eyes IPO

    Cisco-backed Altiostar emerges from stealth mode, eyes IPO

    Most people probably won't know the nitty gritty details behind the technology developed by Tewksbury-based Altiostar Networks. But anyone who uses their smartphone to play the newest YouTube video or load a graphics-covered website will be thankful for Altiostar, a company founded in 2011 that's raised $70 million in funding -- including a $50 million round last year from networking giant Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO). Altiostar makes hardware for cell towers that make it possible for cell phone…

  • Tue, Nov 25th 2014 11:00 AM

    Aereo lawyer: 'Very substantial interest' in assets

    Aereo lawyer: 'Very substantial interest' in assets

    Aereo, the TV-over-the-web-service that was declared illegal by the U.S. Supreme Court over the summer, might be just about history, but that doesn't mean the whole company will be discarded. A lawyer for the startup, which had a large presence in Boston before ceasing operations here and filing for bankruptcy earlier this month, told a bankruptcy judge recently that there's a lot of interest in the company's assets. "We do enjoy very substantial interest in the assets," said William Baldiga, Aereo's…

  • Mon, Nov 24th 2014 5:40 PM

    Haystack, the parking app that was banned in Boston, disappears from app stores

    Haystack, the parking app that was banned in Boston, disappears from app stores

    Haystack, the location-based parking app that points users to open spots and that was forced to shut down by the city of Boston this past summer, has officially disappeared from the Apple and Android app stores, according to the Baltimore Business Journal. Haystack creator Eric Meyer, who operated the startup from Baltimore, said he blamed various government policies for the app's disappearance. "Battling backwards-thinking governments and trying to teach them how to embrace new transportation…

  • Mon, Nov 24th 2014 3:30 PM

    Kickstarter campaign aims to bring visibility to female entrepreneurs, innovators

    Kickstarter campaign aims to bring visibility to female entrepreneurs, innovators

    The founder of startup product-launch event Mass Innovation Nights is trying to raise $22,000 in a crowdfunding campaign to boost the visibility of female entrepreneurs. The money would go toward the creation of a website called Innovation Women, where female entrepreneurs could upload profiles of themselves and their work. It would also be a place where event-organizers and managers could contact female founders to speak at events and on panels. Bobbie Carlton, founder of Boston-based Mass Innovation…

  • Mon, Nov 24th 2014 3:30 PM

    TruTouch gets $5M for biometric device that quickly detects blood-alcohol level

    TruTouch gets $5M for biometric device that quickly detects blood-alcohol level

    Sudbury-based TruTouch Technologies recently raised $5.2 million in debt from a variety of investors to expand its customer base for a device that shines light through the skin to quickly detect blood-alcohol level and a person's identity in the workplace. TruTouch CEO Bruce Berger, who's been at the helm for about a year, said the firm has shipped about 50 of the devices to various companies. Berger would not disclose which companies, but said the focus is on the "petrochemicals, construction,…

  • Mon, Nov 24th 2014 2:20 PM

    Polaris Partners raises $450M for its seventh fund

    Polaris Partners raises $450M for its seventh fund

    Polaris Partners, the Boston-based venture capital firm, said Monday it raised $450 million for its seventh fund. According to Polaris: Polaris Partners VII marks our ongoing commitment to advancing novel ideas and building breakthrough companies. True partnerships matter - and we are thrilled to embark on this next journey alongside extraordinary leaders who seek to make the world a better place. We wish to thank our companies, investors, and colleagues for placing their trust in us year after…

  • Mon, Nov 24th 2014 1:50 PM

    'Preppy' e-commerce clothing startup Tucker Blair to open pop-up store this winter

    'Preppy' e-commerce clothing startup Tucker Blair to open pop-up store this winter

    Boston-based e-commerce clothing startup Tucker Blair is the latest Internet-based company to experiment with pop-up stores, and is opening a temporary retail store at 111 Charles St. this week. The pop-up store on Charles Street is the latest development in the startup's effort to have a physical retail presence to supplement it's e-commerce website. Tucker Blair sells handmade needlepoint belts, wallets, coasters, flasks, bracelets and other accessories and its pop-up store will also feature…

  • Mon, Nov 24th 2014 8:00 AM

    Could this Cambridge startup have helped Uber avoid its current privacy scandal?

    Could this Cambridge startup have helped Uber avoid its current privacy scandal?

    In the wake of a host of privacy concerns surrounding San Francisco ride-sharing company Uber, the CEO of one Cambridge-based startup said the scandal shows the need for better monitoring of data usage. Adam Towvim, the CEO of Cambridge-based TrustLayers, said with companies like Uber collecting extremely large amounts of data, it becomes a necessity for companies to make sure their employees are using the data as it was intended. "An organization has the freedom to innovate and collect tremendous…

  • Fri, Nov 21st 2014 1:40 PM

    Cambridge startup Celect named a 'Demo God' in Silicon Valley challenge

    Cambridge startup Celect named a 'Demo God' in Silicon Valley challenge

    Launching at the annual Demo fall conference in Silicon Valley is a big deal for the dozens of companies that get accepted, but they all want the added prestige of being chosen as best of show. None of the 10 Bay Area startups that pitched on their home turf on Wednesday and Thursday were selected as one of the five so-called "Demo Gods." The awards went to two companies from Austin, Texas, and one each from Carlsbad, Cambridge and New York City In the end, though, winning the award won't mean…

  • Fri, Nov 21st 2014 11:20 AM

    Business intelligence firm InsightSquared will use $13.5M Series C to expand customer base

    Business intelligence firm InsightSquared will use $13.5M Series C to expand customer base

    Cambridge-based business intelligence firm InsightSquared will use its latest $13.5 million in Series C funding to launch new products and expand its customer base beginning next year, said founder and CEO Fred Shilmover. Investors who contributed to the latest funding include Atlas Venture, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and NextView Ventures, along with Two Sigma Ventures, and it brings the company's total funding to date to $27 million. The company currently has 500 small-and-medium sized business…

  • Fri, Nov 21st 2014 10:20 AM

    After slashing workforce, Aereo is filing for bankruptcy

    After slashing workforce, Aereo is filing for bankruptcy

    Aereo, the New York-based TV-over-the-web service that was declared illegal by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, said Friday that it filed for bankruptcy. According to a message posted on the Aereo website: Chapter 11 will permit Aereo to maximize the value of its business and assets without the extensive cost and distraction of defending drawn out litigation in several courts. We have traveled a long and challenging road. We stayed true to our mission and we believe that we have played…

  • Fri, Nov 21st 2014 10:20 AM

    BBJ Live: Boston's foodie startup community (Video)

    BBJ Live: Boston's foodie startup community (Video)

    Boston is known for its tech and life sciences startups, but food? The BBJ's Sara Castellanos breaks down the region's new and fast-growing startup community for food-related companies.

  • Fri, Nov 21st 2014 8:00 AM

    DirecTV CEO says plan to create Aereo-like service failed because it wasn't legal

    DirecTV CEO says plan to create Aereo-like service failed because it wasn't legal

    The CEO of DirecTV said Thursday the company had once investigated adding an Aereo-like service, but its legal department "just didn't think it was legal." "If I could find a way to cobble a way to offer fewer channels, the technology's not a challenge," said DirecTV CEO Michael White at the Boston College Chief Executives Club of Boston luncheon Thursday at the Boston Harbor Hotel's Wharf Room. "We know how to do the technology." Last year, Bloomberg reported that DirecTV was looking into implementing…

  • Thu, Nov 20th 2014 1:10 PM

    These six startups won the PitchBoston challenge, giving them free exposure at District Hall

    These six startups won the PitchBoston challenge, giving them free exposure at District Hall

    PitchBoston, a contest that the city of Boston held to give local startups free advertising at District Hall -- the Innovation District's social space -- announced the six winners of the competition. A panel of judges selected the pitches from startups that best embodied "Boston's spirit of innovation." Six local startups worked with a design consultant team from Orange Barrel Media to create a short spot highlighting their needs that's been airing on the giant screen at District Hall starting…

  • Thu, Nov 20th 2014 1:10 PM

    Facebook founding member named CEO of Internet TV startup Philo

    Facebook founding member named CEO of Internet TV startup Philo

    Andrew McCollum, who helped launch Facebook and was one of the company's earliest engineers, has been named CEO of Cambridge-based Philo, which offers cable TV over the Web for university students. Before joining Philo, McCollum was an entrepreneur in residence at New Enterprise Associates and Flybridge Partners -- firms that are both investors in Philo. "I am thrilled to join the Philo team at a time when student demand for TV solutions is growing and campuses need solutions to access live television…

  • Wed, Nov 19th 2014 5:10 PM

    Harvard students stop working on virtual assistant cooking app for Google Glass

    Harvard students stop working on virtual assistant cooking app for Google Glass

    Harvard Business School students who were working on a virtual cooking assistant app specifically made for Google Glass have abandoned their startup idea following news that Glass will not be released to the public this year. Calley Means, who headed the group of students, had created a hands-free, voice-activated app called SousChef and hoped it would be the go-to cooking app on Google Glass when the wearable technology became commercialized. The app, created specifically for Google Glass, allows…

  • Wed, Nov 19th 2014 5:10 PM

    Alfred's waitlist of people who want personal butlers is 10,000 and growing

    Alfred's waitlist of people who want personal butlers is 10,000 and growing

    Thousands of people nationwide are waiting to get access to Harvard-born startup Alfred, the maker of an app that lets a user hire a personal butler to do everyday chores, the startup's co-founder says. "Alfred's waitlist has over 10,000 people on it today and more people are signing up everyday," said co-founder Marcela Sapone in an email, though she didn't disclose current user numbers. Alfred recently announced it landed $2 million in seed funding led by the Boston office of Spark Capital, San…

  • Wed, Nov 19th 2014 3:00 PM

    OpenTable competitor Ureserv processes 10 millionth restaurant reservation

    OpenTable competitor Ureserv processes 10 millionth restaurant reservation

    Ureserv Inc., the online reservation system quietly taking on OpenTable, said this week its system had processed its 10 millionth restaurant reservation and expanded into seven countries. The Belmont-based company -- co-founded by engineer and sales executive Van Garrett and Boston restaurateur Jeffrey Gates, partner and owner of The Aquitaine Group-- said that it has also expanded to seven countries. Garrett said there are now 450 restaurants using Ureserv's system. Notable clients include The…

  • Wed, Nov 19th 2014 2:20 PM

    Harvard student stops working on virtual assistant cooking app for Google Glass

    Harvard student stops working on virtual assistant cooking app for Google Glass

    A Harvard Business School student who was working on a virtual cooking assistant app specifically made for Google Glass has abandoned his startup idea following news that Glass will not be released to the public this year. Calley Means had created a hands-free, voice-activated app called SousChef and hoped it would be the go-to cooking app on Google Glass when the wearable technology became commercialized. The app, created specifically for Google Glass, allows beginner cooks to view step-by-step…