• Tue, Mar 3rd 2015 2:00 PM

    Photo analytics startup Ditto Labs raises another $1.3M

    Photo analytics startup Ditto Labs raises another $1.3M

    Ditto Labs, a Cambridge-based startup that offers businesses analytics on social media photos with brand names and logos in them, has raised $1.3 million, according to a March 3 regulatory filing. The startup plans to raise a total of $3 million in this funding round, and has raised money from 21 undisclosed investors so far, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Ditto Labs, which is run by MIT Media Lab researcher David Rose, declined to comment on the filing. The startup…

  • Tue, Mar 3rd 2015 1:40 PM

    Harvard-based news-ranking app BriefMe officially launches to public

    Harvard-based news-ranking app BriefMe officially launches to public

    BriefMe, a free news-ranking app created by a team based out of the Harvard Innovation Lab, announced Tuesday the official launch of its mobile app. I wrote about the app earlier this year and it works very well for people who want to keep up to date on the news that most people are clicking on or talking about on the web. Using a proprietary algorithm, NewsBrief ranks the top headlines from 100 of the most-popular news sites on the web. The company has attracted about $400,000 in seed funding…

  • Tue, Mar 3rd 2015 10:30 AM

    BBJ Live: Boston startups and the future of the automobile (Video)

    BBJ Live: Boston startups and the future of the automobile (Video)

    Greater Boston is known for its innovation economy, but its auto sector? The BBJ's Sara Castellanos explains how dozens of local startups and other tech companies are reshaping the way American's hit the road.

  • Tue, Mar 3rd 2015 9:20 AM

    Procter & Gamble employee tapped as head of marketing for HourlyNerd

    Procter & Gamble employee tapped as head of marketing for HourlyNerd

    Devon Petersmeyer Johnson, formerly the assistant brand manager for Procter & Gamble Co., has been tapped as the head of Boston-based online freelancer marketplace HourlyNerd. Johnson, who worked on product launches and led new product initiatives as part of the global team of Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), begins her job as marketing director later this week. "I was struck by the potential for HourlyNerd to disrupt traditional consulting," said Johnson, who was also formerly a principal consultant…

  • Mon, Mar 2nd 2015 10:30 PM

    City of Boston names 'startup czar'

    City of Boston names 'startup czar'

    The city of Boston announced Monday that it named a City Hall staffer as its first "startup czar," focused on helping nurture Boston's young tech companies. Rory Cuddyer, a member of Mayor Marty Walsh's administration, who previously served as advisor to Walsh chief of staff Dan Koh, will lead the effort, reporting to Chief of Economic Development John Barros and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Cuddyer's hiring comes along with the creation of StartHub, a regional program to support the startup…

  • Mon, Mar 2nd 2015 12:50 PM

    Former Apple exec lands $1.2M for group fitness startup MoveWith

    Former Apple exec lands $1.2M for group fitness startup MoveWith

    MoveWith Inc., a group fitness startup based in Cambridge, has raised $1.2 million in equity funding, according to a recent regulatory filing. The Feb. 26 filing lists MoveWith CEO Holly Shelton, a former Apple executive and entrepreneur in residence at Matrix Partners and Charles River Ventures in Cambridge; and Michael Horvath, CEO of fitness social network Strava. A total of seven investors participated in the round. Shelton previously led MacBook and MacBook Pro product management and product…

  • Mon, Mar 2nd 2015 10:10 AM

    Loyalty ad-tech firm Linkable Networks raises $11.7M in funding

    Loyalty ad-tech firm Linkable Networks raises $11.7M in funding

    Linkable Networks, a Boston-based loyalty advertising technology company that aims to engage retailers and consumer-packaged goods brands with millennials, has raised $11.7 million in investor funding. Total funding to date for the company, founded in 2010, is now $35.5 million, with investors including Kepha Partners, Common Angels, and Blue Chip Ventures. The latest funding will be used mainly to accelerate growth, double the company's headcount to nearly 60 employees by year's end, and to launch…

  • Fri, Feb 27th 2015 6:00 PM

    Harvard-based storage startup finds inspiration in 'Doctor Who'

    Harvard-based storage startup finds inspiration in 'Doctor Who'

    Apple's laptops have their fans, but they are also difficult to upgrade once you've maxed out their hard drive. You can either opt for Apple's cloud storage subscription service, buy an external hard drive or you can toss out your old laptop and buy a new one. TarDisk, a Harvard Innovation Lab-based startup named after the time machine in the show "Doctor Who," has developed a small drive that fits into the SD card slot on the side of any MacBook that expands the laptop's storage capacity. The startup…

  • Fri, Feb 27th 2015 3:10 PM

    Harvard-based storage startup finds inspiration in 'Dcotor Who'

    Harvard-based storage startup finds inspiration in 'Dcotor Who'

    Apple's laptops have their fans, but they are also difficult to upgrade once you've maxed out their hard drive. You can either opt for Apple's cloud storage subscription service, buy an external hard drive or you can toss out your old laptop and buy a new one. TarDisk, a Harvard Innovation Lab-based startup named after the time machine in the show "Doctor Who," has developed a small drive that fits into the SD card slot on the side of any MacBook that expands the laptop's storage capacity. The startup…

  • Thu, Feb 26th 2015 2:50 PM

    With advanced personalization technology, Nara Logics aims to revolutionize recommendations

    With advanced personalization technology, Nara Logics aims to revolutionize recommendations

    Last year, Jana Eggers saw firsthand how companies and their customers could benefit from using advanced personalization technology, when Hertz thought she'd enjoy renting a minivan instead of a Ford Mustang. Eggers, who became president of Cambridge-based personalization engine tech startup Nara Logics last September, took to Twitter to express her frustration. . @Hertz, we've known ea other 20+yrs; I've been Pres Club/5star mostly. And you make it clear you don't know me at all & give me a minivan?! ...

  • Thu, Feb 26th 2015 12:20 PM

    Recruiting software maker Workable raises $5M in funding

    Recruiting software maker Workable raises $5M in funding

    Workable, a Boston startup that makes online recruiting software, said it raised $5 million in additional funding from existing investors including 83North Venture Capital and the Openfund. Workable allows smaller companies to post to multiple jobs boards, review candidates and schedule interviews. Based in Boston, Workable says its software "has been adopted by thousands of businesses ranging from car dealerships and health clinics to staffing agencies and tech startups," according to a release.…

  • Thu, Feb 26th 2015 10:40 AM

    Mobile marketing startup InMoji raises $1M led by startup evangelist David Chang

    Mobile marketing startup InMoji raises $1M led by startup evangelist David Chang

    InMoji Inc., a Boston-based mobile marketing startup, announced Thursday it has raised $1 million in seed funding. The funding was led by former PayPal Media Network chief operating officer and startup evangelist David Chang, and included participation from PayPal's StartTank and Atlas Venture through Boston Syndicates. The funding will be used to invest in product design and development. "We have a long product roadmap for features and functionality assets," co-founder Michael Africk said in…

  • Thu, Feb 26th 2015 9:00 AM

    Mobile app that tracks MBTA's Green Line has 5K users in 2 weeks

    Mobile app that tracks MBTA's Green Line has 5K users in 2 weeks

    A mobile app that tracks the MBTA's Green Line in real-time, developed by an MIT student and part-time employee at Boston consumer technology incubator Blade, has garnered 5,000 users in about two weeks. Greenline officially launched on the Apple App Store on Feb. 13 and its creator, Alex Grinman, says the feedback has been positive enough that an Android version is now in development. "There are many Green Line riders who have had a tough time getting to work and school this winter, and they've…

  • Wed, Feb 25th 2015 6:10 PM

    Field trip software startup and Techstars alum Ed Trips raises $1.9M

    Field trip software startup and Techstars alum Ed Trips raises $1.9M

    Boston-based field trip software startup EdTrips has raised $1.9 million in equity funding, according to a Wednesday regulatory filing. The filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission lists 26 unnamed investors and the total funding goal is $1.98 million. EdTrips, a Techstars Boston and MassChallenge startup accelerator alum formerly known as WorldBrain Inc., offers software that makes it easy to sign up and pay for field trips. According to its website: "A number of museums, tour providers…

  • Wed, Feb 25th 2015 4:50 PM

    Harvard Innovation Lab promotes Jodi Goldstein to managing director

    Harvard Innovation Lab promotes Jodi Goldstein to managing director

    Harvard University's Innovation Lab announced this week it has promoted Jodi Goldstein to managing director. Goldstein was formerly the director of the Harvard i-Lab, and she succeeds Gordon Jones, who was hired as the inaugural director of the i-Lab in 2011. Goldstein spearheaded the Harvard Launch Lab, a 3,000-square-foot space located just across the street from the Harvard Innovation Lab in Allston which acts as a home for startups founded by Harvard alumni. Prior to joining the Harvard i-Lab…

  • Tue, Feb 24th 2015 6:00 PM

    College party app Wigo has a $14M valuation following $1.5M fundraise

    College party app Wigo has a $14M valuation following $1.5M fundraise

    Wigo, a Boston-based app that lets college students find parties and meet new people, has raised $1.5 million in venture funding, bringing its total valuation to $14 million. The company on Tuesday announced the valuation and new funding, which was led by Great Oaks Venture Capital with participation from Greylock Partners, GGV Capital, Blade Ventures, KEC Ventures, as well as angel investors. The company now has more than $2 million in funding, and previous investors include the co-founders of…

  • Tue, Feb 24th 2015 12:30 PM

    Wine tech startup Coravin adds former Nestlé Nespresso exec as CEO

    Wine tech startup Coravin adds former Nestlé Nespresso exec as CEO

    Coravin, a wine technology startup based in Burlington, announced Monday it has added former Nestlé Nespresso executive Frédéric Levy as CEO. Levy was formerly the president of Nespresso USA and will be responsible for overseeing Coravin's domestic and international expansion. Levy is replacing former CEO Nick Lazaris, who retired at the end of January. Coravin was founded in 2011 and launched in 2013 with its Coravin Wine Access System, a patented technology that allows users ...

  • Tue, Feb 24th 2015 12:30 PM

    Altiostar Networks raises another $70M in funding

    Altiostar Networks raises another $70M in funding

    Since Altiostar Networks emerged from stealth mode late last year, already it has become one of the most well-funded companies in the Boston area, with a total of $140 million in financial backing. The Tewksbury-based company on Tuesday disclosed in a regulatory filing a new $70 million equity funding round with six undisclosed investors. The date of initial sale was listed as Jan. 7. Altiostar makes hardware for cell towers that make it possible for cell phone carriers -- such as Verizon and…

  • Tue, Feb 24th 2015 10:30 AM

    Tech Generation website launches to help connect tech startups with interns

    Tech Generation website launches to help connect tech startups with interns

    Tech Generation, a website aimed at connecting Massachusetts-based tech startups with hundreds of undergraduate and graduate student interns, officially launched Tuesday. The website is backed by the New England Venture Capital Association in partnership with the Mass Technology Collaborative, among other organizations. The goal of the project is to build "the next wave of tech innovation in Massachusetts," according to the website. The New England Venture Capital Association's staff wrote about…

  • Tue, Feb 24th 2015 7:40 AM

    Registration and payment software startup FamilyID raises $850k

    Registration and payment software startup FamilyID raises $850k

    FamilyID, a Waltham-based startup that offers online registration and payment software for schools, camps, teams and clubs, has raised $850,000. Investors in the round include Boston Seed Capital and CommonAngels Ventures, and brings total funding to date for the company to $1 million. FamilyID had previously raised $150,000 from friends and family in late 2010. It has been profitable for the past two years, said FamilyID founder and CEO Rochelle Nemrow in an interview. The company launched a new…