• Tue, Jul 29th 2014 3:10 PM

    From healthy vending machines to a virtual cafeteria, 10 unique perks that companies can offer their employees (slide show)

    From healthy vending machines to a virtual cafeteria, 10 unique perks that companies can offer their employees (slide show)

    From dry cleaning to car detailing and booze delivery, there are a lot of companies out there that want to offer the best perks to their employees. On Aug. 26, a forum aptly called the Perks Convention will be held at Microsoft's New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge to showcase the unique benefits that companies can showcase to their employees. The convention will feature a total of 26 vendors. The convention is organized by Alexa Baggio, project coordinator for Project 2020,…

  • Tue, Jul 29th 2014 1:50 PM

    Pager, an Uber for doctors service, is eyeing Boston

    Pager, an Uber for doctors service, is eyeing Boston

    Pager, a smartphone app created by a former Uber engineer that allows users to dispatch a doctor to their home or office, might debut in Boston next year, a spokeswoman for the company confirmed. The location-based app is currently only available in Manhattan and only during nights and weekends, but that might change soon. "The company is definitely considering Boston, because average waits there for primary care appointments exceed the national average," a Pager spokeswoman said. "Boston is among…

  • Tue, Jul 29th 2014 1:50 PM

    Report: Gilt Groupe could buy Rue La La for $400M

    Report: Gilt Groupe could buy Rue La La for $400M

    Boston-based Rue La La, an e-commerce website offering customers exclusive deals from brand-name designers, could be sold to New York-based Gilt Groupe in a deal worth about $400 million, according to Reuters. Rue La La has hired JPMorgan Chase & Co to advise a potential sale, according to Reuters. This wouldn't be Gilt Group's first acquisition. In 2011, Gilt City, a subsidiary of Gilt Groupe, acquired Boston-based deals site BuyWithMe. In April 2013, Rue La La's CEO Ben Fischman stepped down…

  • Tue, Jul 29th 2014 1:50 PM

    From healthy vending machines to a virtual cafeteria, 10 unique perks that companies can offer their employees

    From healthy vending machines to a virtual cafeteria, 10 unique perks that companies can offer their employees

    From dry cleaning to car detailing and booze delivery, there are a lot of companies out there that want to offer the best perks to their employees. On Aug. 26, a forum aptly called the Perks Convention will be held at Microsoft's New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge to showcase the unique benefits that companies can showcase to their employees. The convention will feature a total of 26 vendors. The convention is organized by Alexa Baggio, project coordinator for Project 2020,…

  • Tue, Jul 29th 2014 12:30 PM

    Teikametrics posts over $1M in revenue, aims to double headcount within one year

    Teikametrics posts over $1M in revenue, aims to double headcount within one year

    E-commerce software company Teikametrics is earning more than $1 million in annual revenue and plans to double is Boston-based headcount to 40 within 12 months, said CEO Alasdair McLean-Foreman. The company, which launched in 2012, is growing significantly after completing research and development on its software product and boosting sales and marketing efforts, said McLean-Foreman in an interview. "It was really a case of establishing the product and making sure it did everything we wanted it…

  • Mon, Jul 28th 2014 11:50 AM

    Project Repat turns old T-shirts into quilts, targets $2M in revenue this year

    Project Repat turns old T-shirts into quilts, targets $2M in revenue this year

    The founders of Cambridge-based Project Repat have found a way to make a profit out of re-purposing the T-shirts that people keep stored in the back of their closets out of posterity, novelty or nostalgia. The startup, which makes a range of quilts for customers out of their old T-shirts, is expecting more than $2 million in revenue this year, up from $1 million in 2013, said Nathan Rothstein, president of Project Repat. The quilts are a "modern form of scrap-booking," Rothstein said, and customers…

  • Mon, Jul 28th 2014 8:30 AM

    ChoiceStream raises $7.5M in Series B funding to expand ad technology capabilities

    ChoiceStream raises $7.5M in Series B funding to expand ad technology capabilities

    ChoiceStream, a Boston-based company that offers advertising technology to major brands, announced Monday that it raised $7.5 million in Series B funding, led by New York-based Fred Alger Management. The round marks ChoiceStream's first new investor-led financing since company transformed itself in 2011 to focus more on companies rather than consumers. "This funding will be used to expand ChoiceStream's programmatic platform by further investing in our survey-based targeting, dynamic creative,…

  • Fri, Jul 25th 2014 3:10 PM

    MIT-born Ministry of Supply asks customers to help with design of new products

    MIT-born Ministry of Supply asks customers to help with design of new products

    Ministry of Supply, the Boston-based e-commerce professional menswear startup, is seeking input from customers on the design and fit of two new polo shirt products. The polo shirts are set to debut to the public as part of the spring/summer 2015 clothing line, but first, the startup is seeking feedback from customers as part of its new "Labs" program. As part of Labs, customers get to be involved in the process of designing and developing the product, which makes Ministry of Supply unique compared…

  • Fri, Jul 25th 2014 7:40 AM

    Boston's booming Internet of Things industry

    Boston's booming Internet of Things industry

    The "Internet of Things" is a term dubbed by techies -- MIT researchers, in fact -- that refers to wirelessly-connected devices. This industry is booming, and Boston has made a name for itself as being one of the cities at the forefront of the IoT revolution. In this week's cover story, I look at some of the startups and larger tech companies that are innovating in this space. There are dozens of companies locally that stand to benefit financially from a world where everything is connected. Click…

  • Thu, Jul 24th 2014 5:20 PM

    Who's hiring in tech for the week of July 21

    Who's hiring in tech for the week of July 21

    Companies that are hiring in tech for the week of July 21, based on our reporting, range from BlueConic to Backupify and HourlyNerd. Here's the list: HourlyNerd, a Boston-based company that matches MBA students with companies looking for contract work, is hiring for two positions: account executive and full-stack developer. Recent story: Q&A with HourlyNerd's new CMO, former Hubspot exec Dan Slagen BlueConic, a Boston-based marketing software startup, currently has nine employees and aims to…

  • Thu, Jul 24th 2014 3:00 PM

    Tech firm Intigua raises $10M Series B to boost sales and marketing, hire staff

    Tech firm Intigua raises $10M Series B to boost sales and marketing, hire staff

    Newton-based Intigua, which brings virtualization technology to management and software tools, announced Thursday it has raised $10 million in Series B funding led by California-based Intel Capital. That brings total investment for the company, founded in 2010, to about $21 million. Intigua CEO Shimon Hason said the new investment is validation for the company. "We've gotten to the point where we have developed and proven the technology in the market, and learned what we need to do to make it…

  • Thu, Jul 24th 2014 3:00 PM

    Tech and beer: Inside MIT-born Aeronaut Brewing Co. in Somerville (Video)

    Tech and beer: Inside MIT-born Aeronaut Brewing Co. in Somerville (Video)

    Aeronaut Brewing Co.'s profile was heightened earlier this month when the founders confirmed that the startup is the subject of a pilot episode for Mark Wahlberg's new reality TV show. Aeronaut co-founder Ronn Friedlander said the brewery was filmed for a pilot episode for "The Big Brew Theory," in which the air date is still being determined. It's not surprising that the brewery would be the subject of TV fodder; after all, the brewery's founders have unusual roots. Founded by MIT and Yale…

  • Thu, Jul 24th 2014 1:40 PM

    Tech and beer: Inside MIT-born Aeronaut Brewing Co. in Somerville (video) (Video)

    Tech and beer: Inside MIT-born Aeronaut Brewing Co. in Somerville (video) (Video)

    Aeronaut Brewing Co.'s profile was heightened earlier this month when the founders confirmed that the startup is the subject of a pilot episode for Mark Wahlberg's new reality TV show. Aeronaut co-founder Ronn Friedlander said the brewery was filmed for a pilot episode for "The Big Brew Theory," in which the air date is still being determined. It's not surprising that the brewery would be the subject of TV fodder; after all, the brewery's founders have unusual roots. Founded by MIT and Yale…

  • Thu, Jul 24th 2014 11:20 AM

    Visa now among investors in mobile payments startup LoopPay

    Visa now among investors in mobile payments startup LoopPay

    Credit card company Visa Inc. is now among the investors in Burlington-based mobile payments startup LoopPay(previously referred to as Loop.) The company announced Thursday it has received an undisclosed investment from Visa (NYSE: V), which comes weeks after the startup announced it had also received an investment from Synchrony Financial, formerly GE Capital Retail Finance. Though company executives have declined to comment on the specific amount of investment, a July 14 regulatory filing with…

  • Thu, Jul 24th 2014 11:20 AM

    Fitness social network PumpUp receives $2.4M seed round led by Cambridge-based General Catalyst

    Fitness social network PumpUp receives $2.4M seed round led by Cambridge-based General Catalyst

    PumpUp Inc., makers of an app that allows users to post their fitness and health goals and progress, announced Thursday the closing of a $2.4 million seed financing round led by Cambridge-based General Catalyst Partners. The funding will be used to accelerate the growth of the PumpUp community, expand the internal team, and further develop the app, which currently has over 1.7 million users, according to the startup. The PumpUp app, whose team is based in Waterloo, Canada, combines photo sharing,…

  • Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 4:30 PM

    Harvard-born GoodLux to start shipping wearable light tracker next month

    Harvard-born GoodLux to start shipping wearable light tracker next month

    GoodLux Technology, a Harvard University-born startup and finalist in this year's MassChallenge startup accelerator program, will begin shipping its wearable light tracker device to customers around the world in August. GoodLux CEO Ed Likovich said the company has raised just under $1 million since its founding in 2012, and the money will be used to ramp up production on 1,000 units. The device, called SunSprite, will be shipped to customers around the U.S. and in 20 countries worldwide beginning…

  • Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 2:00 PM

    Springfield's Lioness Magazine aims to be the go-to source for female entrepreneurs

    Springfield's Lioness Magazine aims to be the go-to source for female entrepreneurs

    Springfield resident Natasha Clark has seen a spike in readership since her monthly digital magazine launched a website in April that provides daily content aimed at female entrepreneurs. Now, she's hoping to raise $10,000 on an Indiegogo campaign by Aug. 1. To date, the campaign has only raised $1,690 from about 30 backers, but Clark is undeterred. "I believe in what we're doing, and the more women who read it seem to love it," Clark said. Lioness Magazine is geared toward female entrepreneurs…

  • Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 11:20 AM

    Ascent Venture among local VC firms to receive financial windfall from Bizo's LinkedIn acquisition

    Ascent Venture among local VC firms to receive financial windfall from Bizo's LinkedIn acquisition

    Bizo, a San Francisco-based online marketing firm, will be acquired by social networking giant LinkedIn for $175 million, and a few Boston-based VC firms stand to receive financial windfall from the deal. Bizo had raised $28.5 million in debt and equity funding from investors including Boston-based Ascent Venture Partners and Waltham-based Commonwealth Capital Ventures. Bizo, whose founder and CEO is Russell Glass, was spun out of Massachusetts-based business information search engine site ZoomInfo…

  • Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 9:10 AM

    Venture-backed running apparel startup Tracksmith aims to take on major brands

    Venture-backed running apparel startup Tracksmith aims to take on major brands

    Tracksmith, a Wellesley-based e-commerce running apparel startup backed by Boston-based investment firm Bridge Boys, officially launched with five apparel products today. Tracksmith co-founder and CEO Matt Taylor said the company's competitors include all of the major running apparel brands. Its first five products range in price from $35 to $90 and include running shorts and racing tops in a style Taylor describes as "Ivy League, classic American." "It's a competitive market and there are a lot…

  • Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 9:10 AM

    MIT-born 3D printing startup NVBots launches crowdfunding campaign

    MIT-born 3D printing startup NVBots launches crowdfunding campaign

    NVBots, a Boston-based 3D printing startup founded by MIT students, is seeking to raise at least $150,000 in a crowdfunding campaign on Fundable. Money from the campaign, which launched Wednesday, would be added to an $850,000 seed funding round that NVBots has raised over the past four months. To date, the startup has been funded by friends and family. NVBots, short for New Valence Robotics, was founded by MIT grad student AJ Perez. The startup is working out of about 5,400 square feet of space…