• 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…

  • Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 3:50 PM

    Battery-powered Wi-Fi camera Blink alerts you when it detects motion in your home

    Battery-powered Wi-Fi camera Blink alerts you when it detects motion in your home

    For those who want to keep a closer eye on their home or apartment while they're away, there's yet another product on the market. Immedia Semiconductor, an Andover technology startup specializing in video-enabled connected devices, announced Monday the launch of Blink, a battery-powered "place it anywhere" Wi-Fi camera and monitoring system that delivers alert-based video notifications directly to iOS and Android devices, and allows users to access a live view of their home through an app.…

  • Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 2:30 PM

    Social robot Jibo, created by MIT roboticist, breaks $1M in crowdfunding

    Social robot Jibo, created by MIT roboticist, breaks $1M in crowdfunding

    Jibo Inc., the Weston-based maker of a social robot by the same name, has raised more than $1 million on crowdfunding website Indiegogo with 25 days left in the campaign -- surpassing a goal of $100,000. More than 2,100 people have given money to the crowdfunding campaign. Venture-backed Jibo Inc., headquartered in Weston, was unveiled last week corresponding with the launch of the Indiegogo campaign where customers can pre-order the robot for $499 and have it shipped to them in late 2015. Jibo…

  • Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 11:20 AM

    Aereo had 12,000 subscribers in Boston area

    Aereo had 12,000 subscribers in Boston area

    One big mystery in the saga of Aereo, the TV-over-the-web service that was declared illegal in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month, was just how many subscribers it had. And now we know the answer. According to Re/code, the service had 77,596 subscribers at the end of last year. That number includes 12,000 customers in the Boston area. According to Re/code: About 27,000 of those subscribers lived in the New York City area, which was Aereo's first market, and launched in the spring of 2012.…

  • Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 10:10 AM

    Cleantech startup CrowdComfort raises $344,000, aims to double headcount by year's end

    Cleantech startup CrowdComfort raises $344,000, aims to double headcount by year's end

    Cleantech startup CrowdComfort, a 2014 MassChallenge finalist, has raised $343,892 out of a planned $1.5 million round from undisclosed angel investors in the Northeast and the company's founders, said co-founder and CEO Eric Graham. The latest funding brings the startup's total investment to about $650,000 to date, Graham said. When the planned $1.5 million fundraising round is closed by year's end, Graham said the startup could double its headcount to about 12 employees. The company's six…

  • Mon, Jul 21st 2014 4:10 PM

    Nightclub mobile app Tablelist raises $1.5M led by Twitter exec Wayne Chang

    Nightclub mobile app Tablelist raises $1.5M led by Twitter exec Wayne Chang

    Tablelist, a Boston-based mobile app that makes it easy for partygoers to book tables at nightclubs and lounges and then split the bill with friends if they choose to, has raised $1.5 million led by Boston-based Twitter executive Wayne Chang. Chang, global head of developer experience for San Francisco-based Twitter, contributed to the round along with Jason Carroll, a founder of New York-based Hudson River Trading. The money will be used to expand the mobile app to cities including Los Angeles,…

  • Mon, Jul 21st 2014 3:10 PM

    Cleantech startup CrowdComfort raises $344,000, aims to double heacount by year's end

    Cleantech startup CrowdComfort raises $344,000, aims to double heacount by year's end

    Cleantech startup CrowdComfort, a 2014 MassChallenge finalist, has raised $343,892 out of a planned $1.5 million round from undisclosed angel investors in the Northeast and the company's founders, said co-founder and CEO Eric Graham. The latest funding brings the startup's total investment to about $650,000 to date, Graham said. When the planned $1.5 million fundraising round is closed by year's end, Graham said the startup could double its headcount to about 12 employees. The company's six…

  • Mon, Jul 21st 2014 9:10 AM

    Guest commentary: Three tech marketing tactics that make things easier for startups

    Guest commentary: Three tech marketing tactics that make things easier for startups

    Most early stage companies aren't eager to take on more work. Getting sales and delivering the product or service are difficult enough, so when it comes to marketing, the less learning curve, the better. The good news is that marketing automation has taken off, and it not only allows companies to be more targeted with their marketing messages, but allows them to "set and forget" many main components of their marketing mix. Despite the huge growth of some of these marketing automation companies…