• Boston Wraps Up Its Best Venture Quarter In Years

    Boston Wraps Up Its Best Venture Quarter In Years

    The TechCrunch wrecking ball is smashing into Boston as startups in the city are coming off their best quarter in years. Boston-based startups managed to haul in over $1.2 billion in venture financing in 142 deals for the quarter, marking the strongest fundraising environment for Boston tech startups since 2009. Read More

  • TechCrunch Boston Meetup Highlights

    Beantown Rocked Our Socks At The TechCrunch Boston Meetup

    Last week we headed up to Boston to see what the local startup scene had to offer, and the founders, VCs, and technophiles we met did not disappoint. The city best known for its universities, hospitals, tea parties, and sports teams is also a hotbed of tech startups, as evidenced by the crowd of over 700 people that showed up to our event at The Estate nightclub on Wednesday night. Read More

  • Drop Wins the TechCrunch Boston Pitch-Off

    Boston Pitch-Off Winner Drop Lets You Leave Surprise Messages All Over Town

    Location-based messaging has been tried before, and in a world where messages go in streams, go global, and go poof, one of these geo-fenced messaging companies will eventually float to the top. The latest of these location-focused messengers is Drop, an app out of Boston that lets you “drop” a message in a certain location, which friends will find as they enter that geo-fenced area. Read More

  • The TechCrunch Boston Pitch-Off Is A Week Away

    The TechCrunch Boston Pitch-Off Is A Week Away

    It’s been a long time coming but the TechCrunch Boston Pitch-Off is almost here. We’ve picked 20 start-ups to compete on stage and the judges are ready to rock. Now all we need is you. Read More

  • TechCrunch Is Coming Your Way, Boston

    TechCrunch Is Coming Your Way, Boston

    As TechCrunch powers through the major tech hubs of the world we’ve consistently missed Boston. That’s about to change. I’m pleased to announce our second Boston meetup on November 13, 2013, at the Estate, 1 Boylston Pl . Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Watertown

    Gillmor Gang: Watertown

    The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor — note the intersection of social and mainstream medias as the events in Boston unfolded in real time. What has been framed as a competition became something more, as Twitter streams, scanner apps, and local news streams meshed with CNN et al. Inspired curation by @dannysullivan produced… Read More

  • Aereo Brings Free Over-The-Air TV And Cloud DVR To Boston May 15

    Aereo Brings Free Over-The-Air TV And Cloud DVR To Boston May 15

    Aereo has just announced its first expansion beyond New York City, and the city it’s moving to next is Boston. Bostonians will gain access to the startup’s free, over-the-air TV services and usage-based cloud DVR subscription options beginning May 15, indicating it’s full-speed ahead for the media startup despite its ongoing legal battles with networks and broadcasters. Read More

  • Green Buildings Software Startup, Retroficiency, Closes $800,000 Seed Financing

    A Boston startup that makes energy auditing software for the commercial buildings industry, Retroficiency, raised $800,000 in a seed round led by energy management services firm World Energy Solutions (NASDAQ: XWES), and joined by a number of angel investors including Jean Hammond and Jill Preotle (both early investors in ZipCar) the companies announced today. Facility managers, auditors… Read More

  • My Ordeal—and the Firestorm—in Boston

    As TechCrunch readers know by now, I speak my mind and don’t shy away from controversy. I am even more provocative when I talk to students. My goal is to make them think outside the box. I encourage students not only to challenge authority, but also to challenge me. I tell them that with my research on globalization, entrepreneurship, and U.S. competitiveness, I am learning as I go; no… Read More

  • The Valley of My Dreams: Why Silicon Valley Left Boston's Route 128 In The Dust

    No one disputes that Silicon Valley is the global capital of the tech world. But this wasn’t always so. It is the Valley’s dynamism and networks which have given it an unassailable advantage. Silicon Valley has simply left rivals like Boston’s Route 128 in the dust. I mentioned a little bit about my first Columbus Day in California in a previous column. But I didn’t… Read More

  • Video: Sir Richard Branson in drag – oh, and Virgin America lands in Boston

    Doug Aamoth reporting from Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. Today in the B terminal I saw some good-looking New England Patriots cheerleaders, a good-looking Maria Menounos, and then everything went all haywire when two guys in bumblebee tutus showed up followed by Richard Branson dressed like a patriotic psychiatrist’s wet dream. Read More