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  • Boston’s WTF/LOL Problem

    Boston’s WTF/LOL Problem

    Well, that was embarrassing. Following months of piss-poor communication and a chaotic planning process, Boston’s bid to be the U.S. entry for the 2024 Olympics finally died this week like Britain’s rule over the colonies. The city that once brought the Industrial Revolution to the people now finds itself unable to build a venue for beach volleyball, or you know, housing or… Read More

  • Rakuten Opens New Research Centers In Boston And Singapore

    Rakuten Opens New Research Centers In Boston And Singapore

    Rakuten, Japan’s largest e-commerce company, has opened two new branches of its research center in Boston and Singapore. Called the Rakuten Institute of Technology, the organization already has branches in New York, Tokyo, and Paris that not only support the company’s research and development, but also its efforts at worldwide expansion. Read More

  • How To Make The Most Of Your Startup Accelerator Program Experience Crunch Network

    How To Make The Most Of Your Startup Accelerator Program Experience

    Seed accelerators have been around for 10 years now and their popularity doesn’t appear to be waning any time soon. Sure, criticism for the programs themselves and the proliferation of different programs around the world have taken some wind out of the sails, but primarily, joining an accelerator program – or rather, being accepted to an accelerator – is still considered… Read More

  • Consider Pitching A “Virtual Startup” To Your Boss Crunch Network

    Consider Pitching A “Virtual Startup” To Your Boss

    Over the years I’ve been part of several of startups, and I love the energy, excitement and sense of risk that comes with launching into uncharted waters. My last startup was acquired in 2007, and I’ve been working at the acquirer ever since. A bit over two years ago, I got the itch to do something entrepreneurial again. When I talked with my boss about quitting to build a new… Read More

  • Silicon Valley Can Accelerate Social Impact Globally Crunch Network

    Silicon Valley Can Accelerate Social Impact Globally

    Silicon Valley’s influence is undeniable but its global impact has always been a passive byproduct of success at home. To make a lasting, material difference, there needs to be a concerted effort to expand its reach in a substantial and sustainable way. For the better part of the last century, the Valley has been a bedrock for technological progress and era-defining industry. From… Read More

  • TC Makers: We Learn How MarkForged Prints Unbreakable Objects

    We first met the folks at MarkForged at CES where they showed us their printer that could create nearly unbreakable objects. By weaving carbon fiber between layers of plastic, the team made some of the coolest 3D printed objects we’ve ever seen. I went to Boston where we met MarkForged’s founder Greg Mark who walked us through his workshop from start to finish. There we saw… Read More

  • CloudSolar Helps Renewable Energy Fans Who Can’t Install Their Own Solar Panels

    CloudSolar Helps Renewable Energy Fans Who Can’t Install Their Own Solar Panels

    Solar panels are becoming increasingly affordable, but many people still face barriers to harnessing the power of the sun for their own homes. For example, they might live in an apartment or in a house where the roof is angled or structured improperly for solar panel installation. A new Boston-based startup called CloudSolar is offering an intriguing solution. Read More

  • Are Newly Formed Roles In VC Firms Differentiators, Table Stakes Or Total BS? Crunch Network

    Are Newly Formed Roles In VC Firms Differentiators, Table Stakes Or Total BS?

    In the venture capital world, we’re about to experience an explosion of hiring around one very specific function. These people won’t invest in startups, nor will they analyze companies. They won’t help operate the management company, nor will they focus on LPs. They won’t be EIRs or in-house recruiters or PR consultants or pretty much anything you’re accustomed… Read More

  • Ginkgo Bioworks Lands $9 Million In Series A Funding To Build Out New Lab Facilities

    Ginkgo Bioworks Lands $9 Million In Series A Funding To Build Out New Lab Facilities

    Ginkgo Bioworks, the Boston-based startup working with DARPA and others on wild science projects involving bio-organisms, has just raised $9 Million in Series A Financing from Felicis Ventures, OS Fund, Data Collective, iGlobe Partners and Vast Ventures. Ginkgo Bioworks specializes in engineering microbes to produce cultured ingredients, such as flavors, fragrances, cosmetics, and… Read More

  • That’s A Wrap On The Atlanta And Boston TC Meetups!

    That’s A Wrap On The Atlanta And Boston TC Meetups!

    This week, TechCrunch had its world rocked by two very special cities on the East Coast. First we hit up Atlanta, where we felt true Southern Hospitality as ten startups pitched a packed audience at Prive night club. After a fierce debate, our expert panel of judges crowned Carlingo the winner, but not before we caught up with Yik Yak on stage. Carlingo is a service that handles the… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch-Offs Are Coming To Atlanta And Boston, Apply Now!

    TechCrunch Pitch-Offs Are Coming To Atlanta And Boston, Apply Now!

    And so the countdown begins. We’re nearly a month away from the TechCrunch Pitch-Offs in Atlanta (February 24) and Boston (February 26), and we can hardly wait to head back to two of our favorite cities! If you have yet to check out one of the regional TechCrunch Pitch-offs, the first thing that you should know is that they’re legendary. Read More

  • Wayfair and HubSpot IPOs Could Be Just The Beginning For Boston Startup Scene

    Wayfair and HubSpot IPOs Could Be Just The Beginning For Boston Startup Scene

    While Silicon Valley firms hold back on their IPOs and there’s hand-wringing over burn rates, two Boston-based startups had highly successful IPOs less than a week apart. Just over a week ago, furniture shopping service Wayfair went public and raised over $300M in its IPO, then HubSpot had a successful IPO of its own a week later. I think it’s safe to say the Boston startup scene… Read More

  • Spindle Founder Pat Kinsel Joins Polaris Partners

    Spindle Founder Pat Kinsel Joins Polaris Partners

    The co-founder and former CEO of Spindle, a social discovery app that was acquired by Twitter last year, has joined Polaris Partners as venture partner on its technology investment team. Pat Kinsel started at the Boston-based firm as an entrepreneur-in-residence after Spindle was acquired. Polaris was an investor in Spindle. Read More

  • Silicon Valley Is The Stingiest Place For Equity Grants, But Remote Work Pays Off If You Can Find It

    Silicon Valley Is The Stingiest Place For Equity Grants, But Remote Work Pays Off If You Can Find It

    Sam Altman’s article this weekend exploring the topic of equity grants got me thinking about what startups offer new employees. While there are general notions in the industry about what equity to offer to folks at various stages of a startup’s lifecycle, there is little data available that shows how equity grants and compensation more generally compare across innovation regions. I… Read More

  • 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

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