Every day, doctors and nurses in the cardiac intensive care unit at Boston Children’s Hospital confront a quiet cacophony. Their tiny patients are surrounded by the soft beeping of dozens of bedside monitors, each emitting its own torrent of data.
Read MoreTackling severe obesityObesity drug firm Zafgen files IPO plan
Zafgen, a Cambridge obesity treatment developer, has filed plans to go public and raise $86.2 million.
The company’s lead product candidate is an injection known as beloranib, which has been developed to treat severely obese patients who aren’t reachable by other treatments.
Read MoreUnfinished businessDavid Friend on why he's stuck in Carbonite
David Friend plans to step down as chief executive of Carbonite once a successor is found, but he’ll continue to hold a full-time role with the company even though he’s now 66. Friend says there’s just still too much left to do for the cloud backup firm.
How fast is Fashion Project growing? When I stopped by last week, CEO Anna Palmer told me there were two possible venues for our interview: a makeshift conference room created by cardboard boxes and heaps of plastic bags, or the staircase between the two floors of the company's Fort Point Channel offices. (We picked the former.) The startup collects designer women's apparel and accessories from non-profits and individuals, and resells it on its own site or through a network of partners. Fifty-five percent of the proceeds go to charity, but donors can take a tax deduction for the full sale price of the item.
Read MoreBig Scan PlansBoston nonprofit, GE Foundation team up to deploy ultrasounds to Africa
For the second installment of our new "Beers with..." series, a joint effort of the New England Venture Capital Association, Directr, and BetaBoston, we headed over to the Leather District office of NextView Ventures to chat with Rob Go. Read More
Rapid7 just expanded into a larger office in Boston while Veracode and Bit9 are eyeing IPOs for coming years. But those aren’t the only cybersecurity firms in the Boston area with a big opportunity ahead. At the earlier stage, the area has a growing cluster of security companies looking to protect against increasingly sophisticated attackers.
Read More'Almost a mania'Boom times again for startups
The venture capital industry is pumping money into new companies at a rate not seen since the dot-com heyday at the turn of the century.
Read MoreThe Tweets are coming, The Tweets are coming...The (Twitter) Ride of Paul Revere
I've heard Jana Mobile described as many things: a mobile ad platform, a new marketing framework, an organization changing the lives of people in emerging markets like India and Nigeria. However, the truly best way to describe the company, which you don't hear too often, is that Jana is the catalyst for a new global currency. Read More
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