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Telehealth platform American Well announces $80 million Series C funding
American Well allows doctors and patients to connect via mobile apps. Photos: American Well
American Well, a Boston-based company which provides on-demand telehealth connectivity between doctors and patients, announced a $80 million Series C round on Tuesday. The funds not only exceeded their expectations, but will provide the company with further opportunities to work alongside health care providers to deliver the best possible care to patients, said Dr. Ido Schoenberg, the company's co-founder and chairman. Read More
Fold along the dotted line
High-res map of the human genome reveals DNA origami
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Among the many marvels of the code of life is a singular feat of mechanical engineering: Each cell contains two meters of stringy DNA packed into a nucleus that's 100 times smaller than a pinhead. Getting all that DNA into the nucleus might evoke images of tangled cords of christmas lights. But in reality, the strands are arranged in surprisingly organized loops at specific locations, researchers have found. They call it "DNA origami" for the predictable pattern that they see across a variety of cell types.   Read More
VC bubble or not, sea of funding options is boon for entrepreneurs
GREYCROFT PRINCIPAL ELLIE WHEELER AND FORMLABS SALES AND OPERATIONS LEAD LUKE WINSTON SPEAK AT MIT VC & INNOVATION CONFERENCE. (MIMI PHAN/MIT SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)
Are we in a venture capital bubble? No one quite agrees as to whether we are or not, and venture capitalists and industry analysts have staked out on both sides of the debate over the course of 2014. Whether or not a bubble exists, it is clear that soaring valuations, increased venture funding, and a sea of new financing options are opening up more doors for entrepreneurs seeking funding. Read More
Who's better, who's best?
New social site WhoQuest aims to help find the best person for the job
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How do you find the best person for the job, whether it's a gig playing your holiday party or designing a new logo for your company? A Boston startup called WhoQuest thinks it can supply the answer: just ask your social network, and let people vote the replies up or down. The recently unveiled site feels a bit like a people-focused version of Quora, the question-answering site that has raised about $160 million in funding. Read More
Bold IPO steps
Actifio's IPO plans set in motion as it adds LogMeIn finance officer Kelliher
Actifio founder and chief executive Ash Ashutosh (courtesy of company)
David Harris of the Boston Business Journal is reporting a shakeup at Boston-based collaboration connectivity services company LogMeIn, as its chief financial officer, Jim Kelliher, is departing the company and moving to Waltham-based virtualized data management company Actifio. Read More
Beta Testing
Test ride: The prototype electric skateboard from Dash Electric
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It would be hard to come up with a shakier scenario for testing a prototype electric skateboard: slick sidewalks from recent rain, journalist who has never been on a longboard before, snow starting to blow, and a test course shared with bikers. The skateboard was designed by Dash Electric, a Boston startup founded by Northeastern University student Ian Carlson. Last month, Dash raised $15,000 in initial funding from Rough Draft Ventures, a student-run venture team that invests money on behalf of General Catalyst Partners, a Cambridge firm. Read More
A new Innovation District tenant?
Autodesk to open space in downtown Boston, acquires Terrible Labs, funds Robin
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In a move that has all the makings of staking a flag in the ground, Autodesk, a maker of design software for architecture, engineering, manufacturing, and 3-D printing has shared plans that it will open a significant new workspace in downtown Boston.

It is also acquiring local mobile and Web app development shop Terrible Labs and will back Robin, a Boston-based startup working to help create a “smarter office.” Read More