The long Orange Silence is over
After quiet period, Dharmesh Shah spills insight into HubSpot's IPO
Dharmesh Shah (image via HubSpot)
In a post today on his blog "On Startups" (a great resource that has a huge following), Cambridge-based HubSpot's co-founder and chief technology officer breaks his long silence, the quiet period that is part of the IPO process and dropped his first post in awhile, one that breaks down his experiences while taking HubSpot public. Read More
Startup Institute kick off new era
Startup Institute kicks off new era of honest conversations with power quartet of female tech leaders
The scene at the Startup Institute.
The Startup Institute hosted an event on Tuesday called Amazing Women, Honest Conversations, with Diane Hessan, the career accelerator's dynamic new chief executive serving as moderator for the evening.  Meredith Davies, a Startup Institute student in the "Web Development" track came up with the idea — a way to let women leaders in high-growth companies talk about the challenges and opportunities they face. Read More
Free VC access, a novel idea
Unpitch offers unbelievable access to investors yet again
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A few years ago, an organization called Young Startup Ventures would show up in the Boston-area and run an event called the New England Venture Summit, promising access to some of the most important and financially connected venture capitalists in the area and charging naive entrepreneurs between $495 and $795 for the access. Read More
Virtual Investing
Fidelity launches ‘StockCity’ to lure millennials
Fidelity's StockCity lets users navigate their stock portfolio.
For some investors, pie charts and graphs are all that’s needed to navigate their way through their portfolios. But in an attempt to lure millennials and reorient their views of the stock market, Fidelity Investments’ innovation team on Wednesday launched a program that uses video game technology to help investors understand their holdings. Read More
Now is the winter of our hub rent bikes
Which Hubway stations will stay open for part, all of winter
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Hubway announced today that it will allow riders to use the system in Boston far longer than in years past, keeping several stations open through December 31, depending on weather conditions. In Cambridge, which tested the service last winter, a number of Hubway locations will remain open throughout the entire winter. Read More
Mad acquisition skillz
Pluralsight picks up Smarterer, focused on skill tests, for $75 million
Smarterer CEO Dave Balter and Aaron Skonnard, CEO of Pluralsight.
You never know which meeting is going to lead to something worthwhile... Dave Balter, founder and CEO of the online skills testing site Smarterer, was at an edtech conference in Phoenix in April. Balter had about three dozen meetings scheduled over the course of the event, but other people at the conference kept telling him he should meet the CEO of Utah-based Pluralsight, which serves up online training in the tech and creative industries. Balter sent him a quick e-mail "and we squeezed in ten minutes before everyone went to the airport," he says. A few months later, Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard flew to Boston "and we began active merger discussions," Balter says. Read More
T-shirts go big time
Teespring gets $35 million to expand its custom-printed T-shirts platform
Screenshot of a Teespring campaign
Teespring, the online custom T-shirt company headquartered in Providence, announced today that it has raised $35 million in new funding. The influx of cash will help the company to expand its efforts to produce, sell, and ship T-shirts and sweatshirts online, and enable them to expand their list of current merchandise beyond just T-shirts and sweatshirts. Read More
Beta Testing
First look: Test-riding a prototype electric bike wheel from GeoOrbital
GeoOrbital's prototype wheel, on a used Cannondale mountain bike. (Photo by Scott Kirsner / BetaBoston.)
Having just written about some Boston-area bike startups rethinking what the bike can be, I was excited to get a first look at a new electric wheel from GeoOrbital, a Cambridge startup. The company's premise is that millions of people don't ride their bikes very much, but they might if they could install an affordable accessory — like GeoOrbital's sub-$500 wheel — to give them extra range and keep sweat stains in check. Read More