Dennis Keohane

Dennis Keohane, Senior Staff Writer

GamerGate hits Boston, IPO recap, and Manicube illegal?

This was quite a busy week in the Boston tech scene.

Some good, including MassChallenge announcing its finalists and a few companies getting more investment funding.

And, some bad, such as Clay Buchholz's wife being part of the celebrity photo hack, Manicube possibly breaking a few regulations, and, the story of game developer Brianna Wu being forced out of her house due to threats for being outspoken about the treatment of women in the gaming world.

Wu is being terrorized by a fanatical faction of the video game world, and is being stopped from doing what she loves, which is to build video games.

When I talked to Wu yesterday, she said that rape threats and death threats have been part of her life as female video game developer for a long time now. I asked her if, because it happens so much, she has gotten numb to the attacks.

Her response: "You never get numb to this stuff. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t hurt me every time it happens. It does...I just love this industry so much, and I love my job so much, it’s a price that I feel I have to pay. I can live with the death threats, but I could not live with myself if I were to coward out and quit. It’s my personality."

Image from the forthcoming game The Flame in the Flood, from the Cambridge game development studio The Molasses Flood.

A 'respawning' year?

Chalking up latest wins and losses in the local videogame scene

Day for Night Games

2014 has been a turbulent year for the Boston-area videogame industry, from the shut-down of BioShock-maker Irrational Games in February to this week's layoffs at Turbine, a division of Warner Bros. that creates games like Lord of the Rings Online. Another big hometown studio, Cambridge-based Harmonix Music Systems, named a new CEO and laid off about 37 people in May. Adding a bit more news to the mix... Read More

 
Image of "stealing data" via Shutterstock

Sox Hack

Clay Buchholz’s wife’s photos hacked?

Hacking

According to TMZ Sports, Clay Buchholz's wife, Lindsay Clubine, has been revealed as another victim of the celebrity nude photo hacking scandal that first made news about a month ago. Read More

 
(MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Facebook as a country

Mark Zuckerberg’s $25 million donation is one of the largest to Ebola effort [Chart]

Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week. Channeled through the CDC Foundation, this donation will assist the CDC’s response to the outbreak. That's a little less than half the amount the duo reportedly spent purchasing 700 acres of Hawaiian Kauai, but this is still the fourth largest donation from a single entity to the Ebola effort to date. Read More

 
From left: Brian Goldsmith of Bain Capital Ventures, co-founder
Eric Carlstrom (back row, white shirt), CFO Niall Hawkins, COO
Elisabeth Carpenter, CEO
Brent Grinna, VP of Product
Matt Sly, and
Mike Krupka of Bain Capital Ventures.

Techstars grad makes good

Getting from A to B: EverTrue CEO Brent Grinna on what it takes

Startups

EverTrue, a startup that helps universities and prep schools connect with and raise money from alums, is announcing that it has raised some more cash of its own today. Bain Capital Ventures is leading an $8 million round of funding for the Boston company. That brings the total amount EverTrue has raised to $14.5 million. I asked founder and CEO Brent Grinna about what he thought were the keys to getting from its first major round of funding (often known as a Series A round) in March of 2013 to this second round (the B round) just about 18 months later. Read More

 
Photo courtesy Manicube.

Regulators examining 'Uber for manicures'

Office manicure startup Manicube under scrutiny from Mass. regulators

Innovation Economy

Does it violate Massachusetts regulations to have your nails painted in an empty conference room at work? A startup that dispatches manicurists to offices in Boston, New York, and Chicago is attracting scrutiny from the Massachusetts board that licenses cosmetologists and nail salons. At issue: whether it's kosher for Manhattan-based Manicube to offer manicures outside of a licensed nail salon. This is the latest tussle between regulators and a startup taking a new approach to an established industry, similar to Uber in transportation or Airbnb in hospitality. Read More

 
Giant Spacekat

More Despicable Behavior towards women in gaming industry

Boston-based video game company founder forced to flee home due to threats

Boston

Brianna Wu has become the third woman advocating for changes in how women in the gaming industry are treated who is being forced to leave her home due to threats on her life. Like Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian before her, Wu is being targeted for her candid criticisms of misogyny in the gaming community. Read More

 
Wayfair cofounders Steve Conine, left, and Niraj Shah, at the Wayfair offices. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Two IPOs, $444 million raised, historic week for Wayfair, HubSpot, Greater Boston tech scene

Eight days of exhausting, cross-country travel. Four newly-made multi-millionaires. Two local companies. It was a momentous week for Greater Boston’s tech startup world. For a region determined to show the heavyweights in Silicon Valley and New York that this is a technology force to be reckoned with, having the executives of Wayfair and HubSpot ring the New York Stock Exchange bell one week apart, signaling that their companies were now publicly traded, was no small achievement. Read More