Kyle Alspach

Kyle Alspach, Senior Staff Writer

As Wayfair IPO looms, a look at Boston’s largest tech IPOs

If Wayfair succeeds at raising its targeted $350 million in its initial public offering, it wouldn’t rank as the largest tech IPO in Boston history—though it’d be close. According to my research, the Boston area’s largest technology IPO was A123 Systems and its $371 million offering in 2009.
Which offers a lesson for high-flying homegoods e-tailer Wayfair, since A123 ended up in bankruptcy just a few years later. The lesson being: the IPO is just the beginning of the next phase, not a happily-ever-after ending. In fact, of the five top-raising IPOs in Boston tech history, three have mostly gone out of business.
Click here for the full post and infographic, and check out our highlights from the past week below.


In the public eye

Boston’s innovation IPOs of 2014 (infographic)


It's the IPO slowdown month of August, and we are eagerly awaiting a potentially blockbuster initial stock offering from Wayfair when things pick back up. Read More

Rethink Robotics founder Rodney Brooks with Baxter (PAT GREENHOUSE/GLOBE STAFF)

The bot debate

The robots aren’t here for our jobs—at least not in manufacturing


When robotics legend Rodney Brooks unveiled a human-like robot in 2012, claims followed that it was a bold step in the direction of replacing people with machines.

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(Photo by Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)

Craigslist killer?

New mobile startup Classy wants to facilitate campus commerce

Innovation Economy

The startup factory Blade is unveiling its first project today: an iPhone app called Classy that wants to supplant Craigslist and Facebook as the dominant way of buying and selling things on college campuses. Just in time for the mass migration back to Boston this month... Read More

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More than a Pillar

The real reason Wayfair’s IPO is such a big deal


The news today that Wayfair has filed the paperwork for its initial public offering is big news for the Boston tech scene. But the impact of the company going public may spread beyond the border of Route 128. Read More

Image of "Excellent work gold star" via Shutterstock

How's my driving?

Dunwello to bring an Uber/TripAdvisor rating system to everyone’s job


Gemvara founder Matt Lauzon, his Dunwello co-founder Matt Brand, and the team at Dunwello have been working since late last year on an employee recognition software product that aims to promote more inter-office positivity and a sense of personal accomplishment that seems to be absent from the modern workplace. Read More

Divya Dhar of Seratis, a startup developing a new communication tool for healthcare providers. Photo by Scott Kirsner / Beta Boston.

Worth watching

Five promising startups from the Harvard Innovation Lab’s Demo Day


The Harvard Innovation Lab in Allston has been home to 84 startups run by students and recent grads this summer; they call it the Venture Incubation Program. And ten of the companies that have been making the most progress (while the rest of us have been working on our tans) gave short demos yesterday afternoon. These were the five that struck me as worth having on your radar screen... Read More


International flavor

Techstars Boston’s new startup class on one world map


Techstars Boston is continuing its tradition of attracting a geographically diverse set of startups—with a particular focus on Europe—with the 13 companies in its fall 2014 class (see the interactive map below). Read More

(image via Mike Schneider -@schneidermike)

Moving Pieces in Boston Tech

Cort Johnson joins Atlas Venture and SVB’s Smith Anderson joins Terrible Labs


Cort Johnson is one of those entrepreneurs in Boston that not only seems to have his finger on the pulse of everything that is happening in the city, but also is well-respected and admired by almost everyone from venture capitalists to CEOs to software developers to budding founders. Read More


Closing the gap

The up-and-coming women entrepreneurs of MassChallenge (Gallery)


The startup world may have a majority of men calling the shots, but in Boston, at least, it's far from a monopoly. Read More

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Wayfair Hiring Boom

Wayfair just moved to a new office, which it has already outgrown


Wayfair, the online furniture merchant,  has just moved into its new offices in Copley Place. However, the company is facing a bit of a challenge with the transition from its previous office further down Huntington Avenue: The company has already outgrown its new space. Read More