Halley Suitt Tucker

Halley Suitt Tucker

What Erica Swallow, the accidental poster child for tech’s gender gap, really wants

Erica Swallow wasn’t aiming to start a firestorm when she wrote about her summer spent at a well-known venture capital firm, General Catalyst Partners in Cambridge. But that’s what happened after the MIT Sloan MBA student recently chronicled her experience in a workplace where female decision-makers were nonexistent—and where there appeared to be little interest in changing that.

Swallow isn’t trying to be the hero who “solves” tech’s gender gap, but she does want to see more effort made in the tech industry to change the status quo.

Read the full post here, and check out other top BetaBoston posts from the past week below.


In the public eye

Boston’s innovation IPO lineup for the fall


We’re two-thirds of the way into 2014, and Massachusetts has already blown past last year in terms of IPOs by innovation-related companies. And more could be on the way soon.

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(Christopher Duggan) via Boston.com

Second Chance for Love?

Matchmaking app ReKindle quietly launches in App Store


The other night, I happened to be at Yesware's office on the outskirts of Chinatown/Leather District, and happened upon founder Mike Lisavitch and the small ReKindle team putting the last touches on their "reconnecting" app. Read More

Wyc Grousbeck, Bob Higgins, and Mark Wan of Causeway Media Partners. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Celtics CEO joins $35 million funding round for ticket search engine SeatGeek

Innovation Economy

Silicon Valley's Accel Partners and Cambridge-based Causeway Media Partners are among the investors pumping $35 million into SeatGeek, a search engine for tickets to sporting events, concerts, and other live events. Similar to the way Kayak.com scours the web for airfares and hotel rates, SeatGeek does the same across multiple ticketing sites like StubHub and Broadway.com. Also putting money into the Manhattan-based startup are the rapper Nas, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony, and NFL quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning. Read More


Remote control medicine

How Google Glass could make medicine’s speediest response teams even faster


Each time Crystal Law found herself zipping through Boston in the back of an ambulance, the EMT wished for one thing: A reliable way to inform emergency room staff about the patient she was bringing them.  Read More

Image via HubSpot

Orange is the new black

Why HubSpot’s lack of cash won’t affect the IPO


Yesterday's post by TechCrunch on HubSpot's planned initial public offering focuses on the company's tight cash position, pointing out that the company had only about $7 million in cash as of the end of June—and losses that would seem to outstrip that surplus soon if the $100 million IPO doesn't go as planned. Read More

HubSpot founders Dharmesh Shah and Brian Halligan (image via HubSpot)

Orange Crush

HubSpot files for $100 million IPO


Today, HubSpot, the Cambridge-based marketing software company, filed the much-awaited plans for its initial public offering of stock. Read More


Open-and-shut case

With Amazon looming large, will Twitch stay open for research?

Social Media

Before the secretive Amazon was buying it for almost $1 billion, Twitch was part of a merry band of indie social networks prepared to open its doors to researchers. Read More

DraftKings' new mobile app

Top Dollar

Boston’s 10 largest tech deals of the year


Boston notched another major venture funding—its third-largest in the consumer space this year—with today's $41 million announcement by fantasy sports startup DraftKings. Read More

DraftKings founders (from left): Paul Liberman, Jason Robins. and Matt Kalish [Image via DraftKings]

Fantasy Royalty

DraftKings raises $41 million, acquires Cambridge competitor StarStreet


DraftKings, an online daily fantasy sports competition company, made a few big announcements today that make it not only one of the biggest fantasy sports franchises in the country but also one of the fastest growing Boston technology businesses of 2014. Read More


Changing the VC model

How can we make the ‘hard stuff’ cool again?


Last week I met with Leslie Dewan, a young entrepreneur in Cambridge. She’s not working on a mobile app or on software to improve business efficiency. She has a big idea. And it’ll take years to find out whether or not it is even economically viable.

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