Techstars grad makes good
Getting from A to B: EverTrue CEO Brent Grinna on what it takes
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.
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
HVAC for your hand
Meet the MIT startup that’s building the Nest for your wrist
A prototype of the thermoelectric bracelet built by Embr Labs.
Legions of office workers struggle daily with the Goldilocks problem: Their workspace is too hot. Their workspace is too cold. It's never just right. Embr Labs, a startup spun out of MIT, hopes to make the average worker ant more comfortable in their cubicle. Their solution is a “thermoelectric bracelet” called the Wristify that straps onto your wrist and heats your skin.  Read More
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Q3 VC takeaways: Atlas as we know it goes out in style, New York is drinking Boston's milkshake
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CB Insights released its venture capital data and analysis for the third quarter today, and among all the numbers, pie charts, and graphs, two things stood out. Read More
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Three tech things: Egg-freezing at Apple and Facebook, password-killing wristbands, the smart lock that's disrupting keys
Smarlock-August
Everyone is talking about August's new "Smart Lock" device that lets you enter your house with your smartphone, and the reception is mixed. The good: It’s simple to install, you get notifications about who goes in and out. A bonus: The Smart Lock knows when you are close—geofencing!—and unlocks when you walk up to it. The bad: It doesn't always work. Read More
Raise for Raze

Cambridge-based Raze Therapeutics announced its launch Monday, adding that it has closed on a $24 million Series A financing.

Investors in the Series A financing include Atlas Venture, MPM Capital Management, MS Ventures, Partners Innovation Fund, Astellas Venture Management, and Novartis, the Raze press release said.

Atlas partner Jason Rhodes is Raze’s acting chief executive.

Read more at BostonGlobe.com...

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Awards season
Finalists, speakers announced for this year's MassChallenge Awards
MassChallenge
MassChallenge, the world's largest startup accelerator program, announced its list of finalists for the annual MassChallenge Awards ceremony taking place on October 29. At the event, $1.75 million in no-strings-attached funding will be distributed among the 26 startups, narrowed down from the 128 that began the program in June. Read More
Regulators examining 'Uber for manicures'
Office manicure startup Manicube under scrutiny from Mass. regulators
Photo courtesy Manicube.
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