How many bottles of beer on the wall?
BevSpot banks $720,000 to help bars and restaurants better manage their booze
BevSpot co-founders Chidubem Ezekea, Alex Lesman, and Rory Crawford, outside the Harvard Innovation Lab.
2014 has been a pretty action-packed year thus far for BevSpot: founded in March by Harvard Business School and MIT students...raised $20,000 in early funding shortly after by the student-run Dorm Room Fund...product launch in August...and now, a $700,000 seed funding round. Read More
HubSpot Going After Salesforce
HubSpot launches sales acceleration product Sidekick and HubSpot CRM
HubSpot's CEO Brian Halligan at INBOUND
Last year, inbound marketing company HubSpot launched what it calls a content optimization system, or COS. It was the company's take on what it would be like to build a CMS, or content management system, from the ground up, Dharmesh Shah said at INBOUND '14 today. However, there have long been rumors that the company would do something similar with customer relationship management systems (CRMs) or even release a software improvement on the current state of CRMs. Read More
trainspotting today
Real-time phone and smartwatch MBTA tracker apps win at 'Late Night T' hackathon
FuzzMap, a real-time tracker of buses and MBTA carriages in Boston, was a winner at the Late Night T hackathon held last week.
A hackathon organized by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the MBTA, and MassTech jump-started the development of a new crop of apps for public transit in Greater Boston. The results, presented in Cambridge last week, included a tracker for the Pebble smartwatch and a real-time subway tracker for the Windows phone.  Read More
'Uberification'
Handybook changes name to Handy, reaches 150 employees
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Since launching its on-demand cleaning and handyman service in Boston in mid-2012, Handybook has expanded to 28 cities and 150 employees. Today, the New York-based company, which still maintains a Boston office, has changed its name to Handy in an effort to become an even bigger player in the “Uberification” of the economy.

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Design Grab
Product design startup GrabCAD acquired by Stratasys for $100 million
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Computer-aided design (CAD) startup GrabCAD of Cambridge has been acquired by Stratasys (SSYS), a Minnesota-based 3D printer and 3D production systems maker. Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, a source close to the deal said that it is for $100 million in cash and stock. Read More
Big Orange Invades the Seaport
HubSpot INBOUND brings more than 10,000 marketing fans to Innovation District
INBOUND
Walking across the bridge on World Trade Center Ave., heading towards this year's INBOUND '14 conference, I started chatting with an attendee about the event. Or, more accurately, he excitedly started talking to me. "Wow, this is going to be an exciting event," the young marketing employee said as we headed for the opening night of the conference that featured a keynote from former Apple evangelist, author, and current Canva evangelist Guy Kawasaki. Read More