You never know which meeting is going to lead to something worthwhile...
Dave Balter, founder and CEO of the online skills testing site Smarterer, was at an edtech conference in Phoenix in April. Balter had about three dozen meetings scheduled over the course of the event, but other people at the conference kept telling him he should meet the CEO of Utah-based Pluralsight, which serves up online training in the tech and creative industries. Balter sent him a quick e-mail "and we squeezed in ten minutes before everyone went to the airport," he says. A few months later, Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard flew to Boston "and we began active merger discussions," Balter says.
Teespring, the online custom T-shirt company headquartered in Providence, announced today that it has raised $35 million in new funding. The influx of cash will help the company to expand its efforts to produce, sell, and ship T-shirts and sweatshirts online, and enable them to expand their list of current merchandise beyond just T-shirts and sweatshirts. Read MoreBeta TestingFirst look: Test-riding a prototype electric bike wheel from GeoOrbital
In late October, when I started to hear a rattling-metal sound in my car's engine, I dropped off my car at the Galen Street, Watertown, branch of Direct Tire & Auto Service (where I've been a loyal customer for over three decades). But before I got the expected phone call to discuss the problems they'd found and the estimated cost, I received an e-mail message linking to a 42-second video showing the broken heat shield beneath the catalytic converter.
If there's one population of people who might like to forget some of the text messages they've sent in the past (possibly after a big booze-fueled night out), it's college kids. And another set of people who would like to see some past messages disappear? The guys who played a role in founding Tinder, Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, who drew heat earlier this year for their inappropriate text messages.
Today, Rad and Mateen are being held up as prominent investors in the seed round of funding for the Boston-based WiGo, which stands for Who Is Going Out? The app was designed for college campuses and allows users to connect for social engagements and share what they are up to, and specifically where they are, on any given night out. Read More