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Three tech things: Egg-freezing at Apple and Facebook, password-killing wristbands, the smart lock that's disrupting keys
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.


Awards season
Finalists, speakers announced for this year's MassChallenge Awards
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
More Despicable Behavior towards women in gaming industry
Boston-based video game company founder forced to flee home due to threats
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Brianna Wu has become the third woman advocating for changes in how women in the gaming industry are treated who is being forced to leave her home due to threats on her life. Like Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian before her, Wu is being targeted for her candid criticisms of misogyny in the gaming community. Read More
Two IPOs, $444 million raised, historic week for Wayfair, HubSpot, Greater Boston tech scene
Wayfair cofounders Steve Conine, left, and Niraj Shah, at the Wayfair offices. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff
Eight days of exhausting, cross-country travel. Four newly-made multi-millionaires. Two local companies. It was a momentous week for Greater Boston’s tech startup world. For a region determined to show the heavyweights in Silicon Valley and New York that this is a technology force to be reckoned with, having the executives of Wayfair and HubSpot ring the New York Stock Exchange bell one week apart, signaling that their companies were now publicly traded, was no small achievement. Read More
Time for a good Thync
What we know about Thync's brain-zapping wearable mood enhancer
On the 14th floor of the Prudential Center in downtown Boston, a startup called Thync has been quietly zapping the brains of more than 2,000 volunteers, refining a product that will relax you with low doses of electricity applied to your head. Thync just raised $13 million from a group of undisclosed investors, and Khosla Ventures is among them. Here's what else we know. Read More
Up on the roof
Is this the coolest "office" in Boston's Innovation District?
John Stoddard, "founding farmer" at Higher Ground Farm.
On a warm September morning, it's hard to imagine a better place to work that the rooftop above the Boston Design Center. There's a fantastic view of downtown through an archway, the harbor is sparkling, and a cruise ship is parked at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal next door. And at Higher Ground Farm, their casual Friday dress code likely differs a bit from casual Friday at your office... Read More