Pitch Heard 'Round the World
More details emerge for the Shark Tank-like contest at next week's TechJam
Last year's Tech Jam in the Seaport
Last year, a group of local startup folks, including Apperian's chief marketing officer Mark Lorion and MassTLC director Christine Nolan, got together to organize the first Boston TechJam. With the success of last year's event, this year's TechJam, taking place next Thursday June 12, is moving to City Hall Plaza for what should be a bigger celebration of the Boston tech scene. Read More
Orange Jumpstart
Hubspot aims to make its marketing software more accessible to startups
Dharmesh Shah (image via HubSpot)

HubSpot co-founder and chief technology officer Dharmesh Shah may be the most under-the-radar yet influential figures in the Boston startup community, which is quite a feat for someone helping to run a company well known for its signature bright orange logo. Oh, and the inbound marketing company he founded with Brian Halligan is also at the top of the list of local private companies rumored to be going public soon. Read More

Still stealthy after all these years...
'Social robot' startup Jibo attracts new investors, preps for product launch
Still frame from Cynthia Breazeal's 2011 TED Talk about her research on "social robots" at the MIT Media Lab.
I've been following Jibo since last January, when I first told you the "social robot" startup had snagged some initial funding from Charles River Ventures. Now, Jibo founder Cynthia Breazeal has taken a leave from MIT's Media Lab to run the company. Jibo has brought on some additional investors, and begun hiring a handful of employees from companies like iRobot Corp. and Netflix. And a new placeholder website and Facebook page suggest an unveiling of the product is imminent. Read More
Hacking New Hampshire
Students gain first-hand tech experience at Dyn's Hackademy weekend
Dyn Hackademy (Photo credit: Katlyn O'Hara)
Contributed piece from Ali Rafieymehr, of Manchester, New Hampshire-based Dyn, on a recent program to give local college students hand-on tech experience. The tech industry has a unique crisis on its hands. While more and more startups are popping up across the United States, the number of qualified students fit for those jobs is decreasing. Computer science student participation at the high school level is decreasing. Read More