On Par
Par8o raises $10.5 million for a more organized, better connected health care system
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Have you ever heard of SERMO? No? Well SERMO is the largest online physician community in the world. Over 300,000 US physicians use the network, which was developed by doctors in Boston and acquired by WorldOne Interactive in 2012. The site allows physicians to share notes, talk about difficult to understand diseases, and to help each other diagnose health problems. On Thursday, a project from two of SERMO's founding physicians, Dr. Daniel Palestrant and Dr. Adam Sharp, called par8o (pronounced par-eight-oh), announced that it has raised $10.5 million in Series A funding to help organize the mess that is the current state of healthcare. Read More
Spawning more startups
PureTech pockets $50 million to bring life sciences ideas out of the lab
PureTech founder and CEO Daphne Zohar, center. (Photo by Scott Zuehlke, courtesy PureTech.)
The big players of the biopharma world descend on San Francisco next week for the annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, and in advance of it, Boston-based PureTech is announcing it has raised $50 million in new funding. PureTech takes successful research out of academic labs, and assembles teams that can move it toward commercialization. Among its projects are startup companies focused on obesity, hair growth, drug delivery without needles, and therapeutic video games. Read More
Boston startups show off the future of 3-D printing at CES
Samples of objects printed by MarkForged at CES this week.
The floor space dedicated to 3-D printers at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is growing faster than waistlines at the nearby casino buffets. Just a year or two ago, a handful of players took up a few tiny booths at the back of the Las Vegas Convention Center; today the sector is booming, and printer manufacturers have a whole section of the South Hall to themselves. Read More
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WiTricity's wireless power connects at CES
WiTricity's wireless power chargers were a bit draw at CES this week. Photo via WiTricity.
The most popular device this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas isn't a laptop, camera, or high-definition TV – it's an open electrical outlet. With over 160,000 attendees constantly draining their cellphones' batteries as they tweet about and upload photos of the show, power is a precious commodity. The chance to plug in and recharge is as precious as gold. Read More
The Wedding Disruptor
HubSpot and Wayfair alum Dan Slagen launches wedding video startup SpeechBooth
Dan Slagen has quite the track record as a member of the Boston tech community. Starting out as a product management and search engine optimization expert for Wayfair, he eventually ended up at HubSpot, serving as the inbound marketing company's head of advertising and then head of global marketing relations. After stints at Facebook advertising company Nanigans and Harvard-founded startup Hourly Nerd, Slagen thought it was about time to do his own thing. Today, he is launching SpeechBooth, a standalone app-based wedding video system. Read More
Q&A
'Long live the open Internet': Cluetrain authors offer an updated guide to the Web
Two of the original Cluetrain authors, 
Doc Searls and David Weinberger, have issued a new manifesto for the Web.
If you've ever said, "markets are conversations" you're quoting the words of The Cluetrain Manifesto, the '90s-era opus on the promise of the Web. David Weinberger and Doc Searls (two of the original authors of Cluetrain) are publishing another provocative work today called New Clues. I caught up with them this week to hear about the project. None of us wants to be clueless, so go ahead, check it out; here's the link to their page: New Clues. Read More
A New Day for MassChallenge
MassChallenge taps Scott Bailey to lead its Boston office
When Scott Bailey first started working at the local startup accelerator MassChallenge in 2010, he was an unpaid intern just a year out of college. But on Thursday, after wearing multiple hats at the organization since its founding, Bailey will step into the role of managing director of MassChallenge’s Boston program. Read More