MarketMeSuite CEO dishes inside scoop on new Constant Contact InnoLoft accelerator
MarketMeSuite chief executive Tammy Kahn Fennell said her company's time at Constant Contact "has given us a load of ideas."
The organizers of new accelerators always make their programs sound awesome, but how can you know whether they’re really worth the time? In the case of Constant Contact’s Small Business Innovation Loft, you can talk to a secret alumna who went through the program before it officially existed. Read More
Home turf
Boston VCs backing more companies close to home
Stephen Kraus, a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners in Cambridge, cites a number of reasons why Boston VC firms have shown a stronger appetite for investing locally. (Courtesy of the New England Venture Capital Association)
Massachusetts venture capital firms are keeping more of their deal-making close to home. Local venture capitalists closed on 199 deals in the Boston area in 2013, according to data provided by Dow Jones VentureSource. That represented 45 percent of their investments, the highest share of their total investing since 2007, as they pared back on deals in San Francisco, New York, and other innovation hubs. Read More
Innovation everwhere
What public policy can do to bolster Boston tech
Institute for Greater Boston

What can government do to prevent Boston from becoming the next Detroit? The comparison sounds far fetched, yet a new paper from Harvard’s Kennedy School offers the reminder that a city’s entrepreneurial vibrance doesn’t always last forever. Before the Big Three auto makers became the dominant force in the city, Detroit was a bastion of entrepreneurship, too. Read More

The squandered cubicle
Rifiniti gets $1.9 million to end wasted office space for big biz
Rifiniti's founders are Michael Gresty and Irina Mladenova
While the emergence of the mobile employee has created plenty of efficiencies for companies, it’s created major inefficiencies too, in terms of how office space is utilized. Today, Boston startup Rifiniti announces it has raised $1.9 million to expand its software for eliminating wasted office space. Read More
Protecting big data
Former White House tech official has new privacy startup, TrustLayers
TrustLayers co-founder Danny Weitzner, former Deputy CTO at the White House.
Danny Weitzner, an MIT researcher who served as Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the White House under President Obama is hatching a new startup related to data privacy: TrustLayers, which is out now raising a seed round of funding. Weitzner's co-founder is Adam Towvim, a long-time executive at the mobile advertising startup Jumptap, acquired last year by Millennial Media. Read More