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Bold IPO steps
Actifio's IPO plans set in motion as it adds LogMeIn finance officer Kelliher
Actifio founder and chief executive Ash Ashutosh (courtesy of company)
David Harris of the Boston Business Journal is reporting a shakeup at Boston-based collaboration connectivity services company LogMeIn, as its chief financial officer, Jim Kelliher, is departing the company and moving to Waltham-based virtualized data management company Actifio. Read More
One night only
Rock on! Boston tech conferences get an entertainment upgrade
Janelle Monáe plays HubSpot's annual customer conference in October. Photo by  Zac Wolf, courtesy of HubSpot.
In boom times for the tech industry, the bands playing the private parties and customer conferences get more recognizable. This year, acts like OK Go, Parliament Funkadelic, and the Dropkick Murphys have played for fist-pumping crowds of social media mavens, digital publishing gurus, and roboticists. Read More
Getting to know you
Acquia unveils new product to help companies market across different channels
Acquia chief technology officer Dries Buytaert, presenting today at the company's customer conference in Boston.
Acquia, a Burlington-based startup that develops products and services to enhance the open source publishing platform Drupal, is holding its first customer conference in Boston this week. Among the announcements is a new product called ContextDB, focused on helping companies market to and communicate with customers as they move from mobile devices to laptops to brick-and-mortar stores. Acquia has raised about $120 million from investors, including Amazon.com and North Bridge Venture Partners, and is often mentioned as a near-term candidate for an initial public offering. Read More
Looking for (another) Miracle
Revival on Rt. 128? Office spaces still vacant as companies leave for Boston, Cambridge
Photo of Autodesk via Kathryn Eident/Boston
You've heard the talk: Watertown is the new Somerville. Medford is the new Somerville. But missing from this chatter are the voices of cities at the other end of the spectrum, those that may not want to brag about being "The New..." Read More
Pillar companies wanted
What is Boston’s strong suit in tech? Ask Veracode
Veracode chief executive Bob Brennan (courtesy of the company).

In some ways, Boston’s tech community—while highly active and growing—seems like it’s playing in the minor leagues. And yet the potential is there to play in the majors, provided that more companies succeed at growing large and staying independently owned over the long term (becoming major hirers and acquirers along the way).

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Keeping score
Do you believe Massachusetts tech is major league?
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I have started to worry that instead of being in the press box for a Major League Baseball game, all of us who observe and cover the Boston tech scene are instead sitting in the aluminum bleachers of a Little League match that will end with a 24-19 score, and all of the players getting a trophy. Read More