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Where the Beer Flows Like Wine
For Boston tech companies, beer is culture builder and recruiting tool
Beer Taps
Good talent is at such a premium for Boston tech companies, especially for those startups looking for experienced design, engineering, and development folks, that many resort to various gimmicks and enticements to attract that coveted "new hire." While the good old fashioned, "Let's throw buckets full of money at this techie"  practice is still alive and well, some startups (especially early stage ones) can't afford that approach. So they get creative. A lot of companies have found that there is no easier way to win the hearts and minds of prospective employees (and to delight current hardworking startup-ers) than with rivers and rivers of sweet, ice cold beer.  Read More
Outside Influence
Boston’s top VC dealmakers in Q2
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This week Charles River Ventures, now known as CRV, announced that its new fund would make Silicon Valley the priority, formalizing a shift westward that has been going on for a few years now.

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Twitter's Answer
With Crashlytics Answers, Twitter gets deeper into the realm of mobile app development
Crashlytics
A little more than a month ago, after remaining quiet after its acquisition by Twitter for over a year, Crashlytics launched its second product, Beta. Today, hot on the heels of that product release, Crashlytics is announcing the deployment of another new product, Answers by Crashlytics. Read More
Latest buzz
ThriveHive transforms into a HubSpot for really small businesses, with a twist
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The founders of ThriveHive have never expected the Cambridge startup to be one of those companies that gains a huge user base virtually overnight. As they told me in an interview more than a year ago, scaling up its marketing software for the smallest of businesses—the ones with 10 or fewer employees—would necessarily take some time.

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La Cerveza Mas Fina
Koa Labs sponsoring our next BetaBoston Bytes & Brews in Harvard Square next Thursday
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We have officially hit the dog days of summer and the mercury keeps rising in the ol' thermometer. So what better way to beat the heat than joining BetaBoston, 99 Bottles, and our newly announced sponsor Koa Labs for our July BetaBoston Bytes & Brews next Thursday July 17 at John Harvard's in Harvard Square. Read More
$$ for CRV
Charles River Ventures, a venture firm with a local office in Cambridge, has disclosed raising $393 million for its 16th fund (in a filing today with the US Securities and Exchange Commission). Though a Boston-founded firm, CRV's Silicon Valley office has become an increasing focus; Yammer, Twitter, and Zendesk have been among the firm's West Coast investments. But the firm has done plenty of notable deals in Boston in recent years as well, including HubSpot, Rethink Robotics, SimpliVity, and Fiksu. The new fund follows CRV's $375 million, 15th fund, which closed in early 2012. Discuss
Research roommates
Mass Innovation Labs planning another shared lab space for Cambridge
A screenshot from the Mass Innovation Labs website shows a building at 675 Kendall Street in Cambridge.
Cambridge may soon get a second shared laboratory space for life sciences companies in the shadow of the Genzyme building in Kendall Square. And one of the people behind the Mass Innovation Labs project says that it will be different from — and possibly larger than — LabCentral, which opened late last year with financial backing from the state's Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and corporate sponsors like Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer. Read More