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A look at all of Google’s acquisitions in Boston
Military robot maker Boston Dynamics has been among Google's acquisitions in Massachusetts (image courtesy of Boston Dynamics)

Up until nine months ago, Google had acquired just four companies in the Boston area (or five, if you count the company’s “acquisition” of Biz Stone/Genius Labs). One of those was the huge pickup of ITA Software, of course, but little else apparently enthralled Google in Boston during the company's first decade-and-a-half.

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Teach the Children Well
Panorama Education - recent moves and new hires don't follow the traditional ed tech playbook
Panorama co-founder and CEO Aaron Feuer.
Since moving from California to Boston last fall, Panorama Education, which uses and analyzes surveys to make schools, teachers, and education as a whole better, has strived to break the common ed tech startup mold by being a bit more like a traditional software startup or consumer tech company. That trend continues with some recent developments. Read More
Big backer
Google Ventures favoring Boston over New York
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As CB Insights puts it, Google Ventures “has seen a huge spike in activity in recent years.” Most of that has been near the Google “mothership” in California (Google is the firm’s sole financial backer). But Massachusetts, not New York, is the second-busiest center of investing activity for the prominent VC firm.

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Bang for the buck
Adelphic aims to dominate the targeted mobile ad space
Adelphic cofounder Jennifer Lum and chief executive Michael Collins (courtesy of the company)
One thing you often hear in discussions about the Boston tech scene is that the city (and the surrounding suburbs) are filled with companies that are quietly building some of the most technologically innovative — and potentially most successful — new companies. There may be a bit of mythology tied to the notion that there are "quiet sleeping startup giants" all around Boston. But, hidden away in nondescript office buildings that overlook Route 128, there are actually some real rockstar companies to be found. Read More
orange is the new black
HubSpot moves closer to IPO
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HubSpot appears to be inching closer to an initial public offering of stock. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday evening that the company has picked Morgan Stanley to work on the deal.

An IPO for the Cambridge marketing software firm is expected to take place this year, though the exact timing hasn’t been finalized, the Journal reported.

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