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Beyond HubSpot
HubSpot's Mike Volpe joins board of software firm Repsly
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One of the ripple effects of HubSpot's filing of paperwork to go public this week is the potential for a lot of people — many who worked at the company in its early years and then moved on to other projects — to cash in on the equity they earned from helping build the inbound marketing giant. As the company has shown again and again, it is more than willing to play an active role in Boston's startup ecosystem; whether by "graduating" employees to their next venture or giving discounts and special access to HubSpot products for local startups. Read More
More Leaving Inbound Company
HubSpot departures a blip or sign of trouble for the IPO candidate?
HubSpot chief product officer David Cancel, in one of the Cambridge company's conference rooms. Photo by Scott Kirsner / BetaBoston.
Last week, two key members of HubSpot's engineering team, chief product officer David Cancel and engineering vice president Elias Torres announced that they were going to be leaving the company in the fall to work on a new startup. A couple of other employees will be departing for new projects as well, including Joshua Porter, HubSpot's director of UX. 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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IPO implications?
HubSpot's head of product and VP of engineering will depart in September
HubSpot chief product officer David Cancel, in one of the Cambridge company's conference rooms. Photo by Scott Kirsner / BetaBoston.
Big news being announced this afternoon at HubSpot, the digital marketing startup widely regarded to be on the verge of an initial public offering: David Cancel, the Cambridge company's chief product officer, plans to leave in September, along with Elias Torres, an engineering vice president. The duo joined HubSpot in 2011, when HubSpot paid $20 million for their 20-person startup, Performable, in its biggest acquisition to date. Read More
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
Where the Beer Flows Like Wine
For Boston tech companies, beer is culture builder and recruiting tool
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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
21st century gold rush
Charles River Ventures, now CRV, announces major shift from the shores of its namesake
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In a post on Medium today, Charles River Ventures's general partner Jon Auerbach announced a new fund for the early-stage investment firm as well as a couple of changes in the way CRV views itself and its future. Read More