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Gobble Gobble
#TellBeta: Help us give thanks for Boston's startup scene
What do you appreciate most about Boston's innovation community?
Last week, when Mayor Martin Walsh spoke with leaders within Boston's startup community about his goals for 2015, a theme emerged: He needs to do more to promote Boston as a place where innovation thrives. In the session, people around the room shared their stories about how the city's unique chemistry fosters a community of upstart businesses. And it was clear that those stories were only the tip of the iceberg. Read More
Innovation Economy
Infinite Web shelf space sparks a surge of food startups
CropCircle Kitchen employee Jackson Barros prepped jalapenos for Alex’s Ugly Sauce. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
As we approach the biggest eating week of the year, I’ve noticed a growing number of entrepreneurs in Boston trying to figure out how to get onto your shopping list and into your fridge. And investors are trying to figure out how to get a piece of the next Annie’s Organic (acquired by General Mills for $820 million this fall) or Vitaminwater (acquired by Coca-Cola for $4.1 billion). Read More
New Angels
Angel Boot Camp: The Peace Corps for millionaires
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If you missed the Angel Boot Camp at MIT’s Tang Center the other day, you missed a lot. Organizers Jon Pierce, Rob Go, and Jay Acunzo put together an amazing lineup of angel investors and brilliant startup savants. Read More
Pitching in the shadow of Fenway
Here's the line-up for today's Techstars Boston startup showcase
Jakob Garrow of EdTrips high fives a group of fifth graders from Mason-Rice Elementary School in Newton, at today's demo day.
It's graduation day for the latest class of entrepreneurs participating in the Techstars Boston accelerator program. They'll pitch an audience of investors and fellow founders at the House of Blues on Landsdowne Street, hoping to get the capital and connections necessary to make it big. Among the twelve startups are teams designing new bikes for city-dwellers, devices for wireless music streaming, and sites that aim to become the OpenTable of school field trips. This is the first Techstars session run by Semyon Dukach, an angel investor, entrepreneur, and one-time leader of the MIT Blackjack Team. Read More
Innovation Economy
5 things the next Massachusetts governor should do for innovation economy
Kamil Peters of Kamil Peters Metal Sculpture at work in the Brick Coworkshop in Holyoke. (Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe)

HOLYOKE -- Like Dorothy stepping through the front door after crash-landing in Oz, I knew I wasn’t in Boston anymore.

Boston’s Innovation District is pricey. Construction cranes are everywhere, parking is scarce, and lunch options plentiful. Here in Holyoke’s newly-christened Innovation District, there are beautiful brick mill buildings, cheap hydroelectric power, and a new walkway alongside the canals — but almost no people.

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A big data supergroup
Netezza veterans reunite for Cazena, focused on shifting data warehouses to the cloud
Cazena CEO Prat Moghe, previously a senior vice president of Netezza, a data warehousing company acquired by IBM. Courtesy of Cazena.
A Waltham startup is coming out of stealth mode today, with $8 million in funding. Cazena reunites several veterans of Netezza, a data warehousing startup that went public and then was acquired by IBM for $1.7 billion four years ago. The deal is unusual in that it's the first time California-based Andreessen Horowitz — the venture capital firm co-founded by the fellow who brought you the Netscape browser — has participated in a Series A round of funding for a startup here in Massachusetts. Andreessen Horowitz is investing alongside North Bridge Venture Partners, the Waltham VC firm. Read More
Brand new bots
Local robotics startups debut at downtown showcase
Soft Robotics is making air-powered stretchy robot fingers whose grasp is not too hard and not too soft. (Image: Soft Robotics)
Two robotics startups from Greater Boston debuted products this week at the RoboBusiness conference and exhibition. Just a year old, Soft Robotics presented its gentle, air-powered versatile robot grippers in public for the first time. For Sonzia, a Somerville firm that incorporated in September, it was a first public demonstration of immersive, interactive environments for children with learning disabilities. Read More
Techstars grad makes good
Getting from A to B: EverTrue CEO Brent Grinna on what it takes
From left: Brian Goldsmith of Bain Capital Ventures, co-founder
Eric Carlstrom (back row, white shirt), CFO Niall Hawkins, COO
Elisabeth Carpenter, CEO
Brent Grinna, VP of Product
Matt Sly, and
Mike Krupka of Bain Capital Ventures.
EverTrue, a startup that helps universities and prep schools connect with and raise money from alums, is announcing that it has raised some more cash of its own today. Bain Capital Ventures is leading an $8 million round of funding for the Boston company. That brings the total amount EverTrue has raised to $14.5 million. I asked founder and CEO Brent Grinna about what he thought were the keys to getting from its first major round of funding (often known as a Series A round) in March of 2013 to this second round (the B round) just about 18 months later. Read More
Delicious deal
Phoodeez catering raises $600k, led by Project 11
Phoodeez caters large-scale corporate functions and small-scale luncheons by supplying food from multiple local restaurants. Workers at Litmus, an e-mail analytics firm in Boston, enjoyed a Phoodeez lunch in July.
Katie Rae was at an MIT conference when a familiar thought crept into her head: “How quickly can I duck out of this boxed lunch and go get real food?” “But I peeked into the box and said, ‘Wow, this actually looks good,’ ” she recalled. “That was my introduction to Phoodeez.” Now Rae’s venture capital firm, Project 11, is leading a $600,000 investment round in Phoodeez, a Boston startup that caters corporate functions by supplying food from multiple local restaurants that specialize in different types of cuisine. Read More