17 stories
Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto, domo...domo
DataRobot gets $21 million in new funding led by NEA
"Cloud computing design" via Shutterstock
Boston-based DataRobot has raised another round of funding according to multiple sources. The latest round of funding is a $21 million Series A led by NEA that, according to VentureWire, values the company at more than $60 million. Atlas Venture, who led the company's last investment, also joined the round. Read More
WePay it forward
How WePay inspired innovation at Boston College
bc commencement
The Boston College business majors who graduated Monday were high school seniors in December 2009 when WePay, the popular payments API company founded by BC alums, raised $1.7 million in a series A venture round. The startup’s continued success — contracts with big-name firms like and GoFundMe, plus another $32.5 million in funding — is a good reason why members of this year’s class will likely be more entrepreneurial than their predecessors. Read More
International Innovation
MIT International Innovation Symposium showcases impressive European startups
Last summer I had the great fortune of visiting Portugal to get a better understanding of the startup ecosystem there. Since not everyone can go to Portugal to see it up close, thankfully MIT brought a portion of that ecosystem to Cambridge for Wednesday's MIT International Innovation Symposium. Read More
Not a garden variety incubator
Is Greentown Labs the coolest startup space in Boston? Yep.
Grove Labs founders Jamie Byron (left) and Gabe Blanchet. (Photo by Kyle Alspach.)

I knew that Greentown Labs in Somerville had some interesting startups. For instance, there’s Rise Robotics (formerly Urban Hero), a company that’s invented a spring that can seemingly give people jumping super-powers. And there’s also Sol Power, maker of outdoor solar charging stations for cell phones, and Refresh Water, which makes a vending machine that lets you refill your water bottle for cheap.

But I hadn’t heard yet about Grove Labs. And so I certainly didn’t expect that my tour of Greentown would include a sampling of hydroponically grown tatsoi.

Read More

Rising stars
The top-funded Techstars Boston startups
Most startup portfolios, at least the good ones, have a few companies that go farther and grow bigger than the others. So it is with Techstars, the startup accelerator and investment vehicle that launched in Boston in 2009. Since then the program has run seven sessions, the latest of which concluded last week. Read More
Doubling down on Boston
Why being a Techstars chief beats being a blackjack whiz: a chat with Semyon Dukach
Techstars Boston director Semyon Dukach (photo by Kyle Alspach)

Semyon Dukach will probably always be most famous for his blackjack-related exploits as a young man studying at MIT. He was the main figure in a bestselling Ben Mezrich book ("Busting Vegas"), after all.

But Dukach, the brand new head of the Techstars Boston startup accelerator, doesn’t envy that younger version of himself. Read More

Hardware strikes back
Boom in hardware startups hits Techstars Boston
EcoVent is the maker of a more efficient heating and cooling vent.

Techstars, a program for assisting and investing in technology startups, is generally thought of as the most prestigious program of its kind in Boston. But from the launch of Techstars Boston in 2009 until this year, the accelerator program had almost exclusively accepted startups in the software arena.

For the 2014 class, a major shift occurred: Out of a dozen startups, three are developing hardware devices and one is in a related space, with software to let physical devices communicate with each other over the Internet.

Read More

Startup showcase
Your scorecard for Techstars Boston Demo Day, April 2014
The last TechStars Boston Demo Day, in May 2013.
Updated: The startup beauty pageant that is Techstars Boston Demo Day took place Tuesday morning at the House of Blues on Landsdowne Street. You never know who will show up on stage to help the entrepreneurs sell their ideas: past editions have seen cameos by Big Papi, fashion models, and poetry slam champions. Read More