Techstars

34 stories
Where are they now?
Tracking the Microsoft Startup Labs diaspora
Former Startup Labs employee Pat Kinsel, standing and gesturing to the screen. Photo courtesy of Reed Sturtevant.
A little more than five years ago, I wrote about a re-org at Microsoft's internal Startup Labs product development group. It turned out to be curtains for the Cambridge-based team, led by Reed Sturtevant — even though their old Web address still optimistically implores visitors to "please come back later." But five years on, it's clear the 2009 shakeup and ensuing departures freed up a number of people who've gone on to pollinate the local startup scene. Read More
Startup Institute kick off new era
Startup Institute kicks off new era of honest conversations with power quartet of female tech leaders
The scene at the Startup Institute.
The Startup Institute hosted an event on Tuesday called Amazing Women, Honest Conversations, with Diane Hessan, the career accelerator's dynamic new chief executive serving as moderator for the evening.  Meredith Davies, a Startup Institute student in the "Web Development" track came up with the idea — a way to let women leaders in high-growth companies talk about the challenges and opportunities they face. Read More
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Boston, Hub of the (Tech) Universe?
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Poet and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes is widely credited with bestowing on Boston its moniker as "Hub of the Universe," and while outsiders like to mock the nickname, it's becoming harder to ignore one reality: Boston is officially becoming a launching pad for international startups. Maybe even, ahem, the Hub of the Tech Universe? At Wednesday's Techstars Demo Day, five of the 12 companies that appeared on stage, born out of the program, were international. MassChallenge had about 30 companies from throughout the globe in its class this year. 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
Good Vibrations: A smart bracelet for long-distance lovers
Alexander List's startup HeadTalk IO is a member of TechStars Boston.
Skype dinner dates and Snapchat selfies are great, but not being able to touch that special someone is the great big downside to long-distance relationships. A new wearable device called Magnet promises to keep the attraction alive between partners who are miles apart. When you tap one bracelet, its pair buzzes, like a little love tap on your wrist. Read More
Out of the Boxx
Promoboxx to pull manufacturers and independent retailers into the advertising future
Promoboxx chief executive Ben Carcio. Image via YouTube
Promoboxx is quite unlike many of the other startups who took part in the Techstars Boston 2011 class in that it hasn't received a large Series A or Series B round of investment funding. The great thing for Promoboxx is that it hasn't had to raise money since its initial early stage funding. So you may not have heard much about the company founded and led by chief executive Ben Carcio, since journalists like myself are only interested in sexy news like a new financing round or the sudden departure of a key employee.  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