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 MoreBienvenue. Willkommen. Bienvenido. Benvenuto.Boston, Hub of the (Tech) Universe?
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 MoreFrom the balconyVideo: BetaBoston's Scott and Dennis talk Techstars 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.
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 MoreTechstars grad makes goodGetting from A to B: EverTrue CEO Brent Grinna on what it takes
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 MoreToo Hot, Too Cold, Just RightEcovent Systems gets $2.2 million in funding for efficient, money-saving heating and cooling system
If you're a Boston entrepreneur, you've probably thought about moving to California at least once or twice—admit it. Of course, some actually go through with it. I recently caught up with a couple of those who've made the move from Boston to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, to ask them about their experience of trading the East Coast for West.
Read MoreStart Me UpUPDATE: Details of Techstars' new equity 'guarantee' clarified
Earlier, I wrote a post about how Tech stars' new approach to taking equity in participating startups addresses one of the criticisms that some have in regards to the accelerator program.
Dan Primack wrote a piece earlier about the startup accelerator program's new "guarantee." I misread that as a kind of "pay what you want" philosophy, which isn't actually accurate. Companies will still give up equity to take part in the program, it can just be negotiated if they are unsatisfied with their Techstars' experience. Read MorePermission Slips? We don't need no stinking Permission SlipsTechstars' EdTrips is more than your average back-to-school startup
EdTrips is a startup that has found a way to make signing up and paying for field trips much easier for teachers, students, and especially parents.
Since paper field trip permission slips and payments have a habit of getting lost in your kid's backpack, EdTrips is a great concept to start with. Read MoreAddressing the faults within the TechstarsWill Techstars' new equity policy quiet some critics?
Techstars has long been known as one of the best incubator programs in the country. Based on the success (and investment fundraising) of many of the companies to graduate from Techstars Boston, I have argued that the local branch of the program may be the "model" Techstars program. Read More
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