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Changing the VC model
How can we make the ‘hard stuff’ cool again?
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Last week I met with Leslie Dewan, a young entrepreneur in Cambridge. She’s not working on a mobile app or on software to improve business efficiency. She has a big idea. And it’ll take years to find out whether or not it is even economically viable.

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TACKLING SEVERE OBESITY
Zafgen completes $96 million IPO with big demand for shares
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Zafgen Inc. has completed its initial public offering amid strong demand from investors. The Cambridge biotech firm increased the size of the offering and sold shares at the top of its projected range on Wednesday, raising a total of $96 million. The IPO is the 10th by a Massachusetts-based biotech firm so far this year, topping the tally from last year of nine and setting a new record.

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Top dollar
The 10 largest Boston VC deals of February
Mark Levin, a partner of Third Rock Ventures
Boston’s top venture capital hauls in February went to companies tackling Parkinson’s disease, cybersecurity, and personal health monitoring. Here are the 10 largest Boston-area VC deals I came across during the month. Read More