Yesware

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Total Consciousness
Zen and the art of running a tech startup: Matt Bellows of Yesware
Matt Bellows
Sitting in the "dining" area of Yesware's new-ish office, barefoot, drinking a Lagunitas, Matt Bellows exudes an air of cool calmness. Having just finished an in-house yoga session (which I joined him for) he has no trouble discussing business, philosophy, ski-bumming, and Eastern religion in one fell swoop. Read More
Where the Beer Flows Like Wine
For Boston tech companies, beer is culture builder and recruiting tool
Beer Taps
Good talent is at such a premium for Boston tech companies, especially for those startups looking for experienced design, engineering, and development folks, that many resort to various gimmicks and enticements to attract that coveted "new hire." While the good old fashioned, "Let's throw buckets full of money at this techie"  practice is still alive and well, some startups (especially early stage ones) can't afford that approach. So they get creative. A lot of companies have found that there is no easier way to win the hearts and minds of prospective employees (and to delight current hardworking startup-ers) than with rivers and rivers of sweet, ice cold beer.  Read More
Big backer
Google Ventures favoring Boston over New York
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As CB Insights puts it, Google Ventures “has seen a huge spike in activity in recent years.” Most of that has been near the Google “mothership” in California (Google is the firm’s sole financial backer). But Massachusetts, not New York, is the second-busiest center of investing activity for the prominent VC firm.

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Doggone
So long, Dogpatch Cambridge: Polaris' startup hatchery is no more
Employees of Localytics working at Dogpatch Labs Cambridge in 2012.
R.I.P. Dogpatch Labs Cambridge. The startup hatchery, which once provided free office space in Kendall Square to selected startups, quietly closed in December, according to David Barrett, the venture capitalist at Polaris Partners who had been responsible for the space. It had operated for about five years. Read More