Stories

By: Jon Steiman | August 6, 2012
Apple TV is an aberration from every other Apple product. Rather than being an all-in-one device, Apple TV is a component that plugs into televisions manufactured...
By: Susan Johnston | August 5, 2012
Boston’s medical and startup communities have largely inhabited separate worlds. But the arrival of two health and tech-focused accelerators to the Hub could bring those...
By: Jo Tango | August 2, 2012
We met with some of our large investors recently, and one of them mentioned: “VC is a trust business.”  He was saying that he trusted us.  I’ve been thinking...
By: Andy Palmer & Mike Stonebraker | August 1, 2012
Ok, you have the #1 requirement for starting a company:  a good idea that’s commercializable. Now, what’s the best way to get the money...
By: Brendan Lynch | July 31, 2012
Canadian human resources cloud software startup TribeHR has landed $2.5 million in funding from Relay Ventures and Waltham's Matrix Partners -- cash TribeHR...
By: Ricky Pelletier | July 30, 2012
So you’ve decided to raise capital and have figured out what your ideal partner would look like – great! If you’re still toying with theidea of raising or trying to figure out...
By: Susan Johnston | July 29, 2012
Boston isn’t known for its consumer-facing websites. However, Waltham-based Care.com offers a notable exception. Founded by a team of Upromise executives...
By: Shobhit Chugh | July 26, 2012
When I use the phrase ‘cool startup,’ what comes to your mind? Facebook? Instagram? Twitter? For me, one of the coolest startups in the world is Recorded Future...
By: Brendan Lynch | July 25, 2012
Michael Sheeley, just four months after leaving RunKeeper, where he was a co-founder, has launched a new startup called Kickscout, a mobile shopping and...
By: Susan Johnston | July 24, 2012
Business incubators and entrepreneurial education are catching on at college campuses across the country, and Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. is no exception. Each term...
By: Sean Marsh | July 23, 2012
In the wake of the Pinterest round valuing the company at $1.5B from the Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten, it is hard not to notice that social and ecommerce have...
By: Michael Greeley | July 22, 2012
Last week the National Venture Capital Association (where I am on the Executive Committee) and Thomson Reuters announced the 2Q12 fundraising data for venture firms...
By: Lee Hower | July 19, 2012
Last week I wrote about some of the common factors that have led great VC firms to stumble or even fade from existence entirely.  I wanted to follow-up with some...
By: Larry Kim | July 18, 2012
If you use Google search (and who doesn’t), you may have noticed that sponsored results (pay-per-click, or PPC, ads) have been taking over more and more of the search...
By: Andy Palmer & Jim McHugh | July 17, 2012
Between us, my long-time friend (and fellow blogger) Andy Palmer and I have started a lot of companies. We also advise many other companies and look at even more pitches from...
By: Dave Balter | July 16, 2012
Everywhere you turn these days, you find an angel investor. Aside from those who have always invested small amounts of cash in startups, more and more venture...
By: Susan Johnston | July 15, 2012
Kickstarter.com, the crowdfunding platform that raises money to support creative projects, has proven wildly...
By: Jeff Bussgang | July 12, 2012
“Seems niche.  How many people want to tell everyone randomly what they’re doing and how many really want to look at it?”  - My entry for Twitter, as recorded in early 2007...
By: Lee Hower | July 11, 2012
I happen to be fascinated by the history of the VC industry, and one of the things we discussed at a recent offsite are the common threads behind the rise and fall of great...
By: Christopher Mirabile | July 10, 2012
A CEO turned professional board member, volunteer, organizer, angel investor, and most importantly, advocate for entrepreneurs, Joe Caruso is a fixture on...
By: Brendan Lynch | July 9, 2012
Framingham party-planning company Punchbowl Software has hit...
By: Keith Cline | July 8, 2012
Shoebuy.com.... a consumer web / eCommerce company in Boston that scaled and grew to a very...
By: Sarayu Srinivasan | July 5, 2012
Every technology investment is made in the belief that this will be the big one. The deal that will produce not just a great return but a stark, raving, mad return with multiples that...
By: Frank Belzer | July 4, 2012
The difference between the average salesperson and the great salesperson comes down to what?  We could try to select one thing, but chances are that we would fail because...
By: Jim McHugh | July 2, 2012
First, let’s ask:  Why don’t acquisitions reach their strategic objectives?  Perhaps:  there are none – clearly defined strategic objectives don’t exist there’s no...
By: Keith Cline | July 1, 2012
BC Krishna is one of the many reasons why we love our Octane series.  He keeps a low profile, yet he is a proven, multiple time successful entrepreneur in Boston.  He's definitely...
By: Susan Johnston | June 28, 2012
On Wednesday evening, Tech Cocktail hosted its second Boston event, entitled Relationships Matter: Harnessing The Power of Your...
By: Firas Raouf | June 27, 2012
In Part 1 of this post, I laid out a portfolio company case study that lays out the considerations a CEO should take into account when deciding between capital efficiency and revenue...
By: Rob Go | June 26, 2012
A lot of ink has been spilled about the challenges of building large scale consumer internet companies in Boston. Here’s a recent example that is quite thoughtful although misses...
By: Brendan Lynch | June 25, 2012
Cambridge mobile photo-sharing startup Spottah wants to...

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