HubSpot Puts an Inbound Twist on ‘Gangnam Style’ & Releases Their Own Parody Video
Around this time last year, marketing software company HubSpot
was spreading the inbound word using nearly 20,000 rainbow stickers and
close to 3,000 stuffed unicorns. With a new year comes a new fad,
however, and what better way to channel your “Inbound Style” than by
Want More Women to Code? This Meetup Brings Women in To Teach Them
The gender imbalance in the startup world, and more specifically the
development world, is a frequent topic here and elsewhere. Last week I
learned of a new meetup in Cambridge aimed at getting more women to
become Ruby developers by simply bringing in women to teach them...
RunKeeper Unveils Free Training Plans on Path to Goal of ‘Personal Trainer in Your Pocket’
Yet more good news for RunKeeper users trying to stick to their goals.
The company announced today that an updated version of its training
plans, originally released as a paid product, will now be available to
all users for free. As RunKeeper’s Chas Wagner writes on the company’s blog...
Zipcar for Bikes: Zagster is Turning Bike Sharing Into an Amenity
Timothy Ericson and Jason Meinzer had their “a-ha” moment in Paris. They’d used the city’s newly launched bike sharing program Vélib’ and rode through the streets for hours. “We were fascinated by the idea you could hit your credit card, grab a bike and then explore these monuments,” Ericson says...
Soon You Might Be Able to Register to Vote in Boston Using Facebook
Boston officials want to make registering to vote for elections as easy as clicking a Facebook application. During
a meeting on Wednesday, City Council member Tito Jackson called for a
hearing to examine the feasibility of bringing an online registration
measure, similar to the one recently...
LevelUp Nears 1M Transaction Milestone; Offers iPhone 5 to Millionth Transaction User
Worst case scenario: You roll out of bed with a chronic case of the
Mondays, proceed to get dressed only to realize your shirt is inside
out, and make your way to your favorite local coffee shop for a much
needed caffeine boost only to realize that you’ve left your wallet on
your dresser. To no avail...
Is Nanigans the Largest User of Facebook's Ad API?
The last time we checked in on Nanigans, my colleague Sam Dwyer reported that the Boston-based Facebook ad company served up 175 billion Facebook ad impressions and achieved 1,600 percent growth in 2011. Well,
now we have gotten our hands on some new numbers for the company. And
Angry Birds Gets Branded Makeover on Facebook, Courtesy of Jumptap
Local mobile ad network Jumptap
today announced that it has partnered with Rovio, maker of Angry Birds,
to create an Intel-branded experience for the game on Facebook. This
is a great example of how brand integration can work for free games and
other interactive content. As Jumptap said...
Say Hello to Wello, the Livestream Workout Video Startup
We’ve all been there. We’ve all had moments where we want to exercise
but just can’t. Maybe you had a long day at work, maybe you need to
sleep in, maybe you have to watch the kids, maybe you’re just too lazy.
Every once in awhile these excuses might fly but they’re notorious ones...
Street Bump: Mobile App Identifies PotHoles as You Drive and Notifies Boston Officials
Next time you are cruising through the streets of Boston, leave your
iPhone on your dashboard and intentionally drive over as many gaping
potholes as possible. Street Bump, a mobile app that the city has
been testing, helps detect deteriorating dips in the road as your
vehicle passes over them...
SecureTips: The Easiest Solution Imaginable to Headphones Falling Out of Your Ears
The problem with the white bud headphones stemming from the tops of
iPods the world over is their inability to just stay put in the ear.
Rigorous exercise or a turn of the head is more than enough to jostle
the headphones loose from your hearing holes. It’s not exactly the
biggest problem in the world...
Former Yahoo! CTO Joins Shareaholic Advisory Board
Raymie Stata, former CTO of Yahoo!, has joined Shareaholic‘s
advisory board, according to a blog post by the company. Stata resigned
from Yahoo! in October and is currently CEO of Verticloud. Shareaholic
says it will benefit from Stata’s expertise in big data and cloud
MyReci is Crowd Favorite at WebInno34
Last night was the 34th WebInno, the quarterly networking event and
startup pitch session run by David Beisel. I previewed the main and side
dishes for last night’s event here, and of course now the results are in. Last night’s winner was MyReci, a recipe sharing community, by a large margin. MyReci pulled...
Why Impulse Spend When You Can ImpulseSave? Free Mobile Saving Platform Released to the Public Today
Phillip Fremont-Smith was sitting at his six-year-old daughter’s soccer
game when a Groupon popped into his inbox. For a split second, he
contemplated, “Do I need a spa moment today?” before he shook his head
and realized, “Even here, they can reach me, and I can transact money on
Hacking Motivation: A Q&A With Pact’s Chief Scientific Officer
It’s a great time to be a lazy person, this I firmly believe. At the intersection of behavioral science — psychology, economics, neuroscience — and technology lies a major opportunity to, essentially, get us off our butts. Last week I talked to Jason Jacobs of RunKeeper about how he’s thinking
TechStars Launches Patriot Boot Camp To Help Veterans & Service Members Innovate & Launch Companies
TechStars has just announced an incredibly valuable and honorable new initiative. TechStars Patriot Boot Camp is an intense three day program aimed at educating and mentoring Veterans and service members to innovate, become entrepreneurs and start companies. While the initiatives’ overall goal is to...
KAYAK Paddles IPO Back to Private Waters
The IPO seas have been particularly tempestuous for Norwalk, CT-based KAYAK. After
officially filing its IPO documents in November of 2010, KAYAK tread
water due to choppy market conditions and inconsistent earnings. Then,
two weeks ago, after a positive first quater, the travel website
CoFoundersLab Solidifies Boston Presence with Local Acquisition
Crafting the perfect startup team is not an easy task. Even finding a
cofounder or just one more person to join your startup is incredibly
time consuming. Not too mention the consequences of a wrong-hire can be
detrimental to the business almost immediately. Washington D.C. based CoFoundersLab...
Kibits Responds to Popular Demand, Releases Android-native App
Ask Kibits, and you shall receive.
Today the Cambridge-built micro-network app will be expanding its
demographics with the unveiling of an Android version (pictured left) of
its already-popular iOS software. The main reason behind the expansion? User requests. The
release will be a custom...
The 8 Lucky Teams Who’ve Made it to the Final Round of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition
This year, 215 teams submitted to the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition,
competing in six different tracks: Mobile, Web/IT, Products &
Services, Life Sciences, Energy and the Emerging Markets. After
narrowing the pool down to 50 semi-finalists, Managing Directors Alice
Francis and Adam Borelli...
One Year After Acquisition WHERE Ads Rebrands as PayPal Media Network
Boston’s location-based mobile ad network WHERE Ads has today announced it is undergoing a makeover. Just barely a year after eBay acquired WHERE for a cool $135 million, the company will be changing its name to PayPal Media Network.
“This is much more than a rebrand of our name...
Meet the 16 Companies Presenting at Betaspring Launch Day
Tonight, I think it’s safe to say that the center of New England’s entrepreneurial action will be in Providence, not Boston. This evening is the culmination of Betaspring, the Providence-based 12-week accelerator and part of the Global Accelerators network, a group of accelerators that...
PowerInbox Launches New API, Allowing Any Email Client to Bring Apps Into the Inbox
The basic insight behind PowerInbox
is pretty simple: email would be less of a nightmare if you could
actually do more within it, like follow someone back on Twitter or
comment on Facebook. The Cambridge-based company currently offers
functionality like that for a variety of email clients but today announced...
With Springpad 3.0, My Notebook is Smarter Than I Am. And Prettier Too.
My first reaction to Pinterest was that it felt like the internet with
all the words sucked out of it, and that’s basically how I still feel.
But you can’t deny that the visual organization has some real appeal,
and that’s part of why I’m excited about the latest from
Charlestown-based Springpad, which launched its...
Defining Big Data: Angel Investor Chris Lynch Weighs in on the Challenges Behind the Hype
Just because something has become a buzzword doesn’t mean it’s not a huge deal, and that’s the case with “big data.” We reported last month that Chris Lynch had stepped down from his position as CEO of Vertica and vowed to fund 20 big data startups,
so naturally we reached out to hear...
The Echo Nest and Spotify Have Integrated Their APIs to Expand the Future of Music App Development
The way we experience music isn’t just changing. It’s being revolutionized. Today, two companies that have worked together previously in spearheading this revolution have announced a new partnership. The Echo Nest and Spotify
have integrated their APIs so Spotify app developers...
Vivox Acquires Droplet to Bring Video Chat to Your Mobile
Vivox, a Natick-based voice
integration platform focused on the social web, today announced it had
acquired Droplet, Inc., which has developed patented technology that
enables video chat on mobile networks and is based in New York City. Vivox has made strides in integrating voice chatting into...
BetaBait: The Newest Web Platform That Helps Startups Get Users Before They Even Launch
Ever since Zuck Dawg made it look super easy to become one of the
world’s richest entrepreneurs, everyone and their mom wants in on the
action. The result? A lot of startups. Between developing a
platform, raising capital and building a team, it’d be the
understatement of the year to say that...
House Passes “On Ramp” Bill to Ease IPO Process for Growing Startups
Startups seem to be one of the rare subjects for which there is still bipartisanship support in Congress. Just like crowdfunding,
which passed the U.S. House of Representatives with support from both
parties in November, the House today passed the “on ramp IPO” bill,
legislation designed to ease startups’ path...
With New Sponsors & Another $100K to Giveaway, MassChallenge Kicks Off its 2012 Competition
The 2012 MassChallenge competition is officially underway! Today,
over 200 people attended the official kickoff of the world’s largest
startup competition. The event was held at their spacious office in the
seaport district. And even though it was rainy out, spirits were high
and you could feel the excitement...