Apperian Targets Big Enterprises for Mobile App Management in BYOD Era
If you’re like me, the biggest question about the iPhone 5 is how far you can dropkick it. Ditto the Nokia/Microsoft Lumia 820, the Motorola/Google Droid Razr
M, the Kindle Fire HD…and pretty much every new device du jour. (I’m an
equal-opportunity hater of screens—especially screens advertised...
Boston Startup School’s Shaun Johnson: Seize the Opportunity
With the new school year under way, I thought it’d be a good time to
get to know one of the area’s newer educational organizations: Boston Startup School. As its name suggests, Boston Startup School offers classes to people
from all walks of life who are interested in working at a startup...
Dan Weinreb, Boston Computer Geek, Community Figure, Dies of Cancer
We at Xconomy were extremely sad to learn that Dan Weinreb, well-known
in Boston’s innovation scene as a computer geek, entrepreneur, prolific
commentator on technology, and all around great guy, passed away earlier
today after a long battle with cancer. Dan was also an angel investor
Wikets Targets Mobile Shopping with Social Recommendation App
Last summer, when Lexington, MA-based Wikets revealed via an SEC filing that it had raised $1.5 million in funding, its website said it was building technology for users to share ideas with people they trust. Late last week the startup announced an update to its now-live mobile
With $500K in Tow, Rentabilities Aims to Simplify the Cryptic Equipment Rental Space
Which Boston startup provides you one stop (rental) shopping for
Disney-princess-themed bouncy castles, boats for booze cruises, and even
a Zoltar fortune-telling machine just like the one from the Tom Hanks movie Big? Rentabilities, the same guys who created all the Twitter fuss last fall with a pirate-themed...
Boston-based Pingup Sees Text-to-Business Service as Productivity Tool
If you’re worried about the decline of personal interactions, here’s
a scary fact: 71 percent of teens prefer texting to phone calls. That’s what the founders of Boston-based Pingup tell me, citing the social media market research firm Lab 42. And that’s good news for them...
Boston’s Talent War: Startups Gaining Edge Over Big Companies?
When Sravish Sridhar was graduating from UT Austin, he got an offer
letter from a hot, mid-size software company. The firm even sent him
a silver-plated pen from Tiffany & Co. to sign the letter. It was
a nice touch, but Sridhar declined. Instead of taking the sure thing, he
joined United Devices...
Top 3 Themes at Boston Mobile-Ad Firms: Timing, Targeting, & TV
Mobile advertising is one of those tech areas that the average guy on
the street might find boring. But it is quietly crucial to the way most
of us interact with digital information and content—now, and
(especially) in the future. Think of it this way: If mobile advertising fails to take off as an
Cloudant, Born from Big Science, Looks to Build Big Database Business
Big science and big technology work hand in hand. Without the World Wide
Web, an idea conceived by scientists at CERN (the European Center for
Nuclear Research), we wouldn’t have technologies people use every day,
like social media, e-commerce, or Internet cat videos...
Shareaholic’s Jay Meattle on the Future of Content Discovery & the Social Graph
Any company that plays at the intersection of “big data” and “killing off Facebook” gets my attention. OK, the latter part isn’t really what Shareaholic is about, but the startup is
trying to create a new kind of social graph that will rival Facebook in
its reach and relevance for consumers, publishers, and...
Boom or Bust? 11 Big Bets on the Future of Boston Tech
Just past the midway point of 2012, let’s take stock of the Boston-area
technology scene. Not just because we care about what’s happening in the
local community (which we do), but because what’s happening in the
local community could have a big impact on some of the most important
CraveLabs Sees Local Media as Huge Boon for Mobile Ad Tech
“Most of mobile right now is focused on trying to figure out where the whales are—the big dollar advertising,” says Jeffrey Peden. Seems to be an accurate statement, considering the big deal activity Boston has seen lately with major mobile advertising startups. Not the case with his Cambridge, MA-based...
CoupFlip, Led by Ex-Googler, Opens in Boston to Go After Unused Groupons
A trio of Dartmouth MBAs are setting their sights on Boston as the starting point for their young Internet company. CoupFlip, whose Web service is open to the masses as of today, is creating a marketplace for consumers to buy and sell daily deals quickly and efficiently. Before you say...
Plexxi, With $28M in Tow, Looks to Transform Networking for Data Centers
Plexxi sounds like it might be a materials company. It’s not. But its name evokes the notions of flexibility and transparency.
Until today, Plexxi wasn’t saying anything about what it is or isn’t. The Nashua, NH-based startup, which also has an office in Cambridge, MA, took $28.5 million in funding from...
XSITE 2012: Accelerating Innovation, Captured on Camera
Don’t fret if you weren’t one of the 500 or so people registered for our XSITE conference yesterday. We’ve pulled together the top 10 quotes and takeaways from the program, and for those who learn by seeing, we’ve got a photo gallery too. Our theme for the day at Babson...
Brightcove, Surviving the Recession, Seeks New Fortune in Cloud Content
Whatever happened to Brightcove? You know, the Jeremy Allaire company known for developing a Web video-hosting platform and raising lots of money in the mid-to-late 2000s? Well, for starters, it went public in February with a $55 million IPO. That didn’t begin to match the $103 million it had...
Massachusetts’ New Big-Data Initiative to Include MIT, Intel, and HackReduce
Who will own the emerging tech-business field of “big data”? Answer:
probably no one entity or geographical region. But the state of
Massachusetts is putting its best foot forward this week, with an assist
from Intel, MIT, and some local big-data leaders. Wednesday afternoon, at 2 pm...
TripAdvisor Q&A: The Future of Travel and the Social Web
TripAdvisor has been thinking about social technologies for a while now. Back in 2006, the Newton, MA-based Web company (NASDAQ: TRIP) rolled out a new social network, called Traveler Network, to help its users connect and share travel reviews with each other. The firm’s CEO and co-founder...
CloudTop, Ketchup, Todd Park, & A New President: An MIT Recap
It’s been an eventful 24 hours for MIT. The university held the finale of its $100K Entrepreneurship Competition last night, naming CloudTop the grand prize winner. The company
comes from the Web/IT track of the competition and is developing an
application allowing users to access of all their online...
Modo Labs, One Year Into Kurogo, Talks Mobile and Education Tech Trends
Lately there has been a lot of talk about education technology in these
parts. For example, MIT and Harvard are about to put more classes online
with their new, $60 million edX partnership.
But are universities really taking advantage of the latest tech trends?
Though they were early adopters of the Web...
Kyruus Takes Big Data Approach to Identify Qualified Physicians
Hospitals typically check patients in with one system, track their healthcare with another, and process insurance claims with yet another. Boston-based Kyruus is looking to pull together all these different data points and many more to help healthcare providers tackle patient care more efficiently...
Abroad101 Aims to Be TripAdvisor for Study Abroad, Seeks Series A
There’s a matchmaking startup in town that’s in the midst of raising its Series A round. I’m not talking about an online dating service, though. “We’re like an eHarmony for study abroad programs,” says Mike Stone, co-founder and president of said startup, Abroad101. The Boston-based...
Reid Hoffman: Not All Tech Is Social (Think Toilets); Being Better Humans Is the Key
It’s amazing who you can run into just crossing the street around MIT. Yesterday morning, it was Silicon Valley legend Reid Hoffman (see photo below), the co-founder, executive chairman, and former CEO of LinkedIn, and now a partner at venture firm Greylock Partners...
How CoolChip Got $500K from Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund: A Salsa Story
It’s rare that chips and salsa lead to a startup funding deal. But this isn’t your average startup, and I’m not talking about the usual kind of chips and salsa. CoolChip Technologies, a Boston-area tech startup looking to make data centers more energy-efficient, raised $500,000 in seed funding...
Buildium, Boosted by Real Estate Bust, Sees a Big Mobile Future
It’s not often that you hear an entrepreneur say his business grew through the real estate crash and economic downturn. But that’s indeed the case with Buildium,
a Boston-based, maker of online software enabling landlords and small
property managers to track rent payments, receive maintenance...
From Internet Plumbing to Tweeting With Zappos: The Dyn Story
If the Internet needs a plumber, Jeremy Hitchcock is your man. It’s not sexy, it’s not glamorous, but as they say, someone’s got to do it. And if that someone does it right, well, he can build a very profitable, 150-person company right here in the great Northeast. That company would...
Privy Puts New Spin on Old Marketing Problem for Local Businesses
Daily deals are dead. Long live daily deals. But out of the ashes of all the Groupon
clones—and a few niche deals sites notwithstanding—who will rise up and
actually solve the online marketing problem for small businesses? “That’s our goal,” says Ben Jabbawy, the founder and CEO of
Kibits Cuts Through the Chatter with New Micro-Social Network App
Please, Lord, not another social-networking app that helps you
connect with 500 more people you don’t actually want to talk to. Or that
adds yet more information overload to your life. OK, since it’s Matt Cutler and Dave Greenstein, the former NetGenesis
guys, let’s take a closer look. Their free mobile app
Ad Tech Startup Visual IQ Adding NY Presence, Eyes Funding Round
Local startup Visual IQ‘s
story begins with co-founder Manu Mathew’s frustrations as a marketer
trying to understand how to best spend an advertising budget. He left his job managing the Boston office of the ad firm Carat to
take “that marketer’s problem and turn it into a technology, data-driven...
Celtra Brings Rich Media to Brands on Facebook, Sees Everything Going Mobile
What’s Facebook’s mobile strategy going to be? How are brands going to
take advantage of the mobile medium? These are some of the biggest
outstanding questions in the tech-business arena. We’re getting
a glimpse of some of the answers this week—and a Boston startup is
directly involved in...