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Amazon’s Acquisition of Zappos Is “A Good Thing for Kiva,” Says Robot Company’s CEO

Jul 23, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

Much of the buzz about Amazon’s surprise announcement yesterday that it is acquiring popular online shoe retailer Zappos for more than $900 million is about whether the Las Vegas-based company really needed to sell, or was pressured to do so by its main venture backer, Sequoia Capital. But the first thing I wondered when I heard the news was what the Read more

Category: Kiva Systems, Xconomy

The Big Idea at Acme Packet: Smoothing the Way for Voice and Video on the Internet

Jul 23, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

You’re an unfunded early-stage startup and your sole venture backer sends you a check for millions of dollars. Unfortunately, it’s made out to the wrong company name, so you can’t deposit it. What do you do? You change your name, of course. That’s how Primary Networks became Acme Packet. The Burlington, MA, maker of Internet switching equipment and Read more

Category: Acme Packet, Xconomy

Vistaprint slammed by IP lawsuit, bad analyst report

Jul 23, 2009
Publisher: Mass High Tech

Vistaprint Ltd. has received two doses of bad news this week: a negative analyst report that says a U.S. Senate investigation could threaten nearly half the company’s net income, and a lawsuit claiming the online custom printing service firm copied its printing process from a New Jersey-based competitor. New Jersey-based ColorQuick LLC has filed a Read more

Category: Mass High Tech, VistaPrint

HealthEdge Software poised to profit from health-care reform

Jul 22, 2009
Publisher: Mass High Tech

As the federal government turns its eye to nationwide health-care reform, HealthEdge Software Inc. feels itself on the brink of a big opportunity. The Burlington-based company makes software designed to allow health insurance companies to nimbly tailor policies and procedures based on an individual’s changing health-care needs. The Read more

Category: Enterprise Software, Healthedge, Mass High Tech

Startup School: The Xconomy Guide to Venture Incubators, 2009 Edition

Jul 22, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

Technology entrepreneurship can be a lonely road. Not only do you have to convince a few friends or colleagues to work hundred-hour weeks for the next several years in support of your wild idea, but you’ve got to make it past the elevator pitch with at least one funder, and then prove that your idea can gain a toehold in the marketplace. But in the Read more

Category: Start@Spark, Summer@Highland, TechStars, Xconomy

Pangea’s Quiver of Quizzes for the Social Media and ‘Brand Hacking’ Era

Jul 22, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

Are you smarter than Paris Hilton? If you could know the exact time, date, and location of your death, would you want to know? Which Harry Potter character are you? If you could only have one home gaming system for the rest of your life, which one would you pick? It wouldn’t be hard to spend your whole day responding to online polls focused on Read more

Category: Pangea Media, Xconomy

What’s an Entrepreneur To Do? Amidst Mixed Signals for Economic Recovery, Four Experts Share Strategies for Startup and Business Success

Jul 22, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

The economic climate these days reminds me of the famous line about the weather at the “Crosby Clambake” golf tournament (now the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am) held each February on California’s Monterey peninsula, in unpredictable conditions that shift quickly from sun to cold and rain: “There’s plenty of it.” So it seemed a good time to get out Read more

Category: John Landry, Michael Greeley, Xconomy

Azuki Systems Builds Swimsuit iPhone App for Sports Illustrated

Jul 21, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

Being neither heterosexual nor much of a sports fan, I’ve never quite understood the annual excitement generated by the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. But lots of folks out there will no doubt be glad to hear that the swimsuit models, like everything else these days, are now available as an iPhone app. Azuki Systems, the Acton, MA, mobile developer Read more

Category: Azuki Systems, iPhone, Mobile, Xconomy

$3.5M Tranche for HealthEdge Software

Jul 21, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

Regulatory documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday indicate that HealthEdge Software of Burlington, MA, has collected $3.5 million in venture financing. Ray Desrochers, HealthEdge’s chief operating officer, said the funds represent the third tranche of a $13 million venture round announced last year from the company’s sole Read more

Category: Enterprise Software, Healthedge, Xconomy

Stealthy startup Akiba grabs $6.5M in funding

Jul 21, 2009
Publisher: Mass High Tech

Nascent data virtualization startup Akiba Technologies Inc. has taken in $6.5 million in funding, according to federal documents. The Boston-based company listed 10 investors in its filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission but did not disclose the names. Listed as sitting on the board of directors of Akiba, however, is Michael Skok Read more

Category: Akiba, Data Management, Mass High Tech, Virtualization