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Progress Software founder gets golden parachute

Jul 7, 2009
Publisher: Boston Business Journal

Joseph Alsop, the founder and former CEO of Progress Software Corp., stands to collect roughly $5 million in stock options and other compensation tied to his recent departure from the company. In a regulatory filing late Tuesday, Progress (Nasdaq: PRGS) said it accelerated the vesting periods of Alsop’s portfolio of stock options, which total more than Read more

Category: Boston Business Journal, Progress Software

Upload Videos From Your iPhone To Facebook Right Now With VideoUp

Jul 7, 2009
Publisher: TechCrunch

Maybe you heard that a new Facebook iPhone application is almost complete. Maybe you’ve also heard that probably the best feature is that it will allow you to upload video right from your iPhone 3GS to the social network. Well you don’t actually have to wait for the new app to do that — there’s one that does it already. And it’s really, Read more

Category: iPhone, Raizlabs, TechCrunch

The “Least Worst,” General Catalyst’s Two-for-One Sale, Turning Your Umbrella Upside Down, and Other Gems From Xconomy’s Star-Studded Venture Panel

Jul 7, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

“The rest of the economy is now dealing with the uncertainty that we deal with every day in a good economy. We do that by choice, they’re doing it now out of necessity.” The scene was XSITE, the Xconomy Summit on Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, held on June 24 at Boston University. The speaker was Noubar Afeyan, managing partner and CEO Read more

Category: Flagship Ventures, General Catalyst, Highland Capital, Kepha Partners, Venture Capital, Xconomy

Constant Contact taps Piesche as CTO

Jul 7, 2009
Publisher: Mass High Tech

Constant Contact Inc. has looked to the West Coast to recruit Stefan Piesche for the newly created role of CTO. Piesche comes to the Waltham-based e-mail marketing company from Seattle’s Cobalt Group Inc. Piesche’s start date was July 2, according to Chris Nahil, director of public relations for Constant Contact (Nasdaq: CTCT), who confirmed the Read more

Category: Constant Contact, Mass High Tech

Akamai Delivers Live, High-Quality Video to the iPhone

Jul 6, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

For a long time, watching video on the Apple iPhone meant YouTube or nothing—and it only worked if you were within range of a Wi-Fi network. But now Cambridge, MA-based content distribution firm Akamai is helping many of its customers optimize live and recorded video for direct delivery to iPhones. Which, in effect, turns Apple’s devices into mobile Read more

Category: Akamai, Xconomy

Small start-up takes an idea and runs with it

Jul 5, 2009
Publisher: The Boston Globe

Last June, Leah Busque quit her job at IBM. It was the first job she’d had since graduating from college in 2001, and she was a software developer on the fast track there. But ever since she and her husband had run out of dog food a few months earlier, Busque had become obsessed with a start-up idea: creating a network of “runners’’ around Read more

Category: Consumer Web, RunMyErrand, The Boston Globe

After the iPhone app rush: the future of mobile applications

Jul 2, 2009
Publisher: Mass High Tech

Apple Inc.’s iPhone App Store celebrates its first anniversary on July 8, and what a year it’s been — over 53,000 practical, fun and just plain strange bits of code available for free or cheap, and over 1 billion downloads so far. Meanwhile, Apple’s competitors scramble to woo independent software vendors in a desperate effort to catch up. With every Read more

Category: Andrew Updegrove, iPhone, Mass High Tech

OwnerIQ, ScanScout, ChoiceStream target online ad models

Jul 2, 2009
Publisher: Mass High Tech

The phrase “online advertising business model” has become the punch line to a bitter joke for some startups, as ad revenue plummets and companies scramble for alternative revenue streams. Nonetheless, world advertisers will spend $59.9 billion online in 2010, according to WPP plc’s GroupM unit, which is the largest buyer of media in the world. In a Read more

Category: ChoiceStream, Mass High Tech, OwnerIQ, ScanScout

Companies talk social media — via Twitter

Jul 2, 2009
Publisher: Mass High Tech

These days, companies ignore social networks such as Twitter and Facebook at their peril. But how, exactly, are they using them? With social media being played up as a replacement for mainstream media (think Twitter and Iran or Mumbai), we wanted to see if we could talk to companies about the networks by using those networks, rather than through traditional means, Read more

Category: Mass High Tech, Sayagle, Social Media, Twitter

Airvana, Starent Networks, Acme Packet still growing in telecom

Jul 2, 2009
Publisher: Mass High Tech

It may not be sexy, but providing the backbone for mobile broadband and Internet telecommunications services is proving to be a sweet spot for several local firms. In the roughly two years since going public, Burlington-based Acme Packet Inc., Chelmsford-based Airvana Inc. and Tewksbury-based Starent Networks Inc. have all managed to remain profitable Read more

Category: Airvana, Mass High Tech, Starent Networks