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TechStars Boston introduces its 12 startups

Mar 24, 2011
Publisher: Mass High Tech

TechStars Boston, the high-tech incubator program located in Cambridge, has finalized its roster of 12 startups. The program, which attracted 600 applications globally and began March 17 for the 12 finalists, runs through the middle of June. Katie Rae, managing director of TechStars Boston and 2011 Mass High Tech, Women to Watch honoree, said in an email that the team... Read more

Category: Katie Rae, Mass High Tech, TechStars Boston

Zipcar warns of Japan quake risk in IPO

Mar 22, 2011
Publisher: Mass High Tech

Cambridge IPO candidate Zipcar Inc. this morning issued a warning to potential investors following the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, noting that the venture-backed company’s car-sharing operations depend on a stable supply of vehicles and vehicle parts manufactured in Japan. In an amendment this morning to its registration for an initial... Read more

Category: Mass High Tech, Zipcar

Finding value and friendly faces at SXSW

Mar 18, 2011
Publisher: Mass High Tech

I hear the question all of the time, ‘Is it worth it to go to SXSW?’ and I believe the answer varies from person to person. If you are a startup, you can be one of the hundreds of startups launching a product and hoping to generate a tremendous amount of buzz. If you are just looking for an opportunity to meet new people, check out the latest in tech or see... Read more

Category: Cort Johnson, Mass High Tech

To drop out or not: tale of two founders

Mar 16, 2011
Publisher: Mass High Tech

Paul English and Biz Stone have several things in common. These Massachusetts entrepreneurs are co-founders of prominent Internet technology companies – Kayak and Twitter, respectively. Each company has raised hundreds of millions in venture capital. Each is one of the most popular sites on the web in its class. Each is dancing with behemoths – Facebook... Read more

Category: Biz Stone, Mass High Tech, Paul English

Sigma Partners to split, raise East and West Coast funds

Mar 15, 2011
Publisher: Mass High Tech

Boston venture capital firm Sigma Partners is splitting up, managing director Robert Davoli has confirmed. Sigma’s East Coast and West Coast general partners are each out raising a new, independent fund, Davoli said, confirming the accuracy of a report published yesterday by Fortune Magazine. Citing unnamed sources, Fortune had reported that the East Coast... Read more

Category: Bob Davoli, Mass High Tech, Sigma Partners

SXSW: Still a startup party scene

Mar 14, 2011
Publisher: Mass High Tech

What are some of the rumors you’ve heard about SXSW? There are more parties in a day than a Saturday at ZooMass Amherst? Everyone and their brother is trying to be the startup of the conference like Foursquare and Twitter have been in prior years? Your BAC won’t drop below .08 during the duration of your stay? Well, if that is your perception of SXSW... Read more

Category: Cort Johnson, Mass High Tech, SXSW

XBox director Major Nelson, on Boston's gaming community

Mar 14, 2011
Publisher: Mass High Tech

Larry Hryb is a son of Connecticut who happens to be the Xbox Live director of programming for Microsoft Corp. Returning to PAX East for a second year from his current home in Washington state, Hryb – much better known by his Xbox gamertag of Major Nelson – talked to Mass High Tech about the game industry in the Bay State and the future of gaming... Read more

Category: Major Nelson, Mass High Tech

Scvngr chases Groupon market with new service

Mar 10, 2011
Publisher: Mass High Tech

Scvngr Inc. today announced a pilot project that puts it in the race to follow Groupon Inc. for a piece of the daily deals market. The Cambridge company, which raised $15 million in January with new investor Balderton Capital and existing backers Highland Capital Partners and Google Ventures, is spending about $1 million per city to launch its new service, called LevelUp... Read more

Category: Mass High Tech, SCVNGR

MIT $100K names semi-finalists

Mar 4, 2011
Publisher: Mass High Tech

The MIT $100K business plan competition has named the semi-finalists for this year’s contest, after scouring through a record number of entries, the Cambridge school reports. In addition to the 25 semi-finalists, an additional 25 runner-up teams will have a chance to compete for a slot as a Wild Card entrant. Now all teams enter the mentoring phase of the competition... Read more

Category: Mass High Tech, MIT $100K

Swipely reinvents as cash back and loyalty-focused startup

Feb 28, 2011
Publisher: Mass High Tech

Founded by TellMe Networks founder Angus Davis in 2009, Swipely originally proposed to be a kind of for compulsive sharers, letting users post reviews of products they'd bought. As it turns out, Davis said in an interview, "Most people don't like reviews." Swipely is planning to announce a complete makeover today, shifting its focus... Read more

Category: Angus Davis, Mass High Tech, Swipely