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Company Profiles
By: Colin W. Barry | December 21, 2017
Zeal Technology has created their own unique chatbot named Ava, whose purpose is to create a more personal experience through instant messages, while also giving management and human resource teams an insight into how their employees are doing. We spoke with two of the four co-founders, CEO Mark Somol and Director of Operations Katharina AlShafie, about the company's founding and how Ava works.
By: Christina Luconi | December 21, 2017
With the year coming to a close, everyone is given a chance to reflect on what they have accomplished in both their personal and professional lives. For her last post of the year, Christina Luconi writes an open letter to her team at Rapid7 thanking them for a great year at the company.
By: Jim Hannon | December 21, 2017
Over the years, the application of Lean principles has been successfully incorporated into many areas of organizations. Jim Hannon of NeuEon writes about how the Lean principles work in business consulting and development and how they can be applied to other areas of a business.
Engineering Spotlight
By: Keith Cline | December 20, 2017
We connected with Sue Mildrum, Sr. Director of Engineering for Constant Contact at Endurance International Group, to talk about the ins-and-outs of Constant Contact's engineering team. During our conversation, we learned all about Constant Contact’s library of products and how the team works on their projects. We also got to learn a little bit about what they like to do for fun during and outside of work.
By: Greg Scherzo | December 20, 2017
When it comes to the world of recruiting sometimes making more personalized messages to potential hires, such as asking "why" can result in more responses from those same hires. Greg Scherzo shares his opinon on this problem by comparing it to the popular song "Message in A Bottle."
Office Tours
By: Colin W. Barry | December 19, 2017
Check out our Office Tour featuring lots of pictures from Definitive Healthcare's offices in Framingham.
Company Profiles
By: Alexander Culafi | December 19, 2017
Motus offers a mobile enterprise platform that allows companies to automate mileage tracking, calculate personalized reimbursements or personal use chargebacks, submit reimbursement reports, and create mileage logs that are IRS-compliant. Presidet and CEO Craig Powell sits down with Alex to discuss the platform's value, as well as future plans.
By: Alexander Culafi | December 19, 2017
Staff Writer Alex Culafi offers some thoughts on his newly-obtained Echo Dot, including what the device is (and isn't) great at.
VentureFizz Podcast
By: Keith Cline | December 18, 2017
In the seventh episode of the VentureFizz Career Inspiration podcast, Keith Cline interviews Carlie Smith, Director of Talent at Circle.
Company Profiles
By: Colin W. Barry | December 18, 2017
Own The Boardroom is an online marketplace where college students can rent an outfit for their first job interview. Erica Zahka, the company's Founder and CEO shares how she first came up with the idea managing entry-level employees and how most graduates don't think about how they dress for their first interview.
By: Michelle Heath | December 18, 2017
Simply put, sometimes it pays to be nice to your customers, even if you are a huge brand. For Michelle Health, a brand that uses empathy as part of their strategy is key as she shares a personal story on interacting with a brand that seemed to lack it.
Talent on the Move
By: Keith Cline | December 15, 2017
Here's your look at the latest hires, promotions, and board appointments across the Boston tech community at TriNetX, Formlabs, Threat Stack, PatientsLikeMe, M.Gemi, TripAdvisor, SHYFT Analytics, LogMeIn, Workbar, Tamr, Paint Nite, Fusion Worldwide, Kitewheel, and Shearwater.
Career Path
By: Keith Cline | December 14, 2017
What does the career path and a day in the life look like for the Director of People Operations at Placester? We decided to interview Jane Jaxon at Placester to find out.  
Company Profiles
By: Colin W. Barry | December 14, 2017
TurnGram as a social media photo concierge that will deliver Instagram photos to a selected destination. VentureFizz connected with Founder and CEO Arian Radmand about how visiting his family served as inspiration and how the platform works. It can also make a great gift for those who like photography!
Company Profiles
By: Colin W. Barry | December 14, 2017
If you're looking to make individual investments, but don't have the knowledge of the market, Keel is a platform designed to solve this problem by connecting users with experienced investors. We spoke with Keel's Co-Founders Andrew Kelley and Sophia Lin about how the platform works and their time spent at the DCU FinTech Innovation Center.
By: Christina Luconi | December 14, 2017
When you attend a conference, one thing you can take note of is noticing how all the speakers have their own "voice" and how it can inspire someone for a change. Christina Luconi writes about how finding your own voice can result in positive changes in your life.
Lead(H)er
By: Brianne Shelley | December 13, 2017
WordStream's SVP of Customer Success Kristen Yerardi spent most of her career in tech coding and programming, but then later focused on information architecture at Molecular before moving onto WordStream. Brianne Shelley spoke with Yerardi about her career, where she also shares advice for upcoming college graduates.
By: Colin W. Barry | December 13, 2017
From Monday to Wednesday this week, VentureFizz is introducing Startup Institute's Fall 2017 graduates. Today, we are showcasing the graduates from the Web Development track.
Company Profiles
By: Colin W. Barry | December 13, 2017
Involved has created a platform that is a micro-polling platform for government representatives to post questions that get sent out to their constituents. We spoke with Involved's CEO Jacob Dansey and Head of Marketing Caleb McDermott about how small towns in Massachusetts are utilizing the platform and the inspiration for it involving local elections.
Office Tours
By: Colin W. Barry | December 12, 2017
Check out our Office Tour featuring lots of pictures from PatientLikeMe's offices in Cambridge.
By: Colin W. Barry | December 12, 2017
From Monday to Wednesday this week, VentureFizz is introducing Startup Institute's Fall 2017 graduates. Today, we are showcasing the graduates from the Web Design track.
Company Profiles
By: Colin W. Barry | December 12, 2017
QuickPivot has created a SaaS platform for eCommerce companies, retail stores, and marketing teams to analyze and harness customer data through various channels. We connected with the company's CEO Bob Boehnlein to chat about the company's platform, as well as learn more about its origins from the late-90s.
VentureFizz Podcast
By: Keith Cline | December 11, 2017
In the sixth episode of the VentureFizz Career Inspiration podcast, Keith Cline interviews Michael Brown, VP, Talent at SHYFT Analytics.
Company Profiles
By: Alexander Culafi | December 11, 2017
PathAI is a company that combines the methodology of machine learning with vast swaths of medical data to help doctors make better diagnoses. Co-Founder and CEO Andrew Beck tells us all about the company's plaform, as well as how PathAI plans to change the future of pathology.
By: Colin W. Barry | December 11, 2017
From Monday to Wednesday this week, VentureFizz is introducing Startup Institute's Fall 2017 graduates. Today, we are showcasing the graduates from both the Sales and Digital Marketing tracks.
By: Rasika Rajagopalan | December 11, 2017
Gamification is a huge part of many a company's business models, but why not add it to a company's culture to improve morale and well-being? Rasika Rajagopalan writes about various ways companies can incentivice employees to build these two aspects through various apps and platforms.
Talent on the Move
By: Keith Cline | December 8, 2017
Here's your look at the latest hires and promotions across the Boston tech community at Starry, Quick Base, OM1, LogMeIn, Wiser Solutions, Wellframe, Pwnie Express, Boston Public Market, Building Engines, BUILD Boston, Zipcar, and Global-Z International.
By: Colin W. Barry | December 8, 2017
Here's your preview of events coming your way in Boston's startup and tech sector!
Company Profiles
By: Colin W. Barry | December 7, 2017
Seated is a restaurant booking app that adds in the reward of receiving gifts cards from Amazon, Starbucks, and Uber. We spoke with Seated's Co-Founder Brice Gumpel and Creative Director Emily Law about how their app could help you find your new favorite restaurant.
By: Christina Luconi | December 7, 2017
Fear of Missing Out (or FOMO) is what makes go out with friends, even if we don't want to. However, when it happens in your professional life, it can feel a little more hurtful and impact your career. To avoid these issues, Christina Luconi writes four different ways someone could avoid getting the FOMO vibe.

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