PayPal has been in the news of late, as it is reportedly being spun out as a standalone company by parent eBay later this year. One casualty of the spinout has been much of PayPal's Boston operations and its popular startup incubator StartTank. However, today, PayPal made a big move locally, acquiring Newton-based mobile payments software company Paydiant for $300 million. Read MoreLoopPay powers payment tech on Samsung’s new phones
According to Fortune, Burlington-based cybersecurity company Veracode is filing paperwork today with the Securities and Exchange Commission for its initial public offering. As of yet, the filings haven't been reported by the SEC. Read More
When Atlanta resident Susan Bennett took on a gig to be the voice of a computer software program in 2005, she had no idea she would one day become the all-knowing voice of Siri in Apple's iPhone.
Heidi Legg and Beta Boston sat down with Bennett — via Face Time, of course — to ask her how it feels to be a world-famous voice. Read MoreLoyalty LinkLinkable Networks announces $11.7 million in new funding
Andrew Kehlenbeck pulls up a shirtsleeve and exposes a few linear scars on his forearm. They’re slashes from the plastic propeller of a small drone — a very modern sort of workplace injury.
Kehlenbeck is co-founder and lead engineer at Panoptes Systems in Cambridge, and he is designing a safety system to keep unmanned aircraft from hitting walls, ceilings, trees, and people. Panoptes is just one of the local companies hoping to benefit from a soaring hobbyist drone market and an expected surge in sales to businesses. Read More
You may have encountered the technology from Leaf at local businesses like Voltage Coffee, Aceituna Cafe, or Garlic & Lemons: instead of a cash register on the counter, a small Android tablet sits on a pedestal. After the cashier rings you up by tapping the screen a few times, he swipes your credit card and asks you to sign the screen instead of a receipt. Leaf's software could provide merchants with reports on what had been selling well, and it also tracked workers' hours. Cambridge-based Leaf aimed to dramatically undercut the big sellers of registers (also known as point-of-sale systems), selling its tablet for $250 and the accompanying software for $50 per month.
Read MoreThinking spring, Practice Gigs readying app to connect you with tennis partners
This time last year, Toni Oloko was captain of the tennis team at Boston Trinity Academy, a small prep school in Hyde Park. While he got accepted by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Oloko decided not to start college last fall. Instead, he has been working on a startup called PracticeGigs — and raising a seed round of funding from investors like Andy Miller of Constant Contact and Jeff Fagnan at FKA (the tech venture capital firm Formerly Known as Atlas.)
About 20 years ago, an educational video game called “Zoombinis” was launched to help children improve problem-solving skills. The game, from Broderbund Software, which was later acquired by a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt subsidiary, The Learning Co., ended up selling more than 1 million copies.
Now the original creator, Cambridge-based TERC (for Technical Education Resource Centers) has teamed up with a Boston children’s media company, FableVision, and the Learning Games Network to launch an updated version of the game for Android, iOS and, eventually, a wide array of other devices. Read MoreWhat’s in a mollusk? Maybe the secret to a new generation of screens
Boston startup Aereo once challenged the mighty cable TV industry with its Internet streaming technology, but has crumbled swiftly since a court ruling rendered its business illegal. The latest blow comes in the form of its bankruptcy auction: The company which investors had bet nearly $100 million on claimed less than $2 million from a sale of its assets. Read MoreBoston CrunchThis year's TechCrunch Boston Meetup and Pitchoff features a roster of cool startups
On Thursday evening, 10 local startups will take the stage at the Boston TechCrunch Meetup + Pitchoff to compete for a spot at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York City. TechCrunch's East Coast editor John Biggs and reporter Jordan Crook will be in town for the event, which is co-hosted by VentureFizz, NextView Ventures, and General Assembly, and will be held at The Estate.