Dennis Keohane is a senior staff writer for BetaBoston. Before becoming the first full-time writer for VentureFizz, he taught at a local private school. During one summer break, he worked with RunKeeper's community management team. A native of Waltham, he currently resides in Natick.
One of the biggest draws of websites such as Reddit and Hacker News is the way in which news stories are compiled and organized based on popularity. On Hacker News, for instance, a story about the latest release of a free version of a popular gaming development software might be the top-ranked article of the moment based on other users "upvoting" it. Reddit is similar in that the most popular stories are ranked in order of how important, timely, or interesting Redditors find them.
A group of entrepreneurs based out of the Harvard iLab -- Max Campion, Hari Ganesan, and Rachel Moranis -- have tried to bring the same type of feature to mobile devices with a service that organizes the top news of the moment based on its overall popularity on the web. Read MoreNaming of the CzarThe City of Boston's first 'Startup Czar' is...Rory Cuddyer
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
In 2011, dunnhumby, a global marketing and advertising company headquartered in London, acquired BzzAgent, Boston-based social marketing and brand advocacy company founded by Dave Balter in 2001. Since then, BzzAgent and its "word-of-mouth" brand of marketing has continued to thrive as a part of dunnhumby, which is itself a subsidiary of multinational grocery and merchandise retailer Tesco. Read MoreLoyalty LinkLinkable Networks announces $11.7 million in new funding
In what is shaping up like another success for a serial entrepreneur, Boston-based Linkable Networks has announced that it has raised $11.7 million in new funding for its loyalty card and advertising services which allow brands and retailers to track the effectiveness of marketing campaigns. Read MoreBeta TestingConfide: Keeping your messages truly secret
Although many attendees on Twitter and some in the crowd had complaints about this year's TechCrunch Boston Meetup + Pitch-off at the Estate, the event ran much more smoothly and was far more entertaining than it was last year. Read More
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 MoreBoston CrunchThis year's TechCrunch Boston Meetup and Pitchoff features a roster of cool startups
This morning, Boston-based Bridj, a transportation startup that aims to bring better, user-informed bus services to metropolitan areas, announced that it plans to expand its operations to Washington, D.C., this spring.
Bridj initially started testing potential bus routes in Boston last June, and released its long-awaited mobile application in January. This most recent step is helping the company to get closer to its original vision of a data-driven transit service that meets the demands of citizens in neighborhoods lacking reliable public transportation. The service saw an influx in popularity in the wake of the recent snowstorms, particularly during some of the worst MBTA and traffic woes. Read MoreSign me upFamilyID raises funding to make online program registration easier for families