Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Boston Magazine, and Variety. Scott is the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." He is a founder of the site Innovation Leader, which focuses on innovation initiatives inside big companies. Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and the Convergence Forum. His recent Boston Globe columns are here.
Only seven months after announcing a $14 million funding round, Boston footwear merchant M. Gemi has deposited another $18 million to its bank account. The new funding comes from the London office of Accel Partners, along with earlier investors including Cambridge-based General Catalyst Partners, Forerunner Ventures in San Francisco, and Boston-based Breakaway.More →
It was big news when two of HubSpot’s top product executives departed last fall to form their own startup, Driftt. By January, their company, Driftt, had raised $15 million, and a few months later the company — located literally across the street from HubSpot’s East Cambridge headquarters — had unveiled its first app, Annotate. The app, which lets you mark up photos on your phone or Mac desktop computer, got nice reviews, but it didn’t exactly set the world on fire.More →
Greentown Labs, which already claims to house the largest collection of cleantech companies in the US, is planning to more than double in size next year. Emily Reichert, the executive director of the Somerville incubator, says it will add 53,000-square feet to its current 40,000-square foot facility, by taking over a nearby Maaco painting and body shop on Somerville Avenue.More →
Once you start using Uber, you get used to its predictability in most parts of Greater Boston. Request a ride, and by the time you pay your lunch bill or pull on your coat, there’s a car waiting outside. I’ve used Lyft and Sidecar (remember them?), and neither of them ever attained that level of don’t-stress-about-it simplicity.More →
A little-known Cambridge company that performs quality checks on e-mail campaigns before you hit the “send” button is announcing a big round of funding this week. Litmus is banking $49 million from Spectrum Equity, a private equity firm with offices in Boston and San Francisco.
The company’s only outside funding before this? An £10,000 bank loan a decade ago, when the company was founded in London.More →
The smartphone has become the command center for much of your life. But while it can serve up alerts about upcoming meetings or help you book a flight, it doesn’t know much about what’s happening back at your house. Did you leave the oven on? Did someone just open the garage door? A Cambridge startup called Sense Labs wants to plug in to one of the dumbest parts of your home – the circuit-breaker panel – and extract information about what’s going on under your roof.More →
No disrespect to EMC Corp., in the midst of being gobbled up by Dell for $67 billion. Its founders and employees created a true pillar company here in Massachusetts – one that set the agenda for the data storage business for more than 35 years, and made some very smart acquisitions.More →