Dharmesh Shah

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Less than 24 hours after the Cambridge marketing firm HubSpot dropped a cryptic press release announcing that they had fired an executive for ethics lapses, HubSpot chief executive Brian Halligan said that the chief marketing officer in question, Mike Volpe, had engaged in “some really aggressive tactics” to try to get a copy of the manuscript to a forthcoming book by a former HubSpot employee. But Halligan wouldn’t reveal much more, saying that company attorneys had advised him not to describe what exactly those tactics were — even to the company’s employees, whom he addressed in an 11 a.m. meeting on Thursday.More →

My latest Boston Globe column looks back at the impact of two initiatives born in Cambridge in 2005: Web Innovators Group and Y Combinator. I also ask what we can do to improve Boston’s stickiness for consumer-oriented Web and mobile startups; it’s impossible to look at the alumni of both programs and not notice that may of the most successful, like Reddit, Dropbox, Birchbox, and E la Carte, have migrated to New York or the Bay Area.More →

For the first part of Jonah Lopin’s life, the color orange loomed large. The Newton native grew up to become a Newton North Tiger, and was surrounded by the school’s signature orange and black. Fast forward a decade, and you would have found him walking through the doors of Cambridge-based, orange-loving HubSpot as the inbound marketing company’s sixth employee.

While one would think that Lopin would keep the tangerine-tinged streak going with his latest project for his startup M80 Labs, he actually dipped into the entire color palette for the rainbow-hued design sensibilities of his new a website design search engine, Crayon.  More →