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Techstars, a program for assisting and investing in technology startups, is generally thought of as the most prestigious program of its kind in Boston. But from the launch of Techstars Boston in 2009 until this year, the accelerator program had almost exclusively accepted startups in the software arena.

For the 2014 class, a major shift occurred: Out of a dozen startups, three are developing hardware devices and one is in a related space, with software to let physical devices communicate with each other over the Internet.

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I spent a lot of time in 2013 reporting on how a confluence of factors had led to improved conditions for entrepreneurs pursuing hardware startups, particularly in areas such as consumer electronics and robotics.

It turns out that venture capitalists were paying a lot of attention to hardware last year too. More →