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HourlyNerd, the Boston-based online consulting service company, is not shy about its aspirations. After announcing today that it has received $7.8 million in new funding, co-founder Rob Biederman was quite bullish on the company’s prospects.

“What we are trying to do with our technology product is far from trivial,” Biederman explained. “For 90 years, McKinsey [well-known consulting firm McKinsey & Company] has done what we are doing with extremely talented, intelligent people with 30 or 4o years of experience. And we are trying to do that with a piece of technology.”More →

One of Boston’s highest-profile robotics companies announced in a federal filing this week that it has collected almost $27 million in fresh funding. Rethink Robotics sells a two-armed robot called Baxter that can be easily trained to perform a variety of tasks. Rethink’s founder is Rodney Brooks, the former MIT professor who co-founded iRobot Corp., and one of its earliest backers was Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos.More →

I was fortunate to meet some of the good people from IDA Ireland last year during my summer travels through Europe (thanks again in no small part to my friend David Gallant, who met them during his HubSpot Ireland excursion and graciously introduced me before I visited). Over the course of the last year the IDA crew has made its presence much better known here in Greater Boston, so I checked in with SVP of the Emerging Business Division Barry O’Dowd to find out more about IDA Ireland’s involvement with the New England Venture Capital Association’s NEVY Awards (to which we here at BetaBoston are the exclusive media partner) and more.More →