HubSpot

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If you’ve ever carried a tub of Ping-Pong balls near some sort of slope or ledge, then you’ve felt it: an overwhelming urge to dump the balls out and watch how they bounce.

Well, HubSpot decided to give in to that urge, and in a spectacular manner. Fresh off its first-quarter earnings call yesterday — in which the company reported revenue of $38.2 million, a 58 percent uptick from last year — HubSpot dumped 15,000 Ping-Pong balls off of a fourth-floor balcony in its building to celebrate its 15,000th customer.

Poor, poor custodians.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 →

So much happens in five years…

In 2010, I covered the initial funding of a Cambridge startup called Performable, which was out to help websites hold on to more of their visitors. In 2015, those same two entrepreneurs are collecting capital for a new idea, Driftt, from the same venture capital firm that initially backed Performable, CRV. Between 2010 and 2015, they got acquired by HubSpot for $20 million, helped that company rebuild its digital marketing product and grow its software development team, and left in September 2014, just before HubSpot’s IPO.More →

Dan Slagen has quite the track record as a member of the Boston tech community. Starting out as a product management and search engine optimization expert for Wayfair, he eventually ended up at HubSpot, serving as the inbound marketing company’s head of advertising and then head of global marketing relations. After stints at Facebook advertising company Nanigans and Harvard-founded startup Hourly Nerd, Slagen thought it was about time to do his own thing.

Today, he is launching SpeechBooth, a standalone app-based wedding video system.More →