Techstars

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Picking the most promising startups from an accelerator’s latest graduating class is a foolish task: promising teams split up, ideas that seem flimsy turn out to be massive, early momentum with a few enthusiastic customers fades. But with the caveat that we’re handicapping companies at a very early stage, here are my five favorite ideas from yesterday’s showcase of the latest set of Techstars Boston participants.More →

For the first time, the Techstars Boston accelerator program for startups will wrap up with two separate showcases next week. On Monday, about 100 venture capitalists and individual angel investors who have put money into Techstars companies in the past — or have supported the program in other ways — will get a first glimpse at this year’s cohort. Then on Tuesday, the startups will present to a larger crowd at the Back Bay Event Center.More →

Recruiting trips around Europe over the winter by the head of the Techstars Boston entrepreneurship program have resulted in a geographically diverse new group of participating companies. Two hail from Canada, two from Ukraine, one from Spain, and one from Portugal. The remaining half-dozen startups that will hone their products and their pitches during the three-month program come from the Boston area.More →

Most people think of Zillow as a website where they can check out how much homes cost — their own house, their neighbors’ houses, and maybe even their dream home.

But as a business, Zillow’s primary target is actually real estate agents. The Seattle-based company makes most of its money selling online ads and other marketing services to real estate agents, who want to be seen by all of those people snooping on home prices. More →

Since it first launched in the spring of 2009, Downtown Crossing-based web marketing firm Localytics has been the most successful — in terms of investment funding raised — Boston Techstars alum for quite some time. But today, with a new $35 million round of funding, the company has raised more investment money than any other company that has taken part in the nationally recognized program.More →