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Back in the late 1990s, when the World Wide Web was young, Lycos was among the Internet’s most comprehensive and popular search engines. Its memorable TV ads featured a mascot, a big black Labrador retriever, that could find anything you wanted: new clothes, sports cars, even super­model Claudia Schiffer.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 →

Today’s prevailing winds favor taking outside money at a company’s earliest stages. That could mean we’re witnessing the creation of a fleet of “go public or die trying” companies, rather than private companies that sculpt significant businesses over decades, connect more strongly to their communities, and let founders stay in control and set the course.More →