Venture Capital

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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 →

The Newbury Street venture capital firm Third Rock Ventures has a track record of incubating and funding successful biotech companies like Foundation Medicine, Sage Therapeutics, and Agios. But now it is looking to give its startups a leg up in the Cambridge real estate market, by renting a big chunk of laboratory space. Several real estate industry sources say Third Rock is sniffing around former Vertex Pharmaceuticals digs on Sidney Street, near MIT.More →

The last big wave of venture investment in clean-tech startups has long since crashed and rolled back. But if you’re making software instead of something produced by a factory, private investors are still willing to open up the checkbook.

That’s certainly the case for FirstFuel Software, a developer of data analysis software for electric utilities. The Lexington, Mass.-based company says today that it’s raised another $23 million in venture capital, in part to help bankroll an expansion in Europe.More →