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App marketing and analytics company Localytics adds $35 million in new funding
Localytics chief executive and cofounder Raj Aggarwal.
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. Read More
Peddling pumps
New site from Rue La La's founder will sell Italian-made shoes, in limited runs
Boston startup M. Gemi plans to sell Italian-made shoes on the web and through a mobile app. Photo via M. Gemi.
Think of Boston-based footwear brands — Converse, New Balance, Reebok — and what comes to mind are shoes you'd wear to a pick-up basketball game or a weekend 10K. Ben Fischman, a serial entrepreneur who started the cap retailer Lids and the "flash sale" site Rue La La, wants to change that. His latest venture, M. Gemi, will sell Italian-made women's shoes apropos for gallery openings and charity galas. Read More
Sticky business
LiquiGlide, Cambridge maker of slippery coatings, signs deal with glue king Elmer's
You know your packaging is iconic when it doesn't need a label.
LiquiGlide, the Cambridge startup that's creating a slippery coating to get the stickiest of substances out of bottles, announced a first major partnership Monday that will push its product to the limit. The company signed a licensing agreement with Elmer's Products; to the delight of every kindergartner in crafts class, it will make it easier for glue to slide out of its tube.  Read More
Let's get together
Together Boston to take its art, music, and tech festival to Central Square
Scenes from the Hearthrob Reunion event at Middlesex during last year's Together Boston event. Photo by Nick Minieri.
Clear your calendars: A synthesizer petting zoo is coming to Central Square this spring. The event, which allow kids and adults to tinker with digital music instruments from different eras, will be among the many sessions hosted this year by Together Boston, the annual festival celebrating art, music, and technology that will be celebrating its sixth year this May. On Monday, the event's founders announced a new partnership with Danger!Awesome, the recently expanded makerspace in Central Square, which will host many of the festival's workshops and events. Read More
Takin' care of business
Drop-in workspace Cove, founded in D.C., is coming to Boston
Members using one of Cove's Washington, DC locations. Photo by Jeremy Rusnock.
Starbucks founder Howard Schultz popularized the notion of the "third place" — a hang-out in between home and work, or home and school. Now, Washington, D.C. entrepreneur Adam Segal is creating what you might think of as a "fourth place." His company, Cove, is creating a chain of drop-in "productivity spaces" that are more oriented toward getting work done than the local coffee shop, but also not intended for five days a week of toil. Read More
Make me a match
Paul English's new site,, to link 'suits and geeks'
Paul English in his startup incubator space, Blade, in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
Paul English is the founder of three companies—including—a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Business, and the brains behind Blade, which helps technology startups get off the ground. And as of Monday, he’s adding another title to his resume: matchmaker. Read More
Science in the East Room
NuVu students to showcase urban wheelchair at White House Science Fair
Mohammad Sayed, a current student at NuVu, has always wanted a tray for his wheelchair. He worked with Pablo Yanes, Nuradin Bhatti, and Carlos Alvarenga to design one that suited his needs. (Photo: NuVu)
Two students enrolled at the NuVu innovation center in Central Square are among the intrepid middle- and high-schoolers who will present projects at White House Science Fair on Monday, March 23. Kate Reed, a 17-year-old from Cambridge, and Mohammad Sayed, an 18-year-old who goes to Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, were part of the team that used a 3-D printer to build parts to enhance Sayed's wheelchair during NuVu’s fall session last year. Read More