MIT administrator Anne Hunter (center) in 2012, with MIT students Irena Huang (left) and Elaina Chai (right.)  Photo by Patricia Sampson, MIT.

Over the past decade and a half, I’ve heard MIT students and grads regularly mention something called the “Anne Hunter list” — sometimes referred to more generically as “the jobs list.”

It’s how they land jobs at Google and Dropbox, or at startups that will become the next Google or Dropbox. It’s also how they score free pizza and t-shirts at company recruiting events on campus.

So I started to wonder: exactly who was this Anne Hunter?More →

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Virgin Pulse, the Framingham-based health and wellness software company that is part of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, says it has integrated its products with Apple’s new HealthKit app. One of the first larger healthy-living programs to connect to Apple’s iPhone 6 health app, Virgin Pulse has an opportunity to serve as an intermediary between HealthKit and the wide range of health, wellness, and fitness applications Virgin currently connects to.More →

Cazena CEO Prat Moghe, previously a senior vice president of Netezza, a data warehousing company acquired by IBM. Courtesy of Cazena.

A Waltham startup is coming out of stealth mode today, with $8 million in funding. Cazena reunites several veterans of Netezza, a data warehousing startup that went public and then was acquired by IBM for $1.7 billion four years ago. The deal is unusual in that it’s the first time California-based Andreessen Horowitz — the venture capital firm co-founded by the fellow who brought you the Netscape browser — has participated in a Series A round of funding for a startup here in Massachusetts. Andreessen Horowitz is investing alongside North Bridge Venture Partners, the Waltham VC firm.More →

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This is a guest post from Henry Helgeson, the chief executive of payments system software company Merchant Warehouse.

The new iPhones are out. In fact, you might very well be reading this on one. And while you may be excited about the bigger screen, slim profile, fancy camera or even the futuristic Touch ID features, you’re probably not giving much thought to what could turn out to be the coolest feature to come out of this latest iteration: Apple Pay.More →