Sean Belka directs Fidelity Labs, Fidelity Investments’ innovation center. Fidelity Labs is responsible for bringing new technology to the Boston company’s online investment services, making them more interactive and appealing, especially to younger customers. In recent years, Fidelity Labs has introduced Stock City, which allows investors to visualize a portfolio as a city center, and Beat the Benchmark, an investing game. This month, the Fidelity app will be available on the new Apple smartwatch. Belka shared his digital habits with The Download.
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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.
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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. Read More
Steven Keating’s appetite for knowledge may well be the reason he’s alive.
In 2007, his high-minded curiosity drove him to get his brain scanned while studying mechanical engineering at Queens University in Canada. The scans revealed a faint abnormality near the part of his brain responsible for processing the sense of smell. But since his health otherwise seemed normal, Keating thought nothing of it.
But seven years later, while a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, Keating experienced an odd sensation: Several times he detected a whiff of vinegar — a phantom odor, it would turn out — but the feeling would quickly pass.
With those earlier images in mind, Keating urged doctors to again scan his brain, and this time the results revealed a fist-size tumor. Within three weeks, Keating underwent a 10-hour surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where doctors extracted the tumor in golf ball-size chunks. Read MoreGet off my lawnAstronomers: Keep iRobot's lawnmower bot out of our back yard
Last week, when mobile marketing technology firm Fiksu announced that it was downsizing both its team and its IPO ambitions, it also announced the departure of its chief financial officer, Kenneth Goldman. But it looks like Goldman landed elsewhere: Today, the Lexington-based security communications firm Everbridge announced that he's joining the team as senior vice president and chief financial officer as it makes preparations to go public.
Boston is both the capital of American higher education and one of the country’s top centers for technology entrepreneurship. So it makes sense that entrepreneurs here would be interested in rethinking the big business of college.
Today, two of those companies are joining forces. Valore, a nine-year-old Boston company that runs online marketplace sites for textbooks and student loans, is acquiring online learning startup Boundless, which provides digital alternatives to textbooks.
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The business of online, one-day fantasy sports betting has become huge almost overnight.
Here's one way to measure that explosive growth: DraftKings, a Boston-based company founded in 2012, is reportedly attracting investment from one of the biggest names in sports media.