If you think that the interruptive advertisements at the beginning of YouTube videos are as far as the Google-owned video network can go in terms of online video advertising, you'd be mistaken. A local company has figured out a way to leverage the popularity of a growing number of young YouTube personalities that have large numbers of online followers.
Grapevine, a Boston-based YouTube native marketing startup, announced today that it has raised $1.1 million in funding. The company, which was awarded $50,000 as a MassChallenge Gold Award winner in the fall, connects YouTube stars with lifestyle, fashion, and beauty brands to advertise its products. Read MoreSubscribe to the friendly skies?All-you-can-fly aviation startup Beacon plans to link Boston, New York
Regular people buy plane tickets. The super-rich buy the whole plane.
And now a startup called Beacon is proposing an intermediate option: a "subscription" to its travel service, which will offer frequent trips on turboprops linking Boston and White Plains, N.Y., as well as the vacation destinations of Nantucket and East Hampton. The price starts at $2,000 a month for unlimited travel for one passenger.
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Australian-based Vaxxas (which has its US office in Cambridge) announced that it has added $20 million in new funding to help advance its Nanopatch technologies that hope to deliver vaccines more effectively without using a needle and syringe.
Actifio is not coasting into 2015. The Waltham-based copy data virtualization company, which is expected to go public this year, is holding a major event in Austin, Texas, later next week called the eCloud Summit. It's also one of the few local "unicorns," or privately held companies valued over $1 billion, in the region.
In the company's Waltham office, there's tangible sense of that big things are on the horizon: There's a beehive-like buzz of people moving from meeting to meeting, a din of sales calls and teleconference strategy sessions, and even the whir of wood saws and power tools as it is in the midst of an office expansion.
But for all that is happening at Actifio these days, it's executives say that nothing is more vital to the success of the company moving forward than today's launch of Actifio One, a product that enables smaller, mid-market companies to take advantage of its virtualized data backup and storage offerings. Read More
Some people on public transit may glance over the shoulders of fellow commuters fiddling with their Facebook pages only for the voyeuristic pleasure of having a peek into someone else’s life. But behavioral science researcher Jasmine Fardouly, a doctoral candidate at the University of New South Wales in Australia, saw an opportunity.
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Latvia, Vietnam, Italy, New Zealand, and Poland. What do these countries have in common? Well, besides sheep, they all score higher than the United States on standardized math tests, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.Read More