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.
Read MoreVenture BuyoutBoston's Battery Ventures acquires a small California software firm
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
If you last visited Kendall Square 10 years ago and returned to the Cambridge neighborhood today, you’d think Jack had sprinkled around a bushel of magic beans. New buildings have sprouted, bars and restaurants have opened, and an East Coast Google campus has been completed. You can even ice skate in the winter or rent a kayak in the summer.
But one thing that hasn’t changed is Glenn KnicKrehm’s empty gravel lot in the heart of the square. The precious acre of property is still surrounded by chain-link fence, and KnicKrehm is still spinning his vision of building a $300 million arts and culture complex called the Constellation Center. Read more in my latest Innovation Economy column in The Boston Globe.
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Ten years ago, Gogi Gupta started a business at the Cambridge Innovation Center with little more than a computer and an abundance of ideas about how music labels could do a better job marketing their artists online. Today, his company Gupta Media has 43 employees and is a major player in the music industry, running digital marketing for every major star, including all the top nominees at Sunday’s Grammy awards.
His work for Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Sia and other best-selling artists is featured in today’s Boston Globe. BetaBoston sat down with Gupta to talk about getting started as an entrepreneur, pitching to clients and making water disappear from a cup.
Read MoreNext EntrepreneursCan you learn to be an entrepreneur in two weeks? MIT's Start6 program says yes
MIT has a novel idea. With its Start6 program, which concluded last week, the world-famous engineering school believes that it can teach its computer scientists entrepreneurship in just two weeks.