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Biotech-focused Atlas Venture moves into new digs in Tech Square
Atlas Venture partners Peter Barrett and Bruce Booth. (Photo by Scott Kirsner / BetaBoston.)
If you haven't been following the breakup of the 35-year-old venture capital firm Atlas Venture, which once invested in both tech and biotech, partner Peter Barrett sums it up this way: "In this divorce, the life sciences side kept the name, and the tech side got the house." So Atlas's team of tech investors is casting about for a new name, but staying in East Cambridge. And the biotech crew, still known as Atlas, just moved into new offices yesterday atop 400 Technology Square in Cambridge, midway between the Kendall and Central stations on the Red Line. Read More
The Long Run
Meet the four tech-company founders running their first marathon for local charities
The TUGG Marathon Team: (From left to right) Michael Schmidt, Brent Grinna, Matt Bellows, and Fred Shilmover.
One of the first groups to begin raising money for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings was a collection of founders, venture capitalists, and employees from the local tech and innovation community, and startup- and entrepreneur-focused nonprofit TUGG helped lead that effort. Read More
Mmmmm...Pancakes
Breakfast with some of Boston's most active venture capitalists
Photo via <a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/2012/03/30/breakfastjointsgallery-gallery/yywbq3bTmwHlwqTC5gv1vI/story.html?pic=1#up">The Boston Globe</a>
In mid-April, TechBreakfast — a monthly opportunity for entrepreneurs, business owners, and investors to gather in an informal environment — is hosting its largest Boston-area event with its first local Ask a VC breakfast at Microsoft NERD in Cambridge. Read More
Facebook's (Boston) Timeline
Checking in: Facebook has been (back) in Boston for four years
Facebook Boston lead Ryan Mack works alongside one of the office's art installations in the fall of 2014. Photo by Patrick Rogers Photography
It's been four years this month since Facebook made its way back to Boston, a move which started in part when Ryan Mack, the current site lead here in the city, left the comforts of Menlo Park to set up shop on the East Coast. Mack, who is known for this work on the Facebook Timeline, soon identified a small outcrop of Facebook expats who were all working for the company remotely, and they eventually clustered together in the Workbar location in downtown Boston. Critical mass began to take hold, and Facebook opened an official office here in Cambridge in 2013, and recently expanded that space this past fall. Read More
New urbanism
Travel site Kayak quietly moved most of its local employees to Cambridge
Kayak CTO Giorgos Zacharia, in the atrium of the travel site's new East Cambridge office. (Photos at top and bottom by Kaijian Gao. All other photos by Scott Kirsner / BetaBoston.)
Like an empty-nester who can't quite give up the house in the 'burbs but wants a condo in the city, the travel booking site Kayak now has two local offices. Kayak has long had a tech team based in Concord, but starting in January it began moving about 90 employees into an East Cambridge office with views of the Zakim Bridge and the Charles River. Why? Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting. Read More
Fantasy for All
Draft, a fantasy sports app from former StarStreet founders, raises $3.5 million
Image via Draft
It has been quite a busy week for fantasy sports startups with local connections. First, Fortune reported that Draft Kings is in early talks with Disney about raising money that could value the Boston-based company at more than $1 billion. And today, former StarStreet founders, Jeremy Levine and Nicolo Giorgi announced that their new company has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding. Read More
Kendall Square: A report on who's there
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Some interesting data from the Kendall Square Association on the composition of that intensely innovative, increasingly expensive neighborhood: The association spent the past 18 months looking at about 770 companies with offices in the Square, and categorizing them by industry sector. Interestingly, biotech and health care companies now represent the biggest single slice. (I touched on this shift in a Globe column last October.) But the research didn't capture every company located within an incubator or a shared office space; the KSA estimates there are about 1,100 businesses in total in the neighborhood. Read More
Lighter launches a better, more affordable way to eat healthy
The Lighter team. Sitting:  Christine Angela Dolendo. Back row (L to R) Kristie King, Lara Goodrich Ezor, Alexis Fox, Natalie Obermeyer Hunter, and Micah Risk.
When Micah Risk walked into a coffee shop to meet with Alexis Fox for the first time in 2013, she knew she was encountering a kindred spirit: The two women had already established themselves as up-and-comers in the worlds of both fitness and nutrition. Risk is an endurance athlete, Runner's World cover girl, and a nutritionist who graduated from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts. Fox has fought for animal protection as an advocate and lawyer and recently served as the Massachusetts state director for the Humane Society of the United States. When they left the meeting, they had decided to be business partners, and had planted the seeds for a new kind of nutrition startup. And together they've launched Lighter, which delivers healthy, plant-based food along with a very organized, personalized weekly menu and recipes for each meal. Read More
Proletariat rising: Cambridge game studio levels up
Seth Sivak, co-founder and chief executive of Proletariat Inc. (Photo: Tim Loew)
Seth Sivak, co-founder and CEO of venture-backed Proletariat Inc., a Cambridge-based game studio, has had a busy past month. Early in February his company closed a $6 million series A round led by Spark Capital along with FirstMark Capital and Atlas Venture  — and two weeks ago Proletariat launched its much-anticipated mobile game, World Zombination, in Apple’s App Store. But in the fast-moving global game industry, with the annual Game Developers Conference, or GDC, this week in San Francisco, there's no rest for the weary. Read More