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Do the Robot
Rethink Robotics adds $13.4m as it pushes 'little brother' bot Sawyer
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Making robots sure isn't cheap. Consider Rethink Robotics, a Boston-based maker of bots meant to work alongside humans in manufacturing and similar industrial jobs: Since its founding in 2008, Rethink has raised a whopping $113.5 million in venture investment.  Read More
Cybersecurity summer camp
MIT students, Highland Capital, partner to launch Cybersecurity Factory
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Over the past several months, two PhD candidates in MIT's CSAIL program have been busy attempting to solve a few tough questions: How do you make cybersecurity sexy? How can you create excitement about the field? And perhaps most importantly, how do you take the impressive work being done at academic institutions and find ways to bring it to market? Read More
Mmmmm...Pancakes
Breakfast with some of Boston's most active venture capitalists
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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
Not your average nerds
HourlyNerd gets $7.8 million in new funding from powerhouse group of investors
HourlyNerd co-founders (left to right) Peter Maglathlin, Pat Petitti, and Rob Biederman (Photo via HourlyNerd)
HourlyNerd, the Boston-based online consulting service company, is not shy about its aspirations. After announcing today that it has received $7.8 million in new funding, co-founder Rob Biederman was quite bullish on the company's prospects. "What we are trying to do with our technology product is far from trivial," Biederman explained. "For 90 years, McKinsey [well-known consulting firm McKinsey & Company] has done what we are doing with extremely talented, intelligent people with 30 or 4o years of experience. And we are trying to do that with a piece of technology." Read More
New funding for maker for manufacturing robots
Rethink Robotics, selling versatile worker bots, raises $27 million more
One of Boston's highest-profile robotics companies announced in a federal filing this week that it has collected almost $27 million in fresh funding. Rethink Robotics sells a two-armed robot called Baxter that can be easily trained to perform a variety of tasks. Rethink's founder is Rodney Brooks, the former MIT professor who co-founded iRobot Corp., and one of its earliest backers was Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos. Read More
Looking for (another) Miracle
Revival on Rt. 128? Office spaces still vacant as companies leave for Boston, Cambridge
Photo of Autodesk via Kathryn Eident/Boston
You've heard the talk: Watertown is the new Somerville. Medford is the new Somerville. But missing from this chatter are the voices of cities at the other end of the spectrum, those that may not want to brag about being "The New..." Read More
Ireland to Boston
IDA Ireland ups Boston presence with NEVY Awards and more
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I was fortunate to meet some of the good people from IDA Ireland last year during my summer travels through Europe (thanks again in no small part to my friend David Gallant, who met them during his HubSpot Ireland excursion and graciously introduced me before I visited). Over the course of the last year the IDA crew has made its presence much better known here in Greater Boston, so I checked in with SVP of the Emerging Business Division Barry O'Dowd to find out more about IDA Ireland's involvement with the New England Venture Capital Association's NEVY Awards (to which we here at BetaBoston are the exclusive media partner) and more. Read More