For the first part of Jonah Lopin's life, the color orange loomed large. The Newton native grew up to become a Newton North Tiger, and was surrounded by the school's signature orange and black. Fast forward a decade, and you would have found him walking through the doors of Cambridge-based, orange-loving HubSpot as the inbound marketing company's sixth employee.
While one would think that Lopin would keep the tangerine-tinged streak going with his latest project for his startup M80 Labs, he actually dipped into the entire color palette for the rainbow-hued design sensibilities of his new a website design search engine, Crayon. Read MoreOrange Sprocket in the Granite StateHubSpot expanding to Portsmouth, N.H.
So much happens in five years...
In 2010, I covered the initial funding of a Cambridge startup called Performable, which was out to help websites hold on to more of their visitors. In 2015, those same two entrepreneurs are collecting capital for a new idea, Driftt, from the same venture capital firm that initially backed Performable, CRV. Between 2010 and 2015, they got acquired by HubSpot for $20 million, helped that company rebuild its digital marketing product and grow its software development team, and left in September 2014, just before HubSpot's IPO.
Dan Slagen has quite the track record as a member of the Boston tech community. Starting out as a product management and search engine optimization expert for Wayfair, he eventually ended up at HubSpot, serving as the inbound marketing company's head of advertising and then head of global marketing relations. After stints at Facebook advertising company Nanigans and Harvard-founded startup Hourly Nerd, Slagen thought it was about time to do his own thing.
Today, he is launching SpeechBooth, a standalone app-based wedding video system. Read MoreOne night onlyRock on! Boston tech conferences get an entertainment upgrade
In boom times for the tech industry, the bands playing the private parties and customer conferences get more recognizable. This year, acts like OK Go, Parliament Funkadelic, and the Dropkick Murphys have played for fist-pumping crowds of social media mavens, digital publishing gurus, and roboticists.
Read MoreThe long Orange Silence is overAfter quiet period, Dharmesh Shah spills insight into HubSpot's IPO
This is a guest post from Rick Burnes, the new vice president of content products at BookBub.
When the history ebooks are written, this month could go down as a turning point for the Boston tech community. Two Boston IPOs this month — Wayfair’s on Oct 2 and HubSpot’s on Oct 8 — were major milestones for companies that could become new anchors for the local startup ecosystem. Read MoreLet's Go Red Sox! clap, clap...clap, clap, clapQ3 VC takeaways: Atlas as we know it goes out in style, New York is drinking Boston's milkshake