There are numerous potential threats to Internet security: lone-wolf hackers, state-sponsored cyber attacks, or identity and data theft, for example. But one of the most difficult cybersecurity challenges to identify and prevent are the Edward Snowdens — the players already inside an organization who are looking to steal or share sensitive information.
Today, Cambridge-based Sqrrl, which uses data analytics to fight Internet security threats, including from those known as 'determined insiders' like Snowden, announced that it has raised $7.1 million in new funding. Read MorePredictive GrowthMobile ad software innovator Adelphic gets $11 million in new funding
Airbnb has quietly acquired a small Cambridge startup, Pencil Labs. Pencil Labs had built a scheduling app called Wyth that was intended to eliminate some of the headaches of coordinating get-togethers with friends. Three of the key players at Pencil, including co-founders Carla Pellicano and Han Shu, have already relocated to San Francisco, where Airbnb is based.
A Boston startup, Pencil Labs, has slipped a new calendar and messaging app called Wyth into the iTunes Store with zero fanfare. I've been tracking the startup since last May, but the founders aren't saying much and the website is still in "coming soon" mode. Pencil raised some early funding in 2013 from two Cambridge venture capital firms, Matrix Partners and Charles River Ventures.
Read Morea new Path takenPath acquires Cambridge-based TalkTo, will launch Path Talk today
One thing you often hear in discussions about the Boston tech scene is that the city (and the surrounding suburbs) are filled with companies that are quietly building some of the most technologically innovative — and potentially most successful — new companies.
There may be a bit of mythology tied to the notion that there are "quiet sleeping startup giants" all around Boston. But, hidden away in nondescript office buildings that overlook Route 128, there are actually some real rockstar companies to be found.
Virtual reality technology startup Oculus VR has reached a deal to be acquired by Facebook for approximately $2 billion, and two Boston-area venture capital firms, Matrix Partners and Spark Capital, are among the investors set to earn a windfall.
The company is the maker of the the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Matrix’s investment into Oculus has been led by Cambridge-based general partner Antonio Rodriguez, while Spark’s investment has been led by Boston-based general partner Santo Politi. Read More
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