Amid all the hype about the Apple Watch, expected to start shipping later this week, a Cambridge startup working on a smartwatch of its own has stayed very quiet. But that will change on Friday, when Quanttus unveils the design of its first product on Friday at the Wired Health conference in London. Quanttus became the best-funded local startup working on wearable devices after it raised $19 million last February, which brought its total funding to about $22 million — but there have recently been a few high-profile departures at the company.
Read MoreEarly Developer DevelopmentFlatiron School bringing its high school coding program to Boston
Adam Enbar, one of the cofounders of New York City coding program Flatiron School, is no stranger to Boston. The Harvard Business School graduate did stints at HubSpot and CRV (when it was still known as Charles River Ventures) before heading to New York to start, with Avi Flombaum, what has become one of the model programming schools in the country. Read MoreNo HibernatingSqrrl raises $7.1 million for its NSA-rooted security risk detection software
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
Adelphic, the Waltham-based mobile advertising software developer that allows brands to target users across devices, has added $11 million in new funding to the $12 million is has raised previously. Read More
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
TalkTo, an app that lets users ask questions to stores and restaurants by text message, has been acquired by San Francisco-based social media company Path. (No particulars of the deal were disclosed; however the deal is rumored to be a combination of cash and stock.) Read More
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.
Read MoreData deliveryQPID Health raises $12.3 million for patient data software
It’s well known that Boston’s Spark Capital has had plenty of hits lately, of which the $2 billion Oculus VR sale to Facebook is just the latest (you may remember the Twitter IPO from last year). But Cambridge venture firm Matrix Partners was also an investor in Oculus, and has been on a winning streak of its own lately. The IPO of Care.com in January and the sale of The Echo Nest to Spotify in February — both of them Boston-area companies — are notable recent successes for the storied VC firm.
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