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Online real estate startup Placester adds $15M, plans to double staff
House Sold Sign
Most people think of Zillow as a website where they can check out how much homes cost — their own house, their neighbors’ houses, and maybe even their dream home. But as a business, Zillow’s primary target is actually real estate agents. The Seattle-based company makes most of its money selling online ads and other marketing services to real estate agents, who want to be seen by all of those people snooping on home prices. 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
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App marketing and analytics company Localytics adds $35 million in new funding
Localytics chief executive and cofounder Raj Aggarwal.
Since it first launched in the spring of 2009, Downtown Crossing-based web marketing firm Localytics has been the most successful — in terms of investment funding raised — Boston Techstars alum for quite some time. But today, with a new $35 million round of funding, the company has raised more investment money than any other company that has taken part in the nationally recognized program. Read More
Star Fund
Techstars Ventures raises a $150 million new fund to expand beyond seed stage investments
The last TechStars Boston Demo Day, in May 2013.
Techstars Ventures, based in Boulder, recently announced it raised $150 million for its third fund, which it will use to invest in companies that are part the Techstars ecosystem, but beyond the seed stage. According to Techstars co-founder David Cohen, that community of potential portfolio companies includes Techstars graduates, companies founded by Techstars alums, and those started by entrepreneurs who have served as mentors for the program. Read More
Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator visits Boston to recruit our talent
Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator Boston Event Audience
It's no secret that Boston is a robotics hub. Companies and labs have spawned underwater explorers, robotic gardeners, delivery drones and more. If you can imagine it, it's probably happening. So it was little surprise when the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars, passed through the city this week to visit local technology companies and spread the word about its launch in hopes of recruiting up-and-coming robotics startups to apply for its program. Read More
No love for Bluetooth bracelet
Connected jewelry startup Magnet will head west to try to raise money
Alexander List's startup HeadTalk IO is a member of TechStars Boston.
Magnet co-founder and CEO Alexander List is moving to San Francisco to try to raise money for the startup, which was part of the most recent class of the Techstars Boston entrepreneurship program. The company, previously known as Headtalk IO, had been running a Kickstarter campaign that sought to raise $60,000 to produce the first batch of Magnet bracelets. But the startup hadn't hit that goal by the time the clock ran out last week — which in Kickstarter-land means no dough. Read More
Where are they now?
Tracking the Microsoft Startup Labs diaspora
Former Startup Labs employee Pat Kinsel, standing and gesturing to the screen. Photo courtesy of Reed Sturtevant.
A little more than five years ago, I wrote about a re-org at Microsoft's internal Startup Labs product development group. It turned out to be curtains for the Cambridge-based team, led by Reed Sturtevant — even though their old Web address still optimistically implores visitors to "please come back later." But five years on, it's clear the 2009 shakeup and ensuing departures freed up a number of people who've gone on to pollinate the local startup scene. Read More