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 MoreMmmmm...PancakesBreakfast with some of Boston's most active venture capitalists
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 MoreClosets for HappinessFashion Project announces $7.2 million in funding
With a show of confidence from the fashion and retail industries, Fashion Project, a website that resells donated high-fashion clothing and shares the proceeds with charity organizations, announced today that it has raised $7.2 million in funding. Read More
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 MoreQualcomm Robotics Accelerator visits Boston to recruit our talent
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 MoreNo love for Bluetooth braceletConnected jewelry startup Magnet will head west to try to raise money
Recent Techstars graduate Mavrck, the social influence marketing company formerly known as Splashscore, announced this morning that it has raised $2.5 million in new funding from GrandBanks Capital. Read More
Techstars is announcing a new program today, called Techstars++, that gives the companies that complete its incubator program opportunities to connect with corporate partners for extra mentorship and business development guidance. Read MoreWhere are they now?Tracking the Microsoft Startup Labs diaspora
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.
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