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November 2011

RunKeeper chases down $10 million in new funding, to expand online fitness community

By Scott Kirsner, Globe Columnist The Newbury Street venture capital firm Spark Capital is leading a new $10 million funding round for RunKeeper, a 14...
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TiE-Boston
November 2011

Merck's Reid Leonard, based in Boston, will oversee new $250 million investment fund

By Scott Kirsner, Globe ColumnistI caught up Friday afternoon with Reid Leonard, the Merck executive who will head up the new $250 million Merck Resea...
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TiE-Boston
November 2011

Harvest Automation raises $7.8 million more for plant-toting robots

By Scott Kirsner, Globe Columnist Harvest Automation likes to say it is in the "automated material handling" business. The company's so...
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TiE-Boston
November 2011

Shire executive responsible for drug-maker's Lexington campus has quietly relocated to Paris

By Scott Kirsner, Globe Columnist Sylvie Grégoire, a long-time fixture of the New England biotech scene and president of Shire's Human Genetic Th...
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TiE-Boston
November 2011

Need a whiff of energy? Cambridge-based Breathable Foods is getting ready to launch inhalable caffeine shots

By Scott Kirsner, Globe Columnist Two Boston-area venture capital firms are getting behind a Wonka-esque concept: that instead of sipping coffee or ni...
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TiE-Boston
November 2011

The Sage of Cupertino – TiE Boston’s Tribute to Steve Jobs

By Eswar Priyadarshan, Co-Founder and CTO of Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple)Last month, thousands of words were written about Steve Jobs, topped ...
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TiE-Boston
November 2011

LMBC, developing high-capacity batteries for the electrical grid, hires EnerNOC vet Phil Giudice as first CEO

By Scott Kirsner, Globe ColumnistDonald Sadoway, who runs a research lab at MIT focused on "extreme electrochemistry," has a knack for the s...
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November 2011

AdmitPad raises first round of funding from Greylock, to sell software to college admissions departments

By Scott Kirsner, Globe Columnist Investors are putting several million dollars into a Cambridge start-up, AdmitPad, that had initially built an iPad ...
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TiE-Boston
November 2011

Can Workvibe's video profiles attract new talent to the start-up scene?

By Scott Kirsner, Globe Columnist Start-up scenesters Alex Patriquin and Jon Pierce are behind a really worthy new project called Workvibe. The site w...
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November 2011

Shareholic, making it simpler to share content online, collects $2 million in funding

By Scott Kirsner, Globe Columnist Companies that successfully attain momentum in their marketplace tend to attract "inbound" calls from vent...
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November 2011

Resolute.vc, new venture firm from ex-Polaris partner Mike Hirshland, hopes to raise $25 million

By Scott Kirsner, Globe Columnist Last week, Mike Hirshland, formerly an investor at Polaris Venture Partners in Waltham, launched the Web site for hi...
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November 2011

New national cleantech advocacy group takes shape

By Scott Kirsner, Globe ColumnistHemant Taneja, the venture capitalist who helped create the New England Clean Energy Council in 2007, is involved wit...
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November 2011

Can Boston rise again to tech's top tier?

By Scott Kirsner, Globe ColumnistI was on WBUR's Radio Boston show earlier this week, talking about a blog post I wrote. From that post: [Boston ...
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November 2011

Bain Capital Ventures talks about decision to set up shop in Palo Alto

By Scott Kirsner, Globe Columnist The two big trends of the past two years in the Massachusetts venture capital scene have been: 1. Suburban firms mig...
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TiE-Boston
November 2011

Boston is getting an 'Innovation Center' to serve as a hub for the Innovation District

By Scott Kirsner, Globe ColumnistBoston's Innovation District will get a new building next year the Boston Innovation Center that could become ...
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TiE-Boston
October 2011

Secrets of Scaling: Boston CEOs talk about how start-ups get big (Audio)

By Scott Kirsner, Globe ColumnistSharing some audio from a session I led at last Friday's Innovation Unconference...featuring a line-up of seven ...
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TiE-Boston
October 2011

USVP, Vahalla and General Catalyst invest in digital marketing start-up Shopximity

By Scott Kirsner, Globe Columnist Shopximity founder Sim Simeonov confirms that his Cambridge start-up has raised a "solid-sized" Series A r...
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TiE-Boston
October 2011

Can projecting texts and playlists on your car's windshield make you a safer driver?

By Scott Kirsner, Globe ColumnistFighter pilots have used heads-up displays, or HUDs, for more than fifty years to project information onto the windsh...
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TiE-Boston
October 2011

What are the top factors students consider when deciding where to start their careers?

By Scott Kirsner, Globe ColumnistAs you know, I'm very interested in how New England can retain more of the talented young whippersnappers who co...
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TiE-Boston
October 2011

Tonian Systems, stealthy start-up working on storage software, adds $5 million in funding from Charles River and Cedar Fund

By Scott Kirsner, Globe ColumnistThe founders of Tonian Systems are boasting that they've raised another $5 million, but still aren't saying...
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October 2011

Oracle is paying up to $1.075 billion for Cambridge's Endeca Technologies

By Scott Kirsner, Globe ColumnistLast Tuesday, Oracle bought Endeca Technologies, a Cambridge company that sells business intelligence and online merc...
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TiE-Boston
October 2011

At Friday's Innovation UnConference: The secrets of scaling, from Boston entrepreneurs

By Scott Kirsner, Globe ColumnistMy favorite entrepreneurial event of the year is the MassTLC Innovation Unconference. Mostly because I have no part i...
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TiE-Boston
October 2011

Data analytics start-up Hadapt raises $9.5 million; plans move from New Haven to Cambridge

By Scott Kirsner, Globe ColumnistNeed to find a needle in a haystack or a crucial piece of business information that could be sitting in any one of a...
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TiE-Boston
October 2011

BuyWithMe, coupon peddler based in Boston and New York, cuts half its workforce

By Scott Kirsner, Globe ColumnistAdding to the turmoil in the "daily deals" space, BuyWithMe is cutting more than half its staff. The Boston...
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