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Join Small Business Trends Founder Anita Campbell for this Upcoming LinkedIn Webinar

What is one of the biggest challenges small businesses are facing in a tight labor market? Finding qualified talent. A new webinar from LinkedIn titled, “How to Tackle Top Small Business Hiring Challenges” looks to provide insights into attracting and hiring top talent. Small Business Trends Founder and CEO Anita Campbell and Alice Bredin of Bredin, Inc. will be sharing their experience and discussing ways to recruit candidates and plan for long-term success. They will be addressing, tips for a...
Tags: Boston, Sales, Linkedin, Atlanta, Chicago, Brooklyn, Nashville, Las Vegas, SAN JOSE Calif, Dallas Texas, Oakland Calif, San Diego Calif, INS, Sunnyvale Calif, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, San Francisco Calif

Following a record year, Illinois startups kick off 2019 on a strong foot

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Global VC market sees highest-ever concentration of supergiant dollar volume in Q4 2018 SoftBank’s Vision Fund inches closer to $100B Illinois’s startup market in 2018 was very strong, and it’s not slowing down as we settle into 2019. There’s already almost $100 million in new VC funding announced,...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Boston, Softbank, Tech, Walmart, Chicago, Venture Capital, SEC, Lincoln, North America, Illinois, Crunchbase, Bringg, Bay Area

What’s behind our appetite for self-destruction?

Each new year, people vow to put an end to self-destructive habits like smoking, overeating or overspending.And how many times have we learned of someone – a celebrity, a friend or a loved one – who committed some self-destructive act that seemed to defy explanation? Think of the criminal who leaves a trail of evidence, perhaps with the hope of getting caught, or the politician who wins an election, only to start sexting someone likely to expose him. Why do they do it? Edgar Allan Poe, one of Am...
Tags: Psychology, Washington, Boston, Happiness, Edgar Allan Poe, America, Mental Health, Innovation, Albert Einstein, Emotions, Mind, Sigmund Freud, Freud, Poe, Edgar Allen Poe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Despite Buyout, Celgene Dealmaking Rolls On With Kyn, Obsidian Tie-Ups

[Updated 12:35pm ET with comments from Michael Gilman, Obsidian CEO, see below.] Bristol-Myers Squibb’s huge proposed buyout of Celgene earlier this month has left many in biotech circles concerned that the Summit, NJ, drugmaker’s days of creative, aggressive dealmaking with smaller companies might be over. So far, however, that isn’t the case.Two Boston-area biotechs, Kyn Therapeutics and Obsidian Therapeutics, announced deals this morning with Celgene (NASDAQ: CELG). Both partnerships bring C...
Tags: Deals, Boston, Cancer, Trends, Immunotherapy, Biotech, Life Sciences, Celgene, Bristol-myers Squibb, Obsidian, National blog main, New York blog main, New York top stories, Boston blog main, National top stories, Boston top stories

LendingTree Study Finds Denver, Los Angeles, and Portland, Ore. Have the Most Competitive Homebuyers in the U.S.

Study ranks 50 largest metros by most competitive housing markets Charlotte, NC – Jan. 15, 2019 (PRNewswire) LendingTree®, the nation’s leading online loan marketplace, today released its study on which cities have the most competitive housing markets. LendingTree ranked the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States based on an average of the city’s rank in three categories that contribute to the competitiveness of homebuyers in an area: Share of buyers shopping for a mortgage before...
Tags: Real Estate, Boston, Radio, United States, Portland, Seattle, St Louis, Pittsburgh, Lendingtree, Charlotte NC, Real Estate News, Lendingtree Inc, Oregon San Francisco, Competitive, Homebuyers, Homebuyer

Boston Tech Watch: Nantucket, Lionbridge, Nano-C, Barac & Quick Base

Nantucket entrepreneurs welcome, and acquisitions abound. There are also new owners, new offices and new money in the bank for Boston-area technology companies this week. Read on for the details.—Sense, the Cambridge, MA-based home electricity management technology startup, has partnered with Swiss utility technology company Landis+Gyr to put Sense’s technology in Landis’ Internet-of-things platform, the companies said. In addition, Landis+Gyr joined Sense’s previously announced $18 million Ser...
Tags: Translation, Deals, Startups, Internet Of Things, UK, New York, Entrepreneurship, Germany, Boston, Trends, Tech, Cybersecurity, Vc, Paris, Venture Capital, Cambridge

Opioid crisis brings unwanted attention to wealthy family

BOSTON (AP) — The Sackler name is emblazoned on the walls at some of the world’s great museums and universities, including the Smithsonian, the Guggenheim and Harvard. But now the family’s ties to OxyContin and the painkiller’s role in the deadly opioid crisis are bringing the Sacklers a new and unwanted kind of attention and […]
Tags: Health, Business, News, Boston, Ap, Harvard, Nation, Sackler

Home Price Growth Hit Six-Year Low in December as Sales Fell 11 Percent, Redfin Reports

Boston and San Jose Both Saw Home-Sale Prices Fall Year Over Year in December Seattle, WA – Jan. 17, 2019 (PRNewswire) (NASDAQ: RDFN) — U.S. home-sale prices increased just 1.2 percent in December compared to a year ago to a median of $289,800, according to a housing market analysis from Redfin (, the next-generation real estate brokerage. The year-over-year increase in home prices was the smallest since the number went positive in March 2012. The median sale price of homes sold i...
Tags: Real Estate, Boston, San Francisco, Radio, 2018, New Orleans, San Jose, Philadelphia, Rochester, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Oakland, Seattle, Detroit, December, Redfin

Resolute Ventures sticks to its knitting with $75 million fourth fund

Resolute Ventures, an early-stage firm with offices in San Francisco and Boston, just closed its fourth fund with $75 million. It’s an almost shockingly conservative amount of capital in today’s era of big-is-better funds. And with valuable companies like the real estate startup OpenDoor, the applicant tracking system company Greenhouse, and the dog products company BarkBox in its portfolio, one imagines that seven-year-old Resolute could have raised more. It didn’t want to do that, says firm fo...
Tags: Google, TC, New York, Microsoft, Boston, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Barkbox, Resolute Ventures, Greenhouse Software, Greenhouse, Polaris Partners, Daniel, Jonathan, Matt

Abry invests in Aduro

Abry Partners has made an investment in Aduro, a human performance company. No financial terms were disclosed. PRESS RELEASE REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — ADURO, the leading Human Performance company, is excited to announce a strategic investment from Abry Partners (“Abry”). Abry, a leading Boston-based private equity firm, manages over $5 billion of capital in its active funds and has completed more than $80 billion in transactions. ADURO, a top choice of Fortune 1000 corporation...
Tags: Boston, Trends, North America, Darren, Wick, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati, PE Deals, ABRY, ABRY Partners, White co, Cascadia Capital, Aduro, Dr White, Abry Partners Abry Abry, Tyler Wick Partner, Chris Dickinson Abry

Redfin Ranks the 10 Hottest Affordable Neighborhoods of 2019

Most of the Country’s Most Popular Affordable Neighborhoods are in Baltimore and Philadelphia Seattle, WA – Jan. 15, 2019 (PRNewswire) (NASDAQ: RDFN) Expensive coastal hubs remain the most coveted places to live, but neighborhoods in Baltimore and Philadelphia are gaining popularity as the most desired affordable neighborhoods in 2019, according to new reports from Redfin (, the next-generation real estate brokerage. Redfin’s Hottest Affordable Neighborhoods report is an adaptati...
Tags: Real Estate, New York, Washington, Boston, Chicago, Radio, Portland, Philadelphia, Portland Oregon, Baltimore, Kensington, San Antonio, Hamilton, Redfin, Rebecca Hall, Lowell

Meketa Investment to merge with Pension Consulting Alliance

Meketa Investment Group Inc is merging with Pension Consulting Alliance LLC. Financial terms weren’t announced. Meketa advises public and private institutional investors, while PCA serves U.S. tax-exempt and public pension fund clients. The combined firm will be called Meketa Investment Group Inc. PRESS RELEASE Meketa Investment Group and Pension Consulting Alliance to Join Forces Combination Unites Long-Established, Highly Respected Investment Consultancies with Demonstrated Public, Private Mar...
Tags: Boston, Trends, United States, M&a, Allan, PCA, Meketa, McCourt, Woolley, Meketa Investment Group Inc, Peter Woolley, Meketa Investment, London Co, Pension Consulting Alliance, Pension Consulting Alliance LLC, Demonstrated Public Private Markets Real Estate

Documents: OxyContin maker boasted about potential sales

BOSTON (AP) — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people gathered at the prescription opioid painkiller's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, Boston, Ap, Purdue Pharma

Battery Ventures promotes three to principal and one to VP

Battery Ventures has made a number of promotions. Logan Bartlett, Sanjiv Kalevar and Shiran Shalev have become principals while Justin Rosner is now a vice president. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO & NEW YORK & BOSTON & TEL AVIV, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Battery Ventures, an investment firm focused on innovation and technology worldwide, has promoted four team members—including three to the rank of principal–across four global offices. The newly promoted team members execute deals in areas including ...
Tags: New York, Washington, Boston, Berlin, Israel, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, People, Michael Brown, University Of California, Bessemer Venture Partners, Battery Ventures, Forbes, Justin

Yellow Wood-based Paris Presents announces changes to senior leadership team

Paris Presents, a portfolio company of Yellow Wood Partners, has named Patrick O’Brien, who is currently CEO, as vice-chairman. Also, Bill George, currently CEO of Freeman Beauty, which is backed by Yellow Wood, will become CEO of Paris Presents. The appointments become effective March 1, 2019. Paris Presents is a provider of branded cosmetic and bath accessories. PRESS RELEASE BOSTON, January 15, 2019 – Yellow Wood Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on investing in consumer br...
Tags: Boston, Trends, People, Paris, Bill, Company, George, Patrick, Booth, Bill George, O'Brien, Patrick O'Brien, Midwest Region, Yellow Wood, Yellow Wood Partners, About Yellow Wood Partners Yellow Wood Partners

TA Associates invests in LIST SpA

TA Associates said Jan. 15 that it invested in LIST SpA. Financial terms weren’t announced LIST, of Pisa, Italy, provides trading and compliance software solutions and infrastructural services to financial institutions. Latham & Watkins LLP provided legal counsel and KPMG served as financial adviser to TA Associates. Nctm Studio Legale provided legal counsel and Studio MCCR served as financial adviser to LIST SpA. PRESS RELEASE TA Associates Announces Investment in LIST S.p.A.   BOSTON and PISA,...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Boston, Trends, United States, Malaysia, Italy, Kpmg, Ta, Pisa, United Kingdom Spain, Pisa Italy, PE Deals, TA Associates, Latham Watkins LLP, TA Associates TA Associates

New Home Equity Tapping Tools Not Seen as Threat to Reverse Mortgages

Alternative home equity tapping products are largely seen by reverse mortgage originators and an industry observer as uncompetitive with the product, according to outreach conducted by RMD. The concept of allowing equity-rich and cash-poor homeowners to tap the value in their homes in order to gain access to additional cash has been growing beyond more traditional tools like the reverse mortgage for some time. Commercially-available tools like Boston-based Hometap and San Francisco-based Lend...
Tags: Featured, Finance, Boston, San Francisco, Products, Clearwater Fla, Ormond Beach Fla, HECM, Holland Mortgage Services, Dan Hultquist, Hultquist, HELOC, LendingHome, Peerless, Malcolm Tennant, Hometap

Reggora fetches $3 mln seed

Reggora, an appraisal platform serving both appraisers and mortgage lenders, has secured $3 million in seed funding. Spark Capital led the round with participation from Boston Seed Capital. In conjunction with the funding. Alex Finkelstein, a general partner at Spark Capital, will join Reggora’s board of directors. Source: Press Release
Tags: Boston, Trends, Spark Capital, VC Deals, Alex Finkelstein, Reggora

HR tech company CareerArc snags $30 mln

CareerArc, a HR tech company, has secured $30 million in funding. PeakEquity Partners was the lead investor. PRESS RELEASE January 14, 2019 – PeakEquity Partners (“PeakEquity”), an enterprise software focused private equity firm, today announced that it led a $30 million investment in CareerArc Group (“CareerArc” or the “Company”) out of PeakEquity Partners I, L.P. (“PEP I”). CareerArc, is a leading HR technology company that combines social recruiting and virtual outplacement solutions to enabl...
Tags: New York, Boston, Trends, North America, Company, Burbank CA, Radnor Pa, VC Deals, PeakEquity Partners, CareerArc, PeakEquity Partners PeakEquity Partners, PeakEquity, CareerArc Group, Ric Andersen Partner of PeakEquity CareerArc, CareerArc Social Recruiting, Robin D Richards

Charlesbank appoints Sahlman as IR head

Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC has named Maggie Sahlman as head of investor relations. Her appointment became effective January 1, 2019. Previously, Sahlman worked at Houlihan Lokey‘s private funds group where she was a managing director. PRESS RELEASE Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC is pleased to announce that Maggie Sahlman joined the firm on January 1, 2019, as Head of Investor Relations. Based in Boston, Maggie brings 14 years of fundraising and investor relations experience to the role. ...
Tags: Boston, Trends, People, North America, Maggie, Latin America, Advent International, Houlihan Lokey, Charlesbank, Charlesbank Capital Partners Based, New York Charlesbank Capital Partners, Sahlman, Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, Michael Choe, Private Funds Group, Maura Turner

UK mid-market PE firm Inflexion opens Boston office

UK-based Inflexion Private Equity, a middle-market private equity firm, has opened an office in Boston, Whitney Bower, who joins the firm as a senior adviser, will lead the new office. Bower’s work background includes stints at BC Partners, HgCapital and 3i. He is also the founder of Noble Rock Advisors, an investment and advisory firm. PRESS RELEASE Inflexion Private Equity today announces that it has expanded into North America with a focus on supporting portfolio company M&A and broader busin...
Tags: UK, Boston, India, US, Trends, Bower, People, Inflexion, North America, Brazil China, Harvard Business School, Whit, Simon Turner, Inflexion Private Equity, Whitney Bower, PRESS RELEASE Inflexion Private Equity

The Great Boston Molasses Flood: why the strange disaster matters today

An obscure accident led to the first class action lawsuit against a major company, paving the way for modern regulationFor bystanders, the first clue something was wrong was a sound different from the usual thrum of the overhead train. The Boston Evening Transcript later described it as “a deep rumble.” Related: Study reveals why so many met a sticky end in Boston's Great Molasses Flood Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Business, Boston, History, Food & drink industry, Great Boston Molasses Flood

Master the Art of Digital Brand Building at Social Media Marketing World

The integration of social media with digital commerce has transformed the way businesses operate. From March 20 to 22, 2019 there will be 7,000 marketers and influencers heading to San Diego for a three-day event to learn and teach the best techniques at Social Media Marketing World. More than 100 of the world’s top professionals specializing in different aspects of social media will be sharing their knowledge. Discussion will include marketing with Facebook, Instagram, Messenger bots, live vid...
Tags: Boston, Sales, San Diego, Dallas, Miami, Nashville, Las Vegas, Soho, SAN JOSE Calif, Dallas Texas, Gleacher Center, London UK, NorCal, Oakland Calif, San Diego Calif, INS

Kaleido Bio and Cirius Join an IPO Queue Stalled by Federal Shutdown

The partial government shutdown may have diminished staffing at the SEC, but it hasn’t dimmed the hopes of biotech firms hoping to go public. On Friday, Kaleido Biosciences and Cirius Therapeutics both filed paperwork for their respective initial public offerings with the securities regulator.While it’s operating with “very limited staff” due to the shutdown, the SEC’s electronic system for regulatory filings is still up and running. Kaleido and Cirius join a handful of biotechs that have filed...
Tags: Startups, Drugs, Ipo, Boston, Trends, Investing, SEC, Biotech, Government Shutdown, Microbiome, Life Sciences, Clinical Trials, Frazier Healthcare Partners, National blog main, Boston blog main, Boston top stories

Artemis wraps up sophomore fund

Boston-based Artemis Capital Partners, an industrial technology-focused private equity firm, has closed its second fund. No financial terms were disclosed. Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP served as legal counsel to the fund. PRESS RELEASE BOSTON, Jan. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Artemis Capital Partners (“Artemis”), an industrial technology-focused private equity firm, today announced the final close of its second fund, Artemis Capital Partners II, L.P. (the “Fund”), after hitting the Fund’s hard cap in ...
Tags: Boston, Trends, Funds, Fund, Artemis, Peter, Morgan Lewis Bockius LLP, Limited Partners, Artemis Capital Partners, East Berlin Connecticut, Superior Technical Ceramics, Artemis Capital Partners Artemis, St Albans Vermont Artemis

PE-backed Craftmaster Resource buys Taylor Security and Lock

Craftmaster Resource LLC, which is backed by Capital Resource Partners and Northcreek Mezzanine, has acquired Gaithersburg, Maryland-based Taylor Security and Lock, a provider of commercial and residential door hardware. No financial terms were disclosed. PRESS RELEASE NORTHVALE, N.J. (PRWEB) JANUARY 08, 2019 Craftmaster Hardware LLC, a security hardware distributor, has acquired Taylor Security and Lock of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Taylor is a distributor of commercial and residential door hardwa...
Tags: Boston, Trends, M&a, Taylor, CRP, PE, Gaithersburg Maryland, Small Business Investment Company, PRWEB, SBIC, Joel Taylor, Northcreek Mezzanine, Taylor Security, Craftmaster Resource LLC, Capital Resource Partners, Lock of Gaithersburg Maryland Taylor

The US continues to hammer Chinese tech

It’s another week, and another bevy of hits on Chinese tech by the U.S. government. Let’s get up to speed, plus a request for startup lawyer recommendations. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at [email protected]) if you like or hate something here. Venture capital’s leading advocate NVCA pushes for narrower restrictions on foreign investment Let’s start with the most exciting subj...
Tags: Asia, New York, Congress, Washington Post, Government, China, Boston, Softbank, US, America, Tech, Policy, United States, House, Venture Capital, Tencent

The U.S. continues to hammer Chinese tech

It’s another week, and another bevy of hits on Chinese tech by the U.S. government. Let’s get up to speed, plus a request for startup lawyer recommendations. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at [email protected]) if you like or hate something here. Venture capital’s leading advocate NVCA pushes for narrower restrictions on foreign investment Let’s start with the most exciting subj...
Tags: Asia, New York, Congress, Washington Post, Government, China, Boston, Softbank, America, Tech, Policy, United States, House, Venture Capital, Tencent, Silicon Valley

Renting A Home More Affordable Than Buying In 59 Percent Of U.S. Housing Markets

Home Prices Outpacing Wages in 80 Percent of the U.S. Housing Markets Irvine, CA – Jan. 10, 2019 (PRNewswire) ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s premier property database, today released its 2019 Rental Affordability Report, which shows that renting a three-bedroom property is more affordable than buying a median-priced home in 442 of 755 U.S. counties analyzed for the report — 59 percent. The analysis incorporated recently released fair market rent data for 2019 from the U.S. Depart...
Tags: Real Estate, Renting, News, California, Boston, Buy, Radio, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Tennessee, Rent, Ohio, Michigan, Rental, Orange County California, U S Department of Housing and Urban Development, Monroe County Florida

Boston Tech Watch: Boston Metal, TaxJar, ClimaCell, & WithMe Health

A bunch of startups started 2019 off on the right foot taking big checks cut by investors that continue the boom from 2018. Read on for more.—Weather forecast company ClimaCell says its high-resolution data is now available in 40 countries, including India. In October, the Boston-based startup raised $45 million, pushing its total venture capital haul to $65 million, and since then, it added another $5 million from GXP Investments, an arm of Kansas power utility Great Plains Energy, and Nationa...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Boston, India, Israel, Trends, Tech, Mit, Bill Gates, Venture Capital, Cambridge, Kansas, National Grid, Worcester, Affectiva, Wells Fargo

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