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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


WI Watchlist: Fiserv, Promega, Arrowhead, Basic-code, EnSync & More

The biggest news of the week from Wisconsin’s high-tech sectors was by far Brookfield-based Fiserv’s (NASDAQ: FISV) massive $22 billion deal to acquire First Data (NYSE: FDC). Meanwhile, here are some headlines and happenings you might’ve missed:—Basic-code raised nearly $250,000 in equity funding, according to an SEC filing. The Brookfield, WI-based startup, which offers sales analysis and forecasting software, pulled in more than $736,000 in equity financing last February. Founder and preside...
Tags: Deals, Energy, Startups, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Wisconsin, Brookfield, SEC, Cleantech, Life Sciences, Resmed, Fiserv, Exabyte, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp


The Sequel To One of Logitech's Best Mice Is Down To Its Best Price

With its ability to work on any surface, including glass, the Logitech MX Anywhere mouse has always been a reader favorite. And today, you can save on its sequel.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Tech, Logitech, Mice, Computers Accessories


Educational Play Kit Company Osmo Sold to India’s Edtech Firm Byju’s for $120M

Byju’s, an edtech company based in India that claims a $3.6 billion valuation based on its sales success there, announced it has acquired Palo Alto, CA-based learning-through-play firm Osmo for $120 million.Named after the teacher Byju Raveendran, who founded the company in 2011, Byju’s is making its first acquisition in the United States to advance its goals of expanding globally and adding very young children to its user base. The company, which announced the deal Wednesday, had already made ...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Hardware, Education, Internet, Entrepreneurship, India, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Vc


CommonGrounds Raises $100M to Open More New Flexible Office Spaces

Billions of dollars have already flowed to the purveyors of shared workspaces, and the investment spigot isn’t turning off yet.CommonGrounds Workspace, a San Diego, CA-based company that operates flexible office spaces in California and Colorado today, announced Wednesday that it had raised $100 million in a Series A financing to expand its lineup to roughly 50 sites during the next two years.The company says the new money comes from three investors: CommonGrounds’s seed-stage backer, a local r...
Tags: Deals, Facebook, Real Estate, Microsoft, Developer, Colorado, California, Funding, Trends, Tech, Nike, Development, Cigna, Venture Capital, San Diego, WeWork


With New Cash and Facilities, Phoenix Transitions Out Of Startup Mode

It’s often not obvious precisely when an early-stage business reaches the point where it outgrows the “startup” label.Case in point: Madison, WI-based Phoenix, which sells neutron generators and provides image-reading services to organizations in industries ranging from healthcare to renewable energy to aerospace and defense.“From a cultural standpoint, everybody’s starting to feel the maturation of the company,” says Evan Sengbusch, Phoenix’s president. The company “still has the startup cultu...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Trends, Tech, Vc, Wisconsin, Manufacturing, Accelerators, Phoenix, Particle Accelerators, Exabyte, National blog main, Wisconsin blog main, Wisconsin top stories, Madison WI, Medical imaging


ScoutRFP Scores $33M to Compete in Supplier Management Sector

ScoutRFP, whose software is designed to help businesses streamline the process of ordering goods from suppliers, announced that it raised $33 million in a Series C fundraising round led by Scale Venture Partners.San Francisco-based Scout, part of a tech sector dubbed supplier relations management, or SRM, aims to free businesses from painstaking traditional methods of seeking bids from various suppliers and comparing their merits. Some companies are still doing this by laboriously creating spre...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Cloud, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Vc, Software, Automation, Innovation


Save Big on a Bunch of MicroSD Cards, Including the Best Price Ever on 400GB

4K GoPro footage and Nintendo Switch games take up a ton of space, but you could hold plenty of both with these discounted microSD cards.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Storage, Tech, Nintendo, Sandisk, Lifehacks


Fiserv to Buy First Data for $22B as Fintech Consolidation Continues

The mega-deals keep on coming. Today, it’s a massive acquisition in financial technology: Fiserv has struck an agreement to acquire First Data in an all-stock transaction valued at $22 billion.The deal has been approved by both companies’ boards but still needs to be accepted by shareholders and regulators. Assuming it closes as expected later this year, it would combine two big players in financial services and payments processing.Fiserv (NASDAQ: FISV), a 35-year-old company based in Brookfiel...
Tags: Deals, Mobile, Apps, Trends, Tech, It, Software, M&a, Square, Wisconsin, Payments, Stripe, Fintech, Izettle, First Data, Worldpay


10 Gadgets That Will Help You Live Your Best Life in 2019

Now that 2019 is in full swing, it's time to talk about tech. We're lucky enough to live in a time when we have access to so much technology that's both functional and good-looking. Today, you can get text messages on your wrist, track your heart rate, and listen to your favorite music with sound quality that's better than a concert. We've found some of the gadgets we've been eyeing for the new year at Walmart, so keep reading to shop our 10 favorites. Related: ...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Shopping, Religion, Tech, Walmart, Tech Accessories, Technology & Gadgets


After 33 Exits in 5 Years, WI Seeks “More and Bigger” Startup Deals

When Propeller Health’s founders initially tried to raise funding for their new healthcare technology venture, many of the investors they spoke with were hesitant to take the risk.It was the early part of this decade, and Propeller was navigating the FDA’s regulatory process for medical devices. The company believed it had a chance to become one of the first to earn market clearance from the agency for a software product, says Propeller co-founder and CEO David Van Sickle. Propeller’s idea for ...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Internet Of Things, Education, Connected Devices, Trends, Tech, It, Cybersecurity, Walgreens, Vc, Software, Healthcare, M&a


IBM Vets Launch Sonrai Security, Eyeing Multi-Cloud “Complexity”

Businesses racing faster and faster to put their data and applications into multiple cloud services will soon have to figure out how to keep an eye on it all. Start thinking about the hundreds of users, the dozens of accounts, and the handful of different cloud services that don’t always speak the same language, and the job of monitoring and securing it all quickly gets complicated.This is the problem that Brendan Hannigan and Sandy Bird are attacking with their New York-based company Sonrai Se...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Deals, Startups, Open Source, Cloud, New York, Microsoft, Identity, Azure, Trends, Tech, Cisco, It, Cybersecurity, Vc


Smartsheet Buys TernPro, Seattle Developer of Collaboration Tools

Smartsheet, a Bellevue, WA-based company that develops collaborative software allowing users to track projects and manage company processes, said Tuesday it has acquired Seattle-based TernPro, whose flagship product Slope lets customers mark up documents, images, videos, and other media before releasing them to a wider audience.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Smartsheet’s (NYSE: SMAR) and TernPro’s products both fit into the category of collaborative work management tools. But th...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Trends, Tech, Oakland Athletics, Seattle, Major League Baseball, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Ventures, Sendgrid, Forrester, Slope, Exabyte, National blog main, Seattle blog main, Seattle top stories


AlwaysAI Adds $4M to Bring Deep Learning to Embedded ‘Edge’ Devices

Many of our devices, from wearables to medical instruments to drones, can capture reams of images. Using algorithms to analyze those images on the devices, in turn, generally takes loads of computing power and energy—sometimes more than is feasible.AlwaysAI says it is getting ready to sell its software for enterprise developers looking to make applications that use deep learning to better process the immense amount of data from embedded devices, such as cameras, drones, wearables, and robots—an...
Tags: Deals, Cloud Computing, Trends, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Software, SaaS, Venture Capital, San Diego, Blackberry, Network, Ai, Financing, Deep Learning, Computer Vision, Edge


Goods Unite Us Raises $500K to Track Corporate Political Leanings

Goods Unite Us, a Madison, WI-based startup seeking to inform shoppers about the political leanings of corporations they purchase products and services from, says it closed a $500,000 seed funding round last week.MaSa Partners, Humble Rogue Ventures, and Mark Bakken, a Madison-based entrepreneur and investor, co-led the round, Goods Unite Us says.Launched in 2017, Goods Unite Us aims to increase transparency around corporate money in politics by providing users with information on political con...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Politics, Trends, Tech, E-commerce, Mobile Apps, Vc, Software, Wisconsin, Glassdoor, Political Campaigns, Exabyte, Amy Miller, Brian Potts, National blog main


This Five-Port Anker Charger Can Power Your Switch and MacBook Too

Anker’s PowerPort line of multi-port USB chargers are our readers’ favorites, and this model is one of the few that includes USB-C Power Delivery, which outputs up to 30W to power devices like the new MacBooks, or even a Nintendo Switch. It normally sells for $54, but Anker’s knocked that down to $35 today, no promo…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Tech, Power, Nintendo, Anker, MacBook Too


Report: After a Boffo 2018, VC Deals in Digital Health May Flatten

Investments in digital health startups totaled $8.1 billion in 2018, a record year that marked a 42 percent increase over 2017’s total, according to a report released this week by Rock Health. But the report’s authors say it’s unlikely that venture capital investments in digital health, an area that encompasses the use of software and technology to try to improve care and lower costs, will continue growing at such a brisk pace.“We wouldn’t be surprised to see venture funding for digital health ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Startups, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Healthcare, Pwc, Doctor On Demand, National Venture Capital Association, Digital Health, Cb Insights, Healthtech


WI Watchlist: Northwestern Mutual, Epic, Exact Sciences, Propeller

It’s time to catch up on notable headlines from Wisconsin’s innovation community:—Northwestern Mutual, the Milwaukee-based insurance and wealth management services giant, has hired Souheil Badran as chief innovation officer. Badran was previously president of the Americas region for Alipay, the online payments platform operated by Ant Financial, the Alibaba-owned fintech firm.Badran’s new role was previously held by Alexa von Tobel, the well-known fintech entrepreneur who left Northwestern Mutu...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Internet Of Things, New York, Connected Devices, Americas, Trends, Tech, It, Walgreens, Software, Healthcare, Alibaba, Wisconsin


You Should Probably Replace Your Surge Protector, and This USB-Equipped Anker Is On Sale

Anker makes a surge protectors now, which is...incredibly logical. Their newest, largest model is down to $28 today when you clip the $2 on-page coupon and use code ANKERPS2, and includes 12 AC outlets and three USB ports, plus a flat, swiveling plug that fits nicely behind your furniture. Surge protectors actually…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Tech, Power, Lifehacks, Anker


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


Online Tech Expands Cloud, Data Services with Neverfail Acquisition

Online Tech, the Ann Arbor, MI-based provider of cloud services, beefed up its capabilities last month when it acquired the infrastructure-as-a-service and data protection businesses of Neverfail, an IT company located in Austin, TX. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.Online Tech CEO Brad Cheedle says his company offers managed services around cloud computing. The company’s service include assessing if a customer is cloud-ready or migrating their data to the cloud, Cheedle says. “Companie...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Entrepreneurship, Cloud Computing, Trends, Tech, It, Software, Austin, Innovation, Data Protection, Detroit, Infrastructure As A Service, Ann Arbor, National blog main, Texas blog main


Smooth-Driving Startup ClearMotion Gets $115M for Production Push

Auto technology startup ClearMotion says its active suspension system promising buttery-smooth rides on bumpy terrain is ready for prime time.The Boston-area business says it raised a $115 million Series D funding round led by Franklin Templeton Investments and it is working with a handful of automotive manufacturers to commercialize the product.ClearMotion developed a car suspension system it likens to noise-cancelling for potholes and the like that was based on research audio technology compa...
Tags: Deals, Microsoft, Boston, Trends, Tech, Mit, Vc, Automotive, Data Science, Venture Capital, Machine Learning, Mobility, Birmingham, Bose, Qualcomm, BRIDGESTONE


Start Your Eneloop Collection With Four AAs and a Charger For $17

If you want to start collecting Eneloop batteries (and you should), the best place to start is the 4-pack of AAs with a charger, and you can get it for just $17 right now. That’s not quite as cheap as the short-lived $15 deal we saw over the holidays, but it’s still a solid value. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Tech, Power, Eneloop


Did You Know? You Can Score 2019's Hottest Gadgets For Less Than $50!

We love technology because it makes our lives so much easier, and one of the most exciting parts of a new year is seeing all the fun, innovative gadgets to hit the market. The only thing better than new tech toys are ones that won't break the bank, and in 2019, there are plenty of cool finds for less than $50. You read that right. Just keep reading to shop our picks! Related: Ama...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Shopping, Religion, Tech, Tech Shopping, Affordable Shopping, Best of 2019


Microsoft, Kroger Advance Grocery Tech to Fend Off Amazon

From the cloud on down to the floors of supermarkets, the rivalry between Microsoft and Amazon spans many sectors in software, gadgets, and increasingly, retail.The Seattle-area tech giants are battling—both with one another, and other competitors—to further digitize grocery shopping. The latest salvo came on Monday from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), which announced new details of its partnership with Kroger (NYSE: KR), one of the leading grocery store chains in the U.S. The Cincinnati-based grocer...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Microsoft, Whole Foods, Cloud Computing, Trends, Tech, Amazon Prime, Supermarkets, E-commerce, Software, Grocery Stores, Retail, Seattle, Cincinnati, Kroger


Seattle Startup Funding News: Immusoft, TurboPatent, VYRTY & More

Catch up on funding news in the Seattle area’s early-stage business ecosystem from late December and early January:—Immusoft, which is developing technology to genetically reprogram patients’ B cells outside the body to produce therapeutic proteins, said it raised $20 million from investors. The Seattle-based company said a mix of new investors and return backers participated in the Series B round, including Alexandria Venture Investments, Breakout Ventures, DEFTA Partners, RBV Capital, and Mes...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Trends, Tech, Paypal, IP, Vc, Epic, Nvidia, Patents, Uspto, Seattle, Digital Health, Electronic Health Records, Boston Scientific, Alexandria Venture Investments


Amazon debuts Showroom, a visual shopping experience for home furnishings

Amazon just over a year ago launched its first in-home furniture brands, with private labels Rivet and Stone & Beam. This past fall, it began experimenting with a new, more visual way to shop for furniture and other merchandise with its Pinterest-like recommendation service Scout. Now, Amazon is venturing further into home furnishings with the debut of Amazon Showroom, a visual design tool that allows you to place furniture into a virtual living room, customize the décor, then shop the look. The...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Shopping, Tech, Walmart, E-commerce, Online Shopping, Furniture, Retail, Stone Beam, Amazon Showroom, Scout Now Amazon, TechCrunch Amazon Showroom


WI Watchlist: Baird, Exact Sciences, Somna Therapeutics, & More

Happy New Year, readers. To kick off 2019, here are some recent headlines from Wisconsin’s innovation community:—The venture capital arm of Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Co. is trying to raise $185 million for its fifth venture fund, according to a new SEC filing. The firm has yet to collect any of the money, the document shows.Baird’s venture group said it pulled in $185 million for its fourth fund in 2014, surpassing its $150 million target.—Germantown-based medical device company Somna T...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Milwaukee, Trends, Tech, Vc, Wisconsin, SEC, Fda, Life Sciences, Baird, Germantown, Robert W. Baird & Co, Exabyte, National blog main, Wisconsin blog main


Alphabet’s Biotech R&D Arm Verily Raises $1B to Fuel Growth

Verily, the biotech research and development company owned by Google parent Alphabet, has raised $1 billion in an investment round led by Menlo Park, CA-based private equity titan Silver Lake.The South San Francisco, CA-based company was formerly known as Google Life Sciences before Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) spun it off from the search engine giant and rebranded it in 2017. Other new investors in the round include Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and other global investment management firms, Verily...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Singapore, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Investment, Vc, Healthcare, Private Equity, Biotech, Silver Lake, Alphabet, Ruth Porat, Google Life Sciences


4 San Diego Startups Ring in New Year With New Venture Dollars

Heads of some local tech startups—or at least their lawyers—stayed busy over the winter holiday. Four reported raising $10 million or more within days of the New Year, according to recent filings with securities regulators.While the softening stock market may have ruined a few holiday breaks, these San Diego software companies were undoubtedly raising a glass in celebration of their successful fundraising efforts.—LeadCrunch raised about $17.5 million in two financing rounds, according to a pai...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Trends, Tech, Software, SaaS, San Diego, Financing, Target, Cbre, B2b, Enterprise Software, Matt Ellis, National blog main, San Diego blog main, San Diego top stories



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