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Bolt Founder Ben Einstein Leaves Hardware Tech VC Firm

Ben Einstein, co-founder and general partner of hardware-focused investor Bolt, says he has left the venture capital firm he started as his partner, Grace, enters chemotherapy for a cancer diagnosis.“Through this gut-wrenching experience, the things I enjoy doing and that give me energy are clearer than ever: I am a builder,” Einstein wrote in a post on Medium. “My life revolves around the process of creating new things; from hardware products and companies to relationships and community, my li...
Tags: Boston, Boston blog main, Boston top stories, National blog main, San Francisco blog main, San Francisco top stories, Ben Einstein, Bolt, Cancer, Chemotherapy, Desktop Metal, Hardware, Machine Metrics, RoboticsAI, San Francisco, Sense


AgileCraft’s Exit, $45M for Ojo Labs, Intel Grants & More TX Tech

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas.—Georgetown, TX-based AgileCraft was acquired by Australia-based Atlassian (NASDAQ: TEAM), the team collaboration and productivity software maker, for $166 million. AgileCraft makes planning software that helps executives build and manage how the company’s projects develop. It’s focused more on leaders in a business than engineering and IT staff, and it helps them map out product strategy, spot bottlenecks and risks, and get a feel for the...
Tags: National blog main, National top stories, Texas, Texas blog main, Texas top stories, AgileCraft, AI, Artificial Intelligence, AT&T, Atlassian, ATX Seed Ventures, ATX Venture Partners, Austin, Australia, Brad Bentz, Canada


Boston Tech Watch: Notarize, Optimus Ride, LogRocket & More

The self-driving cars are coming (to a gated development near you). Board additions at a novel tech startup. Another big funding round for an industrial 3D printing startup. The Endeavor v. QinetiQ robot competition’s final chapter. Read on for more.—Online notary startup Notarize is adding senior LogMeIn and State Street executives to its board. The Boston-based tech company says Larry D’Angelo, LogMeIn (NASDAQ: LOGM) chief sales officer, and Jack Klinck, former head of global strategy at Stat...
Tags: Boston, Boston blog main, Boston top stories, National blog main, 3D printing, Accomplice, Additive Manufacturing, Arlington, Army, Autonomous, Bae Systems, Battery Ventures, Ben Edelstein, Brex, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Burlington


CRISPR Diagnostic Race Heats Up as Sherlock Bio Launches With $35M

The high-stakes race to use CRISPR gene editing technology to create medicines has been underway for years now, and human trials are just starting. But the idea of using CRISPR as a tool to detect and diagnose a disease has been gaining traction, too, and the launch of a new startup today called Sherlock Biosciences marks the latest step.Sherlock has been formed around technologies licensed from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University, dubbed “SHERLOCK” and “INSPECTR,” respectively, t...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Boston, Trends, Vc, Harvard University, Sherlock, Crispr, Illumina, Life Sciences, Jim Collins, Broad Institute of MIT, Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, Feng Zhang, David Walt


New Funding for Workplace Software Firms Skedulo and Scope AR

Two young San Francisco companies on Wednesday announced fundraisings to bolster their online services aimed at improving workforce efficiency.—Skedulo, which helps managers schedule assignments for field service personnel, says it raised $28 million in a Series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s corporate venture arm. Joining in the round were previous investors Blackbird, a venture capital firm based near Sydney, Australia, and Palo Alto, CA-based Costanoa Ventures. M12 principal Priya S...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Microsoft, Workplace, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Unilever, Web, It, Vc, Software


Flagship Reloads With $824M For Latest Growth Capital Fund

Flagship Pioneering, one of the Boston area’s top biotech company creators, has closed a new $824 million fund to help fuel the growth of its startups.The new fund—Special Opportunities Fund II—will complement the cash the firm uses to start its companies, much like the $285 million “Special Opportunities” fund the firm announced in 2016. In a statement, Flagship CEO Noubar Afeyan said the fund will provide “new capital to grow platform companies”—that is, startups based not on a single asset, ...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Boston, Trends, Vc, Life Sciences, Cambridge MA, Atlas Venture, National blog main, Boston blog main, Boston top stories, Denali Therapeutics, Noubar Afeyan, Moderna, Evelo Biosciences, Flagship Pioneering


Pfizer Bolsters Gene Therapy Position with $51M Vivet Deal

Pfizer this morning added to its methodical push into the gene therapy field, paying $51 million for a small stake in Vivet Therapeutics and the option to buy the Parisian biotech in the future.The deal is the latest in a recent string of investments by large biopharma companies in gene therapy, which offers the potential for a long-lasting, if not permanent effect through a one-time treatment. The field has gone through decades of ups and downs, but has now proven that it can develop approved ...
Tags: Deals, New York, Trends, Pfizer, Biotech, Life Sciences, Roche, Biogen, Gene Therapy, National blog main, New York blog main, New York top stories, Boston blog main, Spark Therapeutics, Rare diseases, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy


New Accelerator Aims For Social Change With AR, VR, Gaming Startups

Games for Change, a non-profit that promotes the use of games and immersive technology for social good, is taking applications from startup teams for a new accelerator program it’s launching in New York City.New York-based Games for Change already encourages game and XR developers, by a variety of means, to build societal benefits into their designs. The organization, founded in 2004, holds an annual festival with demos, workshops, and training sessions, and also operates awards programs and st...
Tags: Startups, Games, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Vc, Software, Innovation, Venture Capital, Virtual Reality, Berkshire Hathaway


Erie Hack Aims to Solve Lake’s Challenges with Tech-Driven Solutions

Even though Michigan is surrounded by one of the world’s most abundant sources of freshwater, it’s still plagued by water-related challenges, such as the Flint water crisis, high lead levels in the water at Detroit public schools, and PFAS contamination. And with the Trump administration looking to cut federal funding for Great Lakes water restoration by 90 percent in its latest budget proposal, one could argue the situation may grow more precarious.It’s with that in mind that six cities in the...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Innovation, Michigan, Cleveland, Detroit, Water Pollution, Water Technology, Trump, Flint, Flint Water Crisis, NASA Glenn Research Center, Erie, Toledo OH


Why Comma.ai, Maker of Self-Driving Tech, is Moving to San Diego

Tech salaries may not be as high outside of Silicon Valley, but neither is the cost of operating a business—or the cost of living.San Diego’s startup community has rejoiced in recent months as massive companies that employ thousands of engineers—including Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), and the tech arm of Walmart (NYSE: WMT)—have announced expansions in the region.Local entrepreneurs hope that investment will make other tech businesses, including early-stage companies, more comfor...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Hardware, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Palo Alto, Software, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Self-driving Cars, George Hotz, Aapl, Ashlee Vance


Coming Home Again: Estrada Returns to Lead WeWork Labs in Houston

Houston—Co-working company WeWork is opening its latest “Labs” space in Houston.New York-based WeWork, which has 49 Labs programs across the United States and globe, opened its first Texas location, in Dallas, last fall. WeWork’s Labs is the business’s version of an early stage startup program, offering workshops, mentorship, connections to local accelerator and incubator programs, and more in exchange for rent.Leading the endeavor is Carlos Estrada, a native Houstonian who returns to the city ...
Tags: Startups, New York, Texas, Trends, Tech, People, Austin, United States, Innovation, Dallas, Nebraska, Lincoln, WeWork, Houston, Alice, Agtech


AmplifAI Raises $3.9M, Its First Outside Funding, For Call Center AI

Dallas—AmplifAI Solutions, which makes artificial intelligence-enabled software for call center operations, has raised $3.9 million.Investors in the funding round were Naya Ventures, LiveOak Venture Partners, and Capital Factory, all based in Austin.AmplifAI has developed software that uses machine learning algorithms to analyze behaviors of top-performing employees in order to create training programs for employees across the payroll. Now, the company plans to use the funding to further develo...
Tags: Startups, Home Depot, Texas, Funding, Trends, Tech, Investment, Data, People, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Austin, AT&T, Innovation, Venture Capital


JLabs’ Luby Takes the Reins at TMC Innovation Institute in Houston

Houston—Tom Luby, the head of JLabs in Houston, has been named the new director of the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute, the center announced Monday morning.Luby takes over the innovation institute three months after former director Erik Halvorsen left the role.Luby is already a known presence around the TMC innovation building thanks to the two years he has led JLabs @ TMC, the Houston outpost of Johnson & Johnson’s (NYSE: JNJ) network of innovation incubators. The pharmaceutical gi...
Tags: Startups, Texas, Australia, Drugs, Boston, Cancer, Trends, Tech, People, Commercialization, Software, United Kingdom, Healthcare, Innovation, Machine Learning, Houston


CesiumAstro, MAP Health, StoryFit, Hatch Pitch & More Texas Tech

[ Updated 3/14/19, 1:53 pm CT. See below. ]  Another South By Southwest festival comes to a close in Austin. Let’s catch up with the highlights from the tech portion this year and other innovation news in Texas.—CesiumAstro, an Austin-based maker of antennas and communications systems for satellites, said it has raised $12.4 million in a Series A funding round. Airbus Ventures, the venture arm of plane-maker Airbus, led the round, according to a press release. Other investors were Kleiner Pe...
Tags: Apps, Publishing, Texas, Entertainment, China, Cancer, Funding, Los Angeles, Trends, Startup, Insurance, Tech, Investment, People, Vc, Artificial Intelligence


M:Bility Conference: Panel Talks Factors Fueling Future of AV Industry

At AutoWorld’s M:Bility conference in Dearborn, MI, this week, a wide variety of topics pertaining to the mobility industry and the development of driverless technology were covered in keynote and panel discussions, including mapping and sensors, artificial intelligence, automotive data, mobility-as-a-service, electrification, and 5G connectivity.However, running through all topics was a measure of caution as industry insiders worked to adjust expectations as to when fully autonomous (or nearly...
Tags: Startups, Uber, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Software, Electric Vehicles, Auto Industry, Innovation, Gm, Mobility, Detroit, Smart Cities, Boeing, Valeo, Bility


Bio Roundup: Golumbeski’s Legacy, CRISPR Moratorium, Rebate Week & More

While all eyes in the biopharmaceutical world are currently trained on Bristol-Myers Squibb’s proposal to buy Celgene for $74 billion, it wasn’t that long ago that another company’s gaze was fixed on the Summit, NJ, drug maker.In the early 2000s, before the FDA approved Celgene’s flagship multiple myeloma drug lenalidomide (Revlimid), Novartis (NYSE: NVS considered buying the company. It passed, unwilling to risk billions on an unapproved drug. Those details came from biopharma dealmaker George...
Tags: Deals, Startups, China, Ipo, Cancer, Trends, Investing, Merck, Colorectal Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Harvard University, Health Insurance, Astrazeneca, Center For Medicare And Medicaid Services, Fda, National


Topouzian Brings Economic Development Perspective to New MVCA Role

Ara Topouzian is a longtime Oakland County economic development official and a 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow recognized for his work playing a 76-string kanun harp in Armenian and world music bands. As of March 25, he’ll also be the new director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, which works to advance the state’s VC ecosystem.Topouzian comes to the MVCA after six years of heading up the 700-member Troy Chamber of Commerce, where he says he worked to reinvent the organization and create p...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Vc, Innovation, Venture Capital, Detroit, Economic Development, Oakland County, National blog main, Detroit blog main, Detroit top stories, Diversity and Inclusion, Michigan Venture Capital Association, MVCA, EntryPoint


WI Watchlist: Foxconn Fund, UW Accelerator, MSOE A.I. Hall & More

It’s time to catch up on Wisconsin innovation news:—Jason Franklin will manage the Wisconn Valley Venture Fund, a $100 million fund formed last August by Foxconn Technology Group and three leading Wisconsin businesses and organizations: Advocate Aurora Health, Northwestern Mutual, and Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI). Foxconn, a Taiwanese manufacturing giant, has said it’s building a massive (and controversial) electronics factory in southeastern Wisconsin.Franklin is a University of Wisconsin-Madi...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Education, Trends, Tech, It, Vc, Software, Healthcare, Nvidia, Wisconsin, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Cleantech, Foxconn, Life Sciences


Vikram Jandhyala, Champion of Innovation at UW and Beyond, Dies at 47

Vikram Jandhyala, who built bridges between academia and industry across the globe and at the University of Washington, where he taught and worked, has died, the school said Wednesday. He was 47.In a statement on UW’s website, President Ana Mari Cauce said authorities were investigating Jandhyala’s death as a suicide. He is survived by two sons, ages 7 and 5, who will be cared for by their mother, Suja Vaidyanathan, Cauce wrote.Over the years, Jandhyala worked in industry, as a professor, and a...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Trends, Tech, Research, Vc, Commercialization, Engineering, Seattle, Madrona Venture Group, University of Washington, UW, Tsinghua University, Milken Institute, Vikram Jandhyala, World Affairs Council


Keen, a San Antonio SaaS Startup Owned by Scaleworks, Hires New CEO

San Antonio—Ben Kuhn has been promoted to become the CEO of Keen, a San Antonio startup that helps software developers with custom application programming interfaces for data collection and analytics.Kuhn was hired as the general manager of Keen in 2018, having previously worked at healthcare companies DaVita and Genentech. Most recently, he co-founded another software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup in San Antonio, Luka Health, which he left for Keen.Keen is owned by Scaleworks, an investment firm...
Tags: Startups, Texas, Science, Technology, Developer, Trends, Startup, Tech, ROI, Analytics, Developers, Software, SaaS, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Software Development


Dallas’ ModeSens Aims to Build Online Shops Tailored to Each User

Dallas—Part of the challenge for e-commerce is finding ways to prevent shoppers from having buyer’s remorse.“You never want to have a customer who has a disgruntled post-purchase feeling,” says Krystle Kraycraft, chief marketing officer at ModeSens, an e-commerce startup in Dallas. “We’re giving the consumer confidence to eliminate the need for a return.”Returns are the bane of e-commerce operations, costing billions in round-trip shipping costs and products that frequently cannot be resold at ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Texas, Pinterest, Big Data, Trends, Tech, E-commerce, People, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Innovation, Retail, Machine Learning, Dallas, Ai


Alchemie Snags NSF Grant to Develop AR Tools for Teaching Chemistry

Alchemie, a Troy, MI-based educational technology startup, has won another round of funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop 3D and augmented reality (AR) learning tools for teaching general chemistry.The funding, announced this week, is a $140,000 Technology Enhancement through Commercialization Partnerships extension to a Phase II SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant focused on building game-based learning modules and assessment technology for organic chemistry...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Chemistry, Innovation, Venture Capital, Detroit, University Of Michigan, Georgia Tech, National Science Foundation, University of Washington, NSF


F5’s $670M Deal for Nginx Expands Firms’ Control of Web Servers, Apps

Internet users are celebrating the World Wide Web’s 30th birthday this week by reminiscing about early Web technologies like America Online and dial-up modems. But users’ Web experiences—from the 1990s to today’s social media-dominated digital landscape—are only possible with behind-the-scenes Internet infrastructure in place. The value of that infrastructure was highlighted in F5 Networks’ recent announcement that it has agreed to acquire Nginx for $670 million in cash.F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) and Ng...
Tags: Deals, Security, Cloud, Internet, Cloud Computing, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Www, Cybersecurity, M&a, Data Centers, Api, Seattle, Nginx, World Wide Web


X4 Completes Reverse Merger with Arsanis, Looks Ahead to Phase 3 Test

X4 Pharmaceuticals is the latest biotech to join the public markets, but it didn’t follow the IPO path to get there.Cambridge, MA-based X4 said Wednesday that it completed its “reverse merger” with Arsanis (NASDAQ: ASNS). Such business combinations enable a privately held company to go public by merging with a publicly traded business. Shares of the new X4 are set to begin trading on the Nasdaq exchange Thursday under the stock symbol “XFOR.”X4 is developing drugs that target the CXCR4 pathway,...
Tags: Deals, Drugs, Ipo, Boston, Trends, Cambridge, Biotech, Nasdaq, Life Sciences, Genzyme, National blog main, Boston blog main, Boston top stories, National Organization for Rare Disorders, X4 Pharmaceuticals, X4


The Investments Cisco, Samsung, Toyota, and Chevron Are Making in AI

Austin—If you’re a startup talking up your artificial intelligence chops in your venture capital pitch, you’re not alone.For Cisco Investments, the venture arm of tech giant Cisco, artificial intelligence is no longer one of the key trends to watch for during pitches in 2019. That’s according to Noah Yago, a director at Cisco Investments, who said the firm did list it as a trend to watch in 2017 and 2018. Part of the issue is saturation, he said.“Our view is that we’re sort of at peak oil for A...
Tags: Google, Auto, Startups, Facebook, Texas, Technology, Trends, Startup, Tech, Investing, Cisco, Car, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Austin


Clinical Analytics Platform TriNetX Raises $40M to Speed Drug Trials

TriNetX, a Cambridge, MA developer of data analytics software for clinical research, has raised $40 million in a Series D funding round led by Merck’s corporate venture capital fund, the company said.The company’s analytics platform helps pharma companies detail the many aspects of a clinical trial—from choosing hospital locations with adequate populations of patients to managing what age ranges and other demographic variables to include in the studies—to cut down on delayed studies due to a re...
Tags: Deals, Boston, Massachusetts, Trends, Merck, Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital, Cambridge, Machine Learning, Novartis, Pfizer, Delays, Protocol, Electronic Health Records, Amendments, Sanofi


Toyota Among Investors Backing Airbiquity With $15M for Vehicle Tech

Airbiquity, a Seattle-based developer of connected vehicle systems powering navigation, entertainment, and other software in cars, has raised $15 million in new financing from three Japanese automotive corporations, the company announced Monday.The investors that participated in the equity funding round are Denso Corp., Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM), and Toyota Tsusho Corp, which supports Toyota Motor’s automobile business, including the integration of Internet-connected technologies and device...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Transportation, Cars, Trends, Tech, Vc, Automotive, United States, AT&T, Autos, Mobility, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Seattle


Jibo’s Last Dance, and the Social Robot’s Hope for the Afterlife

Last summer, dozens of former Jibo employees returned to the defunct company’s Boston offices for a long weekend of pizza, beer, and brainstorming. The task: How do you teach the company’s “social robot” to say goodbye?Rich Sadowsky, Jibo’s former head of security and privacy, had helped organize the volunteer group over a Jibo alumni Slack channel he set up shortly after the struggling business laid off most of its staff, he said in a recent interview.Some of the send-off ideas were inspiring—...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, Entrepreneurship, Boston, Funding, Trends, Tech, Mit, Robots, Ai, Robotics, Financing, Voice Recognition, Slack, Hackathon, Jibo


Meet the Companies in Backstage Capital’s Detroit Accelerator

Backstage Capital, a Los Angeles-based venture firm seeding early-stage companies led by women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community, has announced the details of its Detroit startup accelerator.Earlier this year, Backstage founder Arlan Hamilton announced the firm would host its first accelerators in four cities, including Detroit. The Motor City’s inclusion, unlike the other three cities, was determined by way of a public vote.Monica Wheat, founder and partner at Venture Cataly...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Entrepreneurship, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Innovation, Venture Capital, Detroit, Mailchimp, National blog main, National top stories, Detroit blog main, Detroit top stories


Karat’s Interviewers, Software Help Tech Firms Assess Engineers

When it comes to interviewing candidates for software engineering positions at big technology companies, “takes one to know one” tends to be an appropriate axiom, says Mohit Bhende. He’s one of the co-founders of Karat, a Seattle-based startup that uses proprietary software and its own stable of freelance interviewers to help some of the marquee names in tech assess job applicants.It’s typical for someone who has applied for a engineering role at a large software company to be first screened by...
Tags: Startups, Pinterest, Microsoft, Interviews, Trends, Tech, Recruiting, Paypal, HR, Software, Engineering, Xbox, Human Resources, Talent, Seattle, Melinda Gates