HubSpot’s shares soar on first trading day
Boston Herald--Shares of Cambridge-based software company HubSpot shot up on their first day of trading yesterday, marking the third successful initial public offering for a Boston tech company in the past three weeks.
Battery Ventures buys 142 year-old testing equipment maker
Fortune--Battery Ventures is best-known for backing early-stage tech startups, but the bi-coastal firm also has a vibrant buyout practice that focuses on more established companies. But perhaps none quite so mature as James Heal, a 142 year-old UK company that designs and manufactures test instrumentation and test equipment for the textile and garment industry.
Fastly Raises $40M to Make the Web Go Woosh
Forbes--Speed. When it comes to the Internet, we have an insatiable desire for it. The number of people who claim that they're happy with the speed of their Internet and don't want faster pipes is pretty much zero.
What bubble? Legacy tech gets shut out
CNBC.com--Lost in all the chatter about the inflating tech bubble is an important detail: Most of technology's most notable names aren't participating. For the incumbents selling into the enterprise, the picture is downright bleak.
Inter-City Travel App GoEuro Raises $27 Million Funding Round
Wall Street Journal--GoEuro Corp., a Berlin-based online travel start-up, has closed a $27 million investment round. GoEuro’s platform lets users plan and compare travel routes between European cities by bus, train, or plane. Each option comes with trip details and costs, including transit times to and from airports.
GuardiCore Raises $11M to Protect Data Centers from Within
VentureBeat--We all know that blocking attacks from accessing data centers is not effective. Just think of the snooping government agencies have been able to do. Now companies have to acknowledge that activity and find better ways to deal with threats.
Germ-Zapping Robot on ‘Power Lunch’
CNBC--Xenex Disinfection Services hopes to fight the war against Ebola. Its CEO Morris Miller shares a demonstration of the company's disinfection robot Sara, which he claims can destroy a deadly virus in 5-10 minutes.
Boston’s Battery Ventures Promotes Three Investors
Boston Business Journal--Boston-based venture capital firm Battery Ventures has announced three new promotions. Principals Alex Benik and Brian Lieber are now partners at the firm, and Morad Elhafed, formerly vice president for the venture firm, is now a princpal.
Meet The Bay Area’s Top Female Venture Capitalists
7x7--According to a Fortune Magazine analysis from February 2014, just 4 percent of senior partners at venture capital firms are women; and only 12 percent of women, based on a study led by The National Venture Capital Association, are generally employed in the tech business. The Bay Area is still one of the most dynamic tech ecosystems where people are looking for more diversity: the quantity of VC firms that is starting to include women on their staff is increasing.
AppDynamics Nabs $120M to Join $1 Billion Club
Bloomberg BusinessWeek--AppDynamics, a startup that develops software for companies to monitor applications, has become the newest member of the $1 billion-plus valuation club.
Hexagon Acquires Vero Software
MarketWatch--Hexagon AB (sto:HEXAB), a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualisation technologies, announced today the acquisition of Vero Software, a world leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software.
Yes, I’m Direct. But you Should be, Too.
New York Times--An interview with Phil Fernandez, chief executive of Marketo, a maker of marketing automation software, conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.
BlockScore Lands $2M in Funding for Making I.D. Verification Easier
TechCrunch--In 2012, about 7 percent of all people aged 16 or older in the U.S. experienced identity theft, with their financial losses totaling $24.7 billion. Christopher Morton is familiar with the crime because in 2007, he had his identity stolen. With co-founders John Backus and Alain Meier, Morton created BlockScore, an identity-verification startup and member of Y Combinator’s latest batch that is launching today with $2 million in funding from Battery Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, New Atlantic Ventures, Boost VC, Y Combinator, and several angels.
Cloud soothsayer predicts OpenStack fragmentation, Azure catchup in public cloud
GigaOm--When Adrian Cockcroft talks cloud, people listen. Or they should. He's the former cloud guru at Netflix and drove that company's use of Amazon Web Services. Since he left Netflix in January to join Battery Ventures as a technology fellow he's been traveling the world, talking to IT buyers about their tech plans. He will reveal what he learned at the Cloud Trends session at Structure Thursday.
The Perfect Drug
Newsweek--Evan Rose's cancer should have killed him. He now breathes through a hole in his neck, a stoma, and when he speaks he sounds as if he has a nasty case of laryngitis. Rose describes the doctor's initial response to the outlook for his cancer--a type so rare that there are only 200 cases worldwide--as grim. "They didn't want to do anything dramatic if I wasn't going to live that long," he recalls.
HackerRank Solves Tech Hiring Crisis by Finding Programmers Where They Live
Forbes--It is no secret that Silicon Valley has a virtually inexhaustible demand for programming talent. It is also no secret that the most important tech companies in the Bay Area recruit primarily from a very small group of prestigious U.S. universities, namely Stanford, MIT, Berkeley and CalTech. These schools do indeed produce great engineers who go on to start up and staff the companies that produce the software that is eating the world. But not only are there not enough of them to satisfy the ravenous tech behemoth—but they may not even be the best hackers these companies can find.
SiSense Raises $30M More to Bring Big Data Analytics to Businesspeople
TechCrunch--SiSense, a business intelligence startup that is among those making big data analytics accessible to ordinary business users (and not just data scientists) is today announcing more funding: a $30 million Series C round led by DFJ Growth — the VC’s arm dedicated to later-stage investments that recently announced a new fund we understand to be totalling over $500 million (in May, its size was ‘only’ $470 million).
Let Staff Go Rogue on Tech
Wall Street Journal--Want to be more competitive? Then empower your most technologically disobedient employees.
RiskIQ rakes in $25M to help companies monitor malware
GigaOm--RiskIQ, an enterprise security company, just closed $25 million in Series B funding. The company provides security monitoring services so clients can uncover and deal with malware, malvertisements and malicious mobile apps that could plague their customers and hurt their brands.
Hard knock life for this family led to 3 CEOs & 4 startups
VentureBeat--Amanda Kahlow didn’t have the easiest childhood. Her parents divorced when she was two years old. Her mother never made more than $19,000 a year. Kahlow and her two older brothers lived in 22 different homes before she was 18. There wasn’t always plumbing — or heat. Last week, her startup 6Sense emerged from stealth mode with $12 million in venture funding. It also won the innovation showdown contest for early-stage companies at VentureBeat’s DataBeat conference.