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KG: Happy Patriots’ Day, Beat readers! Congratulations to Desiree Linden — the first American woman to win since 1985.

Lucy: Before we jump into today’s news, a quick favor: Have you forwarded The Beat to a colleague or friend lately? If you’re enjoying this newsletter, chances are your co-workers and buddies will too. So feel free to pass The Beat along and tell folks to sign up.

Alright, let’s kick a Beat…

The Big One

A breakdown on the day’s biggest Inno story.

Lucy: It’s the final countdown for Boston Tech Madness.

The contest has come to the last chapter — a face-off between the two startups that have survived all the stages of the competion, which started in early March with 64 companies in the private bracket. Same thing in the public bracket, which is now reduced to the last two public companies standing.

With a total of more than 116,652 votes, the private bracket now sees Notarize, a startup that connects customers with licensed remote notaries online, versus botkeeper, an automated bookkeeping service.

As for the private bracket, the last contestants are TripAdvisor and LogMeIn, which beat athenahealth and Pegasystems, respectively.

KG: Now is the time to make a final decision. Keep these votes coming and we’ll announce the winner of both the private and the public bracket on Friday. Read (and vote) more: Two Boston Startups That Help You With Paperwork Are Finalists for This Year’s Tech Madness

In The Know

The Inno stories you need to read today.

Making Moves

Inside the people, companies and organizations making moves in Boston.

KG: Local PE firm Advent International is going to merge two companies that they purchased a majority stake in: Clearent, a Missouri payments company, and FieldEdge, a field service management company. All the details are here.

Lucy: Assuming that you don’t want to get on the streets to follow the marathon, here’s a list of ways to keep track of runners from a cozy, indoor location. With the Boston Marathon app, for example, you check out the progress of a specific runner in real time. Read more: How to Track Runners at the 2018 Boston Marathon

KG: When Orioles pitcher Ryan O’Rourke was starting out, he found baseball recruiting to be inefficient and old fashioned. He had to email coaches one by one, hoping for a response, and pay hundreds of dollars for baseball scouting events, hoping to get noticed. “It was the most archaic system of all time,” said O’Rourke. “It was time consuming… and… the reach was not that vast.” The Mass. native now hopes the newly launched Hub-based startup, ScoutDay, of which he’s an adviser and investor, will become a game changer for how high school baseball players are recruited. Read more: ScoutDay Pitches to Become Game Changer in Baseball Recruiting

New Money

Your daily funding roundup.

Lucy: Skillist, which is developing a job application platform that helps companies in need of talent connect with skilled jobseekers who don’t have four-year degrees, closed a pre-seed round of $550K led by Flybridge Capital Partners.

KG: Kolide, a security analytics company, raised $8M in Series A funding. Matrix Partners led the round.

In The Community

The events and happenings to know about tonight and this week.

KG: The fourth cohort of startups in the ScaleUp program at TiE Boston is polishing up its pitches for Demo Day, the last milestone of TiE Boston’s five-month signature accelerator. Tomorrow, the public will get to see just how far the 15 companies have come during a presentation at Demo Day.

Lucy: Here’s an update of what some of the TiE Boston startups have accomplished in the past six months. Spiro Technologies, a CRM provider based in Boston, announced a $3M seed round led by Geekdom Fund. Also, Medumo, a digital health startup that is also among the 32 participants in the 2018 PULSE@MassChallengedigital health accelerator, raised a $2M seed round in January and was shortly after profiled on Techcrunch. Last but not least, PlenOptikastarted its journey as one of the members of the Harvard Innovation Labs’ fall cohort. Read more: 15 Startups That Will Present at TiE ScaleUp Demo Day


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