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It’s been an insanely busy week over here which is why we missed one yesterday. We did however have a good chunk of it done – just never pulled the trigger. Check out what we would have said yesterday after today’s episode.

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Breaking This AM – We film on Thursday afternoons so these deals missed the cut.

Here’s the draft of yesterday’s beat that never went live. I blame Walt Doyle of Highland and Mark Hatfield of Fairhaven – thanks for dinner though guys.

The Big One
GregSpotify has acquired somerville based Echo Nest for an undisclosed sum. This is HUGE news for Boston as Spotify’s largest U.S. engineering office will be right here. Echo Nest has raised about $25 million from Matrix (AntRod’s first check as a VC), Commonwealth and Norwest. Echo Nest had been powering Spotify for a while – along with a number of its competitors, Rdio, I Heart Radio, Twitter Music, etc – and the acquisition will create a music powerhouse. Echo Nest was founded back in 2005 out of the MIT Media Lab. Big day.


Scotty Watch
Greg:  Good scoop from Scotty. Database startup Hadapt sheds about 25 percent of staff.


From the community
Startup Institute Hosts 24-Hour ‘IdeaHack’ to Help TUGG Make a Greater Impact

Also, it looks like Objective Logistics is up to something with former Boloco CEO John Pepper. Clear overlap here in interests, we’ll see what comes of it.


Player Personnel
Hiring in the Hub 2/28-3/6: North Bridge Partners Step Back, Leaf Prepares for Hiring Spree

Unwanted Self-Promotion
Boston UpFront Tickets On Sale Now! [Event]

Greg: This shit is ridiculous. Dating Startup Wants to Fly Surplus NYC Women to Meet San Francisco Men. Here’s more, “They’re trying to raise $10,000 so they can transport hordes of single women over Memorial Day Weekend. The company will then plan dates between the women and men, and throw two parties for participants.”


Yesterday’s News

Unwanted Feedback
From Kevin: “You guys aren’t funny.”

Greg: Actually we are.

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