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KG: The New England Venture Capital Association on Tuesday announced the nominees for the fifth annual NEVY Awards, which recognizes “the most prominent and promising individuals and organizations from New England’s innovation economy.”

Dylan: Onshape, the Cambridge-based cloud CAD software startup whose valuation is reportedly nearing $1B, is among the nominees for the NEVYs next pillar tech company — an honor bestowed upon companies that could have a major impact on the local innovation ecosystem. The other nominees in that category are Rethink RoboticsTurbonomicActifioApplause and Carbon Black.

The NEVYs, which divides its nominees between life sciences and tech categories, will also hand out awards for things like rising star venture capitalist, hottest early-stage startup and angel investor of the year.

Like our own 50 on Fire, the annual awards event can be a good barometer for which companies, venture firms and individuals to pay attention to in the coming years. Last year, CarGurus CEO and founder Langley Steinert won entrepreneur of the year on the tech side, and now the company is reportedly preparing to go public this year. Katie Rae, who was last year’s rising star VC, is now CEO of The EngineMIT’s new venture fund and accelerator. Other notable past winners include FuzeToast and PillPack’s co-founders.

This year’s nominees have also been making some big moves. NuTonomy, the autonomous vehicle startup, beat Uber in becoming the first company to start testing a fleet of self-driving taxis and it’s now preparing to test its tech more comprehensively in Boston’s Seaport. Turbonomic, a few months ago, raised a $50M round led by former GE Chief Information Officer Gary Reiner as it experiences triple-digit revenue growth. Carbon Black confidentially filed for an IPO last year.

KG: See you at the NEVY Awards on May 17 at the Boston House of BluesRead more: Investors Think These Boston Tech Cos. Could Be the Next Big Thing

KG: First off, a huge move to report for Tim Berners-Lee, the Cambridge-based investor of the World Wide Web. Berners-Lee just won the Turing Prize from the Association of Computer Machinery, which is considered one of the biggest honors in the world of computing.

Dylan: I just published our second monthly installment of BostInno Departed, our way of tracking Boston-area startups that are no longer independent or no longer exist. Last month saw one shutdown (Date My Wardrobe) and four acquisitions, with Veracode being the most notable March exit. Read more: Boston Startups That Were Acquired or Shut Down in March 

KG: David Beisel, partner at NextView Venturesis launching a weekly newsletter about NYC Tech called Gotham Voices. Dave is one of the folks responsible for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Tech.

Dylan: We have a lot of personnel moves to report today:

 Placester, the real estate marketing software startup that recently raised $50M, hired Sham Sao as its CRO. Sao was previously SVP of product and marketing at Endurance International Group, the publicly listed company in Burlington that acquired Constant Contact.

 Hexadite, a provider of security automation software, added Jessica Couto as its VP of channel. Couto, who will run the company’s new security automation channel program, was previously channel sales VP at Carbonite. Prior to that, she was at Carbon Black and Kapersky Lab.

KG: Two more from here:

— Bigtincan, a Boston-based provider of AI-powered sales enablement software, hired Kent Erickson as VP of customer success and Brian Beane as VP of worldwide sales operations. Erickson was previously manager of sales operations at AT&T, and Beane was previously VP of global sales operations at Lavastorm Analytics.

— And Zerto, an IT cloud provider, has announced Coley Burke as its new VP of sales and Steve Lobisser as global director (what a title!). Both of the new additions were previously at Dell EMC.

Dylan: This gray day has me dreaming of sunshine and margaritas at Tia’s on May 3rd for BostInno de Mayo. Mmmmmm, margaritas… [/homer]

KG: I actually like the rain, Dylan. On Friday you can go to a Boston TechBreakfast for showcase presentations from executives at Kaminario, Palatine Analytics, Skelmet and OutSystemsSee all BostInno Approved events here.

Dylan: Backpack Health, a digital health startup based in Dover, Mass., is planning to raise up to $3M in equity, according to a new Form DIts AngelList page says the company is building “innovative tools to help people better manage their health details, care and communication.”