In The Know
The Inno stories you need to read today.
Inside the people, companies and organizations making moves in Boston.
Dylan: The New England Venture Capital Association has begun publishing a new batch of profiles of immigrant entrepreneurs. There are new profiles on Lior Div of Cybereason, Bettina Hein of Pixability, and Polina Raygorodskaya of Wanderu.
KG: Two quick acquisitions to note: 1. Agero, a software provider for auto manufacturers and insurers, has acquired San Francisco-based Swoop. They are best known for their end-to-end dispatch management platform for roadside assistance. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. 2. AOTMP, a global research firm for telecom management best practices and industry standards, is acquiring Boston-based Blue Hill Research, a tech research firm focused on organizational tech investments that was founded by Ralph Rodriguez, who is CTO and co-founder of Confirm.
Dylan: Hack.Diversity, a program by NEVCA to promote black and Latino tech talent, announced that 37 fellows will participate in the program’s second year, which is 130% larger than the inaugural cohort. These fellows will be matched with 10 participating companies, which includes returning participants like HubSpot and Wayfair and newcomers like athenahealth, DraftKings and WordStream.
KG: Managed by Q, a platform for office management backed by Google Ventures and Staples, announced that it has launched in the greater Boston area, giving local companies access to hundreds of office management services.
Dylan: Everbridge announced today that the New York City Emergency Management Department has selected the company’s mass notification system for the city’s Notify NYC Program. Everbridge’s stock is up 4.09% this afternoon.
Your daily funding roundup.
Dylan: Skyword, a provider of content marketing software, has raised a $25M growth equity round from Rho Acceleration, a division of private equity firm Rho Capital Partners that focuses on profitable or near-breakeven ventures. Other current investors include Cox Media Group, Allen & Company, Progress Ventures and American Public Media Group. Read more: Skyword Raises $25M in Growth Equity for Content Marketing Tech
On the Form D front, there were quite a few filings yesterday. Here are two that I got a little more info on:
— CoachUp raised a $1.49M round led by founder Jordan Fliegel, with participation from new and existing investors, according to CEO John Kelley. He told me in an email that the company has continued to grow while improving profitability and that this round is meant to get the company to “sustained” profitability this year.
— Talla, a service desk bot startup, raised a $2M round, which CEO and co-founder Rob May said is part of the company’s first tranche of SAFTs (Simple Agreement for Future Tokens) for its upcoming BotCoin cryptocurrency sale.
Now for a lightning round of the remaining Form Ds: new startups Grape Payments and Jassby raised $100K and $1.5M, respectively; and Ellevation Education, a startup backed by Mark Zuckerberg and Laurene Powell Jobs, raised a $13.9M round.
Who’s moving where.
Dylan: Three personnel items to share:
— ThriveHive has hired Steve Gottlieb as senior director of demand generation. He was most recently VP of marketing at SOCi and director of marketing at Main Street Hub in Austin, Texas.
— Cengage Learning announced expanded leadership roles for two of its executives: Fernando Bleichmar and Todd Markson have been appointed chief product officer and chief strategy officer, respectively.
— Kitewheel, a marketing tech company, announced in a press release detailing its 2017 momentum that it expanded its management team with several key executive hires: Neil Skilling as CTO, Timothy Claytor as SVP of partner development, Rick Fuller as VP of direct sales, Joshua Berkowitz as VP of product development, Roy Todd as VP of engineering, and James Allum as managing director, EMEA.
In The Community
The events and happenings to know about tonight and this week.
Dylan: Want to check out a bunch of new startups? Boston New Technology hosts its startup showcase tonight at the Waltham office of Dassault Systèmes. Girl Develop It is also hosting an event tonight on app building with Salesforce. Read more: BostInno Approved: January’s Top Tech & Startup Events in Boston
When something doesn’t fit in a particular category.
Dylan: Have you ever rented from Anthony in the North End on Airbnb? You know, that “Anthony.” Well, if you have, we regret to inform you that “Anthony” is fake and actually a stock photo model serving as a front for a company that manages short-term rentals, as CommonWealth magazine found out. May we meet again, “Anthony,” wherever your vague, photogenic qualities are needed.
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