In The Know
The Inno stories you need to read today.
Inside the people, companies and organizations making moves in Boston.
Dylan: One year after launching with Uber to provide rides to the doctor, Boston healthcare startup Circulation is adding the ride-hailing giant’s main rival in the United States, Lyft, as a partner. Circulation facilitates on-demand, non-emergency medical rides for patients by integrating with healthcare systems and APIs provided by Uber and now Lyft. It now serves more than 1,000 healthcare locations across 44 states. Read more: Circulation Now Works with Both Uber and Lyft to Provide Rides to the Doctor
Lucy: Radio folks, turn up the volume for a new podcast alert. WBUR and Reddit are partnering to launch Endless Thread. In the new podcast, host Ben Brock Johnson and producer Amory Sivertson will guide listeners on an unexpected journey by uncovering the best stories from “the front page of the internet.” Episodes will be dropped weekly.
Dylan: Drift, the marketing tech startup founded by former HubSpot execs, has been making some big product announcements since the company raised its $32M Series B in September. Today, the company announced a new developer platform that allows developers to build apps and integrations on top of Drift’s conversational marketing software. If you go to the company’s website, you’ll see that Drift now calls itself “the world’s first and only conversational marketing platform.” Given that other companies, including HubSpot, are working on their own conversational platforms, I’m skeptical of that statement. When I pressed Drift CEO David Cancel on Twitter, he responded, “Many can copy n paste our words and features but still the case.” Cancel has previously said that Drift isn’t trying to compete with HubSpot, but I dunno, man. Seems like something is going on.
Lucy: MIT engineers have devised a 3D printing technique that uses a new kind of ink made from genetically programmed living cells, the school wrote in a press release. The “living tattoo” technique can be used to fabricate “active” materials for wearable sensors and interactive displays.
Your daily funding roundup.
Dylan: WordStream founder Larry Kim‘s new chatbot startup, Mobile Monkey, has raised a $3.3M round, according to a new Form D. Kim left WordStream back in March.
Who’s moving where.
Dylan: Bullhorn has hired Ian Scott as its director of global accounts. Scott was most recently head of sales for a global provider of recruitment technology that wasn’t identified in Bullhorn’s press release. Bullhorn said Scott is a “trusted advisor to many of the world’s top recruitment firms.”
On a separate note, Ryan Bonnici, a former senior director of global marketing at HubSpot, has landed a role as CMO at Chicago-based G2 Crowd, as reported by our sister site Chicago Inno.
In The Community
The events and happenings to know about tonight and this week.
Lucy: Interested in building a career you love in tech? Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., Startup Institute is hosting a group discussion with alumni from the Startup Institute itself for insight on coursework, partnerships, instructors and overall experience. For more options, you know the drill: check out BostInno Approved. Read more: BostInno Approved: December’s Top Tech & Startup Events in Boston
Read This Read Now
Insight and analysis from the community and beyond.
Lucy: In a blog post, Dries Buytaert, co-founder and CTO of Acquia, explains the consequences and urgency of the FCC‘s upcoming vote on net neutrality: “In the end, net neutrality affects how people, including you and me, experience the web. I’ve dedicated both my spare time and my professional career to the open web because I believe the web has the power to change lives, educate people, create new economies, disrupt business models and make the world smaller in the best of ways. Keeping the web open means that these opportunities can be available to everyone. If you’re concerned about the future of net neutrality, please take action.”
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