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Lucy: Welcome back from the long weekend! Just a friendly reminder that nominations for 50 on Fire are still open. Let us know the organizations or individuals that set the Boston innovation scene on Fire in 2017!

Lucy: Michael Felger is one of the last sports talk hosts to hold off from using social media, but at the beginning of the month, he finally tweeted from his long-dormant Twitter account.

Dylan: For Felger’s followers, it was a big moment and a chance to finally interact with him online, but it turns out that Twitter won’t be the best place to reach him. The real place to follow the local TV and radio host for his unfiltered opinions and commentary on sports will be Fancred, a sports-focused social media network, BostInno has exclusively learned.

Fancred announced Tuesday morning that Felger has joined the network, which was resurrected last year after the original business operating it shut down. After Fancred’s original Boston-based company shut down in March 2016, it sold the company’s assets that summer to Football Nation Holdings, a company founded by Boston entrepreneur Andrew Miller. Miller, who founded Creditcards.com and Insurancequotes.com, originally planned to rebrand Fancred as Football Nation’s official app but decided to instead focus on rebuilding Fancred as its own brand.

With that decision, Fancred sought out Felger as a social media influencer who could bring his large audience with him. In an interview with BostInno, Felger said he held out from using social media for so long because he is “absolutely pathetic with technology” and that his long hours on TV and radio gave him enough of an opportunity to voice his opinions.

He changed his tune, however, when Fancred reached out through a mutual friend. On one hand, Felger said, he knew he was eventually going to have to change as more people look to follow their favorite media personalities online, but he was also enticed by Fancred’s singular focus on sports, where politics and other things won’t get in the way.

In a press release announcing Felger’s arrival on Fancred, the company described the radio and TV personality as an “investor” and “partner.” Felger declined to provide any specific details on his partnership and investment, but said that he would be using Fancred regularly for at least the next two football seasons. He said followers can expect him to be active on Fancred during football games and when he’s otherwise off-air. Read more: Exclusive: Mike Felger Will Make His Social Media Home at Fancred, Not Twitter

Lucy: New acquisition alert. Remember Cloud Technology Partners, which we featured in a recent Office Envy for its booth with 180 pounds of candies? It will be acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the Californian IT giant announced today. As part of the acquisition, CTP will become part of PointNext, HPE’s unit offering technology services consulting and support groups. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read more: HPE Acquires Local Cloud Specialist

Dylan: The Trump administration on Tuesday officially announced that it will be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy that was passed by President Obama and “had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation,” as reported by CNN. However, Trump has given Congress a six-month window to save the program — which many tech companies hope will happen. Hundreds of tech leaders spoke out against the DACA appeal in a letter sent last Thursday, including the CEOs of Microsoft, Apple, Google and Amazon. Local tech leaders that signed the letter include Brightcove CEO Andy Feinberg, TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer and Jeff Bussgang, a partner at Flybridge Capital.



Dylan: After working at Wayfair as a top executive for 12 years, Nicholas Malone has left to join Zagster, a Cambridge startup he believes will become a big player in the bike-share space. Malone served as Wayfair’s CFO from 2005 to 2013, when he became chief administrative officer and treasurer, his most recent role. The company provides bike-share programs for cities, universities, and businesses — which grew substantially in 2016. Read more: Longtime Wayfair Exec Joins Fast-Growing Bike-Share Startup as CFO 

Lucy: Drift hired Guillaume Cabane as VP of growth to lead the company’s San Francisco office. Previously, Cabane held the same position at Segment.

Lucy: Wizer, an A.I.-based SaaS consumer research company, announced it has raised $4M in Series A funding. The round was led by State of Mind Ventures, with the participation of Nielsen Innovate. The company is based in Wilton, Conn.

Lucy: Who’s hiring in the Hub in September? The first name that comes to mind is Facebook, which announced that it’s planning to hire more than 500 people for its new office in Cambridge. But the social media giant is not the only company with openings. Brightcove, Carbon Black, Everbridge and LevelUp, among others, are looking for new employees. Check out our monthly roundup! Read more: Boston Startups and Tech Companies Hiring in September

Dylan: Product Hunt Boston is back with its second Demos and Drinks event, which is being held on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at HubSpot‘s 2 Canal Park space. This one will be focused on demos from startups focused on health and fitness.

HUBweek: Ever been to a robot block party? How about intergalactic yoga inside a geodesic dome? Greater Boston’s festival for the future, HUBweek, returns this fall, kicking off with events around the city and landing on City Hall Plaza. Join HUBweek and their founders, The Boston Globe, Harvard, MIT, and Mass. General Hospital on October 10-15 for a week of more than 150+ events exploring the intersections of art, science, and technology. Read more: 11 Can’t Miss Moments at HUBweek

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Staff Writer: Dylan Martin dmartin@americaninno.com
Staff Writer: Lucia Maffei (Lucy) lmaffei@americaninno.com

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