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Counting down Boston’s biggest venture rounds from 2019

Counting down Boston’s biggest venture rounds from 2019 Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Today, the last day of 2019, we’re taking a second look at Boston. Regular readers of this column will recall that we recently took […]

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In the shadow of Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle startups are having a moment

In the shadow of Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle startups are having a moment Venture capital investment exploded across a number of geographies in 2019 despite the constant threat of an economic downturn. San Francisco, of course, remains the startup epicenter of the world, shutting out all other geographies when it comes to […]

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Despite winter’s chill, the Northeast’s tech ecosystem is white-hot

Despite winter’s chill, the Northeast’s tech ecosystem is white-hot Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the grey space in between. Today, we’re digging into a host of data concerning the East Coast venture capital scene, specifically looking into the performance of its two […]

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Payment startup Chipper Cash raises $6M for Southern Africa expansion

Payment startup Chipper Cash raises M for Southern Africa expansion African cross-border fintech startup Chipper Cash has raised a $6 million seed-round led by Deciens Capital. The San Francisco-based company offers mobile-based, no fee, P2P payment services in six countries: Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya. Chipper Cash will use the […]

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RaySecur, a mailroom security startup, raises $3M in seed funding

RaySecur, a mailroom security startup, raises M in seed funding Raysecur says at least ten times a day someone sends a suspicious package containing powder, liquid, or some other kind of hazard. The Boston, Mass.-based startup says its desktop-sized 3D real-time scanning technology, dubbed MailSecur, can intercept and detect threats in the […]

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A US federal court finds suspicionless searches of phones at the border is illegal

A US federal court finds suspicionless searches of phones at the border is illegal A federal court in Boston has ruled that the government is not allowed to search travelers’ phones or other electronic devices at the U.S. border without first having reasonable suspicion of a crime. That’s a significant victory for […]

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Vendr, already profitable, raises $2M to replace your enterprise sales team

Vendr, already profitable, raises M to replace your enterprise sales team Vendr has developed an enterprise SaaS solution for managing enterprise SaaS. The new startup, founded by InVision’s former head of enterprise sales Ryan Neu, is another standout from Y Combinator’s latest batch. Contrary to the majority of those businesses, however, Vendr […]

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Obvious Ventures makes CBD sporty with beam, which sells cannabis products to the GNC set

Obvious Ventures makes CBD sporty with beam, which sells cannabis products to the GNC set Athletes looking to take a break from all their worries over prescription painkillers and anyone who’s hankering to try out the new cannabinoid-based treatments for their conditions (without worrying about potentially getting dosed with some THC) can […]

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All Raise expands to new geos, launches ‘VC Cohorts’

All Raise expands to new geos, launches ‘VC Cohorts’ Dozens of impeccably dressed women outfitted in jumpsuits and Rothy’s gathered at the Greylock offices last week for a “structured networking” session hosted by All Raise, an 18-month-old nonprofit organization that seeks to amplify the voices of and support women in tech. The […]

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Aptiv and Hyundai form new joint venture focused on autonomous driving

Aptiv and Hyundai form new joint venture focused on autonomous driving Automaker Hyundai is forming a new joint venture with autonomous driving technology company Aptiv, with both parties taking a 50 percent ownership stake in the new company. The goal of the new venture will be to develop Level 4 and Level […]

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