Monday, December 31, 2007

Zync, Inc.

Company name: Zync, Inc.

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Formation Date: September, 2006

Funding status: Seed Stage

Investors: Launchpad Ventures

Founders past companies: PureSpeech, Ucentric Systems, Cognio, Sapient

Industry: Consumer web, local events, social networking

Description: Social recommendation system that helps people find relevant local activities based on user psychographics and people with similar interests.

Friday, December 28, 2007


Company Name: Lookery

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Formation Date: 2007

Funding Status: Seed Stage


Founders or Execs past companies: Compete, MyBlogLog

Industry: Consumer Web, Advertising
Offering Description: Lookery provides demographic marketing services in and around social networks. We’re working to fix the the basic economic problem that social networks face: great user profiling but unpredictable ad inventory.

Sonian Networks

Company Name: Sonian Networks

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Formation Date: 2007

Funding Status: Seed Round

Investors: Private Investors

Founders or Execs past companies: Dialogic, Intellireach

Industry: web infrastrucure

Offering Description: The latest innovation for hosted email archiving and e-discovery is here. Sonian removes the burden of compliance and storage management for all electronic communication.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

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Formation Date: 2007

Funding Status: seed

Investors: ?

Founders or Execs past companies: Markem

Industry: Consumer Web, Wireless

Offering Description: Wireless oriented web site.


Company Name: SecondRotation

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Formation Date: 2006

Funding Status: Seed

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Founders or Execs past companies: Pay Pal, Cambridge Information Systems, Boston Compliance Systems

Industry: Consumer Web

Offering Description: By making it easier to get cash out of old consumer electronics, we magnify the impact of sustainability by helping folks participate in the mission whether they care about it or not, (i.e. if you care only about the cash, fine, here's the cash - if you care about the mission too, fabulous - here's cash and a mission! :) ) and thus, just like Ben & Jerry's, The Body Shop and others, we put the power of business to work in making a social difference.


Friday, December 21, 2007

Sharing the Seed Corn in 2008

Being from the Midwest, I am all for agricultural analogies. So to continue with the Seed Corn theme and adding to the meme, I offer the following:seed corn

Reading an a blog focused on Start-up Ventures in India I came upon this excerpt about a " farmer whose corn won top awards year after year. When a reporter asked about the secret of his success, the farmer attributed it to the fact that he shared his corn with his neighbors. Why, the reporter wondered, would the farmer want to share his seed when those neighbors also competed with him for the prize? The farmer’s reply was, “The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grew inferior corn, cross-pollination would steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors do the same.”

Boston has not been known as a place where the start-up community 'shares the seed corn'. However that is changing and anyone involved will attest to an increased energy and camaraderie within the early stage venture populace.

One important issue that directly relates to cross pollination (non Compete agreements) is being Championed by Bijan Sabet a VC with the Newbury St. venture firm Spark Capital.

Evidence of entrepreneur community is all around us: BetaHouse PodCamp WebInno OpenCoffee Andala TechCocktail Boston Boston Media Makers Techcrunch Boston Meetup

Social Media Breakfast Cambridge Enterprise WEb 2.0 Meetup and many more.

More sharing, communication, cooperation and networking will strengthen our start-up DNA and propagate future companies. So I look forward to 2008 and seeing the results of the rising energy and cross pollination taking place in the early stage community here in theHub. Get out there and rub some anthers! Happy Holidays to All


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Genotrope Launches: Boston area jobs in Emerging Technology and Startups

We are excited about the Boston launch of Genotrope. Keep in tune with what is happening with Boston early stage companies. The site is fully functional and ready for you to submit your resume to the hundreds of companies hiring for thousands of jobs here in the Boston area. So as we move into the holiday season, after you Elf Yourself , check out Genotrope and let us know what you think.

Saturday, December 15, 2007


Company Name: RightsAgent

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Formation Date: 2007

Funding Status: Series A

Investors: Venrock, Highland Capital Partners

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Industry: Web Publishing

Offering Description: RightsAgent is a provider of copyright management solutions for user-generated content. The initial release of our platform allows publishers to register where they publish online, consolidate their work into a personal feed for their readers to subscribe to, and perform copyright transactions with those who wish to license their work.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Zingdom/Convoq/Applied Messaging shutters doors

Sorry to see a company bite the dust. Read the founders post here. The current project Spark, a conversation oriented application that is based on the idea that extended interactions take place at varying tempos. Seems like it has potential and the architect is hoping to keep it alive. Anyone that is interested should contact Mark Waks.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Twitter might not exist without help from a Boston Software Icon

I was browsing through the blog of Dan Bricklin when I came across an interesting post about his involvement with Blogger.  It is a great story and an indication of what a nice guy Dan is. The rest is history as Blogger was eventually acquired by Google and Evan Williams has gone on to his next ground breaking communications application, Twitter.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Alluvial Labs

Company Name: Alluvial Labs

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Formation Date: 2007

Funding Status: Bootstrapped?


Founders or Execs past companies: CombinatoRx, SAS Institute

Industry: Web Infrastructure, Software
Offering Description: Alluvial Labs builds software to help manage the flow and analysis of knowledge across networks of researchers, investors, and markets.

Friday, December 7, 2007


Genotrope Record: MatchMine

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Formation Date: 2007

Funding Status: Series A

Investors: The Kraft Group

Founders or Execs past companies: m-Qube,, Predictive Networks, Dimensional Insight, Kraft Group Sports Properties

Industry: Consumer Web

Offering Description: matchmine lets you discover a whole new world of music, movies, video and other cool stuff that match the tastes of the one-of-kind inner you. How? Your MatchKey™ lets you capture your personal interests and media preferences and take them with you to get what you want across a growing list of partner websites and applications.

the Tech hiring Crunch

It is probably no surprise to you all, that there are a lot of career opportunities available for anyone in the emerging technology industry here in Boston. A recent Xconomy article regarding the Talent War here in the Boston area, did a good job of pointing this out.

The key point for hiring companies was, once you have identified the right candidate, you have to move fast to bring them on board . Also, good companies find a great candidate first and do not try to fit them into a job description. And lastly, candidates from start ups are very valuable, yet hard to attract to the larger companies.

The Bubble did not Burst, it leaked.

According to SVB Analytics, bubble era companies make up one third of the current private technology companies. 

This information paints a much different picture than the horrible nuclear winter we all remember with crashing paper values and losses of jobs.

My take away is that the underlying trends were sound and increased communication, personalization, disintermediation etc... would have a lasting effect, but the gold rush mentality overcame reality and it crashed to a halt.

Another interesting point is that 70% of those firms have received funding within the last 3 years and are significant in the current mergers and acquisition activity. Please read the linked article for the details.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Treedia Labs

Company Name: Treedia Labs

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Funding Status: Seed?

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Founders or Execs past companies: Pro CD, Pulvermedia, BBC News Interactive

Industry:Internet Infrastructure

Offering Description: home of Treedia, a Web service platform that powers services such as Treedia enables consumers to find, enjoy and share digital entertainment delivered via RSS feeds such as podcasts, videocasts, photos, blogs, music, news and more.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Company Name: Foneshow

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Formation Date: 2006

Funding Status: Series A

Investors: Masthead, CEI community Ventures and the Small Enterprise Growth Fund of Maine

Founders or Execs past companies: Yahoo, Angel Networks

Industry: Mobile Application

Offering Description: Foneshow delivers audio content directly to your cell phone. With automatic notification, the content is always fresh; it's great for news, finance, and sports programming. Foneshow doesn't require a data plan or a smart phone.