Reports of Highland’s demise are fairly exaggerated

It ain’t over til it’s over… For this week’s “Under-the-radar” feature of Utterly Biased, I reached out to Freddie Martingetti, principal at Highland Capital Partners, to see which company in Highland’s portfolio isn’t getting enough love. Relatively quickly, I realized the irony of the “ask.” You see, in my opinion, there is no institution that…

Desktop Metal team, Savitz on Smart Lunches, LevelUp grows up

The case for Desktop Metal, the next big Boston innovation company This past week, Ric Fulop was awarded the “Entrepreneur of the Year” at the New England Venture Capital Associations annual NEVY awards for the VC community (A good event for networking and celebrating the Boston innovation community, but also a bit of a surreal…

Maximize a photo op with Spotted, Techstars standouts

Marketing in real life It’s not too often that the perfect example to explain why your startup is necessary to the world comes along serendipitously, but this is what happened this week for Spotted. Actually, this happened twice this week. During one of last week’s Cavs-Raptors blowouts, Lebron James ended up in the crowd during…

The Lull, through Grapevine, Maine and running

The “Lull,” reality or perception This week, there is no central feature for Utterly Biased. Just a question. What is your current perception of the Boston startup community, tech ecosystem, or whatever else you may want to call it? Is it robust and thriving? Are there some incredible companies on the cusp of making national…

Jebbit and startup evolution, Skok on Zaius, UB on Medium

Do young founders evolve? Last Thursday, Jebbit, an interactive marketing platform that has recently expanded into more data-driven products, held its first-ever customer conference, which featured talks from co-founders Tom Coburn and Jonathan Lacoste, as well as HubSpot’s Kipp Bodner. The long-planned event, however, hit a bit of bad luck that, in the end, was…

Pillar adds a tech pillar, vision-tech maven, vets of all stripes

Boston technology startups get a new VC booster It was announced last week that Pillar was adding Russ Wilcox as an investing partner. It’s a big move for the growing (in both size and influence) firm started by Jamie Goldstein last year. Wilcox is best known for his role as the CEO and founder of E Ink,…