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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,…

CarGurus follows the plan…the TripAdvisor plan

Choose Industry. Build Product. Grow. Exit. Repeat. It was reported this week that CarGurus, the online car shopping platform, has selected banks in preparation for an IPO at some point in 2017. CarGurus is one of Boston’s most successful private consumer internet companies, and yet, it fails to garner the same attention as some of the…

Heard of these companies?

  The Quiet Each week, I like to feature one company that a local VC feels is not getting enough attention. This week, we’ll take a break from digging into the Boston venture capital portfolios and check out a few companies that you should be hearing a lot more about, but haven’t yet. The way…

Age versus Experience

Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number… The two companies in the national spotlight the last couple of weeks, Snap (aka Snapchat) and Uber have some things in common. Chief among them has been a constant questioning of whether or not their leadership is qualified to run what could be Fortune 500 companies. Both have faced…

Snap, Pop, Next…KB is an Inspiration and a Badass

Snap, Pop…and Then? Snap, Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, went public this week. Opening at $24 (initially priced at $17) it has continued to rise to $27.01. There are quite a few takes being thrown out there relating to Snap’s debut on the public market. Like the one that examines the interest from millenials looking to get…