Venture Investment is down, new Startups pay no attention

You can’t read a publication that covers startups without coming across an article about the Venture Capital market tanking. In spite of this, there have been some really interesting companies recently closing their series A here in Boston. The group is a good mix of seasoned founders and first time entrepreneurs. The Search Marketing, LeadContinue reading “Venture Investment is down, new Startups pay no attention”

GRITTY REALITY of running a CRAPPY little startup business

The headline is a line from yesterdays post by Dave McClure. His way of throwing ice water in the face of those caught up in the idealism of the start-up culture or the search for the quick buck. It is a corollary to our Shoulders of Giants post from yesterday. Because you can get thereContinue reading “GRITTY REALITY of running a CRAPPY little startup business”

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Getting a new web property off the ground is a tough challenge, even tougher doing it for the first time with no web experience. The easiest part turns out to be coming up with an idea and building the application. Much tougher is finding, attracting, converting and keeping your users. To be able to profitContinue reading “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants”

(Cancelled due to Snowstorm) Social CRM and tech meetup at Betahouse Wednesday 28th 6:30 PM

We received an email today from Scott Annan the CEO of  Mercury Grove, an Ottowa web software firm telling us about their stop in Boston on the current Co-working / Dex Roadtrip tour of the east coast startup scene. He and Scott Lake (founder of, and social media consultant) are traveling to various USContinue reading “(Cancelled due to Snowstorm) Social CRM and tech meetup at Betahouse Wednesday 28th 6:30 PM”

DreamIt Ventures of Philadelphia Summer 2009 Application

As I was thinking about a follow on post regarding the departure of Y Combinator and what or who may fill the gap, I received an email from DreamIt Ventures. They want to get the word out that Applications for DreamIt 09 summer session are currently being accepted online at . The so calledContinue reading “DreamIt Ventures of Philadelphia Summer 2009 Application”


GreenCloud Systems Funding Status: series A stealth Investors: DoMatrix, Chrysylis Energy Founders or Execs past companies: Amazon, Treevolt, Energena Industry: BioEnergy Cloud Computing Offering Description:  GreenCloud has developed an inexpensive electricity generation system that harvests metabolic energy from bamboo. Using this bioenergy converter we deliver on the promise of cloud computing for next generation dataContinue reading “GreenCloud”

Sad day for Boston as Y Combinator pulls up stakes and moves to Silicon Valley

While not a surprise, it is a blow to the local web scene here in Boston to lose Y Combinator.  Paul Graham has long been a critic of the Boston Venture community and their reluctance to invest in his crops of nascent startups. He has now given in to the fact that the Valley isContinue reading “Sad day for Boston as Y Combinator pulls up stakes and moves to Silicon Valley”


Genotrope Record:  Noteflight Funding Status:  Seed Funding Investors:  Founders? Founders or Execs past companies: Allurent, Maven Networks Industry: Consumer Web, B2C, Music Offering Description: dedicated to reinventing the way that people create, share and use written music. Our product doesn’t merely improve on other music notation software: it lets written music take advantage of theContinue reading “Noteflight”

In the shadow of a Monster

We have been watching a couple of local Internet Job sites that are ramping up nicely in the recent months. MyPerfectGig , the more pedigreed of the two, is a startup funded by North Bridge and Commonwealth Capital. The founding team are seasoned entrepreneurs, having founded BrassRing and run DirectoryM. MPG describes their offering asContinue reading “In the shadow of a Monster”