I was labeled one. You probably were too. And now that we’re grown up, lots of us believe that being a “nerd” is actually a badge of honor.
What happened after an MIT summer intern blogged about her sometimes-difficult experience as a woman in venture capital?
This week, we’re tracking investments in Algorithmia, which is building a marketplace for algorithms, and Array Health Solutions, which powers health insurance marketplaces.
Also, staff reductions at Intellectual Ventures, new hires at University of Washington Computer Science and Engineering, an integration... Read more »
Here is the latest innovation news around Texas:
—San Diego-based Curtana Pharmaceuticals is making the move to Texas after receiving a $7.2 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The agency, known as CPRIT, awarded 101... Read more »
Two Milwaukee-area entrepreneur support groups are forming a seed accelerator for students from multiple local universities.
Pretty much everyone who has ever dialed into a conference call knows it’s a hassle to keep track of the numbers and to dial in, especially when away from the office. But they’d probably be surprised to learn just how costly... Read more »
[[Updated at 9:35 pm with correction.]] Ask an engineer why we power our cars with gasoline rather than electric batteries and you’ll get a geeky answer: energy density. Said another way, gasoline holds far more energy in a given space than... Read more »
Big news this morning: two Americans treated with an experimental Ebola treatment have recovered and are now out of the hospital. (A third person, a Spaniard, who received the treatment unfortunately did not recover.)
Meanwhile, the Ebola epidemic continues—more... Read more »
Earlier this summer, Johnson & Johnson Innovation and DePuy Synthes Products announced a new collaboration with Plymouth, MI-based Tissue Regeneration Systems (TRS) to help develop patient-specific, resorbable bone implants. (That means implants that can be broken down by the body... Read more »
This year about 20 million patients in the U.S. will undergo a procedure in which a doctor will thread a catheter into a blood vessel to treat a cardiac ailment, say, or provide dialysis or chemotherapy. But in five percent of... Read more »
Within the course of two weeks, three nuclear power startups said they received funding from venture investors—a remarkable occurrence given the prevailing wisdom that capital-intensive energy companies are not a good fit for venture capital.
Perhaps the biggest story in biotech over the past few years has been the resurrected IPO window. Since the start of 2013, more than 120 biotechs have taken the leap from private to public. And this year alone, even despite some... Read more »
Big data is a “hackneyed term,” said Michael Stonebraker. “I try hard not to use it.”
It was wintertime when I sat down with a few database experts in Boston to talk shop. Stonebraker, an MIT professor and entrepreneur, is one... Read more »
JMI Equity, the private equity firm that specializes in software deals, says it has raised $1 billion in committed capital for its eighth growth equity fund—its biggest ever—and plans to keep on investing in growing companies with proven business models.... Read more »
The rise of home-rental services like Airbnb has been hailed as a revolution for travelers and homeowners alike—a leading example of the “sharing economy,” letting everyday people save money on rentals and profit from their underused property.
Local government, however, has been dealing with the complaints that inevitably... Read more »
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Parking-search app Haystack has been banned in Boston, and any other companies that want to follow in its footsteps will face a similar fate.
The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and College of Engineering have teamed up to launch the Desai Family Accelerator, which will help support early-stage ventures with mentorship and financial resources. Plus, there’s a twist: Despite being backed by U-M,... Read more »
Many startups are seeking to take advantage of cheap and abundant natural gas to make chemicals and fuels, but Siluria Technologies is one of the few moving to large-scale production.
The San Francisco-based company today said that Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures... Read more »
Amicus Therapeutics was on the ropes in late 2012 when its pill for a rare condition called Fabry Disease failed a late-stage trial. It had already put seven years of work into the drug, and the setback added even more development... Read more »
Large pharmaceutical companies have been beating a path to Massachusetts over the past few years to get in the thick of the area’s bubbling life sciences cluster. Today, industry conglomerate General Electric (NYSE: GE) is joining the mix, dealing a... Read more »
Following an executive search that took about 18 months, San Diego’s Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute named a new CEO today. He is Perry Nisen, a pediatric cancer specialist who specialized in commercializing new drugs as senior vice president of science and... Read more »
In 2007, Jon Rimanelli began researching Detroit’s history in the aviation industry as part of a proposal to convince organizers of the Red Bull Air Races to pick the Motor City as the host. The bid was successful and resulted in... Read more »
Database technology, while never the sexiest area, is attracting more money as legions of startups bet they can address a new class of big data-driven challenges—and dethrone database giants like Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft.
San Francisco-based Splice Machine topped off an... Read more »
It may be the tail end of summer, but Spring has bloomed.
The New York-based startup launched its shopping app late last week, giving consumers a mobile way to discover and buy products directly from brands and designers.
Currently available for... Read more »
Here are this week’s headlines in North Carolina tech and biotech news:
Jim Dolce was last seen in these parts at Akamai, which bought his previous company, Verivue, in late 2012. Last March, he shipped out to San Francisco to become CEO of Lookout, a seven-year-old mobile security company.
That’s the same... Read more »
Two Wisconsin startups are in the midst of trying to raise more than $4 million each from investors, while two energy-related startups are making progress toward selling their products. Read on for details about these recent announcements, and more, from Wisconsin’s... Read more »
HealthQuest Capital, founded last year by Sofinnova Ventures partner Garheng Kong, says it has raised $110 million for its debut fund and already has invested in several medical technology and patient care products.
While HealthQuest is staying close to Sofinnova—sharing its... Read more »
Founder and Managing Partner, Frazier Healthcare Ventures
Nobel Laureate, Professor of Biology, Caltech
CEO and Fund Manager, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund
VP of Venture Capital, Pfizer Inc.
Founder, The Haul Company