Boston Tech Roundup: Narvii, Q Factor, SiteSpect, & More

10/30/13Follow @gthuang

This week is, shall we say, eventful in Boston. There’s the MassChallenge awards gala tonight, something else going on at Fenway, and the MassTLC unConference on Friday. Apart from all that, here’s the news:

Q Factor Communications, a Waltham, MA-based startup working on software to improve video (and other rich media) delivery to smartphones and tablets, has raised a $6.5 million Series A round from Sigma Prime Ventures and Venrock. The company is led by founder and CEO Subhash Roy.

—Burlington, MA-based Nuance Communications has opened a mobile innovation center in the Central Square neighborhood of Cambridge. The speech-and-interfaces company says its staff in Cambridge will do R&D in areas such as voice biometrics, wearables, natural language processing, and home automation. Nuance expects to hire dozens in Cambridge over the coming months.

—For Haley Joel Osment, it was “I see dead people.” For Phong Ly, it’s iSeeCars.com. If you’re in the market for a used vehicle, you might want to check out this new search site. The Boston-area startup is also doing analysis on used-car prices across different cities in the U.S.

—Boston-based website marketing and testing firm SiteSpect continues to fly under the radar, but probably not for long. The bootstrapped and profitable company has just signed up real estate marketplace Trulia as a customer, joining the likes of Walmart, Wayfair, and Staples. SiteSpect is led by CEO and founder Eric Hansen.

—Keep an eye on Boston-area startup Narvii. Just sayin’.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com. Follow @gthuang

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