Boston Tech Watchlist: PillPack, Onshape, Placester, Meta, Northeastern

This week in Boston tech, we’re tracking the latest on PillPack, Placester’s first acquisitions, more money for Onshape, a Boston-area hire by Silicon Valley augmented reality startup Meta, and a nanotech manufacturing program at Northeastern University. Read on for details.

—Onshape appears to have tacked on $25 million to an earlier $80 million equity funding round, per a new SEC filing. The Cambridge, MA-based startup makes computer-aided design software that runs in the cloud.

—Placester, the well-funded real estate software startup based in Boston, acquired RealSatisfied, a five-person Australian company that runs customer satisfaction surveys and gathers other data for real estate agents in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. The deal is in the $3 million to $5 million range, a spokeswoman said.

The RealSatisfied acquisition is Placester’s second. The first, announced in early March, was HomeFinder, which runs the search platform HomeFinder.com and the app OpenHomePro.

—PillPack intends to hire more than 100 people this year, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported. That’s despite a spat with Express Scripts that PillPack, an online pharmacy and medication-management startup, says will result in the loss of a third of its customers. PillPack has operations in Somerville, MA, and Manchester, NH.

—Meta, the Redwood City, CA-based augmented reality startup, appointed MIT Media Lab’s John Werner as its vice president of strategic partnerships. Werner told the Boston Business Journal he will remain in Boston, and Meta might consider opening an outpost here.

—A Northeastern University nanotechnology manufacturing program in Burlington, MA, has received a $3 million state grant and $11 million from industry and university funds. The money will be used for an initiative that, in part, enables manufacturers to develop prototype sensors and other devices using 3D printers that can make nanoscale components, the Boston Globe reported.

Jeff Engel is a senior editor at Xconomy. Email: jengel@xconomy.com Follow @JeffEngelXcon

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