By Erin Rohr
After having her second child, Camille Preston craved getting back to her “flow” – the state in which she performed best at work. To help mothers and entrepreneurs “find their flow,” Preston launched an online curriculum and speaking engagement focused on flow-hacking. Preston, who founded Cambridge-based leadership, management and coaching services firm AIM Leadership in 2004, told the Boston Business Journal, "Everyone is feeling tired, overworked, disengaged, and they don't necessarily know how to hack it." According to statistics published by McKinsey & Co. in 2013, when people are in a state of "flow," they are five times more productive at work. In a nutshell, Preston's steps to achieving this state of mind fall into five categories: prepare, struggle purposefully, release, flow and recover.
Find your own flow as you catch up on this week’s trending conversations and news from Boston’s startup ecosystem.
BostInno: WeWork: 'What VC Crunch?'
The venture capital (VC) funding environment is weak, and frankly, a little risky for all tech startups considering the process. So many are questioning co-working space WeWork’s next funding round. With the company’s valuation reaching $17 billion, BostInno’s Kyle Alspach assumes that WeWork’s market will dry up if there’s less venture money going around.
Xconomy: BU Spinout Constant Therapy Gets $2M for Speech and Brain Rehab App
With the rise of startups within the healthcare market, Constant Therapy, a company trying to digitize and amplify the exercises that speech-language pathologists and brain-rehab clinicians give their patients, announced that it raised $2 million from Golden Seeds this week.
BetaBoston: Its pockets $20 million deeper,Crimson Hexagon keeps an eye on social media
Crimson Hexagon, a provider of social data analysis to inform strategic enterprise decision-making (and a Metis client), closed $20 million in growth equity financing from Sageview Capital. The new funding comes after a period of record growth for Crimson Hexagon – its customer base has swelled 75 percent in the past year alone, and it plans to add more than 90 new employees to its staff in 2016. The company has outgrown its headquarters in the Seaport and is eyeing a new building in Fort Point.
BetaBoston: Empatica begins shipping seizure-tracking wristband
Cambridge-based Empatica, the maker of a high-tech wristband that can detect seizures, is shipping its first product to its earliest buyers. The watch sensor monitor spikes in body heat, gyroscopes and accelerometers to determine electric changes across the skin and then buzzes to warn the wearer when an epileptic episode might happen.