Boston cybersecurity startup Pwnie Express was featured in the most recent episode of USA Networks’ “Mr. Robot.” Elliot, the show’s protagonist, uses Pwnie Express’ Pwn Phone to hack into the SIM card of an antagonist’s phone. The scene not only zooms in on the phone to show the Pwnie Express logo, but Elliot uses the company’s name and accurately tells the audience exactly what the phone is: "Pwnie Express Pwn Phone: a phone loaded with 103 network monitoring and attack tools. A dream device for pentesters and hackers." Here’s what else happened in the Boston startup community this week:
The honorees were selected from more than 300 nominations and represent a wide variety of business industries in the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors. As individuals, they are the definition of overachievers — each already making a significant, positive impact on Massachusetts as a result of their professional and community contributions.
The Boston-based startup Cohealo announced that it has raised $2 million in funding, bringing its total capital raised to more than $13 million. The funding was led by Romulus Capital and included Krillion Ventures, Struck Capital and various angel investors. Cohealo allows hospitals to share medical equipment with one another. The company aims to build upon its product by becoming a fully automated reservation system for medical equipment across multiple hospital sites.
Online furniture store Wayfair acquired Boston-based mobile messaging application Trumpit this week and plans to expand its customer service experience. Wayfair currently offers users the ability to email or call the company, unlike Trumpit, which offers Snapchat-like group chat experiences with both photos and videos. The acquisition gives Wayfair access to Trumpit’s IP and more importantly, the right to hire its employees, which appears to be Wayfair’s main goal.
BostInno reached out to Boston tech and investment leaders, including Katie Rae, Paul English and David Chang among other to learn about their #firstsevenjobs. Answers varied from Boston Globe delivery boy to hauling car batteries.