A Boston Globe survey of more than 100 local entrepreneurs suggests Boston’s startup scene is thriving – entrepreneurs feel connected to one another, guided by supportive mentors and generally happy to be in the city. The majority of the founders that responded to the survey don’t regret starting their startups in Boston, and believe the location helped strengthen their organizations.
Here’s what else happened in the Boston startup community this week:
Boston’s new safe-driving app is trying to make the roads a safer place by giving motorists stars for staying off their phones, driving at reasonable speeds, and braking, accelerating and turning carefully. Mayor Walsh has even gotten into the spirit of things, announcing a competition on Monday called Boston’s Safest Driver. To enter, just download the app (which was developed by Cambridge Mobile Telematics), enter an email address and zip code, put your phone down and drive carefully.
Sam Adams founder Jim Koch started The Boston Beer Company in his kitchen at the age of 34 and is still running the billion-dollar brewhouse in his late 60s. Starting a company is never easy, but Jim’s passion for hard, challenging work is what keeps him going. His success is more about his love of beer than a desire to make money.
Circulation, a Boston-based startup, just announced the launch of its digital service that offers patients at Boston Children's Hospital a means of non-emergency medical transportation. The service is powered by Uber’s APIs, allowing hospitals to set up and manage patient transportation after users log into a HIPAA-compliant service, verifying their health insurance and ride eligibility. They can also determine if patients have any additional needs, such a wheelchair accessibility and caregiver assistance.
Mike Kail, the former chief information officer at Yahoo, landed new funding for his Boston-based startup, Cybric. The year-old software security firm aims to automate application security review during software development. The latest round is led by Capstone Ventures, the VC arm of Capstone Partners, a Boston-based investment bank. Also participating in the round is return investor Petrillo Capital, a year-old venture capital firm based in Boston that provided the initial seed funding last year.
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