By: Erin She Geeks Out, a Boston event series that started with a small table of women in 2008 has grown to a regularly sold-out monthly meetup with an average of 100 attendees. Women from around the city, including tech enthusiasts to entrepreneurs to students and other business professionals attend every month to network and listen to speakers lead a core discussion for the night. In September, the group is screening GTFO, a documentary about women in gaming; hosting speed recruiting; and putting on several events to highlight female entrepreneurs’ success stories. Below is a recap of more of this week’s trending conversations and news from Boston’s startup ecosystem. Boston Globe: Gene editing startup Editas Medicine raises $120 million Editas Medicine, a Cambridge biotech startup developing treatments to modify genetic defects that cause diseases, on Monday said it has raised $120 million from a group of investors that includes Fidelity Investments and fund backed by Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates. Company scientists are seeking a way to cut defective mutations out of genetic material and replace them with healthy cells engineered by using a specific protein. CBS Boston: Boston Wins $50,000 Federal Award To Help Business Startups The city of Boston won a $50,000 award from the Small Business Administration to help streamline licensing, permitting and other requirements needed to start a business in the city. Mayor Marty Walsh’s administration is releasing a new online permit experience that will guide entrepreneurs through the permitting and licensing process. The administration hopes the online system will reduce the review times for building permits and create a more transparent process for business owners. BostInno: New Downtown Crossing Startup Space to Open on Summer Street Downtown Crossing is becoming one of the most sought-after places for startups and entrepreneurs. Paradigm Properties bought 93 Summer St. and is creating a creative, cool and funky working space. The 25,000 square feet of space will be used to house a handful of up-and-coming ventures and larger businesses. Boston Business Journal: What 'Alphabet' will mean for local Google Ventures-backed startups Google's announcement that it would restructure and now be under a new parent company called Alphabet did little to fluster or worry the leaders of some Google Ventures-backed companies in Massachusetts. As far as Google Ventures, the investment arm of Google that's been backing several Boston-area startups, the blog post says the company will continue to grow that division, as well as Google Capital, a growth equity investment fund. What are your favorite Boston-based stories from week? Tell us what we missed.
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