By: Ali Keppler The first Startup Saturday of 2016 is upon us – we’ve all said it before and will say it again, but time flies. Last year brought plenty of excitement in the Boston startup world, and we have high hopes that 2016 will again raise the bar with new entrepreneurs, company growth and developing markets to keep things interesting. Let’s take a look at the latest stories to get things started. BetaBoston: Toast raises $30M to expand hiring, product in restaurant payment tech
Businesses trying to simplify payments are still gaining momentum. Local company Toast is offering ordering and sales systems for the restaurant industry, and with another $30 million under its belt, further product development is in its near future. The company is also looking to hire 150 employees, so if you’re on the job hunt, keep an eye out here.
For those who are less than musically inclined, a keyboard may be intimidating. Now imagine, a keyboard that circles all the way around you. That’s the product PianoArc is focused on. Created by Berklee College of Music alumnus Brockett Parsons, the product is three keyboards in one with 288 total keys.
Whether or not you’re in tune with the venture capital world, you’ve probably heard of Mark Cuban from ABC’s “Shark Tank.” Beverly-based Fantasy Labs definitely has, now that Cuban has invested in the company. Fantasy Labs offers analytics for MLB, NFL and NBA daily fantasy sports, so given Cuban’s pro sports endeavors, it seems to be a solid match.
Editas, an up-and-coming Cambridge startup with plenty of funding and goals of modifying genetics defects that can cause disease, is looking to go public. Biotech IPOs dropped in the last year, but with the potential impact of their offerings, we’ll be curious to see if Editas can beat the market odds.
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