According to a new MoneyTree Report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Association, venture capitalists invested $1.39 billion in Boston-area startups in Q2, compared to more than $1.06 billion in Q2 2014. Infinidat Inc. snagged the biggest deal of the year so far with more than $150 million led by TPG Growth LLC. The report also notes that VCs invested $17.5 billion across the U.S. in 1,189 deals in the year’s second quarter, including $7.3 billion that went to the software industry. Below is a recap of this week’s trending conversations and news from Boston’s startup ecosystem. BostInno: Here Are 6 Boston Startups We're Watching Right Now From a crowdsourced drug discovery company to an online marketplace for music lessons, BostInno calls out six hot new startups in the area that you should know about. TechRepublic: How Greentown Labs incubates cleantech startups to tackle massive environmental problems Greentown Labs, a cleantech startup incubator that provides prototyping space, shared machine shop tools, office space and event space for companies, is offering startups focused on hardware in the environmental industry a space to build their companies. Greentown Labs startups are tackling environmental issues ranging from energy generation to battery storage to ocean monitoring to food and agriculture. There is a waitlist for the space and startups pay per square foot. Boston Business Journal: Five Mass. tech companies with cool Instagram accounts (BBJ photo gallery) Tech companies are constantly trying new ways to engage with customers, partners and employees on social media. The Boston Business Journal calls out five local tech companies that rock at Instagraming. Beta Boston: A personal scent bracelet for the fashionably adventurous Vapor Communications founded by Harvard professor and entrepreneur David Edwards, which brings scent and smell to life, launched its oBracelet, offering a way to wear a little scent-emitting sachet on your wrist during the day. Beta Boston reporter Curt Woodward discusses his experience with the bracelet, offering advice to future oBracelet consumers. What are your favorite Boston-based stories from week? Tell us what we missed.
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