Dozen’s of robots walked, crawled and flew across the Seaport this weekend, from iRobot’s vacuum to Boston Dynamic’s robot dog, Spot. More than 40 companies took part in a “Robot Block Party” put on by MassRobotics Saturday, part of a several-day Robo Boston Festival that the group was putting on for the first time.
The portside city of Boston is a bustling hub for cybersecurity, but there’s a range of companies across other tech industries that are making a splash as well. Following last month’s largest funding rounds, these companies are hiring as they continue to grow their business.
A Boston company working on storing digital data in synthetic DNA has attracted a new round of funding to help it work on its science fiction–esque vision of building chemical computers. Catalog’s $35 million Series B fundraising is being led by Hanwha Impact Partners, a sustainability-focused investment wing of the South Korean conglomerate Hanwha Group.
A Boston startup building tiny microphones and voice-activated technology has picked up $18 million more in funding, with Amazon again among the company’s backers. Vesper’s funding round led by Boston venture firm Accomplice drew 11 investors, including headphone and speaker giant Bose and Amazon’s Alexa Fund, a wing of the company that invests in voice technology, the company said in a news release Tuesday. Both companies have previously backed the startup.
We certainly seem to be in the midst of a massive shift toward “no-code” technology, with investors pumping many millions of dollars into companies like Unqork, AirSlate and Bubble for their unique capabilities. This week, yet another player in the burgeoning space has raised funding. This time, it’s Cambridge-based Akkio, which announced Monday it closed on a $3 million seed round led by Bain Capital.
Diseases can cause specific organs to degrade. Luckily, modern medicine has given us ways to slow down, or even reverse this degenerative process. People take prescription pills to help with heart disease, undergo surgeries to improve their kidney health and so on. But what if treating a brain disease was as non-invasive as looking at a computer screen.
Cyber criminals keep going after bigger and bigger targets, whether that’s a global corporation, pipeline or secretive government agency. These hacks may be scary to think about, but they continue to prove just how valuable strong cybersecurity practices are. And strong cybersecurity practices are what Snyk is all about.
Spending increased by 25% in the education technology, or edtech, sector, from 2019 to 2020. The U.S. spent $35.8 billion in the K-12 sector last year, according to The Learning Council, a research institute. This spending went into updating classroom technology from hardware to software systems to remote-learning resources.
For many, remote work has become synonymous with challenging working environments. From Zoom fatigue and poor internet connections to unexpectedly having to navigate home-schooling, there are countless roadblocks people have learned to expect while working remotely over the past year or so.