Blue Cross partners with Ovuline to personalize insurance for members

April, 2015
Source: Boston Business Journal

Blue Cross partners with Ovuline to personalize insurance for members

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has partnered with fertility and pregnancy app Ovuline to offer insurers a better way to connect with their patients. Developed as a pilot in February with an undisclosed amount of funding from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the program allows users looking to get pregnant or looking for […]

Online Lenders Offer a Faster Lifeline for Small Businesses

April, 2015
Source: The New York Times

Online Lenders Offer a Faster Lifeline for Small Businesses

Yaniv Liron has pulled cash and credit from every available source to keep his 11-year-old web design and development business, Lumina, running smoothly — a situation familiar to many small-business owners. Even though his company, in New York City, is established and profitable, obtaining a bank loan or credit line has always been painful. The paperwork […]

New Bento Mastercard Safeguards SME Procurement

March, 2015
Source: PYMNTS

New Bento Mastercard Safeguards SME Procurement

Small businesses are especially in need of resources to help manage procurement spending and mitigate the risk of fraud. But the smallest startups do not often qualify for a corporate credit card, forcing business owners to resort to giving their personal cards to employees to make business purchases. Financial solution provider Bento for Business, however, has […]

A Corporate Card Just For Small Businesses

March, 2015
Source: Forbes

A Corporate Card Just For Small Businesses

Even well-funded startups and small businesses face challenges getting credit cards and when they do qualify, there is very little designed specifically to meet their needs. Yet if you’re a small business owner, how do you control spending and expenses? A credit card. Business owners often use their personal credit card for company expenses and that […]

Fundbox Raises $40M To Keep Small Businesses’ Cash Flowing

March, 2015
Source: WIRED

Fundbox Raises $40M To Keep Small Businesses’ Cash Flowing

IT TAKES MONEY to make money, so the saying goes. Which is why, for so many small businesses, the sometimes months-long gap between filing an invoice and actually getting paid can spell death when you’re already barely scraping by. Enter FundBox, an alternative lending startup that’s trying to fix this problem by doling out advances to small […]

Using Machine Learning And Wearables To Make Babies

March, 2015
Source: Forbes

Using Machine Learning And Wearables To Make Babies

Last week I explored how small data, rather than big data, can be a critical component of the Internet of Things. To drive the point home I went looking for more examples of companies using both small and big data to improve decision making. I stumbled across an innovative startup out of Boston named Ovuline […]

Amyris & Genome Compiler Partner to Commercialize DNA Construction Software Services for the Pharma and Biotech Industries

March, 2015
Source: Yahoo! Finance

Amyris & Genome Compiler Partner to Commercialize DNA Construction Software Services for the Pharma and Biotech Industries

Amyris, Inc. (AMRS), an industrial bioscience company, and Genome Compiler Corp., a synthetic biology platform company, have entered into a collaboration agreement to integrate Amyris’s automated lab services with Genome Compiler’s online design tools and e-commerce platform to enable users to design and order DNA or other biological products seamlessly.

The “Common Plus” Opportunity

February, 2015
Source: TechCrunch

The “Common Plus” Opportunity

What can you do if you already have an existing convertible note and want to make it attractive for a VC to invest in you now before your next round?

How the right VC can help when you hit a down patch

February, 2015
Source: VentureBeat

How the right VC can help when you hit a down patch

As a startup closing your first round of funding, everyone is excited by your potential, investing in “the dream”. The plan is always to move smoothly from financing round to financing round, increasing your valuation all the way through IPO or being acquired. But in reality, it never works out this way.