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What's a startup guy like him doing at a tech giant like this

by Sara Castellanos 0108 OTB Amit Yoran[3]

BOSTON—Amit Yoran is a self-proclaimed “startup guy” leading one of the world’s oldest and foremost cybersecurity companies — Bedford-based RSA, the security division of data storage giant EMC.

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What would an upstart covet in the $220,000 Oscar gift bag? This stuff

by Upstart Business Journal editors PIXAR STUDIOS

Oh to be an Academy Award nominated actor, actress or director. Besides the very basic fact that you've been recognized for your talent and might even walk away with a golden statue, you also get a gift bag that this year is worth more than $220,000.

The bags are put together by the Los Angeles-based company Distinctive Assets, which secures all the trips, booze, spa treatments and more that goes  ...

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Now you can shop Silicon Alley at New York Hearts Tech e-commerce site

by Teresa Novellino New York Hearts Tech

NEW YORK—If you want to show your love for New York startups with your wallet, a new opportunity launched Monday.

New York Hearts Tech is a new multi-brand e-commerce site that features 18 companies in the fashion, beauty, food, fitness and lifestyle space including Adore Me, BaubleBar, Beltology, Birchbox, Blue Apron, Casper, ClassPass, Foursquare, Gilt and Gilt City, GlamSquad, Gwynnie Bee,  ...

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Startups - Cloud computing and corned beef

MiMedia CEO: N.Y.C. startups are 'high energy, scrappy and relentless'

by Anthony Noto MiMedia

NEW YORK—Raising cash can be difficult, and sometimes — to grow a business — nascent companies need to go the unorthodox route. And that's exactly how MiMedia founder and CEO Chris Giordano managed to raise a total of $35 million in funding.

Earlier this year, his Brooklyn-based cloud tech company raised a $15 million Series C, but it didn't tap traditional venture capitalists. Among  ...

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Loot - Communications cash

With massive funding round in hand, ThinkingPhones CEO eyes IPO

by David Harris Derek Steve

BOSTON—ThinkingPhones, a Cambridge-based communications technology company, has landed $112 million in new funding that will be used for expansion as it looks to potentially go public next year.

The company also announced that it would be changing its name to Fuze, a nod to its acquisition of the San Francisco video conferencing company of the same name last year. It's also a chance for the  ...

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Startups - Alternative lending

This Louisville startup wants to hit payday lenders where they live

by David Serchuk Chris Blakely

LOUISVILLE—Chris Blakely is a man on a mission. He's dedicating his life and career to help people find an alternative to high-interest loans.

Blakely is the founder and CEO of Credit Fair-E, a Louisville startup dedicated to providing small, comparatively affordable loans to what he calls the "large and growing population that has been left behind by traditional financial  ...

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Loot - Bubble watch

True Ventures co-founder offers this advice to startups on surviving tighter times

by Cromwell Schubarth Phil Black True Ventures

SILICON VALLEY—True Ventures co-founder Phil Black has seen some wild swings in the world of startup investing, observing the qualities that the survivors had versus those that don't make it.

He shared some of that with me in a recent conversation, the highlights of which form the following Q&A, edited for length and clarity.

Black's stops along the way to founding Palo Alto-based True  ...

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