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50 hot startups in Boston, MA

Justin Boyle, February 10, 201250 hot startups in Boston, MA

The tech startup community in Boston is alive and thriving. Here's a list by category of 50 startups in the Boston area that are making things happen at home and internationally, including the regional picks of the year by startup accelerator TechStars.

Content generation and distribution

  • AuthorsGlobe: Live virtual master classes by academics, best-selling authors and industry experts
  • BCM (formerly BackChannelMedia): Interactive television services for broadcasters and cable providers
  • Brightcove: Cloud content services including video hosting and distribution solutions
  • Helium: Community of freelance writers creating content
  • Texterity: Digital and mobile publishing, with Web conversions of print publications plus tracking, social networking and multimedia features
  • Visible Measures: Analytics/advertising for social video, with video ad network
  • Wistia: Online video management, with video hosting and analytics for business

Social networking

  • Anyvite: Service for design and distribution of electronic invitations, with Web widgets and mobile device capability
  • MocoSpace: Mobile Internet solutions including a standalone mobile website, chat, photo/video sharing and forums
  • Punchbowl: Party and event planning or digital greeting cards for real-world social networking
  • Second Glass: Online and mobile community centered on wine and wine-drinking culture
  • Sermo: Online network for physicians to share insights and observations about medications, devices and clinical issues
  • SocialGrow: Social networking services and an application to expand user profiles and networks
  • WeeWorld: Online/mobile social gaming and advertising platform for youth and mainstream audiences

Buying/selling/trading services

  • Artfact: Global marketplace of arts, antiques and collectibles with a worldwide auction database
  • BiddingForGood: Charitable e-commerce company with fund-raising auction platform and tools
  • Daily Grommet: Online marketplace that allows users to share innovative ideas for products and services
  • Gazelle: "ReCommerce" service for electronics sale, donation or recycling
  • Swap.com: Social commerce platform and online/mobile bartering portal
  • TurningArt: Test-drive service for visual art, allowing users to rent prints and earn credit toward purchasing originals

Hardware, software and data solutions

  • Acronis: Data protection and disaster recovery across physical, virtual and cloud environments
  • AisleBuyer: Mobile commerce platform and enhanced shopping application that provides analytics to retailers, as well as mobile ordering for restaurants
  • Apperian: Mobile application management to help developers create, deploy and manage custom mobile apps
  • Carbonite: Automatic online file backup with anytime/anywhere access
  • The Echo Nest: Music intelligence platform for developing music applications, including search, games and discovery
  • HubSpot: Marketing software for website management, including SEO, CRM integration, inbound marketing and analytics
  • Locately: Opt-in consumer location analytics service that collects and shares GPS and customer-experience data
  • PicoSearch: Business search hosting service with indexing and internal search for websites
  • Raizlabs: Designer, programmer and distributor of mobile applications for iPhone, iPad and Android
  • Vertica: Relational database analytics company offering real-time data services
  • Yesware: Sales enterprise application that tracks email, provides performance metrics and links email to customer relationship management/CRM system
  • 3Play Media: Transcription, captioning and media search services for Web companies, universities and major corporations

Other products and services

  • Digital Lumens: Industrial lighting installation service using low-energy LED lighting and a central control program to modify program details
  • Harvest Power: Clean tech company helping communities create renewable energy, high-value soil, mulch and fertilizer from organic materials
  • Terrafugia: Automobile manufacturer promoting a road-ready aircraft/vehicle convertible
  • TurnStar: Digital waiting list and customer engagement system that allows businesses to track wait times and the number and length of patrons' visits
  • Zeo: Wellness company focusing on sleep management

TechStars Boston 2012

TechStars provides seed funding from venture capital firms and angel investors to selected startups in locations like Boston, Boulder, New York City and Seattle. Here are the companies chosen for the winter 2012 session in Boston.

  • BISON: The Boston Illiquid Securities Offering Network is a fundraising platform for generating startup capital through alternative investments
  • docTrackr: Web-based business tool that helps enterprises protect and control their PDF and Microsoft Office documents, before and after distribution
  • GymPact: Mobile application designed to incentivize physical exercise
  • Lessonsmith: Collaborative system for generating lesson plans and classroom content
  • Libboo: Social/collaborative formatting and publishing service that lets authors and publishers work in teams to create distributable content
  • Mortar: Cloud-hosted big dataset processing using Apache Hadoop; provides analytics, data monitoring and business intelligence data
  • Murfie: Digital music marketplace and sharing community that offers physical media as well as digital file-based music
  • Psykosoft: Software company that builds tools to express creativity through music, animation and digital painting
  • Shopsy: Shopping engine that uses context cues and filtering to enhance the experience of browsing apparel online
  • Simply Good Technologies: Builder of digital coupon software that aims to add demographic and geographic targeting and analytics to coupon campaigns.
  • Testive: Test-building and diagnostic testing to help students understand their scores for SAT and other exams
  • ÜberSense: Video analysis software designed to provide athletes and coaches with the information necessary to drive improvement
  • Zagster: Transportation-sharing system that uses software applications to locate, lease and monitor fleets of bicycles in cities nationwide

All over the Boston area, startups like these are changing the way we interact, shop, share, create and do business in the modern market. Keep your eye on these and other innovative companies in Boston and see how they're helping shape the world to come.

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