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TUGG's 11th Annual Wine & Tequila Wine Party

This Thursday (March 23), over 1,500 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, philanthropists and other members of Boston’s innovation economy will gather for TUGG's 11th Annual Wine & Tequila Party.  It is a celebration of social innovation, where you can place your vote for the six non-profits which are competing for $140K in grant funding.  Get your tickets here.

Bri Shelley, one of our new contributors, wrote a great profile on Sasha Hoffman (COO at Piaggio Fast Forward) for her women in tech series, which is now called Lead(H)er.  

Did you know that Wistia has grown from an idea in a living room to a company with over 80 employees and 350,000 customers???  I interviewed Chris Savage, Wistia's Co-Founder & CEO, to learn more about the history of the company, culture, and its brand.  There's lots of fun pictures and of course... videos.

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Today's cover photo features a group from Bullhorn representing its women's empowerment group called HERd.  This group is an opportunity for women at Bullhorn to meet and share ideas, experiences, and brainstorm solutions in a judgement free zone.  Credit:  Bullhorn.

As always, thanks for your support!

Best, Keith

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It's time for a better cup of coffee in the office.  Grind Coffee provides locally roasted, single origin coffee to offices all over New England.  To learn more about upgrading your office coffee, head to

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TimeTrade raised $6.3M in funding.

Formlabs is hosting a Sales Mixer on Tuesday (March 21).  See what it's like to be a member of the company's sales team.

TripAdvisor announced a new Facebook Messenger Bot where you can get recommendations for traveling.

Diane Hessan joined Brightcove's Board of Directors.

Raizlabs' Drinks on Tap event is tomorrow (March 21).  You can catch up on new mobile development trends and demos from Evolve, RateGravity, L.L. Bean, and Tymewear.

The Sigfox Foundation announced a 6 month experiment for a new rhinoceros tracking system, which combines GPS and Sigfox's low powered IoT connectivity to monitor rhinos in the wild.

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Location: Cambridge

Cogo Labs is the technology-driven startup incubator behind some of the Boston area's fastest-growing web companies.

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Location: Ipswich

EBSCO Information Services is the leading provider of resources for libraries including discovery, resource management, databases and e-books.

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Ve is an award winning mar/adtech company, helping online businesses increase customer engagement through our digital platform.

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Are you interest in seeing what the inside of Twitter's offices in Cambridge looks like?  Check out our Office Tour.

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ownerIQ is a venture backed company which was founded approximately ten years ago.  I had the opportunity to connect with Jay Schaufeld, ownerIQ's SVP of Human Resources, about the company’s culture and the inner workings at "The Q."

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To celebrate a major milestone in growth, WeWork announced the Creator Awards.  They are giving away $20M in grants to entrepreneurs, non-profits, visionaries, artists... creators!  The catch is... you have to apply TODAY (March 20 is the deadline)!  You do NOT have to be a WeWork member, it is open to anyone.

Larry Kim, the founder of WordStream stepped down from an operating role in the company to pursue a new mobile startup.

Mike Troiano's latest guest for his How Hard Can It Be? podcast is Eric Paley of Founder Collective.

MITX's 3rd annual DesignTech Summit is right around the corner on March 30 featuring speakers from 30 Weeks, Target, IDEO, Twin Technologies, Fidelity Labs, and many more.

Garage+, a Boston New Technology partner, is connecting digital health and medical device-related startups with partners and investors as part of the Startup Global Program, a free 10-day trip to Asia in May.  The deadline to apply is March 26.

There didn't seem to be a ton of buzz from SXSW this year, but two really cool products that were developed at MIT won at the SXSW Innovation Awards.  DuoSkin, a temporary tattoo that serves as a touch-based interface won the "SciFi No Longer" award.  Portal Instruments, a computerized needle-free drug delivery system, won the "Health, Med & Biotech" category.  

Babson selected its inaugural women in technology student fellows - undergraduate fellows:  Teresa Wolf ('17) & Taylor Cole ('19) -  and graduate fellows: Nikita Damle ('17). The fellows will work with faculty and industry partners to create Women in Technology initiatives on campus.

iRobot announced that its Roomba vacuum will have Alexa voice integration.

This is a cool story about the Manchester Millyard in New Hampshire, which has gone through a textiles to tech transformation with the success of companies like DEKA, Dyn, PillPack and others.  I spent a lot of time in these buildings during my childhood, as my dad operated a company in one of these buildings.


Special Snowflakes - Bringing Unique Individuals Together As a Team - Christina Luconi, Chief People Officer at Rapid7

The Background Story on Wistia: Building a Brand & Culture That You Want - Keith Cline, Founder at VentureFizz

Lead(H)er: Sasha Hoffman, COO at Piaggio Fast Forward - Brianne Shelley, Contributor at VentureFizz

Five Interesting Things Found at PAX East 2017! - Colin W. Barry, Contributor at VentureFizz

Wayhome – Breaking Down the Walls of Apartment Hunting - Colin W. Barry, Contributor at VentureFizz

We're Stepping Things Up at VentureFizz - Announcing Our Newest Contributors! - Keith Cline, Founder at VentureFizz


Check out the latest hires across Boston tech from companies including at Circle, CloudHealth Technologies, QuickBase, LogMeIn, Starry, GasBuddy, Brand Networks, Amazon Web Services, + Virtudent.

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General Assembly / Start Making: Ideas To Actions

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The Berkman Klein Center For Internet & Society at Harvard University / The Things of the Internet

MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge / Driving Change: Autonomous & Electric Vehicles

Alpha Loft / Founders Series: Featuring Dave Arnold & Kevin Low

BostInno / BostInno's Tech Madness.

Mobile Tea #Boston and MassTLC / Mobile Tea #15:Tech Thrill

Boston Entrepreneurs' Network (Boston ENET) / Sales Models - Online, Inside and Field Sales - How and Whe to Choose a Sales Model for Your Startup

Raizlabs / Drinks on Tap - Demos, Drinks and Discussions about Mobile Development

Formlabs / Formlabs Sales Mixer

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North Shore Technology Council / A New Perspective: Drone Applications for Local Business

WIT Accelerate / Accelerate Startup Challenge Spring 2017 PitchRound

MassChallenge / MassChallenge Entrepalooza 2017

Startup Institute / Build a Career You Love.

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The Capital Network / Build a Cap Table and Understand the Dilution Impact of Early-Stage Investment

TUGG / TUGG Makes Boston - 11th Annual Wine & Tequila Party

InnoNorth / InnoNorth: Women in Technology

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General Assembly / 2017 Baseball Hack Day

Harvard Business School / HBS Music Summimt 2017

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Fluff turns 100 years old this year.  Many of my lunches in elementary school included the culinary wonder called the Fluffernutter.  Did you know that Fluff is made in Lynn, MA?  Here's a cool article on its history.

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