Startup Calendar for April 8th

Six events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar:

And two accelerator programs are currently accepting applications:

Read the weekly newsletter for more… To take part in this program as an organization that hosts startup events, visit the Startup Calendar page for guidelines and send us an email at events@crunchbase.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Boston Wraps Up Its Best Venture Quarter In Years

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Jon Shieber.

The TechCrunch wrecking ball is smashing into Boston as startups in the city are coming off their best quarter in years.

Boston-based startups managed to haul in over $1.2 billion in venture financing in 142 deals for the quarter, marking the strongest fundraising environment for Boston tech startups since 2009.

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Saeed Amidi’s Global Accelerator Network Plug And Play Expands To Brazil

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Jon Shieber.

The warp and weft of Saeed Amidi’s family story — transitioning from Iranian immigrants fleeing revolution in the 1970s to running a multi-million-dollar global family office and a vast technology accelerator network  — is one that could only have been woven in Silicon Valley.

It’s been nearly 30 years since Amidi’s family bought the building at 165 University Avenue in Palo Alto, Calif., which catapulted the family from selling high-end rugs to Silicon Valley’s investors and entrepreneurs to joining those investors at the heart of the Valley’s technology scene.

The multi-use office building whose second floor overlooks University Avenue has an allure in part because of the litany of successful technology companies that once called it home. Google was there in its infancy, along with PayPal — an early investment for Amidi — and Logitech, which called the building home in the early days following its move from Switzerland. Continue reading

Startup Calendar for April 1st

Five events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar:

And one accelerator program is currently accepting applications:

Read the weekly newsletter for more… To take part in this program as an organization that hosts startup events, visit the Startup Calendar page for guidelines and send us an email at events@crunchbase.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Startup Calendar for March 25th

Five events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar:

And three accelerator programs are currently accepting applications:

Read the weekly newsletter for more… To take part in this program as an organization that hosts startup events, visit the Startup Calendar page for guidelines and send us an email at events@crunchbase.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Noesis Raises $30 Million Finance Fund For Energy Efficiency

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Jon Shieber.

Taking a page from the SolarCity playbook, the hosted energy efficiency software and services company Noesis Energy has raised a new $30 million fund to help finance the energy efficiency projects of its customers.

The projects Noesis will fund will range from $300,000 to $1 million. Harmon would not disclose the name of the lender behind the debt vehicle, but said that the company would announce its involvement once it had crossed a certain lending threshold. Meanwhile, financing small-scale projects can offer big returns when rolled out across the nation’s service providers, according to Harmon.

Austin-based Noesis, which is backed by Austin Ventures and Black Coral Capital, has itself raised $20.5 million in two rounds of funding since its launch in 2011.

Noesis estimates that in the U.S. commercial and industrial organizations spend over $350 billion on energy each year, but at least $70 billion of that is wasted because of energy inefficient buildings, outdated lighting, and other issues.

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Bitcoin Gains Ballast As Investors Continue To Pile In

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a story written on TechCrunch by Jon Shieber.

The demise of Mt.Gox has been met with the launch of Bitcoin’s Ft. Knox and the establishment of new proprietary exchanges from institutional investment trading platforms as investors attempt to right the ship of the stateless currency.

Having large institutional investors like Fortress Investments and Benchmark certainly helps the beleaguered currency (or is it a commodity?) platform.

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Startup Calendar for March 18th

Seven events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar:

And three accelerator programs are currently accepting applications:

Read the weekly newsletter for more… To take part in this program as an organization that hosts startup events, visit the Startup Calendar page for guidelines and send us an email at events@crunchbase.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

For Tech Investors, The Midwest Is Flyover Country No More

These days, Midwestern entrepreneurs and investors are seeding more than just fields.

A resurgent U.S. technology industry, propelled by strong initial public offerings and a healthy M&A market, as well as the launch of technology infrastructure services from companies like Amazon and Microsoft, has meant that entrepreneurs across the Rust Belt and Farm Belt are starting new technology companies in addition to more traditional manufacturing.

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Startup Calendar for March 11th

Five events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar:

And one accelerator program is currently accepting applications:

Read the weekly newsletter for more… To take part in this program as an organization that hosts startup events, visit the Startup Calendar page for guidelines and send us an email at events@crunchbase.com. We look forward to hearing from you!