Tech roundup: Attend gets acquired, ‘Zipbike’ program launches, and more

September 21, 2016

Boston-based Attend gets acquired by DC startup

Event software startup Attend was acquired by Event Farm, a venture-backed event marketing software company based in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Event Farm also announced that they would be bringing on six Attend employees to their new Boston offices. [BostInno]

 

Zipcar and Zagster team up to help college students get from point A to point B

Two Boston startups joined forces to launch a new bike- and car-share program called "Zipbike" that will help college students around the country get from point A to point B. Zipcar and Zagster, known for their respective car-sharing and bike-sharing services, plan to have Zipbike up and running by January and offered on 10 university campuses. Zipbike will provide memberships to college students and faculty members at a discounted price so members can have access to cars and bikes without the cost and hassle of ownership. [Built In Boston]

 

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Whole Foods and Baroo join forces to offer pet concierge service

Whole Foods Market locations around Greater Boston teamed up with Boston pet service startup Baroo to offer pet concierge services out of Baroo's "b. Mobile" truck. The truck will offer on-site services like baths, coat brushings, nail trims and other grooming services at a few Whole Foods in Cambridge, Newton and Melrose. Talk about multi-tasking. [Boston Business Journal]


TripAdvisor pledges to help Syrian refugees

Needham-based TripAdvisor and other major U.S. tech companies announced that they would be offering technology, money and training worth over $650 million to address the global refugee crisis. As part of a new $5 million commitment over three years, TripAdvisor said they will fund job training for refugees in the U.S. and will fund youth education in Greece, where thousands of families are waiting in camps for asylum cases to be adjudicated. [The Wall Street Journal]


Report by startup program LearnLaunch shows Mass. is a hotbed for edtech

A new report released by local edtech startup program LearnLaunch Wednesday showed that not only is Massachusetts a hotbed for amazing schools, but also is a formidable player in the education technology industry. The report, the first-ever “Massachusetts Edtech Workforce Report,”  showed that the edtech industry includes 430 companies in Massachusetts that support over 25,000 jobs — showing that edtech is an increasingly vital part of our economy. [Boston Business Journal]

 

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