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Brian Dowling


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Past articles by Brian:

New Deals May Double $240M Funding For MIT-IBM AI Lab, Director Says

When MIT and IBM launched a joint research lab in 2017, the New York-headquartered company pledged $240 million over a decade to chip away at the → Read More

Aliro Technologies Lands $2.7M to Help Developers Go Quantum

It's still a ways off before visions of all-powerful encryption-breaking quantum computers come to pass. But the new quantum technologies here today are → Read More

Boston Tech Watch: Neural Galaxy, Link Ventures, & More Epstein Fallout

The funding deals ramped up this week in Boston, and the drip, drip, drip of details about the MIT Media Lab and Jeffrey Epstein continued to form an → Read More

Shopify Buys 6 River Systems for $450M to Boost Fulfillment Centers

Ecommerce software company Shopify will purchase warehouse robotics startup 6 River Systems in a $450 million deal aimed at improving logistics in its new → Read More

Epstein Fallout: Joi Ito Resigns From MIT Media Lab, Multiple Boards

The ripple effects from a report Friday in The New Yorker about ties between the MIT Media Lab and disgraced financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey → Read More

Boston Tech Watch: MIT Epstein, Notarize Cash, New Carbonite Execs

For a week shortened by the Labor Day holiday heralding the coming end of summer, the past few days yielded their fair share of Boston-area technology → Read More

Xconomy: Cogito Raises $20M to Expand Call Center Emotional Intelligence

Cogito CEO Joshua Feast isn’t convinced that artificial intelligence will topple the staffing model for call centers. Customer service is not → Read More

VMware: "We Bought Carbon Black for $2.1B!" Analysts: "Oh... Why?"

The deal VMware unveiled this week to buy cybersecurity firm Carbon Black triggered a heaping share of skepticism. “I'm having a hard time with the Carbon → Read More

Xconomy: VMware Dropping $4.8B to Buy Carbon Black, Pivotal Software

VMware is shelling out big bucks for two companies to fill out its technology stack: developer platform Pivotal Software for $2.7 billion and → Read More

Boston Tech Watch: Jobble, Soofa, Dynatrace, Markforged & DataRobot

The Boston tech scene lands its first IPO of 2019. DataRobot rakes in about $200 million more. Pushback on facial recognition spreads from Somerville, MA, → Read More

Xconomy: Dynatrace Shares Jump, Marking First Boston-Area Tech IPO of 2019

Shares of Waltham, MA-based software intelligence firm Dynatrace hit the public markets for the first time today, and it was a strong debut. Bankers → Read More

Markforged Sues Desktop Metal Over "Dirty Tricks" in 3D Printing War

Markforged is reviving its courtroom battle with 3D printing rival Desktop Metal with a lawsuit that alleges "a campaign of dirty tricks" by the → Read More

Xconomy: DataRobot, Now a Unicorn, Raises Close To $200M for Machine Learning: Sources

DataRobot has raised a Series E funding round in the ballpark of $200 million to advance its automated machine learning and artificial intelligence → Read More

Xconomy: Leaving Carbonite, Mohamad Ali Joins IDG to Make It a Tech Company

Mohamad Ali’s departure from Carbonite’s corner office didn’t follow the usual tech executive roadmap to which even his earlier career had hewn. Ali’s → Read More

Xconomy: Carbonite CEO Mohamad Ali Leaves for International Data Group

Carbonite's Mohamad Ali is stepping down as CEO and board member of the Boston-based data protection company to lead International Data Group, a → Read More

Healthtech Investor Flare Capital Raises $255M for Second Fund

Flare Capital Partners, a Boston-based venture capital firm investing in healthcare technology, has raised $255 million for its second fund. Co-founder → Read More

Xconomy: Software Intelligence Firm Dynatrace Aims to Raise $427M in IPO

Enterprise software business Dynatrace plans to take in $427.2 million from its initial public offering, the Waltham, MA-based company says in a new → Read More

Boston Tech Watch: Medumo, Zilla, Armored Things, Fortify & More

The week in Boston tech news hit on all the highlights: health technology, 3D printing, crypto, blockchain, CEO moves, fintech, and plenty of venture → Read More

Aura Wants to Take Its $150M and Stock a Consumer Cybersecurity Toolbox

Two recently combined consumer cybersecurity companies are heading off under a new branding to make a run at providing some online peace of mind for → Read More

Lendbuzz, AI Auto Startup That Steps in When FICO Fails, Raises $150M

No traditional credit history? No problem. At least that’s how Lendbuzz, a startup that uses artificial intelligence to underwrite auto loans, sees it. → Read More