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Bold-faced names and pics from tonight's WebInnoRocket

Posted by Scott Kirsner  September 24, 2012 10:09 PM

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Instead of giving the stage to raw startups demonstrating their first product, tonight's WebInnoRocket event focused on bigger Boston-area tech companies that are already well into growth mode. The three "main stage" presenters -- Gemvara, DataXu, and HubSpot -- together have more than 500 employees and have raised more than $125 million in funding. Six earlier-stage companies, including Timbre, had demo tables in a separate room.

VCs Rob Go of NextView Ventures and Eric Hjerpe of Kepha Partners were there schmoozing... as were Sarah Hodges of Intelligent.ly, Blank Label's Ryan Dawidjan and Brent Grinna of EverTrue. I caught up with Ben Saren of Litle & Co., Keith Cline of Dissero and Tom Summit of Catalyst Recruiting. Northeastern student Drew d'Agostino told me about his bedbug-related startup Unbugged, spawned by a close encounter with the critters, and HubSpot's David Gallant shared the latest on his shadow career as a DJ. Matthew Albrecht filled me in on BrightDriver, a startup developing audio-based games for people to play to combat boredom in the car. Grasshopper's Taylor Aldredge was in line to talk with HubSpot co-founder Dharmesh Shah, as was Satish Boppana of TouchVu, one of the participants in this fall's Betaspring accelerator program in Providence.

A few pics:

cheryl.jpgJeremy Levine of Star Street Sports with Cheryl Morris of Nanigans.
stansky.jpgBobbie Carlton and Tim Stansky of Mass Innovation Nights, with Marsh Sutherland of ReferralBonus.
melki2.jpgWebInno organizer David Beisel with Melki Ko of Block Avenue. (I covered Block Avenue earlier this month.)
razdow.jpgEylon Oheyva of Saverr with Andreas Randow of TourSphere and StudioShare. Saverr is part of the fall TechStars Boston class; the Android app lets you take a picture of a grocery receipt and then see whether you might save money next time if you shopped at a different store. (Oheyva says drugstores are coming next.)
coachup.jpgPhyllis Speen of InfoNeeds with Jordan Fliegel and Arian Radmund of CoachUp. (I wrote about CoachUp around the time of its launch in May.)
mlauzon.jpgGemvara CEO Matt Lauzon.
dshah2.jpgHubSpot co-founder and CTO Dharmesh Shah.

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