Tech Roundup: Bullhorn acquires Peoplenet, WGBH invests in RadioPublic and more

by Justine Hofherr
November 30, 2017
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Edtech startup BetterLesson raises $10M to ramp up hiring efforts

Schools aren’t the only facet of education being transformed by technology — teachers are too. That’s part of the mission behind Cambridge-based BetterLesson, which raised a $10 million Series B round this week led by Owl Ventures, with participation from existing investors Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Reach Capital and New Markets Venture Partners. The startup, which offers a virtual coaching program for K-12 teachers, said the funding will be used to ramp up hiring efforts in sales, marketing and product development, as well as to scale its professional development software. [Built In Boston]


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Boston-based Bullhorn acquires Peoplenet

Bullhorn, a Boston-based company that offers staffing and recruiting software, announced that it acquired Peoplenet this week. Peoplenet, a provider of cloud-based workforce management solutions, will help Bullhorn accelerate its cloud-based strategy for staffing firms with solutions for time, attendance and expense management. Peoplenet simplifies and automates time and expense collection, helping staffing firms to operate efficiently and improve their accuracy for compliance and approvals. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. [Press Release]


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ClimaCell raises $15M in funding for hyperlocal weather forecasting

ClimaCell, which offers software-based hyperlocal weather forecasting, raised a $15 million Series A round of funding this week. The company offering industries like aviation, insurance, financial services and defense a new way to forecast the weather. How? The company gathers weather observation data from wireless networks that feeds into its forecasting models. The results pinpoint weather prediction down to city block level in real time at one-minute intervals up to six hours in the future for businesses and government agencies. [Built In Boston]


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Zagster unveils new bike sharing program Pace

Zagster, a Cambridge-based provider of flexible bike share systems, announced the launch of Pace this week, a new, nationwide bike share service that offers dockless bike sharing in urban cities and colleges. Pace will feature a two-point security system to ensure that bikes are locked to fixed objects, not just to themselves, to mitigate theft, and the program will also offer dedicated bike share parking plus “hold” capabilities for mid-rental stops. [Press Release]


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NPR affiliate WGBH invests in RadioPublic

WGBH, an affiliate of National Public Radio, was the lead investor in a $1.2 million seed round for podcast app maker RadioPublic this week. RadioPublic is a Boston-based startup launched by public radio veterans that aims to help podcast publishers expand their audiences in unprecedented ways. Other new investors in the startup include former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason and Companyon Capital. [BostInno]

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