Winter Tech Watch 2023: 3 Boston Companies to Know

Temperatures may be dropping, but these Boston tech companies are warming up for an exciting new year. Here are the ones to watch.
Written by Michael Hines
November 30, 2023Updated: November 30, 2023

Giddy anticipation for the holidays, renewed optimism for the new year and the invigorating bite of cold weather — there’s a certain magic in Boston’s winter air.  

As Comm Ave is adorned with twinkling lights and haley.henry fills with gathering friends, Boston’s tech scene creates its own winter wonderland. Built In Boston has curated a list of three noteworthy companies gearing up for a flurry of growth.  

These Boston companies bring good to the world in their own ways, but all three have put time and effort into their people-first benefits — and each one has its eyes on a stellar 2024. Grab a toasty mug of hot cocoa and learn more about what Boston’s tech winter wonderland has to offer.   

 

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What Akeneo does: Companies use Akeneo’s product experience management solutions to manage product information and publish it on their own sites, third-party marketplaces, social media and more. More than 500 companies use its technology, including Forever 21.

 

THE PERKS:

  • Sixteen weeks of maternity leave and 30 days of leave for the second parent
  • A $600 home office equipment stipend
  • Five weeks of paid-time off and two volunteer days per year

 

New C-suite arrival: Akeneo recently announced Sabrina Jaksa as its new chief people officer. Jaksa has extensive experience in the tech industry from her time at social media management platform Hootsuite, where she was head of human resources, and hiring software company Greenhouse where she consulted on culture, values, recruitment and more. Jaksa shared her priorities as Akeneo’s new CPO in a press release.

“I am beyond thrilled to join the Akeneo team to lead and build people strategies that retain employees and create a healthy company culture,” said Jaksa.

 

 

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OneView grew up in the center of the Seaport district and while we are now fully remote, our office remains anchored in Boston.

What OneView Commerce does: Retailers use OneView’s platform to align their online and brick-and-mortar experiences. The company offers solutions for processing transactions, pickup and delivery, managing promotions and more.

 

THE PERKS

  • Generous parental leave, adoption assistance and childcare benefits
  • A 401(k) match program
  • Tuition reimbursement

 

More than a job: Bryan Glick has been with OneView for more than five years, and a large part of the reason why is because of the culture. Glick, a strategic account manager, described the company’s welcoming culture in a September interview with Built In Boston.

“It has always felt more like a second family than just some job to clock in and out at,” said Glick. “One of the core identities that OneView has embodied is that sense of value for each and every member of our team. Regardless of your position or tenure, you are important here, and people let you know it.”

 

 

 Formlabs 3D printers equipped with Form Auto
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What Formlabs does: Formlabs builds professional-grade 3D printers and 3D printing software. The company was founded in 2011 out of MIT and has since expanded to Germany, China and Japan and today offers 3D printers for rapid prototyping, end-use part production, creating manufacturing aids, and more.

 

THE PERKS

  • 100 percent healthcare coverage
  • Generous parental leave
  • An unlimited vacation policy

 

A seat for Microsoft: In October, Formlabs announced that Microsoft executive vice president and CMO Chris Capossela had joined its board of directors. Capossela is a Boston native who has spent more than 30 years at the tech giant. In a press release, Formlabs CEO and co-founder Max Lobovsky spoke about the specific experience they hope to tap from the company’s new board member.

“Microsoft is one of the best and largest B2B technology companies in the world,” said Lobovsky. “We have so much to learn from Chris about how to bring technology solutions to a huge range of customers.”

 

 

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