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KG: Salesforce just can't get enough of Boston tech.

Dylan: After acquiring Burlington-based Demandware earlier this year, the San Francisco CRM giant had two new local developments this week: plans to acquire Cambridge messaging startup HeyWire (CEO and co-founder Meredith Flynn-Ripley pictured) and participation in a $35M round for Boston mobile marketing automation startup SessionM.

KG: For HeyWire, it's easy to understand why the acquisition makes sense. It develops products that let businesses connect with customers on Salesforce through messaging apps. Same with SessionM, whose mobile marketing and automation platform "serves as a technical bridge between a company's CRM database and its marketing stack." 


Dylan: If anything, this is a testament to the strong cluster of Boston companies that have been working in or around the CRM world. That includes HubSpot, Fireflies AI, Attend, Bullhorn and Spiro, to name a few. Read more: SessionM Lands $35M Series D, Plans to Double Boston Headcount

Dylan: Bloomberg just came out with a report saying that Dell Technologies, the new name of Dell's company after it acquired EMC, is expected to cut at least 2,000 jobs, mostly in the U.S. and in areas like supply chain and general and administrative, along with some marketing jobs. 

KG: Dell EMC President David Goulden told us yesterday that employment levels will remain around 9,000 for a while in Mass. and eventually grow from there. Dell has 170 jobs openings in the state right now, so it's currently unclear how many of these layoffs will be local. Read more: Dell EMC Wants to Make Its Involvement With the Mass. Tech Scene Loud and Clear

KG: EverPresent, based in Newton, helps you digitize, organize and share your most revered memories. It just acquired a neighboring competitor, Play it Again Video. Terms not disclosed.

Dylan:  Clypd is adding to its international footprint with Henry Rivero (pictured) as the startup's new GM of Europe. His experience is in the TV and adtech space.

KG: More news for EverPresent: The company has hired Jenessa Freid, a former marketing executive at Care.com, to run the launch of its digital photo organizing service.

Dylan: Today's magic word is "blockchain," as evidenced by two separate New England startup funding announcements today:

  • LBRY, the NH-based venture that's developed a new blockchain protocol and service for sharing online media, has raised a $500K seed round led by Pillar. That's the new Boston VC firm founded by former North Bridge partner Jamie Goldstein.
  • Nebulous, a Boston startup that uses blockchain to provide a decentralized, collaborative cloud storage service called Sia, announced a $750K seed round led by Procyon Ventures (Boston) and Raptor Group, with participation from China-based VC firm Fenbushi. 

KG: InnerCity Weightlifting’s goal is to build safer, more inclusive communities. Well, it's doing something right because it just pulled in another honor as one of the winners of the 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award.

Dylan: As for events tonight, there's the Women in Hardware Happy Hour event at Bolt and IdeaPaint's ThinkTank Anywhere VIP Block Party. Tomorrow, there's the MIT Global Founders' Skills Accelerator Demo Day. Find all the best Boston tech and startup events in BostInno Approved.


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