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Dylan: Today's the last day to get your Tech Madness nominations in, so make sure you do that if you know of any companies that have high-growth potential within the next few years. See you at the bracket reveal on March 14.

Olivia: Big names across the tech, automotive and retail industries are putting tens of millions of dollars in Desktop Metal, the Burlington-based 3D printing startup that aims to change the way metal parts are prototyped and mass produced. The company, which is one of BostInno's 17 Boston tech companies to watch in 2017, announced on Monday that it has raised a $45M Series C round led by GV (formerly Google Ventures), as well as the venture arms of automotive giant BMW and home improvement retailer Lowe's.

Dylan: The new round — which brings the company's valuation to $305M, according to Fortune — will be used to develop Desktop Metal's 3D printing tech and prepare for mass production ahead of its launch later this year. Prior to the Series C, the company had already amassed an impressive list of who's who in the venture capital world, including NEA, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Lux Capital, as well as the venture arms of GE, Saudi Arabian oil giant Saudi Aramco and 3D printing company Stratasys.

Ben Einstein, an early investor in Desktop Metal, previously told me that one of the company's big selling points is the ability to make metal printing faster, safer and cheaper. "If Desktop Metal can succeed, I think that totally changes the way metal is made for people doing 3D printing," he said last fall.

Olivia: Desktop Metal's team is made up of veterans in the materials science, engineering and software space. As we have previously reported, Massachusetts has increasingly become a large hub for 3D printing and computer-aided design companies, ranging from Formlabs and Z Corp to Solidworks and PTC, so it's no surprise that CEO Ric Fulop has been able to assemble an A-list team. Read more: Desktop Metal Just Raised $45M from Google, BMW & Lowe's

Olivia: Piaggio Fast Forward, a Boston startup within Piaggio (the Italian automotive company behind Vespa), revealed its new “cargo robot” Gita at Cafe ArtScience last week. Basically, Gita’s like if your car trunk broke free and became a robot that automatically follows you around. Check out the video footage of the Cambridge demo we got for you. Read more: Watch Piaggio's New Cargo Robot 'Gita' Roll About in Cambridge [Video]

Dylan: While a federal judge in Seattle has temporarily lifted President Donald Trump's immigration ban on Friday, it's certainly not the end of the issue for the many impacted tech companies as Trump vows to fight the courts and have his executive order restored. Local tech companies Brightcove, Dynatrace and Fuze signed an amicus brief with 93 other tech companies on Sunday evening with the U.S. Court of Appeals, saying the ban inflicts "substantial harm on U.S. companies." Other companies on the brief include Apple, Google and Facebook. The court is expected to make a ruling within a few days on the Trump administration's appeal to restore the ban.

Olivia: Israeli company Stratoscale announced it’s acquired Tesora, a Cambridge-based database-as-a-service provider that had previously raised around $13.2M from investors. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Dylan: Lola Travel, the travel startup led by Kayak co-founder Paul English, has raised an additional $10M for its Series B, bringing the round's total to $25M. The two new investors are GV and Tenaya Ventures, an early Kayak investor. Read more about the round here.

Olivia: Bullhorn has recently had three prominent internal promotions: Mike Restivo, formerly the company’s senior vice president of global sales, is now its chief revenue officer; Kim Castelda, previously senior vice president of human resources and talent, has stepped up as its new chief people officer; and ex-director of marketing communications, Vinda Souza, has been named vice president of marketing communications.

Dylan: Tech Ladies Boston and Lovepop are hosting a Boston happy hour at Lovepop's Boston HQ this evening and all genders are welcomed. As for tomorrow, the VR/AR Association is officially launching its Boston chapter with a meetup at Wayfair's Copley Square HQ. There's also Boston TechBreakfast if startup demos and bagels sound good to you. Find the best Boston tech and startup events this week in BostInno Approved.

Olivia: If you haven't been to TUGG's annual Wine & Tequila Party before, you definitely want to consider going to this year's. The event, which supports local tech nonprofits, will be held at The Innovation and Design Building in the Seaport on March 23. You can get early bird tickets right here.


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