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KG: Boston is representing at CES this year in Las Vegas. 

Dylan: Indeed. There are quite a few companies from Massachusetts at the consumer electronics trade show, including tech incumbents like iRobot, so I rounded up eight earlier-stage ventures that are working on new and exciting technologies that haven't really been proven in the market yet.

That includes Skelmet, a new startup that uses a face-scanning app to make custom-fit wearables, and OnVocal, a startup making "intelligent" headphones that work with Amazon's Alexa voice service (the startup's team includes vets from Sonos, Bose and LoopPay). 

There's also a number of technologies born out of MIT at CES, including Cambridge Sound Management's Nightingale smart noise machine, Mimo's smart baby monitor and Sense's smart home energy monitor. See the list of MIT alumni companies our own Olivia put together.

KG: Other Boston startups worth checking out at CES include Blink, Pavlok and Como Audio. Are there any companies you're particularly excited about? Let us know. Read more: 8 Boston Startups to Watch at CES 2017

Dylan: While some of you were resting over the holidays, we were cranking out posts. In case you missed it, we released The 10 Best Boston Tech Offices in 2016, The Hottest Headlines in Boston VC for 2016 and 10 of the Hottest Boston Startups from 2016. I also got a scoop on an intriguing new grocery tech startup founded by HBS alumni that's worth reading about.

KG: Pingup, a Boston-based local services transaction platform, just announced it has landed an integration with Bing, meaning its reach now extends to nearly 40% of all search activity in the U.S. It's already on Facebook, Kik and Yahoo

Dylan: Ernie Cormier, chief product officer of AOL Platforms, told me via email that he stepped down at the end of December. Cormier came over to AOL last fall when it acquired Boston-based Millennial Media, where he was COO. Before that, he was CEO and president of Boston-based Nexage, which got acquired by Millennial Media. No word yet on what he's up to next.

KG: David Epstein is joining Flagship Pioneering (fka Flagship Ventures), as an executive partner. He was previously the head of pharmaceuticals at Novartis AG. Flagship recently change their name and closed a $285M special opportunities fund, which we covered last month.

Dylan: On the docket for tonight's events: General Assembly hosts an Intro to the Boston Startup Community event, and Boston Algorithms Meetup hosts an event at Twitter's Cambridge office. Find more in BostInno Approved.

KG: Beth Monaghan, CEO of InkHouse, and Art Papas, CEO of Bullhorn, went on the WGBH Greater Boston segment last night to discuss out-of-the-box benefits for their employees. A hot topic right now, especially with France banning weekend work emails. 

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G20 Ventures: Actifio CMO Mike Troiano chats with AR/VR expert nerd, Sarah Downey from Accomplice. The topic of this week's podcast is obviously virtual reality and how it will affect us. "In our second segment — after I spent some time hooked into a state-of-the-art HTC Vive exploring the bottom of the ocean and kicking some alien ass — we dug into a conversation about the state of the market, where the best opportunities for venture scale returns might be hidden, and whether the intersection of virtual and social will be built around the people we are or the personas we’d rather be."


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