After Casa System caught some of our readers by surprise by filing for IPO on Tuesday, we decided to list all the Massachusetts private companies that raised a Series D round in the past 12 months. We thought it was a good way to keep some potential IPO candidates on the radar, as well as a refresher on who are the late-stage ventures who made significant moves recently. Since last Thanksgiving, 12 companies based in Massachusetts raised a Series D round, according to data from CrunchBase Pro.
When future Project 99 co-founders Yulkendy Valdez and Josuel Plasencia met in January 2014, they immediately clicked. At that time, they both were freshmen at Babson College as first-generation college students, but these were not the only things they had in common. “It was really easy to find each other because we were… some of the only Dominican-American students at Babson,” Plasencia said in an interview.
When computer scientist Regina Ye came back from the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration to her college dorm in South Hadley, MA, she discovered that something hadn’t quite worked. The bottle of her make-up remover oil had leaked inside her suitcase, ruining all her clothes. As both a globetrotter who traveled in 22 different countries and a consumer of beauty products, Ye felt the need to find an effective solution for packing shampoo, conditioner and other beauty essentials since a very young age.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".