Who are all these new guys around town?
Over the past year or so, Massachusetts has seen lots of outside companies set up offices in the Boston area. Not a new trend, but something to keep an eye on. Tonight a bunch of them will be in one place—Genzyme’s headquarters in Kendall Square, Cambridge—for a networking reception organized by nonprofit business group MassEcon.
The companies include BTI Systems of Littleton; CitySprout of Northampton; Copa Airlines of Boston; Cureport of Worcester; Desalitech of Newton; EnergySavvy of Cambridge; Janji of Brookline; Johnson & Johnson of Cambridge; MarketMeSuite of Cambridge; Nipendo of Burlington; PayPal of Boston; Sequence and PCI of Boston; Rhode Island Novelty Company of Fall River; Sony DADC of Cambridge; Xenetic Biosciences of Boston; and Zappix of Burlington. (That’s a pretty diverse mix of sectors and stages.)
Just a few notes on these companies: Desalitech, an Israeli water-treatment tech firm, has set up its U.S. headquarters in Newton and is now part of the local water innovation cluster. (A Massachusetts water delegation visited Israel in December to build relationships and encourage companies to set up shop here.) Nipendo is another Israel-founded company, this one working on software to connect enterprises with suppliers; it opened an office in Burlington at the beginning of March.
Meanwhile, MarketMeSuite has been in the Cambridge Innovation Center since last year; it specializes in social-media marketing for small businesses. EnergySavvy is a Seattle-based energy efficiency software startup that I got to know when I was living in the Northwest; the firm set up shop in Boston last year to be closer to East Coast customers. And PayPal is in Boston by virtue of its acquisition of Where in 2011; the company recently opened an office in Boston’s Financial District.
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