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A Strong 2019 for Boston Startups!

If 2019 is any indication of what’s ahead, we’re in for a big 2020. The following was originally published in the Underscore Core Bulletin email on January 2, 2019. Not yet a subscriber? Sign up here


A New Decade Resolution

2020 is upon us and, as a firm built to play the long game, we have a new decade resolution: Make Boston the #1 place entrepreneurs choose to build their company. Sure, it will take a community, but we’re talking about Title Town, and the only thing greater than Boston’s strength is its talent. So, let’s get to building!


Boston 2019 Ecosystem Stats


We’re Well On Our Way

Behind these stats is a Core Community committed and aligned to building the next generation of iconic companies. Over the course of 2019, all 1,200+ of you wowed us with your collaboration, commitment, and world-changing ideas, as you worked beside us to support Underscore’s 70+ portfolio companies and UFirst Alumni.

Boston Startup Ecosystem - Underscore 2019 Stats


Supporting Bold Entrepreneurs

Whether you joined us around a table at a Core Dinner, as part of a roundtable discussion at our Core Summit, or at any of the 35 events and workshops we hosted in 2019 — we would like to say, thank you! And of course, we would like to extend a special thanks to bold entrepreneurs everywhere. We hope we’ll have the pleasure to engage with you in 2020 and beyond!


Underscore Startups Already Making Headlines

Helping Startup Employees Understand When to Buy Their Options | TechCrunch

Employees deserve better that’s why Underscore backed Vested. Read more.

Salsify Ranked 87th Fastest-Growing Company in NA | Deloitte Fast 500

Salsify acquires B2X Partners and accelerates growth in 2019.

I See Data; Forge AI Mines the Worlds Unstructured Data | Forbes

Forge AI heads into 2020 with a strategic investment agreement with In-Q-Tel.

This Startup is Fixing the Biggest Security Hole in Bitcoin Exchanges | Forbes

Supporting both Ethereum and Bitcoin, Arwen‘s making crypto trading secure.

Boston Based Acquia Buys Medford Software Startup | Boston Globe

Acquia acquires Mautic and receives a majority investment from Vista Equity Partners.

How would you rate your last work meeting? | Boston Globe

Marlo takes on unproductive meetings. Read why we invested here.

Data Provider Messari Closes $4M Funding Round | CoinDesk

Underscore embarks on the next stages of the crypto journey with Messari.


Core Members Who Showed Us The Way!

The Early Stage Sales Rep; Surprising Traits for Success

By: Elise Sherman, Underscore Sales Fellow

The Winning Pricing Strategy For Earliest Stage Companies

By: Patrick Campbell, ProfitWell Founder & CEO

How do You Interview a Prospective Board Member?

By: Emily Green, Board Director & Advisor


Boston Reads You Loved in 2019

#1 The Case for Boston: 3 Reasons to Build Your Startup in Boston

#2 Top 7 No-Nonsense Takeaways from Boston’s Core Summit 2019

#3 Employees Deserve Better; That’s Why Underscore Backed Vested

#4 5 Boston Startups Using Robots to Redefine Order Fulfillment

#5 Would You Take a Billion Dollar Buyout?


Get Engaged

Excited about making Boston the place to start your venture? Work with the Core Community to make this vision a reality. Learn more about the Core Community, and don’t forget to follow Underscore on Twitter and LinkedIn to hear about opportunities to engage. And hey, we’re all about collaboration, so reach out with any opportunities of your own!


Thank You to Our 2019 Partners

2019 Underscore Sponsors