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Zeemote, a Chelmsford, MA-based startup that developed a handheld game controller for use with games on mobile handsets, has closed its doors November 11, 2009

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Zeemote, a Chelmsford, MA-based startup that developed a handheld game controller for use with games on mobile handsets, has closed its doors and is putting its assets up for sale. Founded in 2005 by famed Boston-area entrepreneur Beth Marcus, the company worked with handset manufacturers Nokia, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, and RIM to make its Bluetooth-based device compatible with their phones. A partner from Waltham, MA -based Zeemote backer Commonwealth Capital Ventures confirmed the closure but offered no further details.

I was lucky enough to have met in person the CEO of Zeemote, Beth Marcus. Beth is a famed entrepreneur in the Boston area, and I met her at the time of her involvement with an Internet retailer named Glow Dog. Beth is active in the MIT Enterprise Forum and some 128 Networking and entrepreneurship circles, and after attending one of Beth’s talks on company valuation one early morning at the Newton Marriot in Newton, MA (a well-known and heavily traveled local hotspot for technology and software, hardware startups’ networking and professional group meetings in the area) Beth and I struck up a conversation, which was followed by Beth granting me a private tour of Glow Dog’s facility and retail store along Great Road in Bedford center and lunch at a local Japanese Restaurant.

Beth was generous with her time and expertise and the time she graciously spent with me that day not only provided me with several nearly priceless insights about my business plan and company (I was working on an ecommerce company at the time, TSN Corporation), but also provided a blueprint of how a successful entrepreneur should give back to the community. Beth Marcus is the real deal and I thank her heartily for her time and knowledge sharing.

Beth Marcus has been Founder and CEO of several successful startups, most notably EXOS, Inc., which was venture capital backed and sold to Microsoft in 1996. Since then she has been involved in 12 start-ups in a variety of fields as a founder, investor, or advisor. One of the companies Beth founded was called Glow Dog and was based on Great Road in Bedford. The company was an Internet retailer and sold pet products with a pet safety orientation both at retail and wholesale to many large pet-oriented retail chains both online and off. She has raised equity numerous times and has also done angel investments herself. Several of these ventures have been acquired by public companies.

Part-time between then and now, Beth has worked as a consultant providing patent strategy, litigation support, and other strategic technology-related consulting services. Beth is an acknowledged expert in the hand-device interface space and has been an expert for several of the major players in the industry in support of prior-patents litigations. That knowledge and the clear problems in using a cell phone keypad for anything but number entry led her to invention, filing of a patent application, and the founding of Zeemote, Inc.

Beth has SB and SM in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a PhD in Biomechanics from the Imperial College, London, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She has more than a dozen patents to her name and numerous publications and public speaking engagements. She has served on the faculty of MIT in the department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Marcus has been member of the Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum and the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee in Mechanical Engineering. She is also a current member of the Council for the Arts at MIT.

Zeemote JS1 Product Profile and Interview with Beth Marcus, CEO of Zeemote from Ablegamers

Zeemote Hands-On Review from Ubergizmo with Pictures of the Remote Unit for Cellular Telephones

Beth Marcus Profiled at Mass High Tech Magazine

Mass Innovation Nights November event to be held tonight at the Charles River Museum of Industry in Waltham, MA November 11, 2009

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Many of you know I support and regularly attend, among many other startup and technology networking groups in the area, Mass Innovation Nights in Waltham. I recommend you come out to the event tonight, and I look forward to seeing you there and at the after party at Biagio’s, one of my favorite Moody Street Waltham restaurants (and there are alot of them!)

Mass Innovation Nights is a FREE monthly product launch party and networking event held every month at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation:

154 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453

Wednesday, Nov 11 (TONIGHT)

— Doors open at 6:00
— Demos start at 6:30

After-party 8:30 pm
Biagio’s Plush Lounge
123 Moody St.

The following companies will be exhibiting this evening:

Conversion Associates
Implementation Factory
Lime Design
Magic Toob
Risk-wise Investor
Think Flood
V.i. Labs

LinkedIn workshop hosted by local search firm November 24th in Wellesley November 11, 2009

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LinkedIn has emerged as one of the largest professional social networking sites ever. Are you on it? Do you use it to its full potential? On November 24, TreeTop Technologies will be holding a LinkedIn workshop. Hafiz Greigre, TreeTop’s “Human Hub” (don’t ask me what that means — I’m not entirely certain [chuckles] ), will share his insights and expert advice on the do’s and dont’s of this powerful tool, and what you should be doing with your account and why. This event will be held at The Commonwealth Financial Group, Wellesley Office Park, 60 William Street, Suite 200, Wellesley, Mass. 02481. Space is limited. Please call (617) 795-2550, ext. 100 or email jpierre-louis@TreeTopT.com for more details on the event and to RSVP.

IRobot, based in Bedford, MA, launches a new “aging in place” home healthcare unit aimed at senior citizens November 11, 2009

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IRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT), the Bedford, MA-based maker of robots such as the Roomba for vacuuming and the PackBot for the military, revealed early this month that it has created a healthcare unit to focus on developing robots that help seniors “age in place”, living independently in their homes. Technology veteran Tod Loofbourrow is heading the new healthcare unit as its president and will report directly to iRobot CEO Colin Angle, according to the company. Angle is expected to discuss the company’s healthcare strategy at the TEDMED conference in San Diego.

World Energy Solutions, a Worcester MA based operator of online exchanges for green energy commodities, raises $2.5 MM in bond capital November 11, 2009

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World Energy Solutions, a Worcester, MA -based operator of online exchanges for energy and green energy commodities, raised $2.5 MM in bond capital, according to a statement released by the company recently.

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