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Tektronix Communications acquires Chelmsford’s Arbor Networks August 23, 2010

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Plano, Texas -based Tektronix Communications, a provider of communications test and network intelligence solutions,  acquires Chelmsford’s Arbor Networks, a provider of network security and management solutions, for undisclosed terms.

Chelmsford’s Schafer Corporation acquires St. Louis based Asynchrony Solutions, for undisclosed terms August 22, 2010

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Chelmsford’s Schafer Corporation, a provider of scientific analysis and engineering services, acquires St. Louis based Asynchrony Solutions, a provider of software technology, for undisclosed terms.

Chelmsford’s OurStage, indie band community maker, raises $2.63MM from an undisclosed group of investors May 25, 2010

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Chelmsford’s OurStage, an operator of an online community where indie bands gain recognition through audience voting in monthly contests, raises $2.63MM from an undisclosed group of investors.

Boston based Iron Mountain buys Santa Clara, CA-based Mimosa Systems for $112 Million March 8, 2010

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Boston based Iron Mountain buys Santa Clara, CA-based Mimosa Systems for $112 Million. Information management company Iron Mountain Inc (IRM.N) said it acquired Mimosa Systems Inc, a Santa Clara, California-based provider of on-site digital storage services, for $112 million in cash.

With the acquisition, Iron Mountain will now get access to Mimosa’s key customers like United Healthcare Group (UNH.N) and Flextronics (FLEX.O).

The acquisition is expected to “modestly” hurt earnings in its first year, with expected synergies and revenue growth driving significant increases in profits beyond 2010, the company said.

“By combining Mimosa’s on-premises archive with our cloud-based technologies, Iron Mountain can now store, recover and discover digital content wherever it resides,” Iron Mountain Digital president Ramana Venkata said in a statement.

Iron Mountain provides records management, data protection and recovery, and paper shredding services. Until now, Iron Mountain Digital, the technology arm of Iron Mountain, provided cloud-based services to customers.

Boston-based Iron Mountain entered the digital storage segment in 2001 and has made four acquisitions since then.

Iron Mountain’s last acquisition in the digital segment was of e-discovery firm Stratify for $158 million, its biggest deal in the space.

The company has spent about $800 million on acquisitions in the last five years.

“With Mimosa in the fold, what we’re going after is an approximately $10.5 billion market around the things we’re doing today,” Venkata said.

Iron Mountain’s rivals include EMC (EMC.N) and Symantec (SYMC.O).

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Chelmsford’s Desktone, a desktop virtualization company, raises $5 Million March 8, 2010

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Chelmsford’s Desktone, a desktop virtualization company and provider of network computer services for large organizations, raises $5 Million from a group of investors including Highland Capital Partners, SoftBank Capital, Citrix Systems, and Tangee International.

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Chelmsford’s Aspect Software Inc acquires St. Charles, MO’s Quilogy, for undisclosed terms January 24, 2010

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Chelmsford’s Aspect Software Inc., a communications and contact center software developer, acquires St. Charles, MO’s Quilogy, an IT services company, for undisclosed terms.

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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

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