Boston Tech Watch: Teradyne, American Well, Namogoo, Sentenai & More

May 8, 2018

It’s time to catch up on some recent deals and other news from the Boston-area tech scene:

—Teradyne (NYSE: TER), a North Reading, MA-based seller of robots and automatic test equipment for checking semiconductors and other electronics, recently said it purchased Denmark-based Mobile Industrial Robots, known as MiR, for $148 million, net of cash acquired. Teradyne will kick in an additional $124 million if certain performance targets are met through 2020, according to a press release.

The deal is another sign of the growing interest in mobile, “collaborative” robots for warehouses and other industrial settings. Other Teradyne acquisitions in recent years include a deal for up to $350 million to acquire Universal Robots, a maker of lightweight industrial robots.

—Cybersecurity and analytics startup Namogoo said it raised $15 million in a Series B funding round led by Hanaco Venture Capital, with earlier backers GreatPoint Ventures, Blumberg Capital, and Inimiti Capital also investing. The company was founded in Israel and has its U.S. headquarters in Boston.

Namogoo’s software aims to identify and block unauthorized product ads and other “invasive content” placed on e-commerce websites by outside merchants, whose shady ads and deceptive links can drive shoppers away from Namogoo clients.

—Purple Carrot, a Needham, MA-based startup that delivers plant-based meal kits to customers, said it pulled in a $4 million investment from Fresh Del Monte Produce. [This paragraph added—Eds.]

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