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Innovation Economy

Two big Boston startups prepare to go public

Lots of successful Boston companies are in businesses that are tough to comprehend, like ones that crank out signal processing chips or develop gene therapies.

But if you’ve ever shopped for furniture, or if you maintain a blog to promote your business, you’re a prospective customer for two of Boston’s fastest-growing startups, Wayfair and HubSpot. Both companies are expected to go public this year, and while one sells home decor and the other helps businesses attract customers and close sales, they’ve got a lot in common.

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