Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Boston Magazine, and Variety. Scott is the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." He is a founder of the site Innovation Leader, which focuses on innovation initiatives inside big companies. Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and the Convergence Forum. His recent Boston Globe columns are here.
For the first time, the Techstars Boston accelerator program for startups will wrap up with two separate showcases next week. On Monday, about 100 venture capitalists and individual angel investors who have put money into Techstars companies in the past — or have supported the program in other ways — will get a first glimpse at this year’s cohort. Then on Tuesday, the startups will present to a larger crowd at the Back Bay Event Center.More →
The maker of one of the earliest fitness-tracking apps for smartphones, Boston-based Runkeeper, cut almost 30 percent of its staff last week. Founder and CEO Jason Jacobs says via e-mail that the layoffs were not “in response to market conditions,” but rather part of a shift in focus from purely attracting lots of users to wringing more revenue from those users.More →
Today’s prevailing winds favor taking outside money at a company’s earliest stages. That could mean we’re witnessing the creation of a fleet of “go public or die trying” companies, rather than private companies that sculpt significant businesses over decades, connect more strongly to their communities, and let founders stay in control and set the course.More →
Boston’s annual influx of new students is about to begin. And this year, at least one startup company is also coming to town. VisitDays, which helps colleges and universities communicate with prospective students, is relocating from Washington, D.C., to Cambridge on Sept. 1.More →
The founders of Paris-based Blue Frog Robotics were in town this week, looking for local office space and promoting their robot, Buddy, designed to be a companion and helper around the house. I got a demo of a Buddy prototype, which was able to respond to questions like “How old are you?” and do a little dance on command.More →
The DoneGood app, launching this week in conjunction with the Boston Green Festival, collects information from users and existing databases about the environmental impact, product sourcing, employment policies, and ownership of restaurants and retail shops.More →
A parade of new app-based services are making urban life more convenient, from lunch delivery to laundry pick-up to chauffeured vehicles that materialize outside the bar just when you’re ready to leave. When you talk with those workers, you find that while the companies promoting the apps often advertise earnings of $1,000 a week or more, it can be tough to earn a real living.More →
If you’re hoping to spot the world’s most advanced self-driving cars, you probably want to be near Google HQ in Silicon Valley.
But if you want to see one of the world’s most advanced self-sailing catamarans, all you need to do is scan the Charles River this morning between the Longfellow and Massachusetts Avenue bridges.More →
Keurig coffeemakers and Sodastream carbonation machines have made it easier to brew a cup of joe or fizz up a bottle of lemon-flavored seltzer. A Boston startup called Kuvée wants to bring similar convenience to pouring — and preserving — a bottle of wine.More →
What the heck is going on at Quanttus, the best-funded wearable device startup in town? The company has raised $22 million in venture capital, but after saying that it would unveil its product — a wristband that can monitor your blood pressure — in April, nothing happened.More →