Scott Kirsner

Columnist
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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.

Articles By Scott Kirsner

Michael Simon’s eyes lit up when I made a crack about how long it has been that appliance-makers have been touting the Internet-connected refrigerator. The chief executive of LogMeIn stood up, told me to follow him down the hall and into the elevator, and led me straight to an Internet-linked prototype freezer. But it wasn’t one designed to sit in your kitchen and re-order Ben & Jerry’s when it senses a dangerously low supply.More →

Now that we are all comfortable talking to artificial personas on our smartphones — “Siri, who are the Sox playing tonight?” — Cynthia Breazeal thinks we’re ready for a robot companion that lives on the kitchen counter. Breazeal took a leave of absence from MIT, where she runs the Personal Robots Group within the Media Lab, to develop Jibo, a playful “family robot” that will cost about $500. Her company started taking pre-orders last summer.More →

The Newbury Street venture capital firm Third Rock Ventures has a track record of incubating and funding successful biotech companies like Foundation Medicine, Sage Therapeutics, and Agios. But now it is looking to give its startups a leg up in the Cambridge real estate market, by renting a big chunk of laboratory space. Several real estate industry sources say Third Rock is sniffing around former Vertex Pharmaceuticals digs on Sidney Street, near MIT.More →

Talk about your premature predictions. Fifteen years ago, I wrote a column for a now-defunct business magazine asserting that we were on the verge of the “e-scheduling” revolution. Now that everyone had become comfortable buying airplane tickets and books over the Internet, it was obvious that we’d start using to it schedule all kinds of services, from auto repair to carpet cleaning to seaweed body-wraps at the spa.More →