The latest addition to the crew at Blade, a startup “foundry” in Boston’s Fort Point Channel neighborhood, is Julia Austin. Austin had previously headed up the Cambridge office of virtualization giant VMware, as VP of innovation, and had been an early engineering exec at Akamai.
Austin left VMware last June, shortly after I interviewed her for an Innovation Economy blog post. At Blade, she’ll be an entrepreneur-in-residence and chief operating officer of one of the stealth-mode startups that is incubating there. All Austin would tell me is that the venture is focusing on college campuses.
Blade opened in May; it still hasn’t revealed much about the first crop of companies it is cultivating. Blade has a fund of $20 million to invest, most of which comes from the venture capital firms General Catalyst and Accel Partners, who backed Blade co-founder Paul English in his prior startup, Kayak.com.
Little-known fact: Blade also operates a satellite office in Westford.