Innovation Economy

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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 →

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 →

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 →