Just as the emerging medical field around the so-called human microbiome seeks to fight disease by adjusting the balance of bacteria in the body, Indigo’s goal is to manipulate the composition of bacteria in plants to grow healthier crops that ultimately produce more nutritious food.More →
Cambridge life sciences venture capital firm Flagship Ventures is expanding its seven-year-old fellowship program for students. The firm hires university students for short-term jobs working in VentureLabs, the firm’s startup-creation unit.More →
Joule Unlimited is one of those clean-energy companies that sounds like it’s on the verge of changing the world: its genetically engineered bacteria can produce ethanol or diesel from nothing more than sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide.
Getting that idea from lab experiment to full-scale factory, however, has not been easy.More →
How do you find the best person for the job, whether it’s a gig playing your holiday party or designing a new logo for your company? A Boston startup called WhoQuest thinks it can supply the answer: just ask your social network, and let people vote the replies up or down. The recently unveiled site feels a bit like a people-focused version of Quora, the question-answering site that has raised about $160 million in funding.More →
As we approach the biggest eating week of the year, I’ve noticed a growing number of entrepreneurs in Boston trying to figure out how to get onto your shopping list and into your fridge. And investors are trying to figure out how to get a piece of the next Annie’s Organic (acquired by General Mills for $820 million this fall) or Vitaminwater (acquired by Coca-Cola for $4.1 billion).More →
Last week I met with Leslie Dewan, a young entrepreneur in Cambridge. She’s not working on a mobile app or on software to improve business efficiency. She has a big idea. And it’ll take years to find out whether or not it is even economically viable.