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One of the last people you might expect at a Techstars Boston demo day filled with young entrepreneurs is the 100-year-old founder of Friendly’s Ice Cream, S. Prestley Blake. But there he was, a startup artist from another era – he started making ice cream in 1935 with $547 borrowed from his parents – introducing, ThriveHive, a marketing firm for small businesses co-founded by his grandson, Adam Blake.More →

Yoga mats are optional — but bring your smartphone. The latest tutorial from health coaching startup Change Collective is a crash course on meditation for the wary technologist.

Change Collective co-founder Ben Rubin is a pioneer in the so-called “quantified self” movement that measures all aspects of one’s life. Twelve years ago, while still a graduate student at Brown University, he co-founded Zeo, a startup that made a sleep-tracking headband ($400) to give its wearer an insight into sleep habits.More →

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 →