Dennis Keohane

Dennis Keohane, Senior Staff Writer

Paul English: Tech matchmaker has already made some great connections

Today, BetaBoston features a piece about Kayak co-founder Paul English's latest adventure, a site called that helps connect startup founders with tech co-founders and engineers.

What's great about the new endeavor is that a lot of the biggest movers and shakers in Boston are already onboard.

From Janelle Nanos's article:

"Unlike Kayak or eHarmony, the site won’t rely on fancy algorithms to make pairings, though English says he’s open to adding such brains if it reaches critical mass. He’s already found partners that might help him get there, and they comprise a who’s who of talent magnets throughout the city: The Cambridge Innovation Center, FKA Ventures, hack/reduce, MassChallenge, Greentown Labs, Harvard iLab, WeWork Boston, Project 11, TechStars, Raiz Labs and Cambridge Biolabs."

You can read the entire story here.

Kayak CTO Giorgos Zacharia, in the atrium of the travel site's new East Cambridge office. (Photos at top and bottom by Kaijian Gao. All other photos by Scott Kirsner / BetaBoston.)

New urbanism

Travel site Kayak quietly moved most of its local employees to Cambridge


Like an empty-nester who can't quite give up the house in the 'burbs but wants a condo in the city, the travel booking site Kayak now has two local offices. Kayak has long had a tech team based in Concord, but starting in January it began moving about 90 employees into an East Cambridge office with views of the Zakim Bridge and the Charles River. Why? Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting. Read More

Photo via Rethink Robotics - Credit: Cassandra Zampini,

The Robots are Breeding!

Rethink Robotics unveils Sawyer, a little brother for its Baxter robot


Boston-based Rethink Robotics unveiled Baxter, its industrial learning robot in 2012. Since its launch, Baxter has been updated several times, mostly to improve the speed and accuracy of the robot's ability to do automated manufacturing tasks. But today, Rethink has reimagined its Baxter concept in its newest robot, called Sawyer. Read More

Tor Animation English

Hide and Seek

In an effort to educate users, Tor animates online privacy

Tor Project

The Tor Project released a two-minute animated short film on its blog Tuesday intended to educate current and potential users of their service. The organization oversees a group of servers that affords greater privacy and security on the Internet when users log on through their Tor browser. Read More


Kendall Square: A report on who’s there

Innovation Economy

Some interesting data from the Kendall Square Association on the composition of that intensely innovative, increasingly expensive neighborhood: The association spent the past 18 months looking at about 770 companies with offices in the Square, and categorizing them by industry sector. Interestingly, biotech and health care companies now represent the biggest single slice. (I touched on this shift in a Globe column last October.) But the research didn't capture every company located within an incubator or a shared office space; the KSA estimates there are about 1,100 businesses in total in the neighborhood. Read More

Megan Knisely (left) and Sara Sigel (right) of Dunwello.

Doing well

Dunwello adding some serious local talent with two new hires


Dunwello, the “Yelp for professionals,” announced on Tuesday that it has added two new key team members. Megan Knisely, the former director of marketing at Karmaloop, will be joining the company as its new head of marketing, while former GrabCAD head of community Sara Sigel will be starting soon in the role of Dunwello's new head of community. Read More

Michael and Kezia Fitzgerald with their son (Photo: Suzanne Kreiter, Globe Staff)

Infant Care

Danvers parents win pediatric health pitch contest at SXSW


Local parents with a moving personal story and a simple idea to keep sick babies comfortable took the top prize at the Impact Pediatric Health Startup Pitch Competition at SXSW in Austin this week, winning over a tough judging panel of investors and executives from the top children’s hospitals in the country. Read More

Eddy Zhong with Leangap cofounders Joe Thornton and Tim Peterson. Photo provided by Leangap.

Summer camp? Startup camp

Leangap encourages high schoolers to unlock their entrepreneurial potential


Eddy Zhong is the kind of kid who could give an adult an inferiority complex: He launched a successful smartwatch company, Blanc Inc., at age 16, and now at age 17, he’s created a startup accelerator program for teenagers. Called Leangap, his accelerator seeks to help high schoolers build their own companies through a six week summer academy. Since he announced the program in January, Leangap has received more than 100 applicants from as far away as India and Taiwan. The pilot session is set to begin in June. Read More

The Hynes Convention Center during the annual Innovation Unconference.

A new kind of Big Brother program

MIA in Boston’s startup scene: CEOs of our biggest local companies

Innovation Economy

Let me tell you about the bet I won recently with Ben Einstein, founder of the hardware investment firm Bolt. We were talking about one of the pieces missing from the local startup scene: CEOs of the biggest companies in this part of the world, like Raytheon, State Street Corp., TJX, Dunkin' Brands, or Staples. You just don't often encounter them in the wild, off their corporate reservations. None of them had been to Bolt, whose Downtown Crossing office and prototyping facility houses about a half-dozen consumer electronics startups. Read More

Joshua Smith's corned beef and cabbage recipe via Just Add Cooking.

Get your Irish on

Just Add Cooking joins forces with New England Charcuterie, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day


Boston-based prepackaged meal site Just Add Cooking announced recently that it had partnered with Joshua Smith, the chef behind Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions in Waltham and New England Charcuterie, to bring its users curated recipes-to-go along with its meal kit delivery service. Read More

Drizly's rebranding features new ads with the slogan, "Get the door. It's the liquor store."

The Joy of Drinking

With a slick rebranding, Drizly relaunches a more user-focused mobile app


Boston-based Drizly, an alcohol delivery application, has been one of the more successful Boston startups over the past two years. Since launching in 2012, the company has raised $4.8 million and expanded its beer, wine, and liquor delivery operations to more than 11 US metropolitan areas, most recently launching in the San Fernando Valley in California. On Monday, the company is launching a new brand identity and releasing a completely revamped version of its mobile application. Read More