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Today, the Maroon & Gold Fund, an “affinity fund” being run through Launch Angels was announced. The fund looks to raise up to $2 million from Boston College alumni and use that money to invest in 12 to 15 early stage BC-founded startups.

While the new fund will help propel BC—which has already produced some recent startup success stories such as Jebbit, NBD Nano—it also presents a new battleground for ultra-competitive college alumni to fight for bragging rights.More →

Harvard-affiliated startups began moving into the university's new Launch Lab this month.

Just three years after Harvard University opened its Innovation Lab, a space for students to develop startup ideas, there’s a new annex for alumni businesses located right across the street. The Launch Lab is intended to support not only recent grads who may be growing companies they started when they were students, but also alumni several years out who are working on new ventures. Both the Launch Lab and the Innovation Lab are in the former WGBH television complex on Western Avenue in Allston. I stopped by earlier this month to have a look…More →

Photo of Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker spoke at a forum in Microsoft’s Cambridge office. DINA RUDICK/GLOBE STAFF

From Cal Borchers piece in The Boston Globe:

Charlie Baker talked about his “favorite” collaboration between Harvard and MIT — but couldn’t name it.

Martha Coakley thought describing a high-tech innovation as “disruptive” was a bad thing, even though startups wear the label like a badge of honor.

Both major-party candidates for Massachusetts governor were clearly out of their element Monday before an audience of about 150 tech workers during a forum at Microsoft’s Cambridge office.More →

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Coffee has powered all kinds of change-makers in Boston. In 1676 a man named John Sparry got authorization to open the first coffee shop in the New World. In the 1700s, activists nursed plans for revolution in the Green Dragon, a coffee shop in Boston’s North End. Today, cafes lining the streets of the Seaport and Kendall Square host innovators plotting a different kind of change.More →

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On New Year’s Day in 2010, a group of three friends in Worcester visited a popular pizzeria for lunch. But by the next morning, all three regretted that trip.

“Today, I woke up deathly ill, and proceeded to kick off 2010 by vomiting,” one member of the group wrote on Yelp on Jan. 2. “The three of us had different items—not sure what took us all down—but we suspect Zorba’s as we all went our separate ways and are all deathly ill today.”

Posts like that, it turns out, can prove quite valuable to health officials.More →