Medical researchers typically don’t share the results of their studies with the hundreds of subjects who participated. But Jason Bobe, one of the co-founders of the Open Humans project, wants to reverse that trend.

The latest in a series of programs that let you to share or “open source” your genetic and health data, Open Humans, which launched Tuesday, is striving to broaden the reach and eventual impact of medical research by making it easy to participate.More →


Brands and marketers today know they’re not worth much to their clients if they don’t understand social media. But what if your social media tool had a brain of its own?

That’s the theory behind Cortex, the new startup from the Boston-based team that founded Pandemic Labs, the social media marketing firm. It has raised $500,000 in initial funding from angel investors.More →

Localytics chief executive and cofounder Raj Aggarwal.

Since it first launched in the spring of 2009, Downtown Crossing-based web marketing firm Localytics has been the most successful — in terms of investment funding raised — Boston Techstars alum for quite some time. But today, with a new $35 million round of funding, the company has raised more investment money than any other company that has taken part in the nationally recognized program.More →

Boston startup M. Gemi plans to sell Italian-made shoes on the web and through a mobile app. Photo via M. Gemi.

Think of Boston-based footwear brands — Converse, New Balance, Reebok — and what comes to mind are shoes you’d wear to a pick-up basketball game or a weekend 10K. Ben Fischman, a serial entrepreneur who started the cap retailer Lids and the “flash sale” site Rue La La, wants to change that. His latest venture, M. Gemi, will sell Italian-made women’s shoes apropos for gallery openings and charity galas.More →

You know your packaging is iconic when it doesn't need a label.

LiquiGlide, the Cambridge startup that’s creating a slippery coating to get the stickiest of substances out of bottles, announced a first major partnership Monday that will push its product to the limit. The company signed a licensing agreement with Elmer’s Products; to the delight of every kindergartner in crafts class, it will make it easier for glue to slide out of its tube. More →