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If you’re a safe driver, you could soon be saving money just by downloading an app.

After 18 months of testing and development, Progressive is preparing to roll out a smartphone app that can monitor drivers’ behavior behind the wheel and give them discounts for safety. The auto insurance company has been one of the biggest proponents of so-called usage-based insurance, and it’s hired the Boston company Censio to make the process even easier.More →

Provender CEO Caithrin Rintoul presents at the Techstars Boston "demo day" Tuesday evening.

Picking the most promising startups from an accelerator’s latest graduating class is a foolish task: promising teams split up, ideas that seem flimsy turn out to be massive, early momentum with a few enthusiastic customers fades. But with the caveat that we’re handicapping companies at a very early stage, here are my five favorite ideas from yesterday’s showcase of the latest set of Techstars Boston participants.More →

Participants on stage at opening of Techstars Demo Day.

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 →