Starbucks founder Howard Schultz popularized the notion of the "third place" — a hang-out in between home and work, or home and school. Now, Washington, D.C. entrepreneur Adam Segal is creating what you might think of as a "fourth place." His company, Cove, is creating a chain of drop-in "productivity spaces" that are more oriented toward getting work done than the local coffee shop, but also not intended for five days a week of toil.
Read MoreMake me a matchPaul English's new site, BostonMatch.org, to link 'suits and geeks'
Paul English is the founder of three companies—including Kayak.com—a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Business, and the brains behind Blade, which helps technology startups get off the ground.
And as of Monday, he’s adding another title to his resume: matchmaker.
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For Boston-based Smarterer, life after its acquisition by Pluralsight is not only quite good, but very productive. On Thursday, the company announced that it will be opening up its API so that other websites can use Smarterer's multiple choice skill tests for free. Read More
Nara Logics, a Cambridge-based developer of an artificial intelligence recommendation engine, announced today that it has expanded its AI-driven data analysis services to the financial and banking industries. Read More
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.
Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting.
Read MoreThe 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 MoreThe DownloadThe Download: Meg Fowler Tripp is a Twitter-loving ukulele-tuner
Meg Fowler Tripp is the 40-year-old director of editorial strategy for Sametz Blackstone Associates in Boston, where she works to develop messaging and social media strategy for nonprofits like Project Bread and their Walk for Hunger.
Read Morethe new village squareCivic apps connect neighborhoods, city governments
Shoulder surgery had left Marilyn Bravo, a 65-year-old Jamaica Plain resident, unable to lift more than a gallon of milk this winter. So when the record-breaking snowstorms hit, she planned to look for help shoveling out her car.
Bravo posted a request for help on a website called “SnowCrew,” which connects people who need shoveling help with able-bodied volunteers called “Yetis.” About an hour later, a strapping stranger named James was at her door, shovel in hand.
“I was never so happy to see anyone in my life,” Bravo remembers. “And later I said to him, ‘You just have no idea what this means to me, you know. This is my freedom. I can get out of the house.’” James returned to help Bravo with two bouts of shoveling this season. Read More