Tomatoes year round, fresh-picked fish-fed kale: These are dreams that Grove Labs claims to make real. An idea for an in-home garden nourished by detritus from a fish tank germinated in the MIT dorm room of Gabe Blanchet and Jamie Byron when they were freshmen. Five years later, after launching a company and picking up $2 million in seed funding, the duo are shipping the first of their "indoor ecosystems" to early adopters in the Boston area.
One day each spring, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School’s field house becomes a hub of interspecies interaction, a bustling place where humans mingle with a menagerie of creatures that can scamper, hop, and fly around the room.
Instead of animals, though, the creatures are artificial agents, on display as part of the Cambridge Science Festival’s celebration of robotics technology.
Is Boston's Chamber of Commerce relevant to the city's startup community? Hardly. In Scott Kirsner's Innovation Economy column this week, he offers five ways that the new president of the chamber, James E. Rooney, can make the Chamber matter more, not just to entrepreneurs, but to everyone in Boston.