If there's one population of people who might like to forget some of the text messages they've sent in the past (possibly after a big booze-fueled night out), it's college kids. And another set of people who would like to see some past messages disappear? The guys who played a role in founding Tinder, Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, who drew heat earlier this year for their inappropriate text messages.
Today, Rad and Mateen are being held up as prominent investors in the seed round of funding for the Boston-based WiGo, which stands for Who Is Going Out? The app was designed for college campuses and allows users to connect for social engagements and share what they are up to, and specifically where they are, on any given night out. Read MoreCold Corporate Office LandDoes the Innovation District really need a human touch? #TellBeta
Rhode Island-based CVS Health, operator of Minute Clinics and the country's second-biggest drugstore chain, is planning to open a technology development center in Boston this winter. Chief Digital Officer Brian Tilzer tells me that the CVS Health Digital Innovation Lab will fit about 100 people — some of whom will move from CVS HQ in Woonsocket, and some of whom will be new hires. "We may not hire all 100 next year, but we're going to hire a lot," Tilzer says. The lab's focus will be on "building customer-centric experiences in health care."
There is an arms race going on in the business world similar to that in the sports world.
Everyone wants to be bigger, faster, and stronger in terms of operations, technology, sales and marketing, and revenue. The key to it all is speed. And in business, that doesn't mean being able to run a 40-yard-dash in 4.15 seconds. It means having access to information fast, and, maybe most important, accurately. Read MoreDoctors ordersHigh blood pressure? There’s an app for that
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Russell Tyrone Jones, better known as Ol' Dirty Bastard of the famous rap collective Wu-Tang Clan.
The RZA, Wu-Tang's unofficial leader, has said that ODB will be included in some way in the group's upcoming album, "A Better Tomorrow," which is slated to be released in early December. However, part of "A Better Tomorrow" is being made available now through a special partnership between the band and Boombotix, a maker of Bluetooth speakers. Boombotix has created a special Wu-Tang version of their Boombot REX speaker, which will be preloaded with several songs from the new album. The speaker was available starting Nov. 15, which also just happens to be Ol' Dirty Bastard's birthday. Read MoreBienvenue. Willkommen. Bienvenido. Benvenuto.Boston, Hub of the (Tech) Universe?
Poet and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes is widely credited with bestowing on Boston its moniker as "Hub of the Universe," and while outsiders like to mock the nickname, it's becoming harder to ignore one reality: Boston is officially becoming a launching pad for international startups. Maybe even, ahem, the Hub of the Tech Universe?
At Wednesday's Techstars Demo Day, five of the 12 companies that appeared on stage, born out of the program, were international. MassChallenge had about 30 companies from throughout the globe in its class this year.
When the next cold snap cuts downs power lines and leaves New Englanders disconnected from the grid, a quarter-sized device could help them tap their boilers for electricity.
The same technology—a precise combination of materials sandwiched together—is poised to impact larger markets, and make cars and heavy industries more energy-efficient. Read MoreInnovation EconomyBoston should host an Olympics for visionaries
There are some people who are pro-Olympics. Others simply say no to trying to bring the 2024 Summer Games to Boston. I am proposing we skip the skeet shooting and squat-lifting and instead do something entirely different: Let’s grab a gold medal for achieving something more important than putting on a Really Big Show.
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