Entrepreneur, author, blogger, and prolific angel investor Tim Ferris, who is speaking at non-profit BUILD's annual gala tonight, popped into an entrepreneurship class at Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester today to judge a startup pitch contest with students. His goal? To spark their interest in building businesses from scratch. Read MoreLooking backHow Menino made the Innovation District happen
Lots of news coming out of the Boston tech community today: Biotech company Affinavax is getting some funding from a well-known backer. One of the area's hottest adtech startups, Visible Measures, also got a new investment. Device buy-back company Gazelle will now be selling "certified" products. And a local Internet of Things innovator, Digital Lumens, has received backing to help its mission to combine lighting technology and energy savings.
A surprising number of the world's problems arise because of stuff sticking to other stuff: Ice on airplane wings, barnacles growing on undersea power lines, blood sticking to blood bags.
A new company launched out of Harvard University hopes they've found a solution. Their creation? A suite of ultra-slippery surfaces that repel blood, bacteria, dust, water, ice, cement, and more. Read MoreA Grand Tech CelebrationMassChallenge celebrates innovation, Deval Patrick's influence in tech community
It’s official: Uber’s presence in Boston is booming. Travis Kalanick, the co-founder and CEO of Uber, was in town on Wednesday to keynote the fifth annual MassChallenge awards, where he told the room of burgeoning entrepreneurs that the ridesharing service is growing faster here than in Paris, San Francisco, Seattle, or Toronto. Read MoreUber gets legislative backingWhile in Boston today, Uber celebrates a big win in D.C.
Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick is in Boston for tonight's MassChallenge awards ceremony, and there's a good chance he'll be taking a victory lap as he shuttles over to the Convention Center. The ridesharing service had a big win in Washington D.C. yesterday when the District passed legislation creating a "comprehensive ridesharing framework" they say will better protect drivers and riders. It's the 13th jurisdiction to do so, and for now at least, both Massachusetts and Boston have been mum on whether they'll follow suit.
Read MoreWhat you need to know with your Cup o' JoeMorning brief: Aileron gets $33 million in new funding, HeyWire announces 911 text advancements
This morning, two local companies made announcements that could have health and safety implications for years to come. One deals with funding to help fight cancer using an approach that merges science, biology, and new technological drug development technologies; the other is an advancement in using a ubiquitous communication technology when an emergency strikes. Read MoreGiant robots need your helpA Somerville startup thinks robot duels will be the next big sport
What better week than Halloween to launch a crowdfunding campaign to build 15-foot tall battle bots with cannons for arms?
A trio of techies are hoping to raise $1.8 million for MegaBots, a Somerville startup that envisions a new sports league featuring humanoid robots with actual humans at the controls. And those willing to donate $2,500 to the project will get a chance to engage in combat — sometime in 2016.