On a freezing-cold morning a few months ago, I woke up early, threw on a jacket, and dashed outside to walk my dog, Winston. But as I pulled the door behind me and heard the lock click, it occurred to me that my keys were still sitting on the front-room table.
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The Cambridge Science Festival begins next Friday, and visitors to the geek carnival can visit a "robot zoo," solve a CSI-style mystery, and meet astronaut Chris Cassidy. To add to the fun this year is a scavenger hunt: Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find one of three golden robot figurines hidden away in the city. Read More
A lingerie startup in Waltham has been keeping a low profile, even after raising more than $3 million in venture capital. Peach is quietly assembling a network of commissioned sales agents around the country — the company calls them "stylists" — who will help market the company's line of bras, underwear, and hosiery. Peach's emphasis is on better-fitting lingerie, and the stylists will do measurements in customers' homes and their own, CEO Janet Kraus said.
Read MoreBig DataUMass Amherst launches new Center for Data Science
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is doubling down its effort to become a top-tier university for “Big Data” research. On Thursday, the flagship school in the commonwealth’s university system will announce the launch of a new center for data science. Over the next decade, the school plans to hire 40 new faculty positions and raise $100 million through industry investments to expand the school’s presence in the burgeoning field.
Read MoreCapital WBoston women's venture summit spotlights gender balance, bias in entrepreneurship
The inaugural meeting of Capital W: The Boston Women's Venture Summit wasn't just another conference, it was a Silicon Seneca Falls. And if you don't get my reference, go read about Susan B. Anthony's conference in 1848 where women met to talk about their freedom (or lack thereof).
Sean Belka directs Fidelity Labs, Fidelity Investments’ innovation center. Fidelity Labs is responsible for bringing new technology to the Boston company’s online investment services, making them more interactive and appealing, especially to younger customers. In recent years, Fidelity Labs has introduced Stock City, which allows investors to visualize a portfolio as a city center, and Beat the Benchmark, an investing game. This month, the Fidelity app will be available on the new Apple smartwatch. Belka shared his digital habits with The Download.
Read MorePixability banks $18.2 million to help big brands connect with online video viewers
The last big wave of venture investment in clean-tech startups has long since crashed and rolled back. But if you’re making software instead of something produced by a factory, private investors are still willing to open up the checkbook.
That’s certainly the case for FirstFuel Software, a developer of data analysis software for electric utilities. The Lexington, Mass.-based company says today that it’s raised another $23 million in venture capital, in part to help bankroll an expansion in Europe.