A new kind of Big Brother program
MIA in Boston's startup scene: CEOs of our biggest local companies
The Hynes Convention Center during the annual Innovation Unconference.
Let me tell you about the bet I won recently with Ben Einstein, founder of the hardware investment firm Bolt. We were talking about one of the pieces missing from the local startup scene: CEOs of the biggest companies in this part of the world, like Raytheon, State Street Corp., TJX, Dunkin' Brands, or Staples. You just don't often encounter them in the wild, off their corporate reservations. None of them had been to Bolt, whose Downtown Crossing office and prototyping facility houses about a half-dozen consumer electronics startups. Read More
Get your Irish on
Just Add Cooking joins forces with New England Charcuterie, just in time for St. Patrick's Day
Joshua Smith's corned beef and cabbage recipe via Just Add Cooking.
Boston-based prepackaged meal site Just Add Cooking announced recently that it had partnered with Joshua Smith, the chef behind Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions in Waltham and New England Charcuterie, to bring its users curated recipes-to-go along with its meal kit delivery service. Read More
Demoing at SXSW
Sonzia takes digital school desk to Austin, plans Kickstarter campaign
Aaron Hatcher, Calvin Domenico, and CEO Shirley O'Neil of Sonzia.
Somerville-based Sonzia is down in Austin for the SXSW-affiliated Health and Med Tech Expo this week, showing a digital school desk called the Touch Easel that it believes can be helpful for kids with special needs. And last week, the startup took home an "audience choice" award at the Mass Innovation Nights showcase in Boston. Read More
The Joy of Drinking
With a slick rebranding, Drizly relaunches a more user-focused mobile app
Drizly's rebranding features new ads with the slogan, "Get the door. It's the liquor store."
Boston-based Drizly, an alcohol delivery application, has been one of the more successful Boston startups over the past two years. Since launching in 2012, the company has raised $4.8 million and expanded its beer, wine, and liquor delivery operations to more than 11 US metropolitan areas, most recently launching in the San Fernando Valley in California. On Monday, the company is launching a new brand identity and releasing a completely revamped version of its mobile application. Read More
Seeing is believing
Can an app for Google Glass offer a path out of autism?
Ned Sahin, the founder of Brain Power, gives the keynote at the Autism Speaks conference at Google Cambridge. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff.
Can technology help children with autism accomplish what other educational efforts have not? Ned Sahin aims to find out. Sahin founded Brain Power, a Cambridge startup that is using Google Glass to teach children with autism how to better engage and socialize with people. Brain Power is developing applications that display images of popular cartoon characters on the screen of Google Glass, so that when an autistic child looks at an adult talking to him, an image from, say “Angry Birds” or “Frozen” pops up. Read More
Takeout rapid transit
Bite Kite aims to speed up fast food delivery
A customer receives his lunch from Bite Kite Kitchen. Staff/Photographer Jonathan  Wiggs
There are some nights when Andreas Goeldi just doesn’t have the time to make dinner. The chief technology officer at the YouTube marketing firm Pixability is the father of two young children, and like so many busy parents, he and his wife often found themselves ordering dinner out on days when their schedules were slammed. But he found Seamless and other restaurant delivery services were less seamless than promised, and he grew sick of waiting for his food to arrive to his home in Cambridge. Read More
Beta Testing
Good morning, stranger! Wakie app is a human alarm clock
"Are you in bed?” It was a stranger on the phone, someone called Gaurav in Dubai. At 7:31 this morning, Gaurav was calling me at home to get me up. I was experimenting with an app called Wakie, launched by two Armenian brothers who wanted to give the world a more effective and personalized alternative to an alarm clock. Their solution? Invite a stranger from the other side of the world to make a wake-up call. Read More
In pinch, use Cinch
The Cinch Polls app, a spinout of Nifti, is the easy way to get instant advice and feedback
When Nathan Sharp launched the shopping app Nifti a few years ago, he set out to solve a problem: The online shopping experience was ineffective, and it was rather impossible to monitor the random nature of prices on the Web. The company set up a way for shoppers to track the prices of individual products and get notified when they drop beneath a consumer-selected threshold. Basically, the application allows shoppers to automate deal-finding and helps makes the decision of when to buy a product for you. Now, with spinoff Cinch Polls, Sharp is not just trying to take the agony out of having to decide when to buy something, but instead, is trying to take the pain out of decision-making in general. Cinch is, in a nutshell, crowdsourced advice. Read More