Kendall Square: A report on who's there
Some interesting data from the Kendall Square Association on the composition of that intensely innovative, increasingly expensive neighborhood: The association spent the past 18 months looking at about 770 companies with offices in the Square, and categorizing them by industry sector. Interestingly, biotech and health care companies now represent the biggest single slice. (I touched on this shift in a Globe column last October.) But the research didn't capture every company located within an incubator or a shared office space; the KSA estimates there are about 1,100 businesses in total in the neighborhood. Read More
At SXSW, TechStars, MassChallenge are named among the top 20 accelerators in the US
The last TechStars Boston Demo Day, in May 2013.
The Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, now in its fourth year, announced the top 10 seed accelerator programs in the nation at SXSW today. Topping the list are the San Francisco and New York City-based AngelPad, the Los Angeles-based MuckerLab, and Techstars, which has a number of locations around the globe, including one in Boston. Also included in the list is startup accelerator MassChallenge, based out of the Seaport District. Read More
Who's watching you?
Even though most are aware of government surveillance, few are taking steps to counteract it
Few would disagree that the revelations of mass government surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden in June 2013 have had far-reaching impacts across the globe, from the private technology sector all the way up to foreign policy. But how are everyday Americans responding to the leaks? How are we changing our everyday behavior? Read More
Summer camp? Startup camp
Leangap encourages high schoolers to unlock their entrepreneurial potential
Eddy Zhong with Leangap cofounders Joe Thornton and Tim Peterson. Photo provided by Leangap.
Eddy Zhong is the kind of kid who could give an adult an inferiority complex: He launched a successful smartwatch company, Blanc Inc., at age 16, and now at age 17, he’s created a startup accelerator program for teenagers. Called Leangap, his accelerator seeks to help high schoolers build their own companies through a six week summer academy. Since he announced the program in January, Leangap has received more than 100 applicants from as far away as India and Taiwan. The pilot session is set to begin in June. Read More
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