Early Developer Development
Flatiron School bringing its high school coding program to Boston
Adam Enbar, one of the cofounders of New York City coding program Flatiron School, is no stranger to Boston. The Harvard Business School graduate did stints at HubSpot and CRV (when it was still known as Charles River Ventures) before heading to New York to start, with Avi Flombaum, what has become one of the model programming schools in the country. Read More
Power of suggestion
Soon-to-launch Chef Nightly app wants to streamline ordering dinner
"Hal, order sushi for two tonight." A Westford startup called Every Labs is working on the artificially intelligent food-ordering app of the future. While the company's Chef Nightly app isn't yet publicly available, a handful of Bostonians have been testing it in recent weeks. And the company has already raised early funding from the startup incubator Blade and Boston Syndicates, a group that includes individual investors and the Cambridge venture capital firm Atlas Venture. Read More
DrivenData partners with Planned Parenthood to track trends in women's health
The Harvard Innovation lab. (Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe)
DrivenData, a Harvard Innovation Lab startup that aims to use data science to address social issues, announced a new partnership this week with Planned Parenthood Federation of America, or PPFA. Together the two groups have launched the startup’s latest data-driven contest that seek to leverage the work of data scientists to help nonprofits solve problems. Read More
New Member to the Billion Dollar Club
SimpliVity raises $175 million, is now valued over $1 billion
SimpliVity chief executive Doron Kempel (courtesy of the company)
It has been one year since Waltham-based Actifio raised $100 million in investment funding, valuing the company at more than $1 billion and elevating it to "unicorn" status — meaning that it is privately held and has raised investment funding that values the company at more than $1 billion. Today, Westborough-based tech infrastructure company SimpliVity joins the unicorn list. Read More
Smart science
Apple, Boston hospitals partner to launch ResearchKit for medical research
Family of healthkit apps
An ultra-thin Macbook laptop and the Apple Watch were the stars of Apple’s Monday media event in San Francisco. But the company also introduced a new suite of apps for the iPhone that could turn the device into a research tool and transform the way researchers study disease. Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute were among the partners who worked with Apple on the five inaugural research apps. They will track asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, and were built with Apple’s new tool, ResearchKit. Read More
Tick tock
Will consumers make time for Apple Watch?
Apple watches are displayed following an Apple event in San Francisco, California March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
Apple Inc. made its long-awaited entry into the moribund smartwatch market on Monday, showing off a new wrist-mounted device it hopes will become the first such gadget to become a mass-market hit. The new Apple Watch features a sleek design that looks far more elegant than many rival smartwatches. It also features an upscale price tag -- $349  for the least expensive model, rising to $10,000 or more for an elite version crafted from solid gold. Read More
Change Collective is trying to become the edX of health and wellness
Change Collective co-founders Derek Haswell and Ben Rubin
Are you trying to lose weight and finding your attempts unsuccessful? Or struggling to maintain your work/life balance or reach the zen of inbox zero? You might need some help rethinking how you're approaching your goals. Change Collective, a Boston-based startup that launched last year with $1.4 million in funding, is working to put informed health and life betterment programs as close as the mobile phone in your pocket. Read More