There are many steps along the pathway to producing a successful and profitable gadget, and one of the biggest pitfalls is the actual building of the prototype. Even with a great idea and adequate funding, a startup can go under due to a less-than-successful initial product. Read MoreNew Member to the Billion Dollar ClubSimpliVity raises $175 million, is now valued over $1 billion
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 MoreStartups are seeking access to city's startup czar
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 MoreCh-ch-ch-Changes...Change Collective is trying to become the edX of health and wellness
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.
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My most recent Boston Globe column focuses on Jon Hirschtick and the team of entrepreneurs behind Onshape, a Cambridge startup that is launching the beta version of its product today. Hirschtick and several other key Onshape team members, like chief executive John McEleney, were previously founders of SolidWorks, a company that pioneered computer-aided design software for Windows PCs. This time, they're building a Web-based application that will run on just about any device — including smartphones and tablets.
At the MIT 100K Entrepreneurship Competition three years ago, a ragtag MIT crew with a wild idea won the audience choice award and the Internet with a video of ketchup gliding out of a bottle, as if defying the laws of physics. That viral video brought so much attention to their product — an ultra-slippery coating that repelled the stickiest of substances — that its creator, MIT materials engineer Dave Smith, had to halt his PhD, drop out, and start a company before someone else did. Read MoreWelcome to PAX East: 'This is like a nerd vacation.'
It’s PAX East weekend again, and so the corridors of the Boston Convention and Exposition Center are thronged with men and women dressed up like cartoon characters and video game heroes.
Never mind the face paint and papier-mache body armor. Over the course of the weekend, thousands of ordinary folk will reveling in the shared delight of a once-eccentric hobby that has gone decisively mainstream.
Read MoreSnowstorm, traffic, Waze partnership dominate Mayor Walsh's data-themed meeting
Friday morning on City Hall Plaza, a team from the navigation and traffic avoidance app Waze, which recently announced partnership with the City of Boston, was handing out free Dunkin' Donuts coffee and hot cocoa in an effort to recruit more users. Consider it an even exchange: Dunks for data.
Data was also a theme inside City Hall this morning, as Mayor Martin J. Walsh opened up his monthly data-focused Cabinet meeting to reporters, and shared the latest info on traffic patterns, snow removal services, and other metrics that they city has been tracking — and promoting — since the Mayor first took office.