Play Ball!
Parking apps help Fenway fans get a leg up on Opening Day
Globe Staff/Lane Turner
Jason Heard got to Fenway Park at noon for Monday’s Red Sox home opener, but he wasn’t there to watch the game. Instead, Heard was working for a parking lot tucked behind the ballpark, waving cars into an alley with a bright orange flag. Fifty dollars per carload for the prime spots. If that seems steep, the market didn’t think so — an hour and a half before the first pitch, Heard was using his flag to tell people there were no more spots to be had. Read More
Reading between the lines
Prattle Analytics parses Fed statements to predict the future (of interest rates)
Prattle Analytics co-founders Evan Schnidman and William MacMillan.
Should you make a trade based on what the Fed just said? Startup Prattle Analytics is building software that can parse the verbiage in the latest press releases and meeting minutes issued by the Federal Reserve Bank and other central banks around the world. And after raising $250,000 last September, the company has set up an office in Cambridge. Read More
At this Robot Zoo in Cambridge, there’s a mechanical menagerie

One day each spring, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School’s field house becomes a hub of interspecies interaction, a bustling place where humans mingle with a menagerie of creatures that can scamper, hop, and fly around the room. Instead of animals, though, the creatures are artificial agents, on display as part of the Cambridge Science Festival’s celebration of robotics technology.

Robot Zoo, a kid-friendly event — which this year takes place April 18, in conjunction with the festival’s Science Carnival — connects the public with engineers, researchers, inventors, and students involved in robotics research and design. Visitors learn about dozens of different kinds of robots and can play with many of them directly.

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Boston City Hall’s startup czar draws skeptics
Boston’s new “startup czar,’’ Rory Cuddyer. Photo: JIM DAVIS/GLOBE STAFF
Most of his colleagues at Boston City Hall have probably packed up and gone home by the time Rory Cuddyer strolls in front of two dozen techies munching pizza and swigging free happy-hour beers at a Back Bay co-working office. As the city’s new “startup czar,” Cuddyer has a job title that sounds a little grandiose. But it frequently means he is doing something pretty humble: taking his spiel to new audiences and asking for their help. It’s the sort of hat-in-hand marketing a lot of entrepreneurs would recognize. Read More
How to make the Chamber of Commerce relevant to the innovation sector

Is Boston's Chamber of Commerce relevant to the city's startup community? Hardly. In Scott Kirsner's Innovation Economy column this week, he offers five ways that the new president of the chamber, James E. Rooney, can make the Chamber matter more, not just to entrepreneurs, but to everyone in Boston.

Not long ago, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce held a luncheon at the Westin Copley. The featured speaker was Walter Isaacson, author of "The Innovators," a book about the pioneers of the computing and Internet revolutions.

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