In the event this winter ends...
Kendall Square may soon get a 'pop-up park'
Aerial view of proposed "pop-up park" on Kendall Street in Cambridge. (Courtesy Glenn KnicKrehm, Constellation Center.)
I wrote last week about the long-delayed Constellation Center project, which aspires to build a $300 million performing arts center in Kendall Square. The project's acre of fenced-off land is basically the front yard of the Genzyme Center and the Watermark East apartment complex, just off Third Street. (See the map below.) Read More
One Big Move
Actifio launches Actifio One to bring cloud data virtualization to mid-market organizations
Actifio founder and chief executive Ash Ashutosh (courtesy of company)
Actifio is not coasting into 2015. The Waltham-based copy data virtualization company, which is expected to go public this year, is holding a major event in Austin, Texas, later next week called the eCloud Summit. It's also one of the few local "unicorns," or privately held companies valued over $1 billion, in the region. In the company's Waltham office, there's tangible sense of that big things are on the horizon: There's a beehive-like buzz of people moving from meeting to meeting, a din of sales calls and teleconference strategy sessions, and even the whir of wood saws and power tools as it is in the midst of an office expansion.   But for all that is happening at Actifio these days, it's executives say that nothing is more vital to the success of the company moving forward than today's launch of Actifio One, a product that enables smaller, mid-market companies to take advantage of its virtualized data backup and storage offerings. Read More
Social Media
Putting the face in Facebook: How the social network shapes body image
Spending time on Facebook can influence how some women feel about their appearance.
Some people on public transit may glance over the shoulders of fellow commuters fiddling with their Facebook pages only for the voyeuristic pleasure of having a peek into someone else’s life. But behavioral science researcher Jasmine Fardouly, a doctoral candidate at the University of New South Wales in Australia, saw an opportunity. Read More
Innovation Economy
A star still waiting to be born in Kendall Square
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If you last visited Kendall Square 10 years ago and returned to the Cambridge neighborhood today, you’d think Jack had sprinkled around a bushel of magic beans. New buildings have sprouted, bars and restaurants have opened, and an East Coast Google campus has been completed. You can even ice skate in the winter or rent a kayak in the summer. But one thing that hasn’t changed is Glenn KnicKrehm’s empty gravel lot in the heart of the square. The precious acre of property is still surrounded by chain-link fence, and KnicKrehm is still spinning his vision of building a $300 million arts and culture complex called the Constellation Center. Read more in my latest Innovation Economy column in The Boston Globe.    
Q&A
Taylor Swift meets big data: Gogi Gupta works his magic on the music industry
Gogi Gupta, founder of Gupta Media, in his office on Boylston Street. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki
Ten years ago, Gogi Gupta started a business at the Cambridge Innovation Center with little more than a computer and an abundance of ideas about how music labels could do a better job marketing their artists online. Today, his company Gupta Media has 43 employees and is a major player in the music industry, running digital marketing for every major star, including all the top nominees at Sunday’s Grammy awards. His work for Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Sia and other best-selling artists is featured in today’s Boston Globe. BetaBoston sat down with Gupta to talk about getting started as an entrepreneur, pitching to clients and making water disappear from a cup. Read More