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
Ch-ch-ch-Changes...
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
Designing the future of design
Audio: Onshape chairman Jon Hirschtick on CAD, 3D printing, and more
Onshape's web-based software for designing products.
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. Read More
Planting a flag in the States
TechHub, shared workspace born in UK, will open first US location in Somerville
From left: Stewart Noakes, Co-Founder at TechHub Boston, William "Bill" Hilton, Partner at Gesmer Updegrove, and Elizabeth Varley, Founder of TechHub Global. Taken last month at a TechHub pre-launch event at Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville.
Need a desk in Bangalore one week and Davis Square the next? TechHub, which operates a network of co-working spaces in India, Romania, Latvia, and the United Kingdom, plans to open in Somerville this month. And much like a card that will give you access to frequent flier lounges, a TechHub membership will let you work in any of the locations as you jet around the globe. TechHub was founded in London in 2010. Read More
With $7 million in funding, LiquiGlide announces new office and lab space in Cambridge
LiquiGlide will be moving to new offices on Sidney Street in Cambridge.
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 More