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.
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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.
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In success or scandal, Uber's drivers play a central role in defining the company's identity. On Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker announced an intention to develop clearer licensing rules for such services to operate within Massachusetts. But one day, Uber may be able to skirt these altogether by removing the driver from the equation. This week the company announced a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, a pioneering center for autonomous vehicles research. Word is, Google is planning a competing service of its own.
Boston startup Orig3n has been showing up at marathons and triathlons with an unusual request for participants: How about parting with a vial of blood? The company is trying to build a giant library of iPS cells — that's induced pluripotent stem cells — and they've found that amateur athletes tend to be more willing to share than most.
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HourlyNerd, the Boston-based online consulting service company, is not shy about its aspirations. After announcing today that it has received $7.8 million in new funding, co-founder Rob Biederman was quite bullish on the company's prospects.
"What we are trying to do with our technology product is far from trivial," Biederman explained. "For 90 years, McKinsey [well-known consulting firm McKinsey & Company] has done what we are doing with extremely talented, intelligent people with 30 or 4o years of experience. And we are trying to do that with a piece of technology." Read MoreFCCMarkey says FCC is ‘finally getting it right' with net neutrality proposal