doctors orders
Pill tracker app MediSafe can now log glucose levels, blood pressure
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A failure of habit ails patients with chronic conditions — a full 50 percent of them have trouble following their prescribed course of treatment. Boston firm MediSafe is among the groups trying to fight back that trend — the company makes an app that reminds people to take their pills on time. This week the company announced it is adding the ability to track glucose levels and blood pressure within the app, an addition that is expected to give its 1.5 million users additional incentive to follow their treatment regime. Read More
Drug Delivery
ZappRx raises $5.6 million for its automated prescription service
Zoe Barry, founder and chief executive of ZappRx. (Photo via ZappRx).
If Boston is the world’s leader in cutting-edge drug development, the city can now also argue that it’s also ahead of the curve in building delivery systems that get those drugs to patients. ZappRx, a Boston-based startup that has worked to streamline the process by which specialty drug prescriptions are processed, announced on Thursday that it has raised $5.6 million in Series A funding from Atlas Ventures and SR One, the corporate venture arm of GlaxoSmithKline. Read More
Bye-bye, $1.25: Smart meters could spawn 'surge' pricing for street parking
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When Boston last increased parking meter rates in 2011, bumping the hourly charge to $1.25, some drivers were shocked. It was, after all, the first price hike since the mid-1980s. Now, technology is about to bring even more significant changes to parking prices, at a faster pace. In the next few years, street parking prices could rise and fall in response to surges in traffic, part of a high-tech overhaul of the city’s parking infrastructure that includes new meters and the ability to pay with smartphone apps. Read More
Kickstarter
HBS students launch Matter, a healthy, disruptive toothpaste
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A company pitching disruptive toothpaste might seem like another April Fool's Day prank, but Harvard Business School students Rachel Peterson and Calley Means say they are serious when it comes to rethinking the way we brush our teeth. The duo have launched a Kickstarter campaign for Matter, a paste which they claim is free from the dyes and petrochemicals found in other mainstream toothpastes. They're hoping to raise $275,000 to launch their product commercially in the next year.  Read More
Many Americans cannot easily access the Internet without their smartphone
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Even 10 years ago, it would have seemed like science fiction. The whole of the Internet accessible from the palm of your hand — and not only that, but also a cellphone, alarm clock, watch, personal organizer, and a myriad other applications. Nobody can deny the widespread social and economic impact of the rapid adoption of smartphones, but how many people actually own one? And how much do those owners rely on their gadgets? Read More
Pranks
Changing the game for dogs: Cramer announces 'Pawculus Rift'
It's the first of April, which typically means that every company with a smart marketing team knows that with a bit of imagination they can drum up some free publicity. The folks at Boston-based marketing firm Cramer are no exception, only we have to admit that their new "product," a virtual reality gaming system for dogs, is pretty cute: it's the "Pawculus Rift." Fetch will never be the same.
Fiksu lays off 10 percent of workforce, CFO departs as IPO plans hit a wall
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Fiksu, a mobile marketing technology company that last year said it had surpassed $100 million in annual revenue, has laid off about 10 percent of its workforce as part of a reorganization, chief executive Micah Adler said. Chief financial officer Ken Goldman has also left the company effective today, less than a year after coming on board to help Fiksu prepare for a possible initial public offering. Read More
running on fumes
$175,000 from MassDevelopment carries Dynamo Micropower into pilot tests
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Dynamo Micropower, a startup housed at Greentown Labs, will receive a $175,000 loan, the group announced Monday. The money, distributed by MassDevelopment's Emerging Technology Fund, adds to the $2.5 million in private investment and grant funding that the Somerville-based turbine maker has received over the last 18 months. Read More
Venture
Venture capital's diversity problem isn't just bad PR — it's bad for business
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Legendary venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers was cleared of any wrongdoing in last week’s sensational trial alleging gender discrimination against Ellen Pao, a former member of the firm. But there’s no question that the venture capital world suffers from a lack of diversity — a situation that persists even though researchers at the country’s top business schools have shown it’s bad for business, which should be the bottom line for any investor. Read More
Cybersecurity summer camp
MIT students, Highland Capital, partner to launch Cybersecurity Factory
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Over the past several months, two PhD candidates in MIT's CSAIL program have been busy attempting to solve a few tough questions: How do you make cybersecurity sexy? How can you create excitement about the field? And perhaps most importantly, how do you take the impressive work being done at academic institutions and find ways to bring it to market? Read More