About 20 years ago, an educational video game called “Zoombinis” was launched to help children improve problem-solving skills. The game, from Broderbund Software, which was later acquired by a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt subsidiary, The Learning Co., ended up selling more than 1 million copies.
Now the original creator, Cambridge-based TERC (for Technical Education Resource Centers) has teamed up with a Boston children’s media company, FableVision, and the Learning Games Network to launch an updated version of the game for Android, iOS and, eventually, a wide array of other devices. Read MorePitch PerfectThe 1776 Challenge Cup awards Boston's best health, education, civic tech, and energy startups
There are numerous potential threats to Internet security: lone-wolf hackers, state-sponsored cyber attacks, or identity and data theft, for example. But one of the most difficult cybersecurity challenges to identify and prevent are the Edward Snowdens — the players already inside an organization who are looking to steal or share sensitive information.
Today, Cambridge-based Sqrrl, which uses data analytics to fight Internet security threats, including from those known as 'determined insiders' like Snowden, announced that it has raised $7.1 million in new funding. Read MoreChange for GoodChanging Environments raises $1 million to connect municipalities, citizens, and the Internet
Changing Environments, a Cambridge-based Internet of Things startup, is trying to improve the way communities and its citizens interact. The company has created a network for civic-minded app developers and organizations to connect with mobile phone users through sensor-connected "urban appliances." Read More
Cambridge-based Tamr is making a few announcements this week out in Silicon Valley at the Strata + Hadoop World conference. Tamr, a big data for business intelligence company, is sharing news that it is launching new solutions to help businesses sift through and organize enterprise data for easier analysis, that it is releasing a new platform for companies to access unified data in a faster and simpler way, and that it has added new large enterprise customers as well as a new a strategic partner in New Jersey-based Knowledgent. Read MoreGrowth TreePayment company MineralTree gets $11.1 million in new funding
MineralTree, a Cambridge-based accounts payable and automated payments company, announced today that it has received $11.1 million in new funding from a group of investors that includes Fidelity Growth Partners, .406 Ventures, and new investor First Data, an international payment technology and services company. Read More
Australian-based Vaxxas (which has its US office in Cambridge) announced that it has added $20 million in new funding to help advance its Nanopatch technologies that hope to deliver vaccines more effectively without using a needle and syringe.
Read MoreInnovation EconomyA star still waiting to be born in Kendall Square
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.
Next EntrepreneursCan you learn to be an entrepreneur in two weeks? MIT's Start6 program says yes
MIT has a novel idea. With its Start6 program, which concluded last week, the world-famous engineering school believes that it can teach its computer scientists entrepreneurship in just two weeks.
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