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Harvard i-Lab announces five Deans' Challenge winners
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Students hoping to improve fertility treatments and keep food from spoiling while it's being shipped were among the winners of the Harvard Innovation Lab's annual Deans' Challenge competition. The challenge asks teams of students to submit proposals that might solve specific issues within categories chosen by the university: cultural entrepreneurship, health and life sciences, innovation in sports, and food systems. Read More
Social Media
'Let’s make something cool’: Zuckerberg introduces ‘Thefacebook’ on CNBC
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On April 28, 2004, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg casually told CNBC  that he hoped “to make something cool” by creating Thefacebook — yes, it was an official-sounding website with the article attached — for college and university students. CNBC reposted the interview yesterday on Twitter to remind people how much the social media world has changed. Read More
Backing Young Talent
Rough Draft Ventures offers student startups backing from their peers
Presenters, from left, Toni Oloko and Matt Neary pitch their business "PracticeGigs" to the weekly Rough Draft Ventures meeting at the offices of General Catalyst Partners. Photo: Erik Jacobs for the Boston Globe.
On a Monday evening in mid-March, Toni Oloko walked into the Harvard Square offices of General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm that has put up millions to back companies like Kayak, Snapchat, and Rue La La. The 18-year-old entrepreneur and his cofounder, Harvard freshman Matt Neary, fiddled with their MacBook as they prepared to pitch PracticeGigs, a smartphone app that finds tennis partners for players seeking to improve their game. If they seemed oddly calm, it was because they weren’t seeking millions from the fund’s partners. Instead, they were pitching to a panel of their peers — in search of cash, yes, but also access to a growing network supportive of Boston’s student startups. Read More
Smell Ya Later
Smell-o-phone creator expands scent ambitions to books, clothes, wearables
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David Edwards made a lot of money selling an inhalable-medicine startup to global pharmaceutical company Alkermes. Since then, the Harvard professor has turned his attention to fantastical experiments which fuse art and science, including a hard-to-define experimental workspace and gallery in Paris and a tabletop device that emits the scents of food and coffee when someone sends it a digital message. 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
Relevant Briefings
Harvard-built news aggregation app BriefMe launches in App Store
The BriefMe Team - (Left to Right) Hari Ganesan, Max Campion, Rachel Moranis. (Photo via BriefMe)
One of the biggest draws of websites such as Reddit and Hacker News is the way in which news stories are compiled and organized based on popularity. On Hacker News, for instance, a story about the latest release of a free version of a popular gaming development software might be the top-ranked article of the moment based on other users "upvoting" it. Reddit is similar in that the most popular stories are ranked in order of how important, timely, or interesting Redditors find them. A group of entrepreneurs based out of the Harvard iLab -- Max Campion, Hari Ganesan, and Rachel Moranis -- have tried to bring the same type of feature to mobile devices with a service that organizes the top news of the moment based on its overall popularity on the web. Read More
Boston Crunch
This year's TechCrunch Boston Meetup and Pitchoff features a roster of cool startups
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On Thursday evening, 10 local startups will take the stage at the Boston TechCrunch Meetup + Pitchoff to compete for a spot at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York City. TechCrunch's East Coast editor John Biggs and reporter Jordan Crook will be in town for the event, which is co-hosted by VentureFizz, NextView Ventures, and General Assembly, and will be held at The Estate. Read More
Community Building
Harvard’s new Ed Portal serves as a conduit to the community
The science room at the new Harvard Ed Portal, opening this weekend in Allston. (Photo via Harvard Ed Portal)
The perks of having a world class university as your next door neighbor are getting even better for the residents of Allston. On Saturday, Harvard University will celebrate the opening of its new Ed Portal community center, a 12,000-square-foot space that will be a hub for tutoring programs, education efforts, and performances. Read More
Backed by Berkman Center, Canarywatch will monitor data requests from feds
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On Monday, Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society announced that it was taking part in a collaborative effort to gather information about secret federal legal notices that demand corporate and user data from web service providers. The Berkman Center worked alongside two digital rights groups, the Calyx Institute and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, as well as New York University's Technology Law and Policy Clinic, to create CanaryWatch.org, a site designed to collect and monitor all of the Internet's warrant canaries. What, you might be wondering, is a warrant canary? Read More