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Make me a match
Paul English's new site, BostonMatch.org, to link 'suits and geeks'
Paul English in his startup incubator space, Blade, in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
Paul English is the founder of three companies—including Kayak.com—a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Business, and the brains behind Blade, which helps technology startups get off the ground. And as of Monday, he’s adding another title to his resume: matchmaker. Read More
New urbanism
Travel site Kayak quietly moved most of its local employees to Cambridge
Kayak CTO Giorgos Zacharia, in the atrium of the travel site's new East Cambridge office. (Photos at top and bottom by Kaijian Gao. All other photos by Scott Kirsner / BetaBoston.)
Like an empty-nester who can't quite give up the house in the 'burbs but wants a condo in the city, the travel booking site Kayak now has two local offices. Kayak has long had a tech team based in Concord, but starting in January it began moving about 90 employees into an East Cambridge office with views of the Zakim Bridge and the Charles River. Why? Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting. Read More
Innovation Economy
Trolling campuses for the next Facebook
(From left) Barron Roth, John Moore, middle and Luke Sorensen discuss Downtyme during a development meeting at Boston University. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)
Two April days, separated by a decade. Two college sophomores walk into the Charles Square complex in Cambridge to meet with prospective investors. They’ve both built apps to help students communicate with friends on campus, and attracted a small community of users. Read More
Kayak crew's next trick
First look: Blade Network, a supercollider for Boston's startup scene
Blade co-founders Paul Schwenk, Bill O'Donnell, and Paul English, all of whom previously worked together at Kayak, Intuit, and Interleaf.
The big opening party for Paul English's Blade Network startup space is tomorrow night, and when I dropped by on Monday morning, construction crews were scrambling to get everything finished. English, the co-founder and former chief technology officer at Kayak, wants it to become a supercollider for consumer tech, art, and music in Boston. And in terms of designing a dazzling environment, he's definitely aiming high. Read More
New venture factory Blade adds veterans of Zappos, iRobot, Cisco
The team has been expanding over at Blade, the startup factory in Fort Point Channel that doesn't officially open its doors until later this month. Blade's founding trio all came from Kayak, the travel-planning site that has its technology operations in Concord, but they've recently been adding veterans of iRobot, Millennial Media, Cisco, and Zappos. Read More
April is the Cruellest Month
Kayak for Toilets? Runkeeper from Southie? Boston tech takes on April Fools' Day
T.S. Eliot famously began one of his most famous poems, The Wasteland, with the lines, "April is the cruellest month..." referring to the emotional weight of the life/death cycle as winter morphs into spring. Today, April 1, can also be a bit cruel to many unsuspecting and unwary media types and Internet talking heads who often fall for the outrageous pranks of tech companies on what is becoming a bit of tech national holiday, April Fools' Day. Read More