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Sticky business
LiquiGlide, Cambridge maker of slippery coatings, signs deal with glue king Elmer's
You know your packaging is iconic when it doesn't need a label.
LiquiGlide, the Cambridge startup that's creating a slippery coating to get the stickiest of substances out of bottles, announced a first major partnership Monday that will push its product to the limit. The company signed a licensing agreement with Elmer's Products; to the delight of every kindergartner in crafts class, it will make it easier for glue to slide out of its tube.  Read More
Make me a match
Paul English's new site,, 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—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
Seeing is believing
Can an app for Google Glass offer a path out of autism?
Ned Sahin, the founder of Brain Power, gives the keynote at the Autism Speaks conference at Google Cambridge. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff.
Can technology help children with autism accomplish what other educational efforts have not? Ned Sahin aims to find out. Sahin founded Brain Power, a Cambridge startup that is using Google Glass to teach children with autism how to better engage and socialize with people. Brain Power is developing applications that display images of popular cartoon characters on the screen of Google Glass, so that when an autistic child looks at an adult talking to him, an image from, say “Angry Birds” or “Frozen” pops up. 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
Drone mail > Snail mail
MIT acceptance letters by drone? Admissions office asks applicants to look 'to the skies'
As owls are to Hogwarts, so are drones to MIT. The university recognizes that drone-delivered acceptance letters may be the perfect way of welcoming the Class of 2019. And even if the admissions office can't pull off that feat this year, they've released a video Friday to tell the world: Yes, they've thought about it. Read More
What's hot in gaming? Notes from the Game Developers Conference
Elliott Mitchell, Walter Somol, and Henrik Strandberg at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week.
For all intents and purposes, video games as we know them today were born in Cambridge at MIT over 50 years ago with Spacewar! In keeping with that tradition, the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI, which I oversee) throws an annual Made in MA Party at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, which brings together people with ties to Boston, the Bay State or New England. This year BetaBoston asked the guests what they thought was hot at GDC this year. And, here's what we heard. Read More
At MakeMIT, undergrads hack high-tech tools
MIT undergraduates at the 2nd annual MakeMIT hackathon. (Photos: Matthew J. Lee/Boston Globe)
The student center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tolerates a buzz of activity pretty much at any hour. But Saturday afternoon, the spacious two-level center was pulsing with life. More than 200 of the keenest engineering students from around Boston jostled for space, balancing laptops decorated with loud stickers on tables littered with cutting tools, circuit boards, and half-empty candy boxes in a race against the clock to build their vision of a smart future. Read More