A new MBTA tracking app launched today that could make a huge difference in the lives of students and other Bostonians who rely on the Green Line as a life line to other parts of the city.
The new Greenline app is far from unique in terms of being an MBTA-focused application — there are more than 80 different MBTA mobile applications available for use — however, its creator, Alex Grinman, an MIT senior, says the new transit app is different in that it uses real-time data for the Green Line, the most technologically ignored transit line in the city.Read MoreUpgrading your weekendWiGo aspires to be the app that coordinates social life on campus
It's one of the enduring questions of campus life: What's everyone doing tonight?
An app born on the campus of Holy Cross in Worcester, WiGo, wants to provide a visual answer, showing you photos of friends who plan to go out, and letting you "tap" others you'd like to encourage to come along.
Read MoreCraigslist killer?New mobile startup Classy wants to facilitate campus commerce
The latest addition to the crew at Blade, a startup "foundry" in Boston's Fort Point Channel neighborhood, is Julia Austin. Austin had previously headed up the Cambridge office of virtualization giant VMware, as VP of innovation, and had been an early engineering exec at Akamai.
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 MoreNew 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.
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