Crowdsourcing — the new coinage for “getting other people to do your work” — was one of the business world’s big trends in 2014. And this week, I’m milking it for all it’s worth.
Instead of coming up with my own predictions for the year ahead, I created a list of fill-in-the-blank statements and sent them to a bunch of local digerati. Crowdsourcing in action!
Read MoreHarvard Professor George Church and the future of genomics
George Church is the Robert Winthrop professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, and has the largest research lab at Harvard University.
He sat down to discuss his efforts to bring back the wooly mammoth, why his Personal Genome Project will advance genetic research, and why he thinks we should all get our genome sequenced.
Dr. Michael Docktor -- yes, his name is Dr. Docktor -- is a gastroenterologist at Boston Children’s Hospital who also acts as clinical director of innovation and the director of clinical mobile solutions. Each day at work, he tests the devices designed to improve our health care system. Here he shares his daily digital habits with the Download.
Read MoreBeers with LocalyticsBeers with...Localytics' Raj Aggarwal
Dec 23, 1954. Sixty years ago today, at 9:53 in the morning, 23-year-old Ronald Herrick's healthy left kidney arrived in the main operating room at the the Peter Brent Brigham Hospital — now Brigham and Women's Hospital. On the operating table lay Ronald's identical twin brother, Richard, in the throes of renal failure. Read MoreGet On-BoardAppcues, founded by HubSpot alum, raises $1.2 million
Teikametrics is one of those behind-the-scenes players that may have been involved in some of your online gift-buying this month. The Boston-based startup offers analytic services to companies that sell goods on Amazon.com — including local firms like Newbury Comics and Aubuchon Hardware. Among the questions Teikametrics can answer: How much inventory should a seller stock at various Amazon fulfillment centers to ensure quick delivery, anywhere in the world.
Read MoreShopBeacon Hill pop-up retailer is a group effort...offline
The shop on the corner of 111 Charles St. in Beacon Hill seemed to appear out of nowhere earlier this month.
It was, until recently, an empty storefront, but for the past few weeks this holiday season, it’s been a bustling retail hub with all the trappings of a classic menswear shop, including a bust of a buck sporting some fancy neckwear and a live Christmas tree hung from the ceiling. Read MoreBetter, faster, strongerWoods Hole to receive $5 million to build better underwater robots
The Bay State has a soft spot for underwater robots. On Friday, Massachusetts officials gathered at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to announce a $5 million grant that will expand the center's robotics research facility over the next five years.
The grant will fund new test tanks, a pressure testing space for deep sea robots, and a fabrication shop with a desktop 3-D printer for prototyping parts for new machines at WHOI's Center for Marine Robotics. Read MorePoaching HarvardPanorama adds another Harvard ed school vet to its team
Panorama Education, the Boston-based education company that provides analytical tools to schools based on surveys of students, faculty, and parents, announced that it has added another Harvard education leader to its growing team. Read More
Blaine Stillerman tried to hack Spanish the usual way — with book exercises and college classes through his sophomore year.
But it wasn't until he landed an internship with a shipping company in Buenos Aires, working with colleagues who spoke only a few words of English, that he saw his sputtering Spanish skills finally kick into high gear. Read More