Happy Coffee Day!
Home to revolutionaries and innovators, Beantown has a long history with coffee
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Coffee has powered all kinds of change-makers in Boston. In 1676 a man named John Sparry got authorization to open the first coffee shop in the New World. In the 1700s, activists nursed plans for revolution in the Green Dragon, a coffee shop in Boston's North End. Today, cafes lining the streets of the Seaport and Kendall Square host innovators plotting a different kind of change. Read More
sick review
Yelp reviews and Twitter can track food poisoning sources, Harvard study finds
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On New Year’s Day in 2010, a group of three friends in Worcester visited a popular pizzeria for lunch. But by the next morning, all three regretted that trip. “Today, I woke up deathly ill, and proceeded to kick off 2010 by vomiting,” one member of the group wrote on Yelp on Jan. 2. “The three of us had different items—not sure what took us all down—but we suspect Zorba's as we all went our separate ways and are all deathly ill today.” Posts like that, it turns out, can prove quite valuable to health officials. Read More
Hip to be square
InsightSquared is so quiet, you wouldn't know they might be Boston's next big tech company
InsightSquared chief executive Fred Shilmover
Cambridge's InsightSquared is one of those companies that is often discussed as the next potential HubSpot or DataXu. I.e., a Boston startup that develops from a small, early-stage startup, to a "where-did-they-come-from" growth company, to a business that generates buzz, is pointed to as a model for others to follow, and whose name starts getting bandied about as a possible IPO candidate. Read More
Upward momentum
Superpedestrian gets $4 million for Copenhagen Wheel, which turns bikes into hybrids
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MIT spinout Superpedestrian has added $4 million, including investments from actor Jared Leto and General Catalyst Partners, to produce its wheel that converts bicycles into electric-hybrids for easier hill-climbing and long-distance rides.

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Make it in Mass.?
Can manufacturing in Massachusetts go viral?
Eric Hold works on the electrical boards of a mass spectrometer at 908 Devices in South Boston. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)

“What we need are manufacturing jobs, not stupid social apps.”

That was a comment appended to a column I wrote in August about two app start-ups in Boston, and I thought it raised a good question: Who is creating those new manufacturing jobs? If you want to weld, rivet, or stamp for a living, rather than code and upload, where will you work?

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Big Orange on the NYSE
Hot on the heels of Wayfair, HubSpot sets IPO terms; both could go public within a week in October
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Last Friday, Wayfair filed paperwork with the SEC that gave the details of its expected IPO. Trading under the symbol "W', Wayfair will price its stock between $25 and $28, looking to raise $308 million. From what I hear, that IPO is likely to happen on Oct. 2. This morning, HubSpot updated its paperwork with the SEC, indicating that it expects to offer its IPO shares for between $19 and $21. Read More