Out of the Box
Aaron Levie, Box see drones and Internet of Things as data sources of the future
Aaron Levie talking with Jason Pontin at EmTech MIT hosted by MIT Technology Review
Aaron Levie, the founder and chief executive of cloud content storage company Box, is in Cambridge today to talk about "Mobile Collaboration" at EmTech MIT hosted by MIT Technology Review. Before his talk, I caught up with him about what's next for Box, as well as the company's presence in Boston. Read More
Shooting for the moon
Google X's Astro Teller: The big ideas will pay for themselves
Google X's Astro Teller spoke to MIT Technology Review editor-in-chief Jason Pontin.
Astro Teller, chief—no, Captain of Moonshots—at Google's secretive skunkworks shared some behind-the-scenes info about the Google's incubation zone for Really Crazy Ideas. It makes sense for Google to host X: big ideas come with big payoffs, he said in a conversation with Jason Pontin, editor in chief at MIT Technology Review, at the publication's annual EmTech MIT conference. Read More
Upgrading the conference call
Boston-based Talko, led by Ray Ozzie, unveils new communication app
Talko founders Matt Pope, Eric Patey, and Ray Ozzie, in the startup's North End office.
Just a few blocks away from where Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, entrepreneur Ray Ozzie and a small team have been reimagining telephone calls for the 21st century. And today, they're debuting a new iPhone app called Talko that seeks to nudge the phone out of the "just dial a number and hold it to your ear" era and into the 21st century. Read More
The French Connection
Backed by Gov. Patrick, Mass. tech organizations announce a flurry of strategic links in France
Image of View on Eiffel Tower, Paris, France via Shutterstock
In a series of partnerships that echoes the days when the Siemens brothers helped stretch transatlantic cables from Cape Cod to the French coast, organizations from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are connecting with counterparts in the French Republic to push technology and innovation forward in both Boston and Paris. Last week ended with a flurry of announcements and news involving the strategic tech partnerships being formed between the Boston tech community and the burgeoning Paris innovation ecosystem. Read More
Material world
Solar-powered charger, cooler buildings, better indoor gardens emerge from MIT science competition
SolarStruct created a foldable solar-powered phone charger that can fit inside a backpack.
School kids at soccer practice could use solar panels lying out in the field to charge their smartphones. A mix-in for concrete could keep buildings cooler longer, cutting the cost of air conditioning. A gel that dries to a crisp could soak up water and swell, transforming into a single-layer, mess-free base on which you can grow a garden indoors. These are the visions of a better world from emerging engineers tackled at MADMEC, the annual design competition hosted by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. Read More
Rethinking online shopping, in the old Sears building
First look: Launch, new Boston incubator for e-commerce ventures
Ben Fischman, founder of the Launch incubator for e-commerce startups.
What better place to cook up new e-commerce companies than the tower of an old Sears & Roebuck distribution center? That's where Ben Fischman, the founder of Lids and Rue La La, has found space for his new e-commerce incubator, dubbed Launch. There's no website yet, and the team is still small, but I dropped in last week for a visit. Read More