The third Hub
In Somerville, shuttered factory now a center of innovation
Employees at Keystone Tower Systems work on a piece of a wind turbine at Greentown Labs in Somerville. (Adam Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
The obituary of the Ames Safety Envelope Company was written in February 2010. The Somerville company had grown to about 600 employees in the mid-20th century, making sturdy envelopes, boxes, and file folders for medical records. But as the world started going digital, its business shrank, and eventually Ames was bought by a Wisconsin company rolling up similar manufacturers. Read More
I/O
Jeff Glass leaving Skyhook; Jim Crowley to be CEO
Jeff Glass (left) and Jim Crowley (right)
Boston tech veteran Jeff Glass is stepping down from his role as chief executive at wireless positioning innovator Skyhook Wireless. He will stay on as a member of the company's advisory board. In a company blog post, Skyhook also announced that Jim Crowley, who has been the president of Skyhook under Glass's tenure, will be stepping into the role of chief executive officer. Read More
Institute of notoriety
The MIT ties to Google’s delivery drone program, White House CTO front-runner
With any major tech news, chances are you'll find a connection to MIT, whether or not it involves Boston. And that's the case with two of the tech stories circulating today — Google's disclosure of a program to use drones for deliveries, and the White House's top candidate for a new chief technology officer. Read More
Speaking up
What Erica Swallow, the accidental poster child for tech's gender gap, really wants
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Erica Swallow wasn't aiming to start a firestorm when she wrote about her summer spent at a well-known venture capital firm, General Catalyst Partners in Cambridge. But that's what happened after the MIT Sloan MBA student recently chronicled her experience in a workplace where female decision-makers were nonexistent—and where there appeared to be little interest in changing that. Read More
Celtics CEO joins $35 million funding round for ticket search engine SeatGeek
Wyc Grousbeck, Bob Higgins, and Mark Wan of Causeway Media Partners. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Silicon Valley's Accel Partners and Cambridge-based Causeway Media Partners are among the investors pumping $35 million into SeatGeek, a search engine for tickets to sporting events, concerts, and other live events. Similar to the way Kayak.com scours the web for airfares and hotel rates, SeatGeek does the same across multiple ticketing sites like StubHub and Broadway.com. Also putting money into the Manhattan-based startup are the rapper Nas, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony, and NFL quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning. Read More
What do the kids think?
Panorama Education connects with Harvard for open source surveys: Why it's important
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On Tuesday, Panorama Education, the Y-Combinator graduate ed tech startup that has been backed by Mark Zuckerberg, announced that it is taking its survey product for K-12 schools and making it free through an open source initiative. What's more, Panorama has teamed up with the Harvard Graduate School of Education to do so. Read More