trainspotting today
Real-time phone and smartwatch MBTA tracker apps win at 'Late Night T' hackathon
FuzzMap, a real-time tracker of buses and MBTA carriages in Boston, was a winner at the Late Night T hackathon held last week.
A hackathon organized by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the MBTA, and MassTech jump-started the development of a new crop of apps for public transit in Greater Boston. The results, presented in Cambridge last week, included a tracker for the Pebble smartwatch and a real-time subway tracker for the Windows phone.  Read More
'Uberification'
Handybook changes name to Handy, reaches 150 employees
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Since launching its on-demand cleaning and handyman service in Boston in mid-2012, Handybook has expanded to 28 cities and 150 employees. Today, the New York-based company, which still maintains a Boston office, has changed its name to Handy in an effort to become an even bigger player in the “Uberification” of the economy.

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Design Grab
Product design startup GrabCAD acquired by Stratasys for $100 million
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Computer-aided design (CAD) startup GrabCAD of Cambridge has been acquired by Stratasys (SSYS), a Minnesota-based 3D printer and 3D production systems maker. Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, a source close to the deal said that it is for $100 million in cash and stock. Read More
Big Orange Invades the Seaport
HubSpot INBOUND brings more than 10,000 marketing fans to Innovation District
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Walking across the bridge on World Trade Center Ave., heading towards this year's INBOUND '14 conference, I started chatting with an attendee about the event. Or, more accurately, he excitedly started talking to me. "Wow, this is going to be an exciting event," the young marketing employee said as we headed for the opening night of the conference that featured a keynote from former Apple evangelist, author, and current Canva evangelist Guy Kawasaki. Read More
Back in Boston
Recommendation startup Nara Logics adds Jana Eggers as president
Nara CTO Nathan Wilson, President Jana Eggers, and CEO Tom Copeman.
Tech exec Jana Eggers is returning to Boston after a three-year stint in South Carolina. Eggers, a former senior executive at Lycos, Intuit, and Spreadshirt, joined Cambridge-based Nara Logics this week as president. The personalization and recommendation startup has raised $7 million from investors since its founding in 2010. Read More
Time traveling
Walk Boston's innovation trail, September 28th
The Bulfinch Building at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Innovation historian Bob Krim and I occasionally — very occasionally — organize a walking tour of what we call the Innovation Trail in Boston and Cambridge. It's an alternative version of the Freedom Trail entirely focused on science, technology, and entrepreneurship. We talk about the past and present — and you'll get into some cool historic places like the Ether Dome at Mass General, above. Read More