A few years ago, an organization called Young Startup Ventures would show up in the Boston-area and run an event called the New England Venture Summit, promising access to some of the most important and financially connected venture capitalists in the area and charging naive entrepreneurs between $495 and $795 for the access. Read MoreImmigration ImpactWhat Obama's executive action on immigration could mean for Boston tech
For some investors, pie charts and graphs are all that’s needed to navigate their way through their portfolios. But in an attempt to lure millennials and reorient their views of the stock market, Fidelity Investments’ innovation team on Wednesday launched a program that uses video game technology to help investors understand their holdings.
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Hubway announced today that it will allow riders to use the system in Boston far longer than in years past, keeping several stations open through December 31, depending on weather conditions. In Cambridge, which tested the service last winter, a number of Hubway locations will remain open throughout the entire winter.
You never know which meeting is going to lead to something worthwhile...
Dave Balter, founder and CEO of the online skills testing site Smarterer, was at an edtech conference in Phoenix in April. Balter had about three dozen meetings scheduled over the course of the event, but other people at the conference kept telling him he should meet the CEO of Utah-based Pluralsight, which serves up online training in the tech and creative industries. Balter sent him a quick e-mail "and we squeezed in ten minutes before everyone went to the airport," he says. A few months later, Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard flew to Boston "and we began active merger discussions," Balter says.
Teespring, the online custom T-shirt company headquartered in Providence, announced today that it has raised $35 million in new funding. The influx of cash will help the company to expand its efforts to produce, sell, and ship T-shirts and sweatshirts online, and enable them to expand their list of current merchandise beyond just T-shirts and sweatshirts. Read MoreBeta TestingFirst look: Test-riding a prototype electric bike wheel from GeoOrbital
In late October, when I started to hear a rattling-metal sound in my car's engine, I dropped off my car at the Galen Street, Watertown, branch of Direct Tire & Auto Service (where I've been a loyal customer for over three decades). But before I got the expected phone call to discuss the problems they'd found and the estimated cost, I received an e-mail message linking to a 42-second video showing the broken heat shield beneath the catalytic converter.