LinkedIn for Sports Fans?
Fancred adds new features to its all-in-one fan experience platform
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Fancred, the Boston-based website and mobile app that lets sports fans connect and share content on their favorite teams, announced a new product update this week called "Your Fancred." As the company explained it, the update creates a new way to store, share, and relive your sports memories online. After talking to Fancred chief executive Hossein Kash Razzaghi, it seems as if Your Fancred is a step towards the company becoming a full-featured, sports-focused social media brand. Read More
Global Good
MIT and the shortcut to Nirvana
A team from MIT visits a Kumbh site. Photo via Ramesh Raskar.
It is the largest religious gathering on earth. The colorful and chaotic Kumbh Mela, (Kumbh, for short), a triennial event hosted by one of India’s four second-tier cities, draws devotees by the millions. Now, thanks to Ramesh Raskar, a MIT Media Lab professor whose hometown, Nashik, is the venue for upcoming Kumbh, it has drawn tech-minded folks from Boston as well. Read More
Just keep swimming
Navy's 'Silent NEMO' project tests Boston robotic fish for stealth ops
Boston Engineering's 'GhostSwimmer' robot can stealthily navigate cramped spaces. The Navy tested it off Virginia Beach last week.  (Image: US Navy)
A robotic fish called the GhostSwimmer made by Boston Engineering successfully completed a series of maneuvers led by the U.S. Office of Naval Research last week. "I can’t tell you exactly what they wanted us to do," Mark Smithers, chief technology officer at Boston Engineering said. "We were able to do something that [we weren't] able to do prior [to that] and we did it successfully multiple times." Read More
on-call online
Telehealth platform American Well announces $80 million Series C funding
American Well allows doctors and patients to connect via mobile apps. Photos: American Well
American Well, a Boston-based company which provides on-demand telehealth connectivity between doctors and patients, announced an $80 million Series C round on Tuesday. The funds not only exceeded their expectations, but will provide the company with further opportunities to work alongside health care providers to deliver the best possible care to patients, said Dr. Ido Schoenberg, the company's co-founder and chairman. Read More
Fold along the dotted line
High-res map of the human genome reveals DNA origami
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Among the many marvels of the code of life is a singular feat of mechanical engineering: Each cell contains two meters of stringy DNA packed into a nucleus that's 100 times smaller than a pinhead. Getting all that DNA into the nucleus might evoke images of tangled cords of christmas lights. But in reality, the strands are arranged in surprisingly organized loops at specific locations, researchers have found. They call it "DNA origami" for the predictable pattern that they see across a variety of cell types.   Read More
VC bubble or not, sea of funding options is boon for entrepreneurs
GREYCROFT PRINCIPAL ELLIE WHEELER AND FORMLABS SALES AND OPERATIONS LEAD LUKE WINSTON SPEAK AT MIT VC & INNOVATION CONFERENCE. (MIMI PHAN/MIT SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)
Are we in a venture capital bubble? No one quite agrees as to whether we are or not, and venture capitalists and industry analysts have staked out on both sides of the debate over the course of 2014. Whether or not a bubble exists, it is clear that soaring valuations, increased venture funding, and a sea of new financing options are opening up more doors for entrepreneurs seeking funding. Read More
Who's better, who's best?
New social site WhoQuest aims to help find the best person for the job
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How do you find the best person for the job, whether it's a gig playing your holiday party or designing a new logo for your company? A Boston startup called WhoQuest thinks it can supply the answer: just ask your social network, and let people vote the replies up or down. The recently unveiled site feels a bit like a people-focused version of Quora, the question-answering site that has raised about $160 million in funding. Read More
Bold IPO steps
Actifio's IPO plans set in motion as it adds LogMeIn finance officer Kelliher
Actifio founder and chief executive Ash Ashutosh (courtesy of company)
David Harris of the Boston Business Journal is reporting a shakeup at Boston-based collaboration connectivity services company LogMeIn, as its chief financial officer, Jim Kelliher, is departing the company and moving to Waltham-based virtualized data management company Actifio. Read More