The economic buzz of the burgeoning Boston technology scene is largely clustered in Cambridge’s Kendall Square and the Innovation District in South Boston. Gilad Rosenzweig wants to expand its reach. Read More
For those urban bons vivants who love discovering new good-time spots but find Yelp a little too impersonal, there’s a new app that puts a joyful human face on crowdsourced recommendations: Favecast. The app allows users to shout out their favorite haunts with short videos instead of written reviews.
Twitter's Cambridge employees have a new place to roost.
The San Francisco company set up in Kendall Square last year after acquiring two local startups, Crashlytics and Bluefin Labs. Since then, it has been hiring plenty of engineering talent for the outpost that had been split between two offices. Now, they are under one roof.
Big changes are underway at Big Blue: IBM is hiring and firing large numbers of employees in a bid to transform its business for the cloud computing era. And Massachusetts, where IBM is a major employer and frequent buyer of startups, is seeing both sides of the rearrangement.
Danny Weitzner, an MIT researcher who served as Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the White House under President Obama is hatching a new startup related to data privacy: TrustLayers, which is out now raising a seed round of funding. Weitzner's co-founder is Adam Towvim, a long-time executive at the mobile advertising startup Jumptap, acquired last year by Millennial Media.
The annual South By Southwest Interactive awards/festival took place over the weekend, and Boston was well represented at the SXSW Accelerator Awards.
Sensible Baby, a Somerville-based startup that uses sensors to monitor sleeping babies, won the competition’s “Best Bootstrapped Company” award — given to the company that has “done the most with the least.”
If you've given up bacon for Lent, stop reading now. The same goes for people who don't own a smartphone made by Apple Inc. But if you've got an iPhone and a love for "the candy of meat," you might want to check out a new high-tech promotional gimmick from old-school meatpacker Oscar Meyer. The company, which is owned by Kraft Foods Group Inc., is giving away 4,700 gadgets that convert an iPhone into a bacon-scented alarm clock. For a chance to win one, just click here.Read More
The rise of super angels in Silicon Valley, Ron Conway, Paul Graham, Dave McClure, and the like is one thing that people point to as a vast advantage of the West Coast tech scene over the East Coast innovation community. The secret is, we have super angels on this side of the continent, many playing key roles in the growth of Boston's technology ecosystem.
Michael Farrell and I were just down at General Assembly's basement office, located within its own space in the Fort Point WeWork, last week checking out some of the classes. Now I wished I'd taken the free slice of pizza they'd offered during the tour: The New York Times is reporting the company has raised $35 million to help expand its digital education curriculum, a mix of night sessions, intensive bootcamps, online learning, and long-form classes.
I’m a big fan of Spotify as a way to listen to songs I already know about. But the service’s radio station option — which automatically picks songs for you based on your first song choice, a la Pandora — hasn’t impressed me. In my opinion, Pandora remains the superior product for personalized Internet radio.
That could change with Spotify’s acquisition of The Echo Nest of Somerville. Read More