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#TellBeta: Help us give thanks for Boston's startup scene
What do you appreciate most about Boston's innovation community?
Last week, when Mayor Martin Walsh spoke with leaders within Boston's startup community about his goals for 2015, a theme emerged: He needs to do more to promote Boston as a place where innovation thrives. In the session, people around the room shared their stories about how the city's unique chemistry fosters a community of upstart businesses. And it was clear that those stories were only the tip of the iceberg. Read More
Turkey, beer, and sleep
For Thanksgiving, sit back, relax, and let our tech overlords take the wheel
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Thanksgiving is upon us once again. And whether you will be nursing a hangover from your 15th high school reunion the night before, sweating out who to play on your fantasy team with all the NFL games, or just sick and tired of doing the pie-baking/turkey-basting thing, you are probably looking for a way to seize the inherent laziness of the day and do as little as possible. Read More
One card to rule them all?
My pre-Black Friday spending spree with LoopPay's mobile wallet device
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I've been on a little warmup spending spree this week, in advance of Black Friday. But instead of purchasing iPad Minis and scented candles for my family, I've been buying coffee and tacos around town to test a new mobile payment device from Burlington-based LoopPay. LoopPay touts its technology as "the most accepted mobile wallet on the planet," and the fantasy is appealing: stash all of your credit cards, debit cards, and gift cards in digital form on your phone, and then leave the physical versions — and perhaps your wallet, too — at home. Here's the reality. Read More
Google's Holiday Shopping trends
What's trending on Google in the days prior to Black Friday? L.L. Bean and My Little Pony
Boston-area shoppers use Google to fine their L.L. Bean boots. Photo: Hilary Nagle/Boston Globe
As the hordes head to the Internet to purchase gifts for the holiday season, there are two things that Google has discovered about them by looking at recent search trends. First, they are shopping much more actively on mobile than ever before (shopping and buying, not just searching for goods). Second, there are more people shopping for holiday gifts online right now than the entire holiday period last year. Read More
Last shots
Days are numbered for secret basketball court in the Landmark Center's tower
The Landmark Center's little-known half-court is in a windowless space below the tower's top floor.
Tom Coburn will attest to the fact that my first shot in the secret basketball court went in for two. After that, Coburn sank a few in a row. The half-court is tucked away inside the rather dark, bricked-in 12th and 13th floors of the Landmark Center's tower; back when the building was a Sears, Roebuck & Co. distribution center, the space used to hold a giant water tank. And for Coburn, the CEO of an online marketing startup called Jebbit, it's his home court. His offices are one floor up, on 14, but his lease includes one of Boston's hidden treasures. Read More
Some danger some awesome
Danger!Awesome’s new space is predictably awesome
Danger!Awesome opened its new maker space on Friday.
After launching a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, Danger!Awesome opened its expanded new maker space in Central Square on Friday. The 2,200-square-foot facility will serve as a co-working and classroom space in addition to providing members with expanded access to an impressive assortment of design and manufacturing tools. Read More
Innovation Economy
Infinite Web shelf space sparks a surge of food startups
CropCircle Kitchen employee Jackson Barros prepped jalapenos for Alex’s Ugly Sauce. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
As we approach the biggest eating week of the year, I’ve noticed a growing number of entrepreneurs in Boston trying to figure out how to get onto your shopping list and into your fridge. And investors are trying to figure out how to get a piece of the next Annie’s Organic (acquired by General Mills for $820 million this fall) or Vitaminwater (acquired by Coca-Cola for $4.1 billion). Read More
Last days of Aereo
Aereo's end: A major setback for innovators, or correct outcome for a flawed idea?
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While Aereo's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today confirms something we saw coming since the company announced the close of its Boston office and operations a few weeks ago, the final chapter to the Aereo story offers an opportunity to look into what went wrong for the company. Read More