The Incumbent vs. the Upstart
Is this week's parking app pilot decision a test of Mayor Walsh's bullish stance on innovation?
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Last week, Mayor Martin J. Walsh came out and expressed his opposition to parking app Haystack's launch in Boston.  In his statement, the mayor said, "The Boston Transportation Department (“BTD”) welcomes innovation in all aspects of urban transportation, including the use of apps by smartphone users." Very soon, we will have a test case of just how serious the mayor is about innovation in Boston. Read More
Aereo responds
In my post yesterday on Aereo's slow growth (when the TV streaming service was still legal), I mentioned the size of the user base at Netflix—50 million—for context after citing Aereo's membership of 78,000 as of the end of last year. In response, Aereo SVP Virginia Lam sent along an article that shows Netflix had gradual growth early on as well—even after five years in business, Netflix had just 670,000 subscribers (in 2002). Though of course, those were the days when Netflix was only involved with mailing out DVDs. Discuss
Keeping score
Do you believe Massachusetts tech is major league?
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I have started to worry that instead of being in the press box for a Major League Baseball game, all of us who observe and cover the Boston tech scene are instead sitting in the aluminum bleachers of a Little League match that will end with a 24-19 score, and all of the players getting a trophy. Read More
Grab a Beer for a Good Cause
TUGG tech beer crawl set for Davis Square
(Image via Clypd)
Yesterday, we looked at how beer culture plays a role as a team builder and a recruiting tool for startups. One of the companies featured, Clypd, a data-driven television advertising platform based in Somerville's Davis Square, was singled-out for its great bar (with iced coffee on draft) and awesome craft beer selection. Well, now you have a chance to check out Clypd's great office, drink some beers, and network with other tech folks, all for a great cause. Read More
Up & Away
Amazon taps former MIT professor to helm Prime Air, its planned drone delivery program
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There's been a lot of debate about how serious Amazon is with its much touted (and very not-a-real-thing-currently) Prime Air drone-delivery program, considering the Federal Aviation Administration has specifically banned drones for commercial purposes. Add one on the serious side of the score card: the company has recruited former MIT professor Paul Viola to be its vice president of science for Prime Air. Read More
Data Integrate in the Granite State
After two decades in business, New Hampshire's Scribe has found its opportunity on the cloud
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Most discussions about technology and startups north of the Massachusetts border tend to focus on Dyn, Dean Kamen, and, sometimes, Mosaic and DataGravity. However, another New Hampshire business, Manchester-based data integration company Scribe Software, may need to start being included in the discussion. Read More