It’s official: Uber’s presence in Boston is booming. Travis Kalanick, the co-founder and CEO of Uber, was in town on Wednesday to keynote the fifth annual MassChallenge awards, where he told the room of burgeoning entrepreneurs that the ridesharing service is growing faster here than in Paris, San Francisco, Seattle, or Toronto. Read MoreUber gets legislative backingWhile in Boston today, Uber celebrates a big win in D.C.
Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick is in Boston for tonight's MassChallenge awards ceremony, and there's a good chance he'll be taking a victory lap as he shuttles over to the Convention Center. The ridesharing service had a big win in Washington D.C. yesterday when the District passed legislation creating a "comprehensive ridesharing framework" they say will better protect drivers and riders. It's the 13th jurisdiction to do so, and for now at least, both Massachusetts and Boston have been mum on whether they'll follow suit.
This morning, two local companies made announcements that could have health and safety implications for years to come. One deals with funding to help fight cancer using an approach that merges science, biology, and new technological drug development technologies; the other is an advancement in using a ubiquitous communication technology when an emergency strikes. Read MoreGiant robots need your helpA Somerville startup thinks robot duels will be the next big sport
What better week than Halloween to launch a crowdfunding campaign to build 15-foot tall battle bots with cannons for arms?
A trio of techies are hoping to raise $1.8 million for MegaBots, a Somerville startup that envisions a new sports league featuring humanoid robots with actual humans at the controls. And those willing to donate $2,500 to the project will get a chance to engage in combat — sometime in 2016.
Read MoreFast MassRunKeeper finds Massachusetts runners are fastest in the U.S.
Skype dinner dates and Snapchat selfies are great, but not being able to touch that special someone is the great big downside to long-distance relationships.
A new wearable device called Magnet promises to keep the attraction alive between partners who are miles apart. When you tap one bracelet, its pair buzzes, like a little love tap on your wrist.
Read MoreHoughton Mifflin Harcourt launches new in-house tech lab
Promoboxx is quite unlike many of the other startups who took part in the Techstars Boston 2011 class in that it hasn't received a large Series A or Series B round of investment funding. The great thing for Promoboxx is that it hasn't had to raise money since its initial early stage funding.
So you may not have heard much about the company founded and led by chief executive Ben Carcio, since journalists like myself are only interested in sexy news like a new financing round or the sudden departure of a key employee. Read MorePower, womenThese women mean business: Here are Boston's top 100 women-led companies
SpaceX has its roots in billionaire Elon Musk's interest in reaching Mars. That much is part of the legend. But you don’t realize how serious Musk is about sending humans to other planets until he’s speaking live. Read More