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
Gobble Gobble
#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 clear 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
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
through new eyes
Cambridge data challenge invites residents to design a safer city
A cyclist travels down Beacon Street in Somerville. (Photo: Wendy Maeda/Globe staff)
The City of Cambridge is calling on citizens to help identify accident-prone intersections, chart safe paths for kids to bike to school, and flag policy issues that need attention as part of the first ever Street Safety Challenge. The contest opens Friday and Cantabrigians are invited to examine a comprehensive data set of 6,500 road accidents in the city over the last three years, and then share their views or experiences with the city through charts, interactive apps, essays, or performance art pieces.  Read More
Promoting Innovation
Mayor Walsh speaks with startups about how to brand Boston
Mayor Martin Walsh met with members of Boston's startup community on Thursday. Photo: Janelle Nanos
Mayor Martin Walsh welcomed members of Boston's startup community to City Hall Thursday afternoon for a meet-and-greet in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The group included CEOs, venture capitalists, and people running some of the city's largest startup accelerators and co-working spaces, and they were all eager to weigh in on a topic that Walsh himself acknowledged he'd yet to dig into: What were his plans for branding Boston as a site for global innovation? Read More