Looking back
How Menino made the Innovation District happen
The first time I ever saw Mayor Thomas Menino in person was 1997. I went over to what was then the Computer Museum — now it's part of the Boston Children's Museum — for an event that was promoting the neighborhood as Boston's Cyber District. Web design shops and Internet consultancies were starting to fill the old brick warehouses of Fort Point Channel. "I want this city to grow and show its technology leadership," the Mayor said at that event. "We need to continually educate people about what's going on here." Read More
News with your Morning Cup o' Joe
Daily brief: Digital Lumens and Visible Measures get new funding, Affinavax receives Gates Foundation backing, Gazelle taking an ecommerce leap
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Lots of news coming out of the Boston tech community today: Biotech company Affinavax is getting some funding from a well-known backer. One of the area's hottest adtech startups, Visible Measures, also got a new investment. Device buy-back company Gazelle will now be selling "certified" products. And a local Internet of Things innovator, Digital Lumens, has received backing to help its mission to combine lighting technology and energy savings. Read More
Harvard's SLIPS technology solves sticky situations
Image: Wyss Institute
A surprising number of the world's problems arise because of stuff sticking to other stuff: Ice on airplane wings, barnacles growing on undersea power lines, blood sticking to blood bags. A new company launched out of Harvard University hopes they've found a solution. Their creation? A suite of ultra-slippery surfaces that repel blood, bacteria, dust, water, ice, cement, and more. Read More
Uber gets legislative backing
While 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. Read More
What you need to know with your Cup o' Joe
Morning brief: Aileron gets $33 million in new funding, HeyWire announces 911 text advancements
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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 More
Giant robots need your help
A Somerville startup thinks robot duels will be the next big sport
MegaBots co-founders Gui Cavalcanti, Matt Oehrlein, and Andrew Stroup, pictured outside the Artisan's Asylum in Somerville, with a bot in the background.
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 More
Good Vibrations: A smart bracelet for long-distance lovers
Alexander List's startup HeadTalk IO is a member of TechStars Boston.
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 More