Cal Borchers
Cal Borchers
Boston Globe Staff
Borchers covers the intersection of business and government and the business of sports for the Boston Globe. Previously he was editor of Citizen’s News in Naugatuck, Conn. and a political correspondent for the Globe. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University.

Stories by Cal Borchers

We have liftoff
Dudley Square incubator Smarter in the City opens doors
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The moment that seemed like it might never arrive actually did. Smarter in the City, a business development program for high-tech startups in Dudley Square, opened its doors Wednesday in a second-floor space at 100 Warren Street. The launch followed difficulties raising money and securing sponsors, and doubts from others in Boston’s technology community about whether Dudley could be a viable location. Read More
Go long
DraftKings acquires DraftStreet, combining major daily fantasy platforms
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Boston-based DraftKings has acquired one of its fantasy sports rivals, DraftStreet, in a move that will increase its user base by 50 percent, according to the company. The deal combines the second- and third-largest daily fantasy sports sites, and should create a stronger competitor for industry leader FanDuel. Financial terms were not disclosed. Read More
Legal graffiti
Scribble on this white van, then go get a master's degree
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If you were at TechJam last week, or frequent the Kendall Square Farmers' Market, or plan to attend this weekend’s Star Trek Convention (don’t admit that last one), you’ll probably notice a large white van. It’s not a kidnapper. It’s actually a creative marketing strategy designed to drum up interest in Northeastern University’s new master of science in innovation program. Read More
Defining moment
So, what counts as a drone, anyway?
CyPhy Works chief executive Helen Greiner, right, showed the company's PARC drone to curious spectators at the MIT Enterprise Forum.
If you pay attention to drone developments, or even if you don’t, there’s a decent chance you saw news stories earlier this month about a drone that nearly crashed into a commercial airliner in the skies over Florida. There was one problem with those reports, according to drone expert Terry Holland: The unmanned aircraft that almost collided with an American Airlines passenger plane wasn’t a drone at all. Read More
WePay it forward
How WePay inspired innovation at Boston College
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The Boston College business majors who graduated Monday were high school seniors in December 2009 when WePay, the popular payments API company founded by BC alums, raised $1.7 million in a series A venture round. The startup’s continued success — contracts with big-name firms like Care.com and GoFundMe, plus another $32.5 million in funding — is a good reason why members of this year’s class will likely be more entrepreneurial than their predecessors. Read More
Mud, sweat, beer ... and photos
Tough enough for Warrior Dash? Startup Gameface Media offers free photographic proof
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If I ever suspend my sanity long enough to enter a Warrior Dash, there’s one thing I will absolutely need: a photo of my mud-caked self in action, to show everyone I know just how badass I am. Now, I can get one for free — a professional one, not a smartphone one — thanks to a Boston startup called Gameface Media, which just signed a deal with the obstacle course series. Read More
Weird medicine
Harvard lab building robot to harvest mosquito saliva (Yes, you read that right)
Yaroslav Tenzer, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard's Biorobotics Lab, has been working on a machine that can behead mosquitos and extract their salivary glands.

Most people kill a mosquito with a violent swat of the hand, but Yaroslav Tenzer is much more methodical — and tender. He needs the tiny pest’s body intact so he can harvest its salivary glands.

Mosquito saliva is the key to a potential malaria vaccine and Tenzer, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University’s Biorobotics Laboratory, has spent the last two years designing a machine that can very precisely behead an infected mosquito and gently squeeze its body to extract and collect its parasite-filled spit.

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