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

Czar Gazing
Entrepreneurs like the sound of Boston ‘startup czar’
Mayor Martin J. Walsh (JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF)
Boston’s tech types aren’t exactly sure what a “startup czar” does. But they’re pretty sure they like the idea. Local entrepreneurs welcomed the announcement by Mayor Martin J. Walsh in his State of the City speech that he would soon name a startup czar to head a new program called StartHub. Read More
Delicious deal
Phoodeez catering raises $600k, led by Project 11
Phoodeez caters large-scale corporate functions and small-scale luncheons by supplying food from multiple local restaurants. Workers at Litmus, an e-mail analytics firm in Boston, enjoyed a Phoodeez lunch in July.
Katie Rae was at an MIT conference when a familiar thought crept into her head: “How quickly can I duck out of this boxed lunch and go get real food?” “But I peeked into the box and said, ‘Wow, this actually looks good,’ ” she recalled. “That was my introduction to Phoodeez.” Now Rae’s venture capital firm, Project 11, is leading a $600,000 investment round in Phoodeez, a Boston startup that caters corporate functions by supplying food from multiple local restaurants that specialize in different types of cuisine. Read More
We have liftoff
Dudley Square incubator Smarter in the City opens doors
smarter in the city
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
whiteboard challenge
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