Dennis Keohane
Dennis Keohane
Senior Staff Writer
Dennis Keohane is a senior staff writer for BetaBoston. Before becoming the first full-time writer for VentureFizz, he taught at a local private school. During one summer break, he worked with RunKeeper's community management team. A native of Waltham, he currently resides in Natick.

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Who's Next on Beacon Hill?
Soooo...neither candidate for governor seems to know much about technology
Photo of Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker spoke at a forum in Microsoft’s Cambridge office. DINA RUDICK/GLOBE STAFF
From Cal Borchers piece in The Boston Globe:
Charlie Baker talked about his “favorite” collaboration between Harvard and MIT — but couldn’t name it. Martha Coakley thought describing a high-tech innovation as “disruptive” was a bad thing, even though startups wear the label like a badge of honor. Both major-party candidates for Massachusetts governor were clearly out of their element Monday before an audience of about 150 tech workers during a forum at Microsoft’s Cambridge office.
After the candidates had a brief, vague discussion about non-competes, they really showed off their grasp of two of the state's key industries, education and technology. From Borchers:
Later Baker flubbed a question about collaboration between state government and local universities, which he expanded to discuss cooperative efforts by one school and another. “One of my favorite collaborations going on right now is in online education between Harvard and MIT,” he said. “I think it’s called Next. NextEd? EdNext?” Crowd members called out the correct name, edX, referring to the platform for free online courses the two universities launched in 2012. “I know what it is!” Baker responded, laughing at himself. “I just can’t spell it.” Meanwhile Coakley was thrown off by an inquiry about Uber, Airbnb, and Tesla, which a questioner described as “disruptive” technologies. “Does the use of disrupt telegraph how you feel about these?” Coakley asked, suggesting a negative connotation. The questioner clarified that his definition of disruptive is “improving the delivery of services to consumers.” Coakley laughed and replied that she is “old enough that disrupt was usually a bad thing.”
Yikes. Here is the article in its entirety...
Hip to be square
InsightSquared is so quiet, you wouldn't know they might be Boston's next big tech company
InsightSquared chief executive Fred Shilmover
Cambridge's InsightSquared is one of those companies that is often discussed as the next potential HubSpot or DataXu. I.e., a Boston startup that develops from a small, early-stage startup, to a "where-did-they-come-from" growth company, to a business that generates buzz, is pointed to as a model for others to follow, and whose name starts getting bandied about as a possible IPO candidate. Read More
Big Orange on the NYSE
Hot on the heels of Wayfair, HubSpot sets IPO terms; both could go public within a week in October
Image via HubSpot
Last Friday, Wayfair filed paperwork with the SEC that gave the details of its expected IPO. Trading under the symbol "W', Wayfair will price its stock between $25 and $28, looking to raise $308 million. From what I hear, that IPO is likely to happen on Oct. 2. This morning, HubSpot updated its paperwork with the SEC, indicating that it expects to offer its IPO shares for between $19 and $21. Read More
Heard of Ello? You may want to join this 'anti-Facebook' soon
Ello copy
Since Facebook announced a new policy trying to make people use their real name on the social network, there has been quite a blowback from people like musicians, artists, and members of the LGBT community who use pseudonyms on the site for artistic purposes or to protect their real identities. One company is reaping the benefits of Facebook's "real name" stance and making a name for itself in the process. A social network called Ello, with some New England roots, has generated a ton of buzz over the past few days as people have inundated the site with invitation requests. The descriptor some are giving to the site: the "anti-Facebook." Read More
Hooked on Location
Skyhook launches new technology to deliver more targeted, personalized mobile content
Skyhook Wireless, one of the pioneers of wireless positioning technology and location intelligence, announced Wednesday a new location-based "Context Accelerator" that allows brands to deliver personalized content — advertisements, relevant blog posts, restaurant and store reviews — to mobile device users anywhere. Read More
Out of the Box
Aaron Levie, Box see drones and Internet of Things as data sources of the future
Aaron Levie talking with Jason Pontin at EmTech MIT hosted by MIT Technology Review
Aaron Levie, the founder and chief executive of cloud content storage company Box, is in Cambridge today to talk about "Mobile Collaboration" at EmTech MIT hosted by MIT Technology Review. Before his talk, I caught up with him about what's next for Box, as well as the company's presence in Boston. Read More