Innovation Economy

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Glam growth
Fashion Project, reseller of high-end apparel for charities, adding workers and Boston warehouse
Fashion Project CEO Anna Palmer, surrounded by donations and boxes of hangers in the startup's Boston office.
How fast is Fashion Project growing? When I stopped by last week, CEO Anna Palmer told me there were two possible venues for our interview: a makeshift conference room created by cardboard boxes and heaps of plastic bags, or the staircase between the two floors of the company's Fort Point Channel offices. (We picked the former.) The startup collects designer women's apparel and accessories from non-profits and individuals, and resells it on its own site or through a network of partners. Fifty-five percent of the proceeds go to charity, but donors can take a tax deduction for the full sale price of the item. Read More
Gaming gurus
Videogame veteran Jeff Goodsill signs on with independent publisher Gameblyr
An image from Third Eye Crime, a new mobile game from Moonshot Games, being published by Gameblyr.
A videogame industry veteran who helped deliver hit titles like "Titan Quest," "NASCAR Racing 4," and "Age of Empires II" is joining a fledgling indie games publisher founded last year, Gameblyr. Jeff Goodsill, who was previously founder and general manager of Stomp Games in Concord, recently signed on with Boston-based Gameblyr as its president and chief product officer. Read More
Spawned by a speech
New 'Hello Project' series wants to introduce artists and techies
Startup Institute vice president and Hello Project co-founder Allan Telio.
The Hello Project was inspired by an acceptance speech. Last fall, Karmaloop CEO Greg Selkoe was accepting an Italics Award for his contributions to the Boston startup ecosystem. During the speech, Selkoe lauded the great creative, design, and tech communities in Boston — but said it was a shame they were all so disconnected from one another. Read More
Executive action
Are noncompete agreements (finally) on the way out in Massachusetts?
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Governor Deval Patrick will unveil new legislation this morning that addresses two issues with big potential to shape the future of the state's innovation economy: employee noncompete agreements, which limit worker mobility and the pace of company creation here, and visas for foreign-born entrepreneurs and the key early employees who can help grow startups into industry heavyweights. The Globe has a front page story this morning on the proposals. Read More
A high-altitude Lyft?
Airpooler wants to let you hitch a ride on private planes
A plane prepares to take off at Hanscom Field in Bedford.
Hate the endless car trip to Bar Harbor, the car-plus-ferry trip to the Vineyard, or the pokey Amtrak to Albany? A startup called Airpooler is launching in Boston this week with a speedier solution: hitch a ride on a private plane. Read More
R.I.P. Passwords?
Will stealthy Certus let you forget all your passwords?
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How is this for a fantasy come true: never having to remember — or reset — another password? A stealthy startup with employees in Boston and San Francisco is developing a technology that would use an app on your smartphone to make the act of logging into a website not only less frustrating, but more secure. Certus Technology Systems has already raised about $375,000 in seed funding from individual investors, and is conducting its first pilot test with a financial services customer now. Read More
Crowdfunding Seal of Approval?
Dragon Innovation planning new services for hardware entrepreneurs
Dragon Innovation employees Beth Macdonald, Thos Niles, and Scott Miller.
Dragon Innovation is getting ready to dip its toe — tail? — into some new businesses. The Cambridge firm already runs a highly-curated crowdfunding site to help consumer electronics startups raise money. It helps entrepreneurs estimate the costs of actually building a product, and locate factories all around the world to crank it out. (Among its better-known clients are smartwatch-maker Pebble and Coin, which is developing a next-gen payment device.) Dragon CEO Scott Miller is also a partner at Bolt, the hardware accelerator program in Downtown Crossing. Read More