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.
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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.
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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.
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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 MoreCrowdfunding Seal of Approval?Dragon Innovation planning new services for hardware entrepreneurs
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.
Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and the Convergence Forum. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.