Innovation Economy

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Startup showcase
Your scorecard for Techstars Boston Demo Day, April 2014
The last TechStars Boston Demo Day, in May 2013.
Updated: The startup beauty pageant that is Techstars Boston Demo Day took place Tuesday morning at the House of Blues on Landsdowne Street. You never know who will show up on stage to help the entrepreneurs sell their ideas: past editions have seen cameos by Big Papi, fashion models, and poetry slam champions. Read More
Doggone
So long, Dogpatch Cambridge: Polaris' startup hatchery is no more
Employees of Localytics working at Dogpatch Labs Cambridge in 2012.
R.I.P. Dogpatch Labs Cambridge. The startup hatchery, which once provided free office space in Kendall Square to selected startups, quietly closed in December, according to David Barrett, the venture capitalist at Polaris Partners who had been responsible for the space. It had operated for about five years. Read More
Angels helping angels
Jeff Stoler of SideCar Angels on Boston's angel scene
Jeffrey Stoler of SideCar Angels.
Back in 2012, I covered the launch of a new angel investing group, SideCar Angels. Their strategy was to "ride along" when other angel funding groups, individual investors, and "micro VC" firms put money into a business, adding $100,000 or more of additional capital. SideCar doesn't lead funding rounds on its own; it only joins in when other entities have given the green light. Read More
Party planning
Second Boston TechJam block party set for June 12th
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Boston's tech community block party is getting bigger in its second year. TechJam organizer Mark Lorion tells me that the event, slated for June 12th, could more than double in size from 2013. It's also moving to a more central location: City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall. Last year's inaugural event was held on a former parking lot on Northern Avenue and District Hall next door. Read More
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